The Cloverleaf School empowers neurodiverse students to become more Capable, Considerate, Connected, & Creative through student-centered, whole-body learning. We take “Quo Vadis?” (“Where are you going?”) as our motto because we believe every child is on their own path and we are here to guide them toward their fullest potential.
The Cloverleaf School was founded in 2012 with just 3 unique students, 4 visionary founding families, and 3 trailblazing teachers. We set out on a mission to prove our four core values: students with developmental & learning differences are capable, considerate, connected, and creative. Since then, we’ve had the daily privilege of seeing those values lived out by our inspiring Cloverleaf Wolves.
Today The Cloverleaf School has grown to serve 26 students, and we took the leap in February 2016 to move into our permanent school home: a space large enough to grow into as we continue building our unconventional, cutting-edge program. We embarked on a four-phase school growth plan to help us move into our permanent space, renovate it to meet our unique needs as a school, and eventually purchase it. Along the way, we have also worked to solidify our program by clearly defining our mission, vision, identity, values, and “blueprint” that make us who we are.
Now that those foundational pieces are firmly in place and the growth plan is well under way, we are looking for a new Executive Director to come in and build upon the groundwork that has been so carefully laid. Every organization goes through distinctive seasons: Cloverleaf’s “start-up” season is drawing to a close as its “growth” season begins. We are seeking a strong growth leader who can grow Cloverleaf to reach all new heights and stand out as the paradigm of special education that it is!
The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of The Cloverleaf School. The role of the Executive Director is to strategically steer the organization toward fulfilling its mission and reaching its vision through high-level long-range planning, fundraising, marketing, strong financial management, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors and works in close concert with the Principal to oversee operations.
An ideal candidate for the Cloverleaf Executive Director role is one who demonstrates:
Unequivocal belief in the empowerment of neurodiverse students through student-centered, progressive education
Futuristic thinking, growth-orientation, and ability to articulate and rally support around a shared vision of school success
Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills
Impressive and persuasive public speaking and communications skills
The personality, work ethic, and professional integrity to inspire others to perform at a high level and to embrace change
High energy, enthusiasm, and passion for growing a specialized school to serve students with special needs
Talent, boldness, and efficacy in fundraising and “friendraising”
Dynamic ability to see both “the forest and the trees” when managing and overseeing the organization’s finances
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to nonprofit leadership or business leadership required; Master’s Degree strongly preferred
At least 5 years proven executive-level management experience – in either a non- or for-profit context – which includes ultimate accountability for strategic planning and tactical execution, as well as making resource allocation decisions
At least 5 years proven experience identifying new sources of funding from foundations, corporations, investors, and/or individual donors, and a successful track record of securing those resources through relationship-building
Knowledge of and familiarity with independent special-needs schools and their history, funding, successes, and failures, as well as any applicable special education policies and law
Strategy, vision, growth:
Continue and build upon Cloverleaf’s four-phase growth plan, “Building The Next Era of Cloverleaf,” as laid out by the founding team
Partner with the Board of Directors and senior staff to design and implement multi-year programmatic, strategic, and financial plans
Manage and oversee ongoing yearly fundraising campaigns in order to bring the school’s four-phase growth plan to fruition
Identify and secure funding from foundations, corporations, and individual donors, and increase the board’s contribution in this process
Correspond with outside experts in the fundraising field to strengthen annual campaigning processes and increase school’s fundraising capacity
Assume ultimate oversight and responsibility for effective financial processes and systems, as well as fiduciary fidelity.
Systems include: accounts receivable/accounts payable, purchase orders/reimbursements, banking/investments, payroll/benefits, tuition payment plans, and donation tracking
Work closely with administrative assistant, bookkeeper, and accountants to effectively carry out financial duties and procedures with accuracy and precision, including the annual audit by the CPA team
Keep an accurate continuous record of the financial position of the school and manage the stable, financial operation of the school
Collaborate with the board treasurer to prepare monthly and quarterly financial reports for the Cloverleaf board of trustees
Serve as the face and the voice of Cloverleaf by championing our model as a paradigm of high quality education, increasing the visibility and stature of the organization, and responding swiftly and effectively to any attacks from antagonists
Work closely with the board to strengthen existing relationships and develop new partnerships in the local community, the special needs community, and the independent schools community
Act as liaison between school and board to keep board informed of school matters-- programmatic, financial, legal, and cultural
Work closely with interim board chair to grow board by:
Recruiting next board chair
Recruiting board members and advisory committee members from diverse sectors of the non-profit and for-profit world with legal, financial, and educational backgrounds
Growing the size of the board from 6 members to 8-10 members
Work closely with the board chair to train and educate board members to steer and support the school’s strategic plan
Leadership Team Development:
Engage board in recruiting strong leadership team members and evaluating success of leadership team in carrying out school mission and vision
Serve as a “leader of leaders” to guide the work of the leadership team and build capacity within the leadership team; evaluate leadership team members’ job performance and issue annual employment contracts to leadership team members
Interested candidates send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Salary Information: salary + full benefits