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The Head of School will lead the school division of AIM Academy and be the focal point for parents and community members for the school, which has grown from just 24 students when it was founded in 2006 to more than 300 today. The Head of School will have the opportunity to focus on excellence in delivery, evidence-based learning practices and increased opportunities in athletics, arts, engineering and global sciences that unleash the talents of our AIM students The Head of School joins the Executive Director and Associate Director who will lead the AIM Institute for Learning & Research. Experience in LD institutions is preferred but not required.
Finance and Development
The school is on sound financial footing with an annual budget of approximately $13.5 million, $10.5 million of which comes from tuition. Twenty-three percent (23%) of students receive financial aid and net revenue from tuition has risen in each of the previous 10 years. Other sources of income are fundraising and development ($1.3 million) and auxiliary income ($1.7 million) including support services, training programs and summer enrichment. The next leader will also need to continue to ensure employee compensation and benefits packages can be competitive with other educator positions in the region to attract and retain experienced faculty and staff.
Over the past 11 years, enrollment has increased from 24 students to 313 students enrolled in 2016-2017. This substantial enrollment growth along with sound financial management has resulted in 10 consecutive years of operational surpluses, allowing for the recent purchase of our 9-acre campus property and capital campaigns projects including the construction of the AIM Community Center, which includes a full-size gymnasium and brings our campus use space to 94,000 square feet. Demand is strong but in a competitive independent school market with strong public schools as well, AIM Academy needs to remain focused on staying ahead of demographic trends and continue to enroll a diverse group of children into our school community.
Attention must also be paid to recruiting, retaining and inspiring experienced and well-trained faculty and staff members with specialized knowledge in the field. The new leader will play a vital role in articulating and championing all aspects of AIM Academy’s mission and promote new ways to market our unique community and its strengths to parents throughout the Philadelphia region.
Cover letter addressed to the AIM Academy Head of School Search Committee expressing interest in and qualifications for the position.
A current resume.
A statement of your leadership philosophy (1 – 2 pages).
Two examples of writing on an education topic.
Five references (including email addresses, and telephone numbers) who can be contacted confidentially at the early stage of discovery, asking three of the references to submit letters of endorsement for your candidacy.