If you are a leader in the world of Special Education and have always imagined a world where individuals on the autism spectrum are empowered to thrive, we have the opportunity of a lifetime. Gersh Academy is looking for an Executive Director to lead the charge in providing an environment where programs and services are customized around our student’s individual needs both inside and outside the classroom. Our proven track record of success allows us to use our curriculum and vocational philosophies to create new and exciting experiences that benefit our students, their families and the community.
The priorities of this role are to serve as the chief administrator of the school and to be the local face and voice of Gersh Academy. As the chief administrator, you will be expected to implement our established best practices across policies, programs, curriculum, and activities as well as develop new and innovative ways to leverage your surroundings to promote the educational development and therapeutic program of our students. As the local face and voice of Gersh Academy, you will be expected to understand, support and promote our culture and philosophy inside and outside the school. You will help drive enrollment and create a network of meaningful relationships with the community, autism organizations, staff and parents/families.
Duties and responsibilities
Implement effective and clear procedures for the operation and functioning of the school consistent with the mission, values and goals of Gersh Academy
Implement and communicate new and innovative ways to work based on the local school environment
Ensure compliance with all laws, policies and civil regulations
Manage the school budget
Ensure the maintenance of an attractive, organized, functional, healthy, clean and safe facility, with proper attention to the visual, acoustic and thermal environments
Ensure that class records including attendance and school policies are followed and any audit exceptions are corrected immediately
Develop and disseminate a schedule ensuring classrooms and program activities are supervised as assigned
Ensure personnel and student record keeping procedures comply with state and federal law
Develop clearly understood procedures and provide regular drills for emergencies and disasters
Staff Leadership and Management:
Define the responsibilities, accountabilities and professional development of all staff
Supervise and appraise staff performance and facilitate professional growth of staff
Establish a professional rapport with students and staff. Serve as a role model for teachers and students, dressing professionally, demonstrating the importance and relevance of learning, accepting responsibility and demonstrating pride in the education profession
Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents and school staff. Assume responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of students, employees and visitors.
Meet regularly with staff to discuss the operation of the school, identify needs and report on success.
Education / Clinical Focus:
Supervise instructional programs, evaluate lesson plans, observe classes and encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child development
Ensure instructional programs address each student’s needs, interests and skill levels and encourage the student to define individual goals and accept responsibility for learning while providing a variety of methods for the student to demonstrate performance and accomplishments
Analyze and report student performance data and utilize as a basis for curriculum improvement and staff development needs
Oversee implementation of Individual Education Plans
Continue to develop curriculum, program evaluation, allocation of instructional materials and resources, and coordination of activities, ensuring the curriculum is current and addresses the Learning Standards
Keep abreast of new information, evidence-based practices and innovative ideas
Establish meaningful relationships and trust and rapport with families and other adults in the lives of the students
Develop collaborative relationships with other private and public school leaders
Attend professional conferences in support of school administration and autism
Represent the school at community and state events and professional meetings
Schedule open houses for the community
Liaise with fundraiser to promote events and activities
Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Related Field required
Master’s Degree preferred
At least 10 years’ experience in special education preferred
Extensive experience with children on the Autism Spectrum preferred
Demonstrate excellent leadership and organizational skills
Demonstrate the ability to motivate people
Certified as a School Building Leader (SBL) preferred
Experience as building leader preferred
Working Knowledge of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) preferred
Experience in admissions, sales and/or marketing of a school or program required
Intermediate experience with MS Office required
Highly organized and strong follow-through with tasks and promises
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
At Gersh Academy, we do not subscribe to one style of teaching or approach to learning, as we understand that each child is unique. We believe every child deserves the opportunity to grow and thrive in the school setting, as well as in the community and home. Our teachers identify the type of thinker and learner each student is, allowing them to develop a program for him or her that ensures succes...s. Whether a student is a verbal, auditory, photo-realistic and/or pattern thinker, we customize a program that meets his or her needs. Through a myriad of approaches, we teach, support and guide students to meet their own individual potential and personal best.