Position Description: Chief Executive Officer
Philip’s Academy has a rich history of providing a rigorous and nurturing educational program to families from low income and urban areas for almost 3 decades. The first Philip’s school opened its doors in Newark in 1988, to provide students with the academic skills necessary to thrive at independent secondary schools across the nation, thereby preparing them for a lifetime of personal achievement.
In the fall of 2013, St. Philip’s Academy made history when it became the first independent school in New Jersey to convert to a Charter School under a new state law. Converting from St. Philip's Academy to Philip’s Academy Charter School enabled the organization to extend its successful educational model to more students. Two years after the conversion, in the fall of 2015, the Philip’s organization received approval to move ahead with expansion into Paterson.
Philip’s Academy Charter School of Paterson (PACS Paterson, or PACS) was established in 2016 with 60 kindergarten students who were selected by lottery. In 2017, with the initial group of 60 students moving on to first grade, 75 new kindergartners were welcomed to Philips. Each year, the school will expand one more grade until it is a full K-8 school. Currently we serve 435 students in grades K-5. We have been approved to grow through 8th grade and will be fully enrolled at 675 students by 2025.
At PACS Paterson we manifest our belief that love fuels everything, that the potential of all students and adults is understood to be unlimited, and that potential is unlocked not through tight control, but by holding a high bar while providing a truly safe and nurturing space where all of us assert independence, learn and grow.
At the conclusion of the 2019-20 school year, PACS Paterson transitioned from a shared services support structure to become a stand-alone site. As such, our focus on our students, their families, and their collective experience has expanded to include the operations, human resources and finance functions which were previously overseen by the management organization.
Understanding that this inflection point presents a natural opening for a new leader, the Board and PACS community will be excited to welcome our first CEO whose leadership will strengthen the organization and capacity to realize our mission and vision leveraging the school’s many assets.
Our new CEO will represent PACS Paterson in the community, and hold the standard for quality and accountability across all aspects of the organization. They will be inspiring, clear, direct and transparent in communicating expectations, and provide thoughtful and consistent support and coaching to team members to help them achieve their potential. Specific responsibilities will include:
You are a strong candidate to lead PACS Paterson if, above all, you too believe that love fuels everything and every child’s genius will emerge if expectations are high and the environment is safe and inviting. Your “special sauce” is at the nexus of team and culture building, management, internal organizational leadership and systems optimization. You will also bring experience or demonstrated capacity:
While not required, the following credentials would be preferred:
Reporting directly to Philip’s Academy Paterson’s Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive Officer will manage and support a team that includes the Chief Academic Officer, school business administrator and operations leadership team whose responsibilities include (but are not limited to) enrollment management, student data systems and information technology.
Philip’s Academy Paterson offers competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package, including a collaborative and committed team of colleagues, and comprehensive benefits.
The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2022.
Philip’s Academy Paterson does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
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