Head of School

Mission Statement
The International Academy of HOPE (iHOPE) is the only school in New York State that specializes in students with Traumatic Brain Injuries and other brain-based disorders. It meets a significant and unmet need in our NYC community, while also serving as a world-class model of best practices and high-tech solutions in the delivery of educational brain injury services.

The mission of iHOPE is to transform the manner in which educational services are delivered to students with brain injuries in this country and abroad and to be the worldwide leader in advancing evidence-based services to these students.

Head of School – Job Description

Position and Responsibilities
The Head of School embodies the mission of the school and articulates the mission for all aspects of the school’s program. In keeping with the school’s mission, the Head of School fosters the traditions, relationships, and practices that determine the school’s climate and culture. The Head of School is the sole employee of the board of directors and is responsible for the overall management of the school, in accordance with the board’s policies. The Head of School, along with the Associate Program Directors, is the spokesperson for the school with all its internal and external constituencies including students, parents, faculty, staff, neighbors, business community, governmental agencies, and local, state, regional and national educational organizations and accrediting agencies.

Though much of the work is properly delegated, the Head of School has ultimate and overall responsibility for board relations, curriculum and instruction, student life, business affairs, admission and advancement.

Board Relations
The Head of School advises the board but is not responsible for governance matters just as the board advises the Head of School but is not responsible for management matters. Together, the Head of School and board form an equal partnership in running the school, each in their respective spheres of management and governance. The head of school is an ex officio, non-voting, member of the board and all board committees. The Head of School:

• Keeps the board informed of all matters relating to the school through reports at board meetings and immediate communication following major school events or happenings.
• Provides data to assist the board in its work.
• Makes recommendations to the board for approval of the operating and capital budgets, including all categories of income and expenditures.
• Seeks direction from the board on new initiatives.
• Assists the board chair and/or executive committee in setting board and committee meeting agendas and discussion topics.
• Staffs the board’s strategic planning process.
• Jointly with the board, sets annual goals for his/her performance.
• Provides documentation materials for the board to use in his/her evaluation.
• Sees that board records and minutes are properly filed, and otherwise assists the board in its works as asked.

Curriculum and Instruction
• Upholds the academic and ethical standards of the school.
• Hires, supervises, evaluates, and dismisses all administrators, faculty, and staff members.
• Fosters professionalism, collegiality, and ethical conduct in the faculty.
• Provides for the professional development of the faculty.
• Stimulates and participates in the dialog about teaching and learning at the school.
• Optimizes the physical learning environment and technology in all instructional areas.

Student Life
• Organizes student activities and extracurricular opportunities.
• Administers the school’s discipline policies and standards of conduct.
• Supervises the school’s support systems, such as counseling, academic support, after-school program, counseling, health and wellness, etc.
• Oversees the school safety programs including building security, emergency procedures, transportation regulations, weather and fire drills, etc.
• Promotes a healthy student culture in and out of school.
• Optimizes all-school gatherings including assemblies, events, performances, etc.

Business, Finance and Operations
• Understands and supervises the business functions of the school, including budgeting; monitoring and reporting income, expenses, investments, and cash flow; maintenance of appropriate records; and assisting the school’s auditors.
• Oversees all employment and human relations matters, such as contracts, salaries, benefits, job assignments, job orientation, performance evaluation, retentions and dismissals, personnel records, employee handbooks, etc.
• Oversees the maintenance and cleaning of the building.
• Plans and executes all major capital purchases, repairs, and building projects.

Advancement and Fund-Raising
• Plans and optimizes the school’s fund-raising programs such as the capital campaigns, planned giving, and/or major events.
• Supervises the school’s development efforts in identifying, cultivating, thanking, and communicating with past and prospective donors.
• Oversees the school’s relations with its parent community, including development and maintenance of the alumni database, communications programs, and special events.

Essential Duties
• Supervises all school personnel, directly and/or indirectly
• Purpose: To serve as the chief administrator of the school in developing and implementing policies, programs, curriculum activities, and budgets in a manner that promotes the educational and physical development of each student and the professional development of each staff member.
• General Planning: conceptualizes the broad goals of the school and plans accordingly to ensure that procedures and schedules are implemented to carry out the total school program.
• General Coordination: ensures that the school program is compatible with the legal, financial and organizational structure of the school system. The Head of School defines the responsibilities and accountability of staff members and develops plans for interpreting the school program to the community.
• Enhancement of Personnel Skills: provides activities which facilitate the professional growth of the school staff and enhance the quality of the instructional program.
• School Objectives: identifies the annual objectives for the instructional, extracurricular, and special education programs of the school.
• Curriculum Objectives: ensures that instructional objectives for a given subject and/or classroom are developed, and involves the faculty and others in the development of specific curricular objectives to meet the needs of the school program. The Head of School provides opportunities for staff participation in the school program.
• Communication with the NYC Department of Education/Committee on Special Education (CSE): Take part in Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings and testify at Impartial Hearings when necessary.
• Establishes Formal Work Relationships: evaluates student progress in the instructional program by means that include the maintaining of up-to-date student data. The Head of School supervises and appraises the performance of the school staff.
• Facilitates Organizational Efficiency: maintains inter-school system communication and seeks assistance from Administrative office staff to improve performance. The Head of School maintains good relationships with students, staff, and parents. The Head of School complies with established lines of authority.
• New Staff and Students: orients and assists new staff and provides opportunities for their input in the school program.
• Community: encourages the use of community resources, cooperates with the community in the use of school facilities, interprets the school program for the community, and maintains communication with community members.
• Supplies and Equipment: manages, directs, and maintains records on the materials, supplies and equipment which are necessary to carry out the daily school routine. The Head of School involves the staff in determining priorities for instructional purposes.
• Services: organizes, oversee, and provides support to the various services, supplies, material, and equipment provided to carry out the school program. The Head of School makes use of community resources.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required)
• Minimum five years teaching experience OR five years cumulative experience in teaching and/or administrative role
• Earned a Master’s degree in Education or Masters Equivalent OR Certification as a School Building Leader (SBL)
• Must possess extensive experience in the field of special education to include classroom experience and supervisory/administrative experience.
• Must possess budget planning experience.
• Must possess a comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and current issues in the provision of a special education programs.
• Must possess a demonstrated knowledge of state and federal regulations governing special education programs specifically IDEA.
• Must possess excellent leadership, supervisory, interpersonal, and communication skills.
• Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with parents/guardians, the community, and administrative staff.

Commensurate with education and experience

Paul Juhasz, Chief Administrative Officer
The International Academy of Hope
101 West 116 Street
New York, New York 10026

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The Head of School will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other related duties as assigned by the Board of Directors or appropriate administrator. iHOPE reserves the right to update, revise or change this job description and related duties at any time.

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