School Principal

Opening Date: 06/29/2018
Deadline Date: Open Until Filled

Job Details:

School Name: New Mexico Connections Academy
School Address: 4001 Office Court Suites 201-204 Santa Fe, NM 87507
School Website:
  • New Mexico Administrator License Required, Level 3B
  • Administrative or management experience required
  • Strong leadership qualities and a commitment to goal-directed management and accountability
  • An interest in advancing educational delivery through leveraging technology in every aspect of instructional delivery and school management
  • School turnaround experience, preferred
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited college/university
  • New Mexico Teaching credential Level 3A required
  • Passage of the New Mexico Teacher Assessment and the Content Knowledge Assessment in Educational Administration
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Customer-focused approach
  • Flexible
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in fast paced environment
  • Team player
  • Technologically proficient (especially with Microsoft Office products)
Job Description:

New Mexico Connections Academy (NMCA) seeks a dynamic, visionary leader to serve as its next School Leader.  This position ensures all students receive a personalized learning plan by implementing a distance education instructional program with fidelity.  As the school’s educational leader, the School Leader 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 board 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 School Leader will manage teachers as they use the phone and Internet to consult regularly with Learning Coaches and students, ensuring that each child successfully completes his/her instructional program. The School Leader is responsible for the overall school operation working with parents, students, support staff, and certified teachers who “virtually” facilitate a home-based student instructional program.

Other key responsibilities include the following:
•    Manage the implementation of the proven school curriculum and school operation protocols;
•    Ensure that teachers exhibit and maintain a high level of professionalism, instructional support, and customer service;
•    Ensure the academic success of individual students by utilizing all levels of academic support and intervention available and by maintaining a high level of communication with parents to deliver program information and address individual student needs;
•    Create, implement, manage, and monitor the School Improvement Plan;
•    Deliver school outcomes based on a list of annual goals including student academic achievement;
•    Ensure all state reporting is completed correctly and on time;
•    Manage relationships with the Department of Education and stay current on the state’s policies, procedures, and legislation, including specific Special Education procedures, etc;
•    Attend Governing Council meetings, as directed;
•    Provide the Governing Council with regular written and verbal reports and updates;
•    Exhibit high quality, timely communication with all NMCA staff, students, and families;
•    Work closely with School Business Manager on staffing, budgeting, and contracts;
•    Work closely with Board Legal Counsel as needed;
•    Act as state-trained procurement officer for the school;
•    Work closely with Connections to implement the core model;
•    Assist teaching staff with implementing any program changes and/or new software application introductions;
•    Handle any student problems escalated by parents and teachers;
•    Oversee the 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;
•    Provide Governing Council with support including posting of Agendas, Governing Council communication, and providing specialized reports or information as needed;
•    Provide assistance to families in need of additional support encourage a high level of participation;
•    Participate in parent outreach activities (for new and existing families) including in-state trips, presentations, Q & A sessions, and responding to the press;
•    Work with teachers to plan and implement relevant field trips for students;
•    Devise and implement virtual methods of creating and maintaining a “school community”;
•    Oversee newsletter production, phone calls, regional meetings, and surveys;
•    Act as the “face of the school” at school events and with the Department of Education;
•    Recruit, supervise, and evaluate all school staff as required by the state; and
•    All other duties as assigned.

Contact Information:

Contact Name: Greg Appleman
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