Carolina Voyager Charter School is a newly approved public charter school in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, that will open its doors to 92 students in grades K-2 for the 2014-2015 school year. Voyager will grow by one grade each year to serve 414 students in grades K-8 by 2020. The school will be governed by a Board of Directors and will operate under the sponsorship of the Charleston County School District (CCSD). The development and approval of Voyager’s charter has been supported by dozens of community members, civic and educational leaders and lawmakers. Private donors have committed significant capital funds to the school’s startup.
As with any start-up charter school, “change is a constant.” We need someone ready to thrive in that environment. The School Leader will report to Voyager’s Board of Directors, many of whom served on the Charter Committee, and will work with the charter project manager to open the school during its planning year. This will include, in short summary, finding and renovating a leased facility to house the school, hiring staff, developing the academic program, and establishing operational procedures.
You will serve as the instructional leader for the school and will actively promote 21st century teaching and learning expectations; technology integration that fosters student learning; social and emotional development for all students; a nurturing learning environment; rigorous and challenging curriculum; data-driven decision making, standards-based instruction, learning and assessment; instructional excellence with high expectation for professional collaboration; professional learning communities; and focused professional development.
In addition to curriculum and program development, a primary focus for this planning year will be on recruiting, hiring, coaching and training Voyager’s academic faculty—hiring and supporting adults who can best support each student’s needs. Teachers will be hired as the student population expands, starting with teachers for the kindergarten, first, and second grades. You and your staff will develop an academic program that is consistently rigorous and structured to support achievement for all students.
As School Leader, you will relentlessly focus on outcomes as described by our charter, using data at all levels to ensure that activity is never mistaken for progress. You will maintain commitment to the higher order/critical thinking environment for students while balancing the need for test preparation to meet state standardized testing goals and requirements. You will serve as the role model for both the adult and student community by constantly and consistently demonstrating Voyager’s core values.
Curricular and Instructional Leadership
Lead the school in the recruitment and retention of the teaching staff required to provide proper instructional and support resources for the operation of the school program (English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science, P.E., Spanish, Music, Visual Art).
Administer the development and maintenance of a positive educational program designed to meet the needs of the school, its employees and students and to ensure that the school’s mission is carried out.
Inspire, lead, guide, and direct every member of the instructional and support services team in setting and achieving the highest standards of excellence, so that each individual student enrolled in the school may have a complete, valuable, meaningful and personally rewarding education.
Provide a supportive environment for all Voyager employees, and promote academic freedom, trust, and respect among all employees.
Communicate openly, effectively, and often with all faculty and staff through regularly scheduled staff meetings, written bulletins, and email.
Serve as the school’s instructional leader for the first four years of opening, ensuring that curricula are aligned with standards of the South Carolina State Department of Education.
Oversee student and staff preparation for the administration of assessments that monitor student learning and drive on-going curricular and instructional design; calculate results of testing data for dissemination.
Plan and lead the school’s professional development activities in collaboration with the faculty.
Supervise and evaluate the performance of all academic personnel through informal and formal classroom observations, conducting one-on-one conferences as necessary, coaching staff to achieve higher levels of success, and providing verbal and written feedback regarding positives and concerns.
Serve as the chief administrative and supervisory official of the school and recommend annual goals and a strategic plan to the Board for adoption.
Plan and implement the master schedule in collaboration with the faculty, including, but not limited to the following: assemblies, attendance, daily and yearly calendars, common space environments, community meetings, field trips, fire drills, lunch protocols and procedures for students and staff, schedule, inclement weather day protocols, staff meetings, adherence to student/parent and staff handbooks, student enrichment programs, and substitute teachers.
Prepare the annual budget for board approval and monitor the expenditures. First year’s operating budget has been approved by CCSD.
Participating in the formulation, implementation, evaluation and enforcement of the Student Handbook, with special emphasis on the student discipline policy.
Continuously monitor the development and needs of the school and keep the school’s stakeholders informed.
Ensure that accurate and current student and personnel records are maintained according to the established record-keeping format.
Stay abreast of current research in education.
Carry out other duties that may be assigned by the board.
School Culture Leadership
Develop and maintain a safe and positive school culture for all students.
Manage ongoing, active and honest communication that contributes to building a stronger, loyal, teaching and learning community.
Act as a student advocate to ensure the rights of all students are respected.
Act as a liaison among the school, the home, and the community.
Represent the school before the public and keep the public informed of the activities, needs, and successes of the school
There are characteristics that are essential to lead Voyager. We expect:
Passionate commitment to Voyager’s mission and vision
Unquestioned personal integrity and a strong moral and ethical character
A creative problem-solver and strategic thinker with impeccable judgment
A goal-setter with boundless energy who goes “above and beyond” what is expected
Approachable, accessible and highly visible
Enjoy and encourage a spirit of collaboration and team work
Able to communicate effectively in writing and orally
Able to sustain a calm, reasonable approach and to communicate capably in stressful or problematic situations while remaining a good listener
A believer in high standards, accountability for all, and continuous improvement
WORK EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION
The School Leader will be not just well educated, but also able to demonstrate work experience where they were entrepreneurial with ability to effectively lead staff. We desire:
At least two years of school administrative experience; five years desired
Master’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university desired
Holds or is eligible for a South Carolina certificate in administration
Proven success in attaining rigorous academic goals for all students especially those in elementary and middle school
Demonstrated development and implementation expertise with high-quality curriculum, instruction and assessment practices
Strong management and leadership skills, and experience building highly functioning teams
Internet savvy and passionate about emerging technology
Strong organizational, operational and interpersonal skills
Successful teaching experience in a diverse educational setting
·Proficient in MS Office Suite and willing to learn new student data and communications systems
Salary Range:$65,000 – 85,000
Qualified candidates interested in this opportunity are invited to submit their resume and cover letter with a brief statement of educational philosophy and practice to:
Attn:Human Resources PO Box 20192 Charleston, SC 29413
Carolina Voyager Charter School is committed to the letter and spirit of equality. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in hiring and employment, nor in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and other programs.