Algiers Charter seeks a dynamic, focused and accomplished leader to assume the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on or before June 2019.
The successful candidate will be an inspiring leader and communicator, be skilled at fostering a climate of academic excellence, organizational innovation, cooperation and growth, have significant hands-on administrative experience, strong technical skills, an accomplished background in management and assessment, budgeting, strategic planning, and be enthusiastically aligned with the Association’s philosophy, mission, values, culture, as well as the concept of a charter school.
The ideal candidate must be passionately committed to children, demonstrate an ability to focus on attaining rigorous academic goals for all students, and be accountable and committed to achieving high academic standards based on comparative and longitudinal measures, be adept at utilizing both quantitative and qualitative data, possess strong organizational, operational, interpersonal and public relations skills, have experience working with a Board, and with urban city populations, be a flexible and creative problem solver, and able to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
He/She will provide strong, decisive, energetic leadership to the organization and schools, and foster an environment of excellence in education. The Chief Executive Officer will maintain positive and open lines of communication with community leaders, neighboring school districts, state and national charter schools, local business leaders, as well as local and state legislators. He/She must be a visionary leader, an open collaborator, an effective delegator, be willing to further knowledge of best practices on a continuous basis and foster an environment of educational and personal growth. The Chief Executive Officer must be responsible, thoughtful, and transparent fiscally and strive to ensure the continued financial stability of Algiers Charter System Association and its schools.
The mission of Algiers Charter is to deliver and support education excellence in New Orleans. Algiers Charter is a community-based charter network committed to student success in both college and life. Every school is designed to support each child’s academic, social, and emotional journey.
Our approach in education is tailored across each grade level to be engaging, rigorous, and motivating. We believe those qualities are necessary in order for students to develop the critical thinking and core knowledge needed to succeed. Our educators and staff come from all backgrounds and work daily to guide our scholars towards their full potential. We believe wholeheartedly education equals success for our students and our community – and we always strive to put children first, for a better future.
In 2005, Algiers Charter was founded by a nonprofit board comprised of Orleans Parish School Board members and neighborhood representatives. At the time, Algiers Charter was a community-based solution that provided the first educational options for families returning to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. As of the 2019-2020 school year, Algiers Charter will support two schools, Behrman Elementary, and Landry-Walker High School. Both schools are open enrollment. That is, there are no selection criteria, and they must admit any student for whom there is an open seat. Both schools also serve high poverty populations almost exclusively and provide special education services.
Martin Behrman Elementary serves students in pre-kindergarten to grade eight. There are more than 700 students with 86 percent of the student body considered economically disadvantaged. The school offers gifted student services, the inclusion of special needs students, ESL services, and translation support and aftercare enrichment programs. Martin Behrman Charter School is considered a “C” grade school, as of 2018.
Landry-Walker High School serves students in grades nine through twelve. There are more than 1300 students with 88 percent of the student body considered economically disadvantaged and a 63 percent four-year graduation rate as of the 2016-17 school year. The school offers Dual Enrollment, AP and College Prep courses. Tutoring is available after school with partnerships within the community and option ACT preparation and tutoring available on the weekends. Additional programs include language instruction, the inclusion of special needs students and translation support. L.B. Landry – O. Perry Walker High School is considered an “F” grade school, as of 2018.
In brief, AC schools are focused on aligning every resource, every teacher, and every activity with rigorous educational standards. Data of all sorts are used throughout the operations to make sure that every decision is made in the best interests of students.
The seven-member Board of Trustees of Algiers Charter is a dedicated and hard-working group, with a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and is committed to the delivery of a high-quality education for students and their families.
The Chief Executive Officer will be a distinguished leader with demonstrated experience at a successful charter system or school administrator, division head, head of school, principal, executive director at a charter, traditional public school, independent school/organization or experience as a non-profit leader and manager.
