Executive Director

The curriculum and teaching practices at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School place students at the center of their learning in a hands-on way, actively engaged in exploring questions and coached by their teachers towards the demonstration of mastery of higher-order concepts and skills. The curriculum does not rely on textbooks – it is driven instead by rich and interesting projects and learning experiences that help learners to gain and show understanding and develop meaningful skills. We have 628 total students, 126 employees, two campuses (elementary and middle) and a $13 million annual budget.

We are seeking an experienced leader with proven organizational management skills, a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, experience in community building, and a demonstrated ability to lead an institution dedicated to student success. Applications will be accepted through February 18, 2023.

The mission of our school is to:

  • Build an empowered and inclusive community of students, parents, and educators
  • Engage the whole child—intellectually, social-emotionally, and physically
  • Help all students to know themselves and to be known well by their community
  • Challenge each student to take an active role as an informed citizen in a global society
  • Collaborate with the larger community to advocate for student-centered schools

We are committed to strengthening and preserving diversity, fostering an environment of equity and ensuring that we are as inclusive as we can possibly be.

Elementary Grades
Each K-5 student is a part of a classroom community led by a two-teacher partnership. These two teachers are responsible for developing lesson plans specifically suited to the academic and social-emotional needs of their students. All students participate in a related arts rotation that adds to the learning experience in the core academic subject areas. Our pedagogical approach is rooted in Constructivism – the philosophy that students should not simply take in information passively; they should instead be coached through a learning experience that builds knowledge and understanding.

Elementary Campus – 688 Grant Street, SE
The elementary campus is located in an historic Atlanta Public Schools facility in the heart of the Grant Park neighborhood. It includes a media center, art room, music room, a farm, and indoor and outdoor cafeteria and two recess fields/play areas.

Middle Grades
Building on the experiences of grades K-5, students in grades 6-8 transition into eight academic subject areas that focus on conceptual understanding and essential skills.These eight subject areas are: Arts, Design, Health and Physical Education, Individuals and Societies, Language and Literature, Spanish Language Acquisition, Mathematics, and Sciences. Within each subject area, teachers focus on teaching and learning in context while still continuing to develop attributes of the whole child.

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School offering the Middle Years Programme. IB World Schools and Neighborhood Charter share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that we believe is important for our middle grades students.

Middle Campus – 820 Essie Avenue, SE
Students in grades 6-8 take classes at a separate campus from our elementary students. The campus is also located in an historic Atlanta Public Schools building in the heart of the Ormewood Park neighborhood. It includes a media center, a gym/auditorium, well-equipped classrooms, a courtyard, a farm and newly renovated recess fields.

Responsibilities

Leadership

  • Ensures compliance with all school, local, state and federal policies.
  • Provides leadership for the articulation and implementation of the school’s mission and strategic goals.
  • Serves as a steward for the principles of the school including constructivist learning practices, Conscious Discipline, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Collaborates with the school’s leadership team to develop and sustain a coordinated K-8 system for:
    • Setting student learning goals
    • Collecting and analyzing data related to those goals
    • Providing professional development for faculty/staff towards meeting these goals
  • Ensures horizontal and vertical alignment of the K-8 educational program.
  • Oversees communication with faculty/staff, students, and families.
  • Directs the development, supervision and evaluation process for faculty and staff
  • Leads the K-8 school leadership team in a collaborative manner that engages and empowers others to take action and responsibility to achieve results.
  • Communicates effectively and concisely with the school leadership team and staff.
  • Leads staff in maintaining and strengthening the school’s culture, using the school’s mission as a guide.
  • Develops clear direction and shared purpose that guides and unifies all stakeholders and builds community within the school family.
  • Demonstrates personal growth and development and sets an example for others by seeking and reflecting on feedback and experiences.
  • Assumes responsibility for their own professional growth and development through membership and participation in the affairs of professional organizations, through attendance at relevant regional, state, and national meetings.
  • Keeps abreast of changes and developments in the profession by attending professional meetings, reading professional journals, and discussing problems of mutual interest with others in the field.

