The Executive Director carries out CPA’s broad educational mission and policies as established by the Board.
Specific Responsibilities for this Position include:
Embraces and champions CPA’s mission
Positions CPA as a trend setter in the educational field
Finds opportunities for the expansion and replication of CPA’s role as a model center for high quality education.
Relationship with the Board of Directors
Works closely with the Board of Directors in designing, implementing and monitoring a five year strategic plan.
In collaboration with the Organization and Leadership Committee, develops and administers a comprehensive talent acquisition and retention vision and strategic plan, which includes concrete recommendations for improvement and specific, achievable deliverables,
In collaboration with the Academic Committee, ensures and administers a comprehensive staff development program ensuring that high performing team members are engaged, retained, and have clear development opportunities and career pathways
Builds, stewards and socializes an organizational culture strategy, which includes a robust on and off boarding program and integrates and socializes our core values and commitment to equity.
In collaboration with the Academic Committee, works with staff to identify curriculum needs and program support.
The Executive Director is responsible for the supervision of the principal(s), the business manager and other programs such as CPA Plus.
Serves as a liaison between the school and the management company to ensure the delivery of services as per the management agreement.
Develops and leads the administrative team of CPA. The Executive Director shares and delegates to his or her immediate subordinates in a manner that promotes effective communication and works to produce smooth day-to-day internal operations
Engages with the school district Instructional Director on matters related to the school system.
Effectively assesses, manages and mitigates risks that will negatively impact the mission of the school. Recommends responses to regulatory and legislative actions that mitigate potential impacts.
Finances and Administration
Reviews all financial activities and ensures all internal control procedures and policies are monitored and implemented.
Works closely with finance manager to prepare the annual budget for review and approval by the finance committee and presentation and approval by the Board of Trustees.
Ensures that the available financial resources are carefully managed within the budgetary guidelines.
Takes responsibility for the preparation of monthly financial statements to the Board on various matters concerning CPA’s financial health, including enrollment, outstanding accounts, revenue, expenditures, and cash flow projections.
Parent and Community Relations
Cultivates effective relationships with all stakeholders including students, families, faculty, staff, board of directors, The University of Maryland, the City of College Park, the Prince George’s County Public Schools, elected officials, donors and the Maryland State Department of Education
Serves as a liaison on all media communications.
Serves as a primary spokesperson for CPA and promotes its programs to the public.
Ensures the school participates in community projects and civic activities.
Supports meaningful alumni, parent, past-parent and greater community participation in events that aid and support the goals of CPA.
Works to promote constructive relationships between students, faculty and administrators, recognizing the importance of developing each individual.
Communicates CPA’s achievements, progress and milestones to Board of Directors, parents, constituents and community.
Solicits financial resources including corporate donations and grants from private and governmental agencies.
In collaboration with the Development and Marketing Committee, assumes ultimate responsibility for ensuring development and fundraising goals are met. Articulates the center’s unique mission and the value of the goals for which funds are being raised to constituents and community. Efforts including working with the Board to increase fundraising activities, grant writing supervision, and coordinating with parent volunteers.
Experience: Listed below are experiences that are relevant to the position, and would be considered desirable.
Independent school administration.
Understanding of the academic, fiscal, social and advocacy responsibilities of non-profit organizations and schools.
Business operational knowledge including leadership, management and budget. Community building.
Experience as a senior leader.
Able to manage the vision and purpose of a blended learning education philosophy, while enhancing the diversity and inclusion of thought, experience and cultures within an education setting.
Strong business acumen with ability to make decisions and positively influence the customer experience.
Executive presence to inspire confidence and passion both internally and externally combined with the persistence and zeal to lead College Park Academy toward ambitious goals
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills with the ability to create and deliver compelling presentations to diverse groups of stakeholders
Ability to drive collaborative decision-making processes
Demonstrated experience as an effective leader able to motivate various constituencies to become strong stakeholders
Strategic thinker able to set priorities and inform/communicate with proper constituents in a culturally appropriate, compassionate yet clear fashion.