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20 Aug 2012

Full-Time Head of School – Solomon Schechter School of Queens

Solomon Schechter School – Posted by Jewish Jobs New York, United States

Job Description

The Head of School of Solomon Schechter School of Queens will be the Chief Executive, Administrative and Educational Officer of the school.

Reporting to the school’s Board of Trustees, the Head of School will have ultimate responsibility for ensuring the articulation, implementation and advancement of SSSQ’s vision and mission.
The Head of School will be a passionate and decisive leader and educator with exemplary skills as a hands-on administrator, communal leader, planner and faculty/staff mentor.  As both an institution builder and an educational leader, the successful candidate will share the values of the school and oversee implementation of both curriculum and programming for the school.
As Head of School, s/he will be expected both to advance the school’s commitment to the highest Jewish and General Studies educational standards and to provide a dynamic learning environment for students and teachers.  As an institution builder, the Head of School will lead efforts to define future planning and priorities, which will allow the school to continue to thrive, succeed and achieve new heights.

Executive Leadership & Education Management
• Craft and implement the school’s educational and operational vision and advance the school’s mission.
• Work together with the Board of Trustees, the Committee on Education and the school’s administration to identify and determine priorities, areas for improvement and opportunities for institutional growth.
• Provide overall leadership and direction – both educational and operational – for the school and its faculty and staff.
• Hire, supervise, evaluate and support the School’s administration team.  Foster trust and maintain positive morale among all faculty and staff members.
• Be knowledgeable of current trends in education, educational administration and school management, and ensure that this information is shared with board members, faculty and staff as appropriate.
• Lead the administration team in developing and implementing a plan for the successful integration of cutting-edge technology into the classrooms.
• Direct and implement all strategic, long range and tactical planning.
• Ensure progressive professional development and continuing education for faculty and staff.
• Maintain and assure school accreditation and compliance with New York City and new York State regulations and standards.
• Create and implement in conjunction with the Director of Development on both short and long-term fundraising strategies.  Play an active and supportive role in the implementation of these plans and strategies to meet them.
• Participate directly in fundraising activities including the cultivation and stewardship of donors and the solicitation of major gifts.
• Set into motion the mobilization of the alumni network.
Public and Community Relations
• Encourage, foster and maintain meaningful connections with all constituencies of the school community such as teachers, staff, administrators, parents, board members, students, donors, alumni, alumni parents, feeder schools and local community organizations.
• Represent the school as a spokesperson of the mission and vision of the school.
• Represent Solomon Schechter School of Queens and foster and maintain relationships in the Solomon Schechter network.
Finance and Operations
• Direct and collaborate with the Executive Director to ensure efficient fiscal management and stable financial operation of the school.
• Work with the Executive Director in the preparation of an annual budget.
• Provide analysis and projections for any Board-level decisions and/or strategic planning that may have a financial impact on the school.
• Ensure the proper management of school facilities with emphasis on safety and security.


• Ability to communicate and articulate vision, mission, values and ideas in a charismatic, consensus-building, persuasive manner to all constituencies, especially faculty, staff, board members, parents and donors.
• Proven track record as an educational administrator and/or organizational leader.
• Open and collaborative management and leadership style.  Comfortable with soliciting input from others while still being decisive and independent in the decision making process.  Ability to delegate and transfer authority and responsibility for work to others.
• Proven ability to work with a culturally diverse constituency.
• Ability to promote and foster educational excellence.
• Ability to see the “big picture” and to set clean priorities in addressing problems and planning solutions in a results-oriented manner.  Vision to develop and advocate for new, imaginative and unique solutions and to achieve results through a timely course of action.
• Ability to command respect and inspire confidence from staff, faculty and the student body.
• Strong supervisory and evaluation skills to monitor staff objectively and hold them accountable for expected results. • Excellent people skills.  Warm, honest and fair approach in dealing with others.  Ability to interact and engage comfortably with a wide variety of key constituents including board members, parents, students, major donors and community leaders.
• Ability to maintain composure and effectiveness under pressure.  Ability to approach work with sense of creative energy, enthusiasm, and humor.
• Knowledge of Conservative Jewish lifestyle, ideas, rituals, and practices.
• Advanced degree in Education, Educational Administration, Judaic Studies, or another related field.

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Job Categories: Education/Teaching. Job Types: Full-Time.


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