Truxton Academy Charter School announces a unique job opportunity as Head of School at a new, rural elementary SUNY charter school. The ideal candidate will be passionate about Truxton Academy’s mission, goals, culture, and values and will become the school’s philosophical and instructional leader.
Qualifications Required for Head of School
Commitment to Truxton Academy’s mission, goals, culture, and values
Demonstration of obvious passion for teaching, leadership, and enhancing student achievement
Exemplary communication skills and a positive, collaborative, caring attitude toward elementary school students, their parents, and teachers
Mature personal qualities including strong work ethic, dependability, self-motivation, team-orientation, and flexibility
Strong recommendations from prior employers, colleagues, and employees
Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably a master’s degree
Successful teaching and administrative experience in an elementary school with Common Core curriculum standards, NYS curriculum, data reporting requirements, and English-language learners (ELL)
A clear understanding of financial management of a school, including budgeting, auditing, and data processing
Strong technology skills and experience with data analysis
Receptive to implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and the Conscious Discipline curriculum
Knowledge of state and federal education laws and regulations
Qualifications Desired for Head of School
Develop specific operations, goals, and objectives to implement the strategic goals mutually established with the Board
Hire, supervise, mentor, and evaluate teaching staff in collaboration with the Student Achievement Coordinator
Hire, supervise, and evaluate support staff
Manage substitute teachers for classrooms
Oversee admission of students, including lottery procedures
In consultation with the Board of Trustees, informed by the Truxton Academy Policy Manual, make final decisions regarding disciplinary action or dismissal of staff
Ensure that all NYS reporting requirements are met
Be responsible for the delivery of Special Education services in collaboration with School staff members and participating school districts
Facilitate staff meetings to guide and support staff
Oversee facility management
Be certified in or scheduled to complete Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) program in Educational Leadership
Maintain regular, ongoing, and open dialogue with the Board of Trustees
Serve as the chief communicator between the Board and the staff
Promote highly effective and open communications between staff, parents and Board
Be the public spokesperson for Truxton Academy Charter School
Cultivate positive relationships with staff, Board of Trustees, and school community
Promote a constructive relationship with the Homer Central School District, all other participating districts, and the New York State Department of Education
Finance and Fund Development
Prepare and present the annual operating budget to the Board in conjunction with the Board Treasurer and Financial Advisor
Administer the operating budget and be accountable to the Board for effective business management
Prepare annual budget recommendations for personnel, committees, facilities, and programs.
Prepare reports for annual financial and academic audits
Apply for grants to enhance the economic viability of the school
Serve as a non-voting member of Truxton Academy Charter School Board
Be familiar with best practices in fund development and serve as philanthropic ambassador to the Truxton Academy community
Professional Staff Development
Support teaching staff regarding Project-Based Learning, STEM, Spanish language integration, Conscious Discipline, and full implementation of the school’s mission
Develop and implement enrollment plan and assure proper student-teacher ratios
Provide opportunities for ongoing professional development for all staff
Encourage staff to propose, plan, and develop programs in accordance with the mission of Truxton Academy
Compliance and Accountability for School Operations
Conduct written evaluations of staff
Oversee student evaluation and implement student assessment
Supervise ongoing program evaluation, including curriculum standards and curriculum development
Ensure that the school is in compliance with all applicable government laws and regulations
Evaluate school operations
The Truxton Academy Charter School Board of Trustees and Applicant Group was inspired by the success of a rural, agricultural-focused elementary public charter school in Walton, Kansas. The U.S. Department of Education produced a 7-minute video of this School entitled “Using Agriculture to Spur Achievement-The Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center.” This video can be viewed on https://youtu.be/HQT2uwDXcF0.
Truxton Academy Charter School is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and seeks and welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
Truxton Academy Charter School serves Truxton and Homer and surrounding communities in New York State. Truxton Academy is situated in northern Cortland County surrounded by farms, forests, and other natural areas.
Truxton Academy provides a unique educational design reflecting the desire to establish an alternative elementary school offering the opportunity for students to learn in a rigorous academic environment with a relevant, dynamic curriculum. The participating students will experience an integrated Project-Based Learning curriculum, STEM, Spanish language learning, and Conscious Discipline. Environmental settings, local farms, and agri-businesses will be essential components of the learning experience at Truxton Academy.
Truxton Academy Charter School Mission
The Truxton Academy Charter School cultivates enthusiasm for learning through our project-based curriculum celebrating rural life, environmental stewardship, and our agricultural heritage. By integrating the real world into student-centered learning, Truxton Academy plants a strong foundation for future academic success.
Truxton Academy Charter School will open in Truxton, New York in the fall of 2019... with kindergarten, first and second-grade students in five classrooms. The school will expand one grade level yearly until reaching full operation (K-6th grade), serving over 140 elementary students by 2025.