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Executive Director

Home Careers Executive Director
Submitted: February 17
Closing: March 15


Beth Ferry
Business Manager

Phone: 218 387 9322

Fax: 218 387 9344


Location Great Expectations School
550 E 5th St
PO Box 310
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Categories Licensed
Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Health Insurance Included
Minnesota Teacher's License Preferred
Work Commitment Full-Time
To Apply

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Job Description

Great Expectations Charter School seeks a qualified individual to fill the role of Executive Director as we continue our educational journey and mission: To develop in each child:

· A love of learning
· Critical and creative thinking skills
· Mastery of the academic building blocks
· The ability to nurture family, friends, and self
· A strong commitment to being a contributing member of a community
· Open-heartedness toward others
· A passion for life-long learning

The Director of Great Expectations Charter School (GES) operates under the GES School Board’s policy direction as well as in compliance with state and federal laws governing charter schools. The Director is ultimately accountable for GES instruction and assessment, human resources and personnel, financial planning, legal compliance, effective communication, and school community relationship building. The Director contributes to creating a safe, structured, and joyful learning community that fosters a lifelong love of learning; leading with clarity and resolve while handling challenges and obstacles with heart and humility. Demonstrating unending passion for the GES mission, the Director will be on-site during student contact days and will work as needed to accomplish school goals throughout the year.


Candidates will be able to provide objective evidence of the following essential and desired qualifications:

· Formal education in school administration or willingness to pursue
· A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
· 3 years of teaching experience
· 3 years of administrative experience or business leadership of similar scope/complexity

· Current Elementary Teaching license
· Master’s degree in administration or education
· Principal or Superintendent licensure
· 3 years of charter school leadership experience
· Familiarity with Special Education procedures, licensure
· Evidence of work experience in positive, creative & inclusive school settings

Work experience demonstrating the following competencies:
· Creative problem solving and improvising skills to meet the needs of a thriving school where resources are sometimes limited
· Translating organizational vision and mission into strategies and work plans that drive action and produce positive results
· Developing strong relationships at all levels throughout the school community

Institution Description

Instruction and Assessment
· Facilitate the development of curriculum with educators and document the master curriculum plan, including assessment progress reporting
· Evaluate results from assessments including MAPS, FastBridge, and MCA testing to monitor and support student achievement
· Provide summaries of student achievement and progress towards Authorizer goals quarterly to the Board and annually to the Authorizer and other stakeholders, as required
· Work with a variety of stakeholders including educators, parents, and others to identify program goals and document data to inform World’s Best Workforce reporting
Human Resources and Personnel
· Take responsibility for modelling the Responsive Classroom approach to establish a school environment of trust and respect, and ensure its school-wide use fostering student and staff responsibility and accountability
· Oversee staff screening, hiring, onboarding, professional development, and licensure, including discipline and dismissal
· Conduct staff evaluations annually and set schedules for performance feedback for new employees
· Set salaries for staff within constraints of the budget, communicate salaries to business manager
Financial Management
· Oversee the formation and implementation of the annual budgets
· Ensure execution of the Financial Policies
· Accountable to the Board for meeting financial goals, as established by Financial Policy, the Authorizer goals, and MDE, and report on them quarterly
· Create grant planning, narratives, and final reports for federal, state and local awards. Accept, add narrative, and sign applications in SERVS
Legal and Compliance Management
· Educate and lead the board in policy and by-law compliance, as aligns with MACS
· Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local laws related to governance of charter schools
· Ensure compliance with reporting requirements of MDE and the school authorizer
· Collaborate with the Special Ed Director to oversee compliance with Special Ed program
Effective Communication
· Ensure a safe physical and emotional environment for students and staff through positive framing, proactive rather than reactive management, kind communication with students and adults, predictability, and consistent routine
· Communicate with families regularly, with newsletters, emails, phone calls, and meetings as required by student performance
· Engage with families through student work celebrations several times a year and at conferences
· Demonstrate a passion for education and the school’s mission; communicate through publications, radio updates, and service on relevant community boards
Board, Authorizer and Community Relationship building
· Provide a Director’s Report monthly for the Board on school current events and broader school issues
· Submit materials on time as requested to the Authorizer
· Strengthen the sense of school and community connection by engaging students and teachers with local resources, volunteers, and the surrounding environment
· Plan and communicate with Great Expectations Foundation to ensure safe and appropriate building and grounds use and maintenance; report on GEF activities and progress to the board

Salary and benefits are commensurate with candidate qualifications and work experience.

Great Expectations Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. GES does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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