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Santa Fe, NM


Summary: New Mexico Connections Academy (NMCA) is a tuition-free, online public virtual school serving students in grades 4\u201312 throughout the state. The school is authorized by the New Mexico Public Education Commission. The school\u2019s Governing Council has selected Connections Academy of New Mexico, LLC, as its provider for online education. Connections Academy is a division of Pearson Online and Blended Learning, which is accredited by AdvancED. Position and Responsibilities: New Mexico Connections Academy (NMCA) seeks a dynamic, visionary leader and change agent to serve as its next Executive Director. This position ensures all students receive a personalized learning plan by implementing a distance education instructional program with fidelity. The Executive Director is responsible for establishing an organizational culture: putting the interests of students and families first; recruiting, retaining and developing faculty and staff; building and growing relationships with key external stakeholders including regulators; and implementing the vision established by the NMCA Governing Council where every child receives a personalized and customized education, and academic achievement is at the forefront. Working from our office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Executive Director will manage staff as they consult regularly with Learning Coaches and students, ensuring that each child successfully completes his\/her instructional program. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing overall school operations working with parents, students, support staff, and certified teachers who \u201cvirtually\u201d facilitate a home-based student instructional program. The Executive Director will spend the majority of their time dealing with external stakeholders on matters of policy, budget, academic outcomes, reporting, and supervision. Other key responsibilities include the following: Oversee the implementation of the proven school curriculum and school operation protocols; Ensure that staff exhibit and maintain a high level of professionalism, instructional support, and customer service by implementing a vision for the school; Deliver the academic success and outcomes of the school, based on a list of annual school goals which include the School\u2019s charter goals to improve student academic achievement, Connection Academy school focus goals, and the A-F charter framework goals, and the Accountability score on the State Report Card; Work with school staff to create, implement, manage, and monitor the School Improvement Plan; Ensure all state reporting is completed correctly and on time; Maintain relationships with the NM PED and PEC while staying current on the state\u2019s policies, procedures, and legislation, including specific Special Education procedures; Attend all Governing Council meetings; Provide the Governing Council with regular written and verbal reports and updates; Exhibit high quality, timely communication with all NMCA staff, students, and families as well as NM PED and PEC; Responsible for establishing, monitoring, implementing the School\u2019s budget; including working closely with School Business Manager on staffing, budgeting, grants, and contracts in accordance with New Mexico laws and regulations; Work closely with Board Legal Counsel as needed; Act as state-trained procurement officer for the school; Work closely with Principal and Pearson Online and Blended Learning staff to implement the core operational model; Work with administrative team to implement any program changes processes and procedures, and\/or new software application introductions; Handle any student and parent issues escalated from Principal, Oversee the management of, contracting and\/or delivery of Special Education services to ensure that the school is in compliance with state and federal laws; Oversee the implementation and coordination of state standardized testing process and ensure high student participation rates meeting state and federal guidelines; Ensure support of Governing Council to include frequent communication, specialized reports or information as needed; Act as the \u201cface of the school\u201d at school events and with the Department of Education, this could include testimony; Supervise and evaluate all school staff as required by the state; and Perform all other duties as assigned. Requirements New Mexico Administrator License Preferred, Level 3B Administrative or management experience required, charter school management a plus. Strong leadership qualities and a commitment to goal-directed management and accountability School turnaround experience, preferred Bachelor\u2019s and Master\u2019s Degree from a regionally accredited college\/university Excellent communication skills, both oral and written Customer-focused approach Flexible, ability to transition from task to task quickly Demonstrated ability to work well in fast paced environment Team player Technologically proficient (especially with Microsoft Office products and Google Suite)

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