Connections Academy North Metro, Duluth, GA 30096, USA
Jun 13, 2019
Company Summary Founded in 2001, Connections Education is a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions for schools, school districts, and students in grades K12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy , International Connections Academy , and Pearson Connexus . In 2017, Connections Education brings full-time online and blended school to 65,000 students across the U.S. and abroad, and delivers online courses to over 340,000 students. In total, over 400,000 students in the U.S. and 48 countries will receive online learning from Connections Education in 2017. Connections Education is based in Baltimore, Maryland and was named a Top Workplace by the Baltimore Sun for the third consecutive year and a 2013 Best Place to Work by Baltimore magazine. Regularly recognized for its outstanding curriculum and leadership, Connections Education is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. Connections Education is part of the global education company, Pearson. Georgia Connections Academy is a tuition-free, full-time virtual school for students in grades K-12 throughout Georgia. The school is authorized by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission. Our mission is to maximize academic achievement for students who are seeking other academic options. Georgia Connections Academy fulfills the intent of the Georgia legislature in the Charter School Law to increase student achievement through academic and organizational innovation by reaching students through a virtual approach that provides the best pathway to success. Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED. Position and Responsibilities Summary: Working from an office in Duluth, GA, the Lead Principal manages a team of administrators, teachers, and staff as they provide instruction virtually and consult regularly with learning coaches and students, ensuring that each child successfully completes his/her instructional program. The Lead Principal reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the overall school operation working with parents, students, school leadership, 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 Connections Academy curriculum and school operation protocols; Ensure that administrators and 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 available and by maintaining a high level of communication with parents to deliver program information and address individual student needs; Manage relationships with the Executive Director, Georgia Department of Education, State Charter Schools Commission, and Georgia State Board of Education, Remain current on the states policies, procedures and legislation, including specific special Education procedures, graduation requirements, etc; Provide the Executive Director with regular written and verbal reports and updates, as well as maintaining a high level of communication with other appropriate Connections Academy staff; Deliver school outcomes based on a list of annual goals approved by the Board including student academic achievement; Develop, implement, and coordinate standard operating procedures typical in a school environment; Assist teaching staff with implementing any program changes and/or new software application introductions; Exhibit high quality communication with all GACA staff, students and families; Participate in parent outreach activities (for new and existing families) through informational meetings around the state and through virtual meetings; Oversee school communications to include production, phone calls, regional meetings, and surveys; 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 the state standardized testing process and ensure high student participation rates; Work closely with the Director of Counseling Services to ensure students academic, social, and career development needs are addressed; Provide assistance to families in need of additional support and encourage a high level of participation; Participate in student recruitment efforts including in-state trips, presentations, Q & A sessions and responding to the press; Support a robust school community through a program of in-person field trips around the state and virtual activities; Manage the network of parent volunteers who assist with community activities known as community coordinators; Recruit, supervise and evaluate all school staff as required by the state and GACA in both central and home locations; Serve as a member of the Connections Academy team to develop and evolve best practices for K-12 distance education; and All other duties as assigned. Requirements Highly Qualified, Georgia Teaching Certificate with a Leadership endorsement 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 Minimum of 3 years administrative or management experience Advanced degree is preferred Teaching/counseling and administrative experience in a high school setting, preferred Excellent communication skills, both oral and written Customer focused approach High degree of flexibility Demonstrated ability to work well in fast paced environment Team player track record Technologically proficient (especially with use of the Internet and Microsoft Office products) Willingness to travel on occasion Ability to work remotely, if necessary We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.