****The Fugees Academy is hiring one full-time School Leader Fellow for the 2019-2020 school year****
Fugees Family, Inc. is a non-profit organization and operator of Fugees Academy, a network of independent, community-based middle and high schools which emphasize academic and character development of refugee children. Our student body represents 22 different countries, including Burundi, Iraq, Central African Republic, and Burma. The Fugees Academy blends creative teaching with academic fundamentals, interwoven with leadership and character building. The Fugees Academy packs a normal K-8 education into three years of middle school so that students are then ready for a college preparatory curriculum in high school.
The Fugees Academy serves a pressing need that is not currently being met by the traditional public education system – the education of refugee children in an environment where their unique academic challenges are understood. Through small classes, high expectations, and targeted instruction, Fugees Academy empowers the most vulnerable of students–child survivors of war—to become independent thinkers and high-achieving scholars. Working as a team both on and off the field, members of the Fugees Academy community strive to support each other while working to achieve individual goals. We believe that this team mind-set nurtures and prepares young adults who will be the next generation of international and community leaders. The core design principles of the school include an extended school day, a low teacher- student-ratio, interactive instruction, a comprehensive tutoring program, a soccer-focused athletic program, and intensive wrap-around support services for students and their families.
The organization has a school located in Clarkston, Georgia operating as a private school, and a new school that opened in the fall of 2018 located in Columbus, Ohio, operating as a nonpublic charter school. In the next few years, it is the intention of the organization to continue to grow and open Fugees schools across the nation to serve the needs of the refugee population.
The School Leader Fellow will enhance and sustain a safe, highly effective, and well-organized educational environment that welcomes and nurtures a team approach and close working relationship with all school-wide constituencies (i.e., parents and guardians, families, students, faculty and staff, other administrators, advisors, trustees). In alignment with the Fugees Academy’s mission, goals, and standards, the fellow’s general functions are to accomplish the academic goals and demonstrate exceptional leadership in coordinating and monitoring the visionary outcomes as well as the day-to-day programmatic functions of the school. We are seeking a school leader fellow to build upon the successes of our unique program by providing strategic vision and leadership to an expanding community of teachers and students. The position offers an exciting opportunity to a forward-thinking educator and collaborative school leader to refine and implement an educational program that promotes a culture of equity, excellence and innovation, and creates an effective instructional framework and learning environment to support the academic and social emotional development of students. We seek a flexible, focused, and inspirational leader, with extensive teaching experience working with students, educational leadership experience, and is passionate about experiential learning
Works with students, faculty and staff, and families to develop a strong, positive school culture, one defined by respect, responsibility, collaboration, and hard work
Provides leadership in student management, including student attendance, discipline, and student supervision outside the classroom
Recruits, hires, and supervises teachers and other school staff
Assists in the development and effectively managing a limited school budget
Teaches an elective or academic class
Prepares the school’s master schedule each semester
Performs other related duties as required and assigned
Curriculum and Instruction Responsibilities:
Oversees the implementation of the instructional program to ensure that all students have access to rigorous and relevant learning experiences
Supervise, evaluate, and develop, faculty, and staff members using Fugees Academy’s 360-evaluation model
Regularly monitors, observes, evaluates, and makes recommendations on classroom instruction
Promote professionalism, positive relationships and ethical behavior in the faculty
Implements high-quality and ongoing professional development to support student learning and improve teacher performance
Stimulate and participate in the conversation about teaching and learning at the school
Manage the curricula, class schedules, assessments, graduation requirements, and all other aspects of Fugees Academy’s academic program
Student Engagement, Safety, and Support Responsibilities:
Organize/assist in the organization of school showcases, events and activities that take place during and outside of Fugees Academy’s school hours
Manage Fugees Academy’s discipline policies and exceptionally-high standards of behavior
Supervise the school’s support systems, such as academic support, after-school tutoring program, dual enrollment, college and career counseling, physical and mental health and wellness
Oversee the school safety and communication with its landlord including building security and safety, emergency procedures, transportation regulations, fire drills, inclement weather, etc.
Utilize soccer, the house system and pride pass program to promote a healthy student culture in and out of school that is aligned with Fugees Academy’s Creed and core values
Optimizes all-school gatherings including assemblies, pep rally, performances, etc.
Oversee and implement Fugees Academy’s character education standards, programs, and ethical teachings in keeping with the mission of the school
Reports student progress to parents, house leaders and after school coordinator in a timely and constructive manner
Qualifications & Experience:
Master’s Degree or higher in a field of education
Eligible for state-level professional certification in a teaching or service field and in Educational Leadership is strongly preferred
Leadership and management experience in a school administrative leadership position or a relevant sector
Minimum of four years of full-time classroom teaching experience, preferably in an urban setting
Effective skills in curriculum development, instructional practices, interpretation of test data, and budget management
Experience planning, supervising, and evaluating the work of teachers and other school staff members
Preference given to individuals with refugee/immigrant community experience
Citizenship, residency or work VISA in the United States required
Location: This opportunity is for those located in (or willing to relocate) to Columbus, OH for the 2019-2020 school year. Following the 2019-2020 school year, the fellow will relocate to Cleveland, Ohio for the inaugural 2020-2021 school year.
Benefits and Salary: Salary for this position is $45,000-$55,000. In addition, a comprehensive health and dental package is included.
Start Date: May 2019
How to Apply: Interested candidates should review our website www.fugeesfamily.org to ensure his or her professional goals and educational philosophy align with The Fugees Academy. Please send your resume and cover letter, 3-5 references and a statement of education philosophy to Luma Mufleh, CEO, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to indicate which position you are applying for. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Candidates with less than three years of full-time teaching experience will not be considered. Email is the preferred mode of communication – no phone calls please.
The Fugees Academy is an equal opportunity employer. The Academy is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from those with refugee and/or immigrant backgrounds, women, and minorities.
Required Skills and Competencies:
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, staff and the public
A strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement
A belief that all students can learn at high levels and should be held to high academic standards
Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Diplomacy and sensitivity to different cultural situations
Solid organizational and administrative skills
Must be a person of unquestionable character – high integrity, hardworking, and honest
Committed, and a team player capable of working with minimal supervision
Additional Salary Information: Health and dental insurance are included.
About Fugees Family
The Fugees Academy is an independent, community-based middle and high school emphasizing academic and character development of refugee children. Our student body represents 22 different countries, including Burundi, Iraq, African Central Republic and Burma. The school is in its eighth year, and is SAIS and SACS accredited. It blends creative teaching with academic fundamentals, interwoven with leadership and character building. The Fugees Academy packs a normal K-8 education into three years of middle school so that students are then ready for a college preparatory curriculum in high school.
The Fugees Academy serves a pressing need that is not currently being met by Georgia’s traditional public education system – the education of refugee children in an environment where their unique academic challenges are understood. Through small classes, high expectations, and targeted instruction, Fugees Academy empowers the most vulnerable of students–child survivors of war—to become independent thinkers and high-achieving scholars. Working as a team both on and off the field, members of the Fugees Academy community strive to support each other while working to achieve individual goals. ...We believe that this team mind-set nurtures and prepares young adults who will be the next generation of international and community leaders.