Sussex Academy was founded in 2000 as a middle school in order to raise the academic bar and the level of academic achievement in Sussex County. In 2013, Sussex Academy began a high school with the addition of a ninth grade. The school has added a grade every year since, and graduated its first seniors in June 2017. The high school employs the International Baccalaureate (“IB”) curriculum, and almost a quarter of the seniors currently pursue the IB diploma. In 2017, Sussex Academy’s state test scores were the highest of any public school in the state. With the addition of a grade each year, enrollment is increasing, and for the current 2017-18 school year, Sussex Academy has 760 students enrolled. Sussex Academy was recently the first charter school in Delaware history to be granted a ten-year (vs a standard five year) charter renewal.
The Executive Board seeks to appoint an Executive Director who will direct, support and promote the goals and mission of Sussex Academy. The Executive Director will be responsible for administering the school, and implementing the policies and procedures of Sussex Academy.
The responsibilities of the Executive Director shall include but may not be limited to:
Manage, operate, and administer the school on behalf of the Board, including formulating and managing the budget.
Manage all aspects of recruiting, orientation, retention and dismissal of all professional and non-professional staff.
Supervise and evaluate performance of all personnel.
Provide leadership in planning, scheduling, and matters of management.
Evaluate the educational program from all aspects.
Emphasize and monitor student achievement and student conduct.
Manage the environment to make it conducive to learning, being ever mindful of health and safety.
The Board seeks an Executive Director with the drive and motivation necessary to continue to advance Sussex Academy. The Board prefers for the new Executive Director to have the following qualifications:
A dynamic personality with a proven track record of building rapport and earning respect throughout their career from teachers and staff, students, parents, board members, government officials and key personnel in their respective education systems.
Skills necessary to preserve, improve and move forward the school’s current positive culture and high academic achievement.
Familiarity with Delaware public education; i.e., key personnel in the districts, other charter schools, and the Department of Education, as well as government officials and representatives.
Ability to continue improving performance even when achievement levels are high. A person who is vigilant with respect to excellence; who knows there are always areas where the school can and must improve.
Skills necessary to develop a strategic vision for the school, and can clarify for the Board the most important things they can and must do to achieve that vision.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with students, parents, staff, Board members, the press/media, the Department of Education, personnel in other school districts, legislators and other government officials.
Experience in fund-raising and/or in building public trust in school or district initiatives for funding.
Experience with the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at the middle and high school levels.
Proven track record of increased enrollment and sustainable growth.
The Board expects the new Executive Director should have:
A degree in a relevant discipline, Masters degree required; Doctorate preferred.
Successful and progressive experience in education.
Interested candidates are encouraged to send an application AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME but no later than Thursday, February 15 (The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received.)
In the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, Sussex Academy reserves the right to make a selection before the deadline mentioned above and bring the search to a close.
Please submit your application information based on the following criteria:
An introductory letter explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in this particular position.
A current résumé not to exceed two pages.
A one-page statement discussing your educational beliefs and leadership style.
The names, current email addresses and telephone numbers, and positions of at least three confidential referees, at least one supervisor, one peer/colleague and one direct report. By submitting this information you agree that we may contact these referees directly.