Orenda Education - HEAD OF SECTION (MIDDLE)

Job Details

Region: 13
School District/Employer: Orenda Education
District Category/Employer: Campus
Position: Assistant Principal
Assignment Level: Level
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Job Title: HEAD OF SECTION (MIDDLE)
School: Gateway College Preparatory School
Campus Description: Gateway College Preparatory School is an open-enrollment public charter school offering grades K - 12 on one 40 acre campus to students in Williamson County and north Travis County areas. Gateway is uniquely designed to provide a college preparatory curriculum for all grades with advanced placement courses and international studies offered. Gateway is known for its exceptional academic program with the primary emphasis of the campus on the integration of 21st Century Skills throughout the curriculum. All courses are taught by certified and “Highly Qualified” teachers according to the No Child Left Behind Act. There is NO TUITION to attend Gateway and enrollment is open to all students until available seats have been filled.
Smaller and more intimate by design, Gateway offers a public school education that feels and functions like a private school. With a senior class of about 100 - 125 students each year -- Gateway is about 1/8 to 1/4 the size of other area public high schools. This smaller size is critical, because it offers a “human scale” to the learning environment, and allows students greater access to teaching staff, resources and school activities.

Conceived around the ideal “Citizen, Scholar, Athlete,” Gateway represents some of the best thinking in educational innovation, and differs from the large traditional high school model in several ways, from the smaller student body and incorporation of the "flipped classroom", "blended-learning" instructional techniques, to single-gender learning opportunities and full integration of new technology to enhance the learning experience.

A fine arts program and competitive athletics are offered. Gateway is a member of the University Interscholastic League (UIL), the organization primarily responsible for offering sound, educational extracurricular activities to Texas public school students for over 100 years. As a UIL member, Gateway competes against UIL assigned district schools and schedules non-district competition with local private, parochial and public schools that have a similar size student body.

Gateway College Preparatory School is a part of the Orenda Charter Schools system. Orenda Education is the sponsoring entity for Orenda Charter Schools. Orenda Education is a non-profit educational organization incorporated in 1995 that is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas.

Gateway Academic Accolades
Based on the recent 2014 state-wide STAAR accountability ratings on Texas public schools, Gateway College Preparatory School score of “Met Standard” with five (5) distinctions in mathematics, science, reading/ELA, social studies and post- secondary readiness exceeded the ratings of most other public schools in Central Texas.

Compared to all 65 schools in the Round Rock ISD and Georgetown ISD combined, only 7 schools received a better rating than Gateway Prep.

In a 2014 report on “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” conducted by and published in the Washington Post, Gateway College Preparatory School was ranked 42nd in Texas and number 4 in the greater Austin area. The report ranked schools in the nation based on a ratio of the number of college credit exams (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education) taken at a high school each year compared to the number of graduating seniors.

In a September 1, 2014 Dallas Morning News article on the Texas public school academic accountability ratings, the Orenda charter school district was listed as one of the top 25 public school districts in Texas (traditional and charter school districts combined with at least 1,000 students) that significantly exceeded state averages in student academic growth.

Another significant achievement, and one of which we are very proud, is that our boys are performing just as well as our girls academically and, in many subjects, exceeding our girls. This is a significant development because in America the trend has been that boys are not doing as well as our girls in school.

Today, women outpace men in college enrollment by a ratio of 1.4 to 1 and the gap has been growing for well over a decade. Research shows that schools like Gateway Prep, with high expectations and stronger academic climates for both genders, can be a difference maker for boys. In other words, boys are better prepared and more likely to be college ready if they attend a secondary school that only offers college level core courses.
Date Posted: 12/2/2019
Deadline: Until Filled
Openings: 1
Commitment: Full Time
Description/Notes: POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for the overall operations of Gateway College Prep with a focus on grade level-specific programming and development. Assists the Head of School in the development, implementation, and evaluation of school academic and developmental programming. Serves as a key communicator with parents and the community.

SCOPE: The Head of Section serves as an educational leader, responsible for managing the policies, regulations, and procedures to ensure that all students are supervised in a learning environment that meets the approved curricula and mission of the school.