Organizational Management

  • Performs regular cycles of long-range strategic planning and annual goal setting that incorporates data on student performance and stakeholder feedback.
  • Drives a collaborative planning process with the K-8 leadership team that ensures all charter requirements are met and yearly goals that align with the charter goals are established.
  • Updates and executes the long-term Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School Strategic Plan.
  • Develops and refines strategic goals towards fulfilling the school’s mission, including identifying critical gaps between where the school is and where it aspires to be, establishes clear benchmarks, and tracks and measures performance.
  • Ensures processes and procedures are in place to assess organizational performance and to support planning for ongoing student success.
  • Assesses performance against set indicators of success.
  • Develops, articulates, and maintains policies and procedures that are consistent with the school’s mission, philosophy, and goals.
  • Emphasizes the successful engagement of the whole child – academically, social-emotionally, and physically, as primary measures and indicators of success.
  • Oversees and supports the development, design and delivery of program initiatives, assuring that the goals and objectives are aligned with the school’s overall strategic plan.
  • Partners with the Board to supervise all aspects of legal and charter compliance, including keeping abreast of legislative issues and developments.
  • Drives a collaborative process to successfully renew the charter as required.
  • Ensures the school maintains a balanced budget and strong financial health.
  • Leads the school leadership team and Board in preparing budgets, monitoring progress, and initiating changes as appropriate.

School Culture

  • Inspires parents, faculty, staff and community members to actively collaborate in order to support the school’s mission. Maintains an explicit shared vision for the school that incorporates the voices and perspectives of diverse stakeholders and opinions.
  • Maintains a unified school culture as defined by the school’s mission and guiding principles.
  • Fosters open communication among faculty, staff, and families and respects diversity, strives for equity, and leads inclusively.
  • Effectively delegates decision-making and problem-solving to appropriate personnel.
  • Listens to and responds appropriately to faculty, staff, student, parent/guardian, and community concerns; delegates to appropriate authority and follows through to resolution.
  • Involves various stakeholders in decision making where appropriate.

Governing Board Partnership

  • Works collaboratively with the Board as stewards of the charter and the school’s governing body.
  • Serves as ex-officio member of the Governing Board and primary liaison between the school leadership team and Board.
  • Meets regularly with the Board Chair and individual committee chairs.
  • Provides the Board with pertinent and timely data and information needed to effectively perform its fiduciary duty and ensure charter contract goals are met.
  • Promotes Board development and engagement with school community and external partners, as appropriate.
  • Partners with the Board in identifying and cultivating a diverse board that links the school to stakeholders and brings valuable relationships and resources to the school.
  • Promotes understanding and good working relationships between the Board and faculty/staff.
  • Communicates and provides direction to the Board on all school-related matters.
  • Recommends needed policy changes and action to the Board.

Fundraising

  • Works collaboratively with the Board to advance a clearly defined plan that guides all fundraising and marketing strategies employed by the school.
  • Actively recruits, pursues, tracks, and maintains a diverse donor base of individual, business, foundation and government segments.
  • Cultivates positive relationships with existing partners and financial supporters.
  • Identifies school needs and writes proposals for grants, corporate, foundation, and individual support of those needs.
  • Serves as primary spokesperson to all audiences (government, media, funders, and community partners).

Administration and Human Resources

  • Applies principles of best practice and integrity to guide the overall school operation.
  • Recruits, develops, manages and retains high-quality, diverse leadership team members and administrative staff who in turn recruit, develop, manage, and retain high-quality and diverse teams.
  • Supervises and evaluates Principals and other Leadership Team Members/Direct Reports.
  • Ensures compliance of all Neighborhood Charter, state, and federal, policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Confirms annual completion and documentation of annual performance reviews.

Community Relations

  • Develops and executes a strategy to establish and maintain strong connections to prospective parents.
  • Develops and oversees the creation and execution of a strategic marketing plan that provides a clear and concise message.
  • Fosters community engagement to continue student success and strengthen the school community.
  • Develops and nurtures family and community relationships and maintains a positive image of the school in the community.
  • Effectively communicates the school’s goals, values, and strategic direction with the school family as well as the broader community.
  • Pursues the school’s goals with respect to student and faculty/staff diversity, and fosters equity and inclusion within our school community.
  • Develops plans that promote good relations between the school and the community and attends meetings in surrounding communities.
  • Promotes effective communication between families and the school and encourages parent visits and involvement in decision-making as appropriate.
  • Establishes and makes use of working relationships with local school board and other politicians, as well as leadership at peer schools.
  • Develops and maintains connections with local, state, and national organizations.
  • Represents and advocates for Neighborhood Charter at the local and the state level, including the Georgia charter school community.
  • Participates in community affairs that promote Neighborhood Charter’s mission.
  • Promotes and advances the school as appropriate via news media.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following experience and skills:

  • At least seven years of key leadership experience (education, non-profit, and/or corporate)
  • Strong training and experience in educational leadership
  • The ability to develop and execute short and long term strategic plans
  • An in-depth understanding of the body of laws and regulations impacting public education in general and charter schools in particular
  • Effective communication and management skills
  • An ability to work effectively with a diverse population of colleagues, students and families
  • An ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, administration, parents, community members and others to support and implement the vision and goals of the school
  • An unwavering commitment to equity and inclusion

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School will pay a competitive salary based on education and experience.

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