Modeled after the Nativity Mission Schools, the Academy Prep Center of Tampa (APT) is a free private school that exclusively serves 5th–8th grade students who qualify for the federal free and reduced-price meals program. APT, founded in 2003, is a sister school to the Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg, which has been in operation since 1997. Academy Prep administers a highly demanding academic program designed to prepare students for success in secondary school and college. Through its year-round program, followed by eight years of intensive guidance through high school and college, the school promotes the intellectual, athletic, and social development of its students.
After serving 16 years as the founding head of school at Academy Prep Center of Tampa, Lincoln Tamayo will be transitioning into a founding leadership role at the newest school in the Academy Prep family, located in nearby Lakeland. As such, APT’s Board of Trustees is seeking a new Head of School to begin in June of 2019 and build on the solid foundation that Mr. Tamayo and the Board have established over the last 16 years. Specifically, APT is looking for the leader who can and will take the educational, developmental, and fundraising programs to the next level. APT seeks a Head of School who will maintain strict discipline and high expectations to ensure each child succeeds beyond eighth grade, well into adulthood—and out of poverty.
As APT’s leader, the next Head of School will be charged with continuing to build the institution by demonstrating the value of a rigorous private school education while effectively addressing the issues of enrollment, program creation and enhancement, affordability, fundraising, fiscal discipline, and sharing Academy Prep stories and successes with a broad community.
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Head of School is the chief administrative officer and directs and oversees the day-to-day operations of the academic and enrichment life of the school through the faculty, staff, and volunteers. Specifically, she/he will:
Serve as APT’s chief public liaison to advocate and articulate the mission and vision of the school and its future;
Monitor and address all matters of school climate and culture;
Serve as the head of APT’s administrative/leadership team, which coordinates operations, school policies, budget matters and other items related to APT’s administration;
Directly participate in administrative decision making; implement and enforce school policies and procedures; and set administrative workflow priorities and standards;
Regularly report on APT progress in board meetings with the APT board of trustees and the APT administrative/leadership team;
With the assistant head of school, lead all aspects of the accreditation process with FCIS;
Oversee all matters regarding employment, retention, and dismissal of personnel, salaries, benefits, job assignments, performance evaluations, and orientation and training;
Implement school policies and procedures;
Coordinate with the heads of school of the Academy Prep Centers of Lakeland and St. Petersburg to ensure the maximum feasible replication of programs at all three Academy Prep Centers (Lakeland, St. Petersburg, and Tampa);
Oversee all aspects of the academic and enrichment programs of APT;
With the dean of faculty, direct the faculty’s work on curriculum development and implementation of benchmarks and standards that prepare students for success at the college prep level and beyond;
Supervise curriculum, grading, testing and reporting to all APT constituents (including parents) to prepare for and conduct periodic program evaluations;
With the assistant head of school and school manager, prepare reports to external agencies as required;
With the dean of faculty, direct long-range planning as it pertains to curriculum development;
Faculty and Staff Oversight
Recruit, hire, supervise, and evaluate faculty and staff;
With the assistant head of school and dean of faculty, provide professional development, orientation, and mentoring for faculty and staff;
Ensure that regular faculty/staff meetings are held to provide open communication and updates on the progress of APT;
With the assistant head of school and community relations coordinator, develop and implement an ongoing outreach program that provides parents and community partners with a multitude of opportunities to become directly involved in APT’s curricular and enrichment programs;
Communicate APT’s mission and programs to its various publics, including working with the faculty and with parent groups, leading campus tours, and representing APT at civic, religious, and other public functions;
Enrollment and Student Affairs
Recruit students through a multitude of methods, including, but not limited to, the canvassing of area neighborhoods, social service centers, churches, and athletic facilities, print and video advertising, and on-campus recruitment events;
Make all final decisions pertaining to student admission, retention, promotion, and dismissal;
Meet enrollment target for student admission;
Establish and enforce student disciplinary policies and standards of conduct;
Development and Finance
Oversee the financial management of APT’s operations, including the development and implementation of the operating budget;
Work closely with APT’s development director and participate in the cultivation of prospective donors; and
Work closely with the director of graduate support to ensure that APT graduates are admitted to and enrolled in competitive college prep programs with a strong likelihood of success both during the secondary and post-secondary years.
An encouraging leader who motivates in a positive manner.
A team builder who empowers others through delegation, genuinely values the contributions of others, and cultivates not only individuals’ talents but also the strengths of a group as a whole.
A “servant leader” whose example, energy level, enthusiasm, passion, and commitment can serve to inspire the entire community.
One who listens and takes a collaborative approach to issues prior to making decisions.
A leader who sets high academic and community expectations for faculty, staff, and the student body.
Experience leading in an educational or professional setting that emphasizes scholarship and critical thinking, encourages personal development, promotes ethical behavior, and sustains a sense of nurture and community.
Ideally, a track record that includes fundraising, fiscal responsibility, managing administrative systems, and establishing and enforcing policies.
A history of establishing, evaluating, and refining programs consistent with the mission of an organization.
Skills and Knowledge
Adept at forging relationships and building upon them to exercise leadership among the board, administration, faculty, staff, parents, students, donors, and alumni.
A motivated individual with long-term goals for the school. An individual who can successfully raise the budget year after year.
The expertise to recognize, hire, and support gifted and diverse educators who foster knowledge, love of learning, self-confidence, and self-esteem.
Demonstrated ability in developing and empowering effective, nimble teams of complementary individuals in a culture of accountability.
Able to understand and manage the assets of a physical plant.
Excellent communication skills that enable her or him to support fundraising and to promote Academy Prep’s values and vision.
Understands the importance of fundraising to the growth and overall stability of the school.
A leader who has the business and management skills necessary to develop strategic plans, to install and improve administrative infrastructures, and to manage budgets and schedules.
A leader with the ability to discipline and practice “tough love.” One who is strict but fair.
One who understands and is deeply sensitive to the socioeconomic status of these children and their families.
An accessible and approachable “people person” who deals with others openly, engendering a sense of trust, credibility, and stability among the members of the school’s community.
One who is deeply concerned with the academic and social development of children and adolescents.
A role model who embodies and reflects a strong moral character, a passion for excellence, and respect for others in all aspects of his or her life.
A sensible, patient, and levelheaded person who brings understanding and perspective to bear on difficult issues while exhibiting grace under pressure.