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Executive Director, Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program, RI

About the position:
The Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program (the UCAP School) Board of Directors invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Executive Director.
Established in 1989, the UCAP School is an independent public school collaborative for students who are at serious risk of dropping out of school, needing stronger academic skills or otherwise under achieving in their current school. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, UCAP exists to provide high quality educational services for approximately 140 students in Grades 7, 8, and 9 from the cities of Providence, Central Falls, and Cranston. The goal is to connect with young adolescents by providing multiple opportunities to succeed in school, to graduate high school, and to pursue plans for post-secondary education. UCAP is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the Superintendents from the three member districts. The school is funded by public funds from the member districts, the State of Rhode Island, the Federal Department of Education and from various non-profit support entities. Additional private funds benefitting the school and students are raised through the Fund for UCAP (FFU), a non-profit organization overseen by a community Board of Directors and other friends of the UCAP School.
The UCAP School Board of Directors seeks a highly qualified educational leader for the position of Executive Director. This is an exciting leadership opportunity for an individual with experience in and appreciation for diverse learning environments, who has excellent human relations skills, and has a demonstrated understanding of urban education and the dynamics of regional public school collaboration.  In addition to managing the educational programs, the new Executive Director will need to be responsible for the business ‎aspects of the operation including the school building and tenant relations plus play a leading role in raising private ‎charitable funds that supplement the public funding.  ‎The new Executive Director is expected to have the skills, work ethic and commitment to effectively lead a team of dedicated professionals in continuing and enhancing the UCAP School mission and vision.
Desired Core Competencies:
Strong leader possessing visionary skills and a passion for academic excellence in an urban setting
An appreciation for diversity and an understanding of the social/emotional needs of students
Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to utilize/develop team relationships throughout the UCAP region so that they operate in a complimentary and collaborative manner
Conviction in his/her beliefs and possessing the qualities associated with innovation and ability to lead member districts as well as the UCAP school administration, faculty and staff to action
Financial background with emphasis on organizational fundraising
Possesses skills and flexibility in effecting change to meet the evolving needs and landscape in public education
Demonstrated problem-solving and decision-making skills
Skills in leading strategic planning linked to student learning, fiscal management, personnel development, and inter-organizational partnerships
Skilled in maximizing the use of available resources
Desired Qualifications: 
Demonstrated urban educational leadership with vision and entrepreneurial spirit
Ability to promote trust and confidence through integrity-based leadership
Ability to promote strong academic learning and social/emotional relationships within the school
Well informed instructional leader with demonstrated skills in improving student academic performance
Excellent communication skills
Minimum K-12 Rhode Island Building Level Administrator’s Certificate or evidence of eligibility
Three (3) or more years as a school, district or central office leader
Demonstrated familiarity with diverse cultures
The UCAP School Board of Directors is prepared to offer a multi-year contract with a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Screening of applications will begin shortly after the application deadline of February 19, 2019. Ideally, the new Executive Director of the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program will be appointed to the position in the Spring of 2019 and will begin work on July 1, 2019.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Michael Palladino, Dr. Carolyn Burke or Dr. Arthur Bettencourt
UCAP Executive Director Search
28 Lord Road, Marlborough, MA 01752
Phone: 508-481-9444
To access the application, please visit and click on the Executive Search tab.