The Director is responsible for the effective operations, administration, facilities management, finances, instruction of the school as well as managing relationships with the community and stakeholders. The Director will serve as the school leader by providing leadership, community building, instructional leadership oversight, community outreach, and human and financial resource oversight consistent with school policies and procedures outlined by the Rocky Mountain Deaf School Board. The Director will collaborate with the School Board to develop and implement strategic planning and meet nationwide accreditation standards as well as be a leader in school safety emergency response planning.
Through strong collaboration with students, parents, and staff, the Director will provide guidance and leadership following the RMDS values set forth:
The Director will model and expect the best work from students, faculty, board members and parents.
The Director will create a welcoming and intimate environment in which students, parents, and educators can work productively and respectfully.
The Director will create an environment in which collaborative efforts will result in more than individual efforts will accomplish.
The Director will work collaboratively to seek out and find creative new ways to be effective in all aspects of school operations and educational practices, including thinking outside the box.
The Director will maintain high motivation to be the best.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Participates in evaluation and determines the acceptance of new enrolling students.
Fosters teacher leadership and shared decision making.
Works with the Assistant Principal to plan and execute effective and innovative instruction.
Focuses on student learning and student success by making school wide decisions based on student data.
Implements new and current research in the field of Deaf Education.
Ensures the integrity of the administration of all assessments.
Monitors and analyzes student performance data and prepares reports.
Maintains an awareness of current research and curricular trends, both in bilingual education and general education.
Maintains knowledge of curriculum implementation and teaching strategies through reading research, classroom observations and contact with students and teachers.
Oversees and implements discipline policies.
Provides a purpose and direction for the school following the mission, vision and strategic direction of Rocky Mountain Deaf School.
In collaboration with the Business Manager, manages recruitment and selection of staff, and works to retain quality staff.
Prepares annual performance audit.
Supervises improvement of teaching in collaboration with the Assistant Principal by annually reviewing goals and objectives, observing instruction, and conferencing with teachers.
Manages School Emergency Response Team.
Supervises staff and foster positive, collaborative working relationships.
Oversees facilities management and maintenance.
Maintains awareness of legislative and legal issues as they apply to Deaf Education and Charter Schools.
Accountable for annual School Improvement Plan, Strategic Plan and other documentation required by the authorizing district and the state.
Develops and maintains a relationship with the community and stakeholders.
Builds partnerships with parents and community.
Establishes partnerships with the general public and other government agencies.
Ensures oversight of frequent and regular communications with families and the community through newsletters, school website, and other social media.
Maintains a visible and accessible presence to the school community.
Communicates issues, concerns, and needs to the Board of Directors.
Develops and implements public relations and community outreach plans.
Works as liaison between school and charter school authorizer.
Attends all monthly District principal meetings.
Works with the Business Manager to develop an annual budget.
Provides financial reports to the Board of Directors.
Gets sponsors for extracurricular activities.
Oversees the development of potential grant opportunities.
Collaborates with different financial stakeholders.
Oversees all financial aspects of the school.
Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned at the discretion of the RMDS School Board.
Education and Experience:
Master’s degree in Deaf Education or a related field. .
Holds or has sufficient qualifications to obtain a Colorado special education- deaf and hard of hearing endorsement.
Holds or has sufficient qualifications to obtain a Colorado Principal’s License.
At least five years of teaching and/or administrative experience
ASL/English bilingual-bimodal philosophy and curriculum.
Current trends and best practices in deaf education.
Instructional strategies to promote high-level of student achievement.
Special education needs, issues, and regulations.
Charter school needs, issues, and regulations.
Develop a strong working relationship and share knowledge and skills with all staff, teachers, and paraprofessionals.
Structure time and manage multiple priorities.
Fluent in ASL and written English.
Establishing and maintaining positive, respectful relations with a variety of people.
Effective communication and leadership qualities.
Evidence of data driven decision-making skills.
Effective and positive interpersonal skills.