Head of School

Start Date: June 30, 2019

The ideal candidate for this position will be a dynamic, innovative leader who is enthusiastic about young learners and developing relationships. This person will have spearheaded positive change through vision, wisdom and integrity. Landmark East's Head of School will be a team player with excellent communication skills, be approachable and lead by example.

About Landmark East

Landmark East is an independent co-ed day and boarding school for students with learning differences located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The student base is diverse with learners from grades 3-12 who have been diagnosed in a variety of areas such as high-functioning Autism, Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder that make learning challenging in a traditional school setting. The school is committed to student-centered learning, small class sizes, daily physical activity, community service and diverse pedagogy. A team of over forty professionals specializing in various roles drive the school's success and are dedicated to enhancing students' academic success and self-confidence. Landmark East is a registered charity and actively fundraises year round to provide student bursaries. On average, half of Landmark East's Nova Scotia students are subsidized through bursaries. Landmark East is one of three recognized special education schools in Nova Scotia; therefore, Nova Scotia students with a demonstrated need for Landmark East are eligible for the funding they would receive if they attended a public school.

Position Summary

The Head of School will be responsible for the overall management of the school and will report directly to the Association Board of Directors. In managing the school, the Head will be assisted by a School Leadership Team, which he/she will chair. The Head will represent the school with the general public, parents (existing and potential), various partners and the Government of Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Competencies

Leadership Abilities

  • Maintain the mission, vision and objectives of Landmark East
  • Oversee all aspects of the daily operations of Landmark East through honest and open communication with staff and Board Directors and Trustees
  • Manage, supervise and lead Landmark East staff
  • Make informed and objective decisions
  • Communicate effectively with Board Directors and Trustees, staff, students, parents, community, partners and outside agencies to better meet the needs of all students within the school
  • Develop and foster strategic alliances
  • Facilitate positive change
  • Oversee disciplinary issues in a fair objective manner
  • Advise and assist the Board in the development of policies
  • Implement policies established by the Board

Academic

  • Provide instructional leadership in current exemplary instruction and assessment practices
  • Articulate and support the philosophy and direction of Landmark East programs and the Public School Program to meet the needs of all learners
  • Identify and implement teaching practices appropriate for diverse learning differences, styles and abilities
  • Implement program initiatives and support existing programs through appropriate professional development for staff
  • Spearhead forward thinking pedagogy
  • Engage in continuing education and professional development

Administrative

  • Act as Chief Executive Officer of the Board
  • Report directly to the Board at regularly scheduled board meetings
  • Ensure that current assessment techniques are consistently utilized for staff appraisals and evaluations
  • Establish and maintain a system for student records, staff records, attendance, timetables and academic ordering of supplies
  • Promote the school and oversee recruitment, marketing and branding initiatives
  • Manage all Public Relations under the direction of the Board
  • Develop and oversee Strategic Planning under the direction and with support of the Board
  • In collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer, develop budgets, as well as oversee and manage all financial aspects of the school
  • Oversee the maintenance and safety of all school buildings, vehicles and grounds
  • Oversee food and boarding services for the school
  • Oversee bursary fundraising activities and collaborate with the Chair of the current capital campaign, Building on Success.
  • Develop and implement an ongoing short- and long-term business plan
  • Other duties as directed by the Board

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor of Education degree
  • Minimum of 5 successful years in an educational or administrative leadership position
  • Valid Nova Scotia Teacher's Certificate (by start date)
  • Minimum of 5 successful years as a classroom teacher
  • Financial management experience
  • Valid Nova Scotia drivers' license and full time access to vehicle

Preferred Skills

  • Master of Business Administration or Master of Education
  • Knowledge of neurodivergent learners
  • Operations management

Salary
Competitive salary plus benefits package

Deadline for applications
March 15th, 2019

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