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Executive Director - Highline Academy Charter School - Denver - CO

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Position Overview:
Reporting directly to Highline’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is the organization’s chief development officer. The ED is responsible for all aspects of Highline’s organizational health, including fulfillment of both schools’ vision/mission, leading Highline’s strategic growth and other initiatives, overseeing sound budget process and rigorous academics, fundraising, development of the school’s value-driven professional culture, continuity between school campuses, and, in partnership with each School Principal, the achievement of the school’s academic goals. The ED is entrusted with advancing the mission of the school through the development and implementation of a robust fundraising program.

School Overview
Our Mission:

Highline Academy Charter School exists to foster a diverse and equitable community of youth and adults striving together for academic, personal, and civic excellence.

Our Vision:
Create inclusive excellence in public education.

About Us:
Highline Academy Charter School is a high performing, tuition-free, Charter School in Denver Public Schools, with a custom liberal arts curriculum focused on rigorous academics, and that is committed to inclusive excellence.

Founded in 2004, Highline is a community of diverse youth and adults working together for academic, civic, and personal excellence. In our first 12 years, Highline Academy’s Southeast Campus (SE) has attracted and retained one of the most diverse student populations in the City of Denver. Students come from multiple countries, speak 26 different languages, represent a full range of socio-economic backgrounds, and previous educational experiences. Highline SE has been consistently recognized as one of Denver’s top K-8 schools.

In 2014, Highline Academy’s Northeast Campus (NE) opened to bring Highline’s track record of excellence to the Green Valley Ranch area of northeast Denver.  In a short time, Highline NE has already begun to show impressive academic outcomes. Highline Academy’s ECE-8 enrollment has grown to over 800, with immediate plans to serve 1,000 Denver-area children across the two campuses.
Highline students have consistently out-performed district averages while also gaining a competitive advantage on their peers across the state. Strong faculty and student retention rates are emblematic of the school’s positive culture and strong community.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead a multicultural and diverse community in operations and growth.
  • Oversee organizational fiscal health and fundraising to ensure the long-term success of the organization.
  • Execute the organization’s strategic growth plan and engage in strategic community partnerships.
  • Cultivate and strengthen our relationship to Denver Public Schools (DPS).
  • Support organizational culture, values, and rigorous academic environment.
  • Supervise and support school leaders at each campus.
  • Articulate a clear vision of the strategic goals and objectives of Highline to all stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with school leaders, develop marketing and communication strategy to create strong brand recognition and positive publicity in local, state, and national settings.
  • In collaboration with school leaders, manage monthly meetings of the Board of Directors, including all necessary reports.
  • In collaboration with school leaders, ensure the sound fiscal management of the organization. 
  • In collaboration with school leaders, support recruitment efforts to maintain Highline’s diverse student body and increase diversity of faculty.

Required Attributes

  • Strong commitment to, belief in, and alignment with the mission, vision, and values of Highline Academy.
  • Proven, inspiring, and effective leadership style, consistent with Highline’s values and culture, with an emphasis on inclusive decision-making.
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships, building trust and credibility with diverse key stakeholders: school leaders; administration and teachers; parents and guardians; Board of Directors; Advisory Board members, individual and corporate donors, and foundations; community and policy leaders; DPS staff and board members; community partners.  
  • Proven ability to network and fundraise to achieve specific goals. 
  • Possess strong planning, prioritization, and implementation skills.
  • Strong, timely decision-maker; able to make sound judgment using a variety of data points.
  • Aggressive self-starter, detail-oriented, strong organization skills and clear adherence to time sensitive deadlines.
  • Embody and model a learning and continuous improvement mindset.
  • Caring attitude toward students, parents and guardians.
  • Ability to effectively direct and supervise a variety of activities and programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, education-related field preferred, but not required.
  • Experience in development, fundraising, and strategic planning.
  • Exhibited leadership skills, with experience in leading an organization preferably a charter school or a similar visible, public entity with a diverse constituency.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of, and in experience in, curriculum and instruction.
  • Knowledge of DPS and charter policies.
  • Familiarity with charter school legislation and laws.

How to Apply
Interested candidates may submit resume, cover letter and statement of education leadership philosophy on our website at www.highlineacademy.org/apply, or email to the attention of Tom Bulger, President of Highline Academy Board of Directors at educationequity@highlineacademy.org.