Director, The Excel Center

Location(s) US-IN-Anderson
Category
Education
Type
Full Time

POSITION SUMMARY

Would you enjoy leading a supportive and mission-based community team? Are you looking to help lead a unique flexible school model in alignment with organizational, charter, regulatory, community, financial, and accountability goals of the school? Are you looking to help make a generational impact on families through curriculum?

 

At the Anderson Goodwill Excel Center, school days are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Mondays through Thursdays are instructional and Fridays are flexible/preparatory days each week.

 

Goodwill Education Initiatives

Goodwill strongly believes it is essential to raise education attainment levels in Indiana. Not only are the lifetime earnings of high school graduates significantly higher than those of dropouts, children of high school graduates are 50% less likely to drop out of high school than the children of dropouts are. Goodwill provides opportunities for adults (The Excel Center) and youth (Indianapolis Metropolitan High School).

 

The Excel Center Model:

The Excel Center® is operated by Goodwill Education Initiatives, Inc., a not-for-profit organization formed by Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana.

Recognizing that nearly a half million working-age Hoosiers lack a high school diploma, Goodwill opened The Excel Center for adults in 2010. The Excel Center is a tuition-free public high school for adults offering an Indiana Core 40 high school diploma.

The Excel Center currently serves more than 4,000 students annually.

 

Job Summary

The Excel Center Director provides a hands-on approach in directing, planning, managing, and coordinating the educational goals and vision of the school.  The Director meets desired outcomes in the areas of operations, curriculum, personnel management, and development, in accordance with the principles of The Excel Center.  Accountability is measured both internally and externally by state and local standards.  The Director supervises and manages faculty and staff, creates and maintains a safe and secure educational environment for staff/students, and manages the fiscal activities of the school.  The position works with the leadership of Goodwill Education Initiatives (GEI) in establishing school goals.  The Director is heavily involved with strategic planning within a fast-paced, high-change environment.  

 

Example Duties and Activities

Accountability Performance

  • Works directly with the Regional Director to develop and implement school-wide goals around graduation outcomes, enrollment needs, student achievement, retention, etc.
  • Develops graduation and school accountability goals for school success.  Strategizes and makes adjustments to ensure goals are met.
  • Establishes internal and external partnerships to enhance student achievement and post-secondary outcomes.
  • Ensures a high rate of graduates receiving dual credits and/or approved certifications.  
  • Reviews graduate data to make adjustments to the college and career programming of the school.
  • Tracks school and student data to drive goals for improvement.  Develops interventions and professional development in support of improvement goals.
  • Sets and maintains a high-performance culture for staff and students.

Budgeting and Compliance

  • Monitors monthly budgets to drive conclusions about students, staffing, and the building.  Forecasts future needs and expenses to manage monthly and yearly budgets.
  • Ensures all state and central office reporting requirements are completed in a timely manner.  
  • Follows central office procedures and requirements for various school functions.
  • Maintains compliance with all legal, regulatory, and authorizer obligations of a school leader and special populations to ensure all students are being served.

Student Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention

  • Proactively manages student recruitment/outreach opportunities to meet enrollment goals.
  • Manages the student orientation process to maximize the number of enrolling students.
  • Strategizes and makes adjustments to ensure retention of students every term.

Staffing, Evaluation, and Development

  • Builds an effective Excel Center team by promoting job opportunities, establishing a prospect network, interviewing applicants, and selecting qualified candidates for position openings.
  • Utilizes staff evaluation and staff input to identify strengths and areas of improvement.
  • Implements professional development, training, goal setting, and succession plans for all staff throughout the school year.

 

Required Competencies

  • Degree and Credential Requirements - Bachelor’s degree in psychology, human relations, social work, rehabilitation counseling, education, or related fields.
  • Industry Standards - Displays a working knowledge of the Indiana Academic Standards, Common Core State Standards, and 21st Century Skills and knowledge of disciplinary literacy. 
  • Proven Leadership - Leads, develops, and gets results for a team, department, and organization through qualities of integrity, accountability, empathy, humility, resilience, vision, influence, and positivity, ideally in a school leadership role managing professionals.
  • Communication Skills - Articulates thoughts and expresses ideas effectively using oral, written, visual, and non-verbal communication skills, as well as listening skills to comprehend others' needs. Delivers information in person, in writing, and in a digital world.
  • Organizational Aptitude - Plans and attends to details and pursues quality in accomplishing multiple tasks in an organized and timely fashion.  Exhibits careful attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Technical Knowledge – Has working knowledge of G Suite and MS Office, as well as student information systems.
  • Informed Decision-Making - Identifies and comprehends issues, problems, and opportunities; compares data from different sources to draw conclusions; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Information Monitoring/Reporting/Design - Creates, collects, reviews, and maintains information to manage or improve the achievement of learning goals.   
  • Adaptability - Maintains effectiveness when experiencing shifts in priorities; adjusts effectively while maintaining a positive learning environment.

Other Requirements

  • Background Screening - All candidates must pass a pre-employment background check.

 

Benefits: Full-time employees may participate in a comprehensive benefits program that includes:

  • Continuing education and leadership development as well as tuition reimbursement
  • Comprehensive health plan
  • Paid time off (PTO) and paid holidays
  • Life, dental and vision insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability plans
  • Nationally recognized preventive health and wellness program
  • Section 125 pre-tax health spending account, dependent care spending account and premiums
  • Retirement plan with generous match or contribution into Teachers’ Retirement Fund for eligible employees
  • Eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) federal program

Mission and Values: click here

Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled

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