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Head of School – Duluth Edison Charter Schools
About Duluth Edison Charter Schools
Established in 1997, Duluth Edison Charter Schools (DECS) is known for its reputation throughout Minnesota and the mid-West as setting the standard for charter school administration. With a tradition steeped in creativity and entrepreneurialism, coupled with a human-centric, community-focused culture, DECS provides the perfect backdrop and platform for forward-thinking leaders, staff and students.
In addition to paving the way for how charter schools are administered in Minnesota, DECS is also an anchor within the Duluth community, providing both stability and consistency for its staff, the residents of Duluth and the children and families it serves.
Historically, the school attracts and retains a team of committed professionals that often spend their entire career at DECS while students and families remain connected to the school long after graduation. This connectedness plays a critical role in the success of the school and the success of our students, staff and stakeholders. It is the golden thread that keeps the school united.
Through its long-standing commitment to personal and academic growth, as well as it’s adherence to values, innovation and progressive learning, DECS remains one of the top charter schools in the country. Key components of the DECS culture include a freedom to experiment and a freedom to fail approach to innovation, a supportive and solution-based mentality and a belief system that we are always doing something special.
The Head of School – Overview
The DECS Board of Education, members of the Duluth community and additional DECS stakeholders seek a new Head of School for Duluth Edison Charter Schools. This dynamic leader will report solely to the DECS Board of Directors and will drive the vision, strategy and daily operations of the school including its curriculum, culture, business affairs and community relations.
The Head of School will embrace the traditions and legacy of DECS while crafting and implementing a new vision and model for its future. The Head of School will lead a staff of administrators and educators by employing a human-centric approach to leadership, ensuring accountability across all areas of the organization while maintaining the DECS commitment to excellence.
The Head of School will understand continue to cultivate the intersection of the school’s culture, curriculum and the “business” of our school, utilizing a data-driven approach to decision-making while also relying on the expertise of a professional staff to help guide and implement strategy.
- Organizational / Management Leadership
The Head of School will utilize purposeful and effective organizational development and leadership strategies to foster excellence and accountability throughout the organization.
- Academic Leadership
The Head of School will demonstrate a passionate commitment to academic excellence that is visionary, data-driven, outcome-based, culturally responsive, and whole-person centered.
- Business & Financial Leadership
The Head of School will develop and implement sound business and financial practices to ensure a robust and sustainable organization and delivery of educational services.
- Public Advocacy
The Head of School will be a passionate and effective public advocate for the organization, through marketing, public relations, legislative, and other advocacy activities.
- Human-Centered Leadership
The Head of School will embrace and employ a human-centered approach to leadership, prioritizing the well-being of students, their families and DECS staff above all else.
- Advancing Diversity
The Head of School will advance our current and future understanding and appreciation for creating a diverse environment. The HOS will continue to advance our understanding and practice of Restorative Practices while continue to develop new and innovative ways of introducing diversity of thought, diversity among our students and teachers and diverse ways of engagement.
The Head of School will demonstrate engagement with, and accountability to, key stakeholders including students, guardians, employees, the DPSA Governing Board, and the State of Minnesota (MDE).
- Bachelor’s degree Required, Master’s Degree preferred with demonstrated experience in education and / or business field.
- Demonstrated experience in designing or supporting program development and / or traditional and non-traditional curriculum.
- Demonstrated experience in leading teams through change, mentoring professionals and educators and employing a holistic approach to growth and development.
- An understanding of contemporary challenges facing charter schools.
- Proven record of creating a vision and supporting plan for educational environments.
- An ability to quickly adapt to new environments while implementing a new vision and supporting plan.
- Demonstrated experience in balancing mitigating needs often associated with several grades and schools.
- The ability to quickly connect and develop sustainable relationships with teachers, parents and students.
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