Are you a charismatic leader who is passionate about developing youth? Connecting with students to inspire them to grow academically as well as develop community and civic leadership through entrepreneurial programs. This is the opportunity for you!
Aspen Academy is a dynamic Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade school that’s leading the way towards a new paradigm in education through innovative technical, leadership and entrepreneurial development of our nation’s youth. We are seeking a Middle School Director with a passion for leadership and entrepreneurial development of our youth.
Aspen Academy seeks and leaders comfortable taking risks and embracing a growth mindset. Our faculty members and administration are constantly looking for new ways to inspire curiosity while remaining dedicated to nurturing compassion and kindness. We desire culturally competent candidates who clearly appreciate a community of teachers and learners from diverse backgrounds and perspectives and are committed to equity and social justice.
We are committed to doing school differently and better. This means developing an inclusive and accepting community where adults feel empowered to design learning experiences for students that deepen their learning, engaging their emotions as well as their intellects. If you are a leader who is committed to the ideals of progressive education, and inspired by this description of our community, we encourage you to read on to learn more about this position and our school.
We are seeking the following in a Middle School Director:
· Joyful – keeps it fun and light, brings humor
· Experienced with middle school students in some way
· Demonstrated expert in field of education
· Relatable (to middle school aged students as well as faculty and parents)
· Approachable, but sets clear professional boundaries
· Adaptable and flexible
· Excellent listener (seeks to understand before being understood)
· Articulate in behavioral support practices (restorative justices, etc.)
· Expert in human behavior (staff, kids and families)
· Uber-organized and mastery around prioritization
· Clear, consistent and transparent communication and strong follow-up skills
· Views faculty as peers and professionals
· Pragmatic, objective and calm
· Act with consistency and commitment to systems and processes in place, specifically as they relate to classroom observation and coaching cycles, student assessment calendar, parent phone calls, and admissions process.
· Manage multiple priorities and respond to challenges that may arise but not at the expense of goals and initiatives planned.
· Operate efficiently in a fast paced and innovative environment (does not “pontificate the navel”)
· Sets clear expectations of faculty, students, and parents; holds people accountable in a clear and caring way
· Seeks opportunities for professional growth, is an avid researcher and learner; model the behavior of seeking out learning if something is not understood.
· Makes difficult decisions and plans effectively for repercussions when some may not be popular ones. Can easily recognize decisions best for the organization over pleasing members of the community, but provides support and consult to those who may struggle with decisions made. All that said, bold but not fool-hearty
· Cultivates a culture among faculty of being trusted and protected.
· Takes genuine interest in the lives of members of our community, but understands the boundaries of “friendly not friends.”
· Assists and is there to support rather than re-direct or dictate
· Cultivates strong relationships with all stakeholders
· Strong belief in vision, mission and values as evidenced by behavior and words
· Individualizes the type of leadership and management each faculty member wants/needs
· Explicit, intentional and active development of faculty and school on national scene
· Develops strong external community relations (high schools, community agencies, and educational organizations)
· Experience in an educational leadership role, great also if they have experience teaching to gain credibility with teachers and more effectively provide instructional coaching in the classroom.
· Cool, calm, collected disposition (Doesn’t show stress)
· A varied background that can bring innovative ideas to the community, expanding the opportunities we might be able to provide.
· Enthusiasm and passion for work in education and leadership.
· Skills in team management and collaborative problem solving.
· Ability to look at current state of programs and respectfully shift any areas in need from good to great. Able to honor past systems while focusing on improvement.
· Professional development/In-service development and facilitator experience.
· Workshop Model Training
· HR Recruitment and Supervisory Experience
· Technical skills that allow quick adoption of systems the school uses; can quickly become an expert in Canvas, Illuminate, Senior Systems, etc.
· Habit and practice of teacher driven collaboration and appreciative inquiry
Education & Experience:
· M.A., Education or Related Field
· 10 years teaching experience of broad range of grade levels (preferably early childhood through middle school)
· Certified classroom instructor.
· Certified gifted and talented instructor with experience in twice exceptionalities preferred.
About Aspen Academy
Aspen Academy – Be Kind. Do Good. Make the world a better place. This is the only rule at our national model school and the focus of the work that we do every day. With a mindset towards entrepreneurial innovation, Aspen Academy develops and inspires extraordinary leaders who make a positive and lasting impact. We cultivate excellence in our students in the areas of academic rigor, character and leadership development, and community strength and service.