Fusion Academy plans to open in Malvern (Philadelphia) in March 2018 with the HOS starting between now and September 2017.
Fusion Academy is a revolutionary private school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. At Fusion, we are a non-traditional private school that personalizes and customizes teaching methods and curriculum for middle and high school students. Our supportive campus environment provides a space for students to flourish emotionally, socially, and academically.
Position Summary The Head of School serves as the leader and manager of the Fusion Academy location, will assist with the school start-up (as necessary), ongoing activities and student recruitment, and is directly responsible and accountable for ensuring the fulfillment of educational goals and outcomes of the school. We are seeking positive, confident, entrepreneurial and energetic self-starters to lead this Fusion Academy location as Head of School.
Your Day to Day:
During the planning stage, select enthusiastic and competent staff and teachers who possess the requisite subject-area expertise and an ability to prepare students to be highly competitive in high school and beyond.
Represent the school to all relevant audiences to begin building a list of potential students to open the school. Have a solid grasp of the school’s features and can articulate them convincingly.
Create and lead a school culture that maintains a focus on a positive student experience, academic results and collaboration.
Develop and lead a system for the ongoing evaluation of teacher performance that expects measureable results, supports improvement, and rewards achievement.
Develop and manage a system of collaborative faculty analysis of student performance results that ensure a data driven instructional strategy.
Refine and direct the school’s academic program
Implement the school’s academic offerings in coordination with the Fusion curriculum model.
Ensure alignment of curricular standards with required school-based testing.
Create ways to monitor and improve student learning; support and implement a tracking system that allows teachers, the Executive Director, and parents to know what standards students have mastered and those for which further work is required.
Take responsibility in ensuring the school achieves accreditation from the appropriate educational institutions.
Lead and direct the school’s admissions program
Lead the admissions process:
Manage documents, data and applicants effectively and timely.
Understand the characteristics of a successful school visit and develop a welcoming atmosphere.
Expand applicant pool with open houses and appropriate marketing.
Conduct intakes with parents and incoming students.
Effectively lead the re-enrollment process; create strategies for retention and to prevent attrition.
Identify barriers to full enrollment.
Take ownership of all functions of the school
Manage all aspects of the school, including budgets, managing costs, revenue targets and reporting on specific metrics.
Be available for parents and students to address any of their questions or issues.
Provide consistent communication both within the school and with all stakeholders.
Provide consistent, compassionate customer service to parents, students and referral sources.
3 to 5 years demonstrated successful classroom teaching experience and a deep respect for teaching and learning
Experience with alternative or non-traditional education systems
Excellent education and/or exceptional credentials and/or commensurate experience. Master’s Degree preferably in Education - Ideal: Doctorate, Ph. D or Ed.D
3 years of Administrative School Leadership or Curricular Leadership experience as part of 3 to 10 years of experience in the educational industry encompassing various roles and responsibilities.
Experience dealing directly with parents, ideally have been involved with admissions and intake of new families.
Experience with and a passion for, delivering standards-based education to students with learning differences, including social and emotional differences.
A plus, experience working in learning center environments.
Administrative or teaching experience with high school aged students desired.
A passionate belief that students achieve the highest academic standards when there are appropriate school process & procedures.
Management & Leadership
Managerial, program development and leadership experience in an educational school setting
People management experience, including:
Ability to recruit and lead a professional staff
Experience with providing professional development and mentoring
Drive the overall success and best represent Fusion core values resulting in recognition of their staff
Visionary leadership that can articulate the value of Fusion
Focus on collaboration, with agility in balancing varying points of view in the process of decision making
Accept ownership and take responsibility for achieving specific metrics of success
Experience managing a budget, financial reporting and tracking specific metric performance
A demonstrated track record of success, career progression and increased responsibilities
A plus > prior business management experience that would present adept business acumen
A passion for serving students
Personal motivation and passionate about achieving goals and deadlines
Persuasive communications skills, with a strong customer focus
Ability to quickly build relationships
Ability to defuse tense confrontations and create harmony
Enthusiasm and flexibility
High energy and tenacity
High organized with effective time management skills
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Attractive bonus opportunities exist.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or sex.
Additional Salary Information: The Head of School is eligible for performance based bonuses.
Fusion Academy is an accredited, alternative private school for grades 6-12 that offers class sizes as small as they come: just one student and one teacher in each private classroom. Here, the educational experience is completely customized around each student. Classes are self-paced, and the material is presented in a way that considers each student’s interests, strengths, and learning style.
...With just one student and one teacher in each private classroom, Fusion Academy is the ultimate in personalized education for students in grades 6-12. Our middle school and high school curriculum meets state standards, but everything from the pace of the instruction to the style of teaching is tailored to each student. Students can customize their own class schedules and begin a new semester at any time of year—even in the summer.Fusion Academy students never take their schoolwork home with them. They complete it under teacher supervision in our Homework Café® before they leave for the day. Parents and students love it!