- Degree[s] requirement – Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in business, education or a related field
- Leadership experience in a charter school/charter organization would be an asset
- Leadership and experience in urban setting/populations
- Understanding of/willingness to learn about the unique culture of ACSA schools, populations and communities
- Deep understanding and proven ability in curriculum/program development/design and the implementation of best practices
- Expertise in developing, evaluating and growing faculty and staff
- Financial acumen and fund-raising expertise
- Visionary and mission-driven
- Collaborative and a delegative leadership style
- Excellent oral/written communication and presentation skills
- Sense of entrepreneurship and innovation
- Proven critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Demonstrated self-motivation and initiative, as well as an ability to perform under pressure
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize, multitask, and work in a fast-paced environment
- Classroom experience would be an asset
- Proven ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
- Knowledge of PK-12 education practices
- Strong understanding of special education needs and issues
- Ability to engage families and the larger community in the life of the school surrounding academics
- Demonstrated previous fiscal responsibility of a major operating budget
- Knowledge of laws and regulations specific to charter schools
The Chief Executive Officer will believe, and act upon the belief, that all children can reach high levels of academic achievement regardless of background, need or ability. The CEO must:
Be passionately committed to children. The Chief Executive Officer’s love for learning, focus on children, and confidence in their ability to learn will be apparent in every aspect of his or her leadership style.
Be a strong, organized and independent manager. The CEO will establish high-performance standards; be accountable and hold others accountable and focused on goals and priorities; identify and remove barriers to objectives; show a willingness to strategically take tough, principled stands even when unpopular; ensure that adequate resources are available to achieve objectives; and make decisions that benefit the system’s mission and continuing financial viability. He or she will involve administrators, faculty and staff in decisions that affect them and address performance issues promptly – with fairness, firmness, and consistency.
Be an inspiring leader and communicator. The CEO must possess the confidence and ability to continuously articulate high expectations for academic achievement by every student, as well as the capacity to inspire administrators, teachers, parents, children and potential funders/donors to embrace that vision. He or she will project positive energy and enthusiasm, welcome public presentations and have stage presence as well as self-assurance.
Be a proven team builder with strong people leadership skills. The CEO will assist in the retention and recruitment of a superior and diverse faculty and staff and manage their performance and growth by assessing, coaching and developing their potential. He or she will work collaboratively with all staff/leadership team and resolve issues that affect them while maintaining a clear focus on meeting the needs of children.
Genuinely value, and have affirmatively demonstrated a strong commitment to, cultural, racial and economic diversity. The CEO will have knowledge of, commitment to, and the ability to reach traditionally underserved populations within the system in order to build a strong, diverse community.
Be an articulate, spontaneous speaker and effective writer. The CEO will communicate the system and school’s vision to the community and will build constructive relationships of trust with the staff, parents, teachers, and community leaders. He or she will value parents’ input and will be comfortable working with them and utilizing their talents and energies as resources.
Be persevering and personally effective. The CEO will be capable of thinking clearly and staying focused under pressure and will demonstrate a willingness to take responsibility for mistakes and work to avoid repeating them. He or she will possess and project unwavering awareness and confidence in his or her personal capacity, be a constant learner, take personal initiative to achieve the system and school’s goals, and set a high standard for work ethics and personal effectiveness that goes beyond the traditional school day.
Certain personal characteristics are essential for success as the Chief Executive Officer of ACSA. There is an expectation that the Chief Executive Officer will:
- Possess the highest standards of integrity and a strong moral and ethical character.
- Be a relentless achiever who enjoys working “hard and smart”.
- Have the ability to bounce back after setbacks and achieve results even when circumstances are adverse and be prepared to serve as the primary role model in the school community.
- Enjoy meeting new people and listening to their points of view.
- Be approachable, accessible, and highly visible.
- Have a secure sense of self that results in steady, unflappable leadership.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an exemplary leader. A highly competitive compensation and benefits package [commensurate with qualifications and experience], and relocation assistance will be provided to the successful candidate.
Qualified candidates interested in this opportunity are invited to submit a resume by attachment in WORD or PDF to:
Katie Lynne Morton, Associate, HCM Strategies at katie_lynne_morton@