Achieving academic excellence requires that the Head of Section work collaboratively to direct and nurture all members of the school faculty and to communicate effectively with parents. Inherent in the position are the responsibilities for scheduling, curriculum development, extracurricular activities, personnel management, emergency procedures, and facility operations.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
• Establish and promote high standards and expectations for all students and staff for academic performance and responsibility for behavior. Maintain visibility with students, teachers, and parents.

• Manage, evaluate and supervise effective and clear procedures for the operation and functioning of the school consistent with the philosophy, mission, values and goals of the school including instructional programs, extracurricular activities, and discipline systems to ensure a safe and orderly climate, building maintenance, program evaluation, personnel management, office operations, and emergency procedures. Ensure compliance with all laws, board policies and civil regulations.

• Ensure sequential learning experiences for students consistent with the school’s philosophy, mission statement and instructional goals. Establish schedules and procedures for the supervision of students in non-classroom areas (including before and after school).

• Supervise the instructional programs of the school, evaluating lesson plans and observing classes (teaching, as duties allow) on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child growth and development.

• Supervise in a fair and consistent manner effective discipline and attendance systems with high standards, consistent with the philosophy, values, and mission of the school. Ensure a safe, orderly environment that encourages students to take responsibility for behavior and creates high morale among staff and students. File all required reports regarding violence, vandalism, attendance and discipline matters.

• Establish a professional rapport with students and with staff that has their respect. Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents and school personnel. Serve as a role model for students, demonstrating the importance and relevance of learning, accepting responsibility, and demonstrating pride in the education profession. Encourage all teachers to do the same.

• Notify immediately his/her supervisor and appropriate personnel and agencies when there is evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical or social conditions, potential suicide or students appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances..

• Keep the staff informed and seek ideas for the improvement of the school. Conduct meetings, as necessary, for the proper functioning of the school: daily, weekly and monthly meetings. Develop clearly understood procedures and provide regular drills for emergencies and disasters.

• Establish procedures that create and maintain attractive, organized, functional, healthy, clean, and safe facilities. Assume responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of students, employees and visitors.

• Complete, in a timely fashion, all required records and reports. Maintain accurate attendance records. Maintain and account for all student activity funds and money collected from students.

• Establish procedures for safe storing and integrity of all public and confidential school records. Ensure that student records are complete and current. Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing such information within legal confines.

• Organize and supervise procedures for identifying and addressing special needs of students including health-related concerns, and physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

• Supervise the exclusion from school of any pupil who shows departure from behavioral norms, normal health, who has been exposed to a communicable disease, or whose presence may be detrimental to the health and well-being of other pupils. Assure that the excluded pupil’s parents or guardian is apprised of the reasons for exclusion.

• Attend required committee meetings and extra school sponsored functions.

• Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certifications, as assigned by the supervisor and not otherwise prohibited by law or in conflict with Gateway practices.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Duties involve sitting most of the time, bending, lifting, and standing. Variable duties and occasional irregular hours. No occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens or other potentially infectious materials.
Qualifications: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
• Education/Certification EC-12 Principal
-- Master’s degree and Texas Principal Certification required.
• Experience
-- Minimum of three years administrative experience.
-- Demonstrated successful experience in instructional leadership roles.
• Special Knowledge/Skills
-- Demonstrates knowledge of state and federal guidelines for special education, trends and practices of curriculum and instruction.
Salary Range: Compensation is $55,408.22 - $69,192.42 annually depending on experience.
Benefits: Should you enroll in TRS medical, Orenda Education makes a $378 monthly contribution towards employees' premiums.

TRS ACTIVE CARE Aetna Health Insurance
* Active Care 1-HD
* Active Care Select
* Active Care II
* First Care (Goldthwaite, TX only)
* Scott & White HMO
How To Apply: Visit www.orendaeducation.org under careers to submit an application.

Please attach Cover Letter, Resume and References

Contact Person:

Name: Teresa Moreno
Email: teresa.moreno@orendaeducation.org
Address: 2951 Williams Drive
City: Georgetown
State: TX
Zip: 78628
Phone: (512) 869-3020
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