Here at Oxford Preparatory Academy (OPA), we believe that all students are unique and gifted individuals. We are committed to working collaboratively to develop life-long learners in a safe and caring educational environment where students are challenged, scholarship is expected, and differences are valued.
Our vision is to create a center for higher learning where students from transitional kindergarten to eighth grade are prepared to pursue university level academic studies, as well as gain skills to be successful in the global community of the 21st century. OPA students do not just meet, but exceed grade level expectations and become critical thinkers as they engage with dynamic teaching that makes them self-motivated, competent, and lifelong learners.
OPA serves its community tuition-free through educating K-8 children across two campuses. OPA has the first 7-year charter renewal in California, illustrating our high academic performance. With a strong fiscal foundation, OPA’s recent accomplishments have set the foundation for the next phase of growth. OPA is embarking on developing an innovative strategic plan to support this potential growth, with aspirations of expanding its exceptional programs to new areas and opportunities.
Reporting directly to the OPA Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) shall be the general manager and educational leader of the organization and shall supervise and direct the schools’ activities, affairs, and officers. The ED directly supervises senior OPA administrators, to handle the on-site implementation of the OPA program at each operating campus. The ED is responsible for ensuring the OPA mission and vision is being successfully implemented at each campus. The ED shall have such other powers and duties as the Governing Board or the bylaws may require.
Overall Leadership Responsibilities
Share the development and execution of the mission, vision and policies of OPA established by the Board;
Partner with the Board of Directors, Staff and other stakeholders to develop a strategic plan for the next phase of growth for OPA;
Act as the senior administrative staff member for OPA, under the direction of the Governing Board;
Manage senior staff members and assign duties as appropriate to carry out the mission, vision and goals of the organization;
Provide leadership in identifying school needs and in determining goals and objectives; and
Perform other duties and responsibilities as are customary of the Executive Director and as assigned by the Board.
Ensure that the school is fiscally sound; works with the back office services provider to develop and implement school budget, analyze and control expenditures, with an understanding of the relationship between the instructional program and the budget process and rely on cost-benefit analysis for budgetary decisions;
Update and inform the Governing Board of staff performance as related to specific program objectives;
Assist in the development, implementation, and enforcement of all Governing Board policies;
Coordinate student expulsions, including appointing an Administrative Panel to hear and take action on recommendations;
Evaluate performance of senior management staff;
Make personnel determinations in cases of hiring and termination, and set job performance standards;
Review evaluations of all other staff members, as prepared by senior management staff;
Coordinate ongoing student assessment activities, with the goal of maximizing each campuses educational achievement, focusing on California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) scores for each campus and all statistically significant subgroups;
Direct the preparation and maintenance of the accreditation process with staff and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC);
Implement programs and solutions to increase and maintain academic excellence for all students;
Direct and assist staff in the development of an effective instructional program through conferences, meetings, and in-service workshops; provide leadership in supporting certificated and classified staff to academic success; and
Provide leadership and direction in the identification and interpretation of needs and the establishment of priorities and application of statutes and regulations related to Special Education services; initiate and assist in coordinating the planning, development and implementation of programs and activities designed to meet such needs and priorities; Oversee the purchasing/business department.
Maintain professional relationships with and ensure that all necessary reports and documents are submitted to the authorizer(s), County Office of Education(s) (COE), and California Department of Education (CDE);
Oversee, conduct, and direct the implementation of all charter documents, including but not limited to, preparation of audits and reports; pertaining to charter renewals, material revisions, Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), and/or Facility Use Agreements (FUA);
Develop new funding streams including fundraising, capital campaigns, and private and public grants;
Act as the spokesperson for organizational affairs; coordinate communication and marketing efforts for the organization; and
Represent the charter at local, state and national events.
An advanced degree from an accredited college/university is required.
A minimum of five years of administrative experience in addition to a minimum of five years successful teaching.
Understanding of charter school operations, and organization, rules, regulations, and laws governing charter schools is preferred.
Must demonstrate interpersonal and political skills working with a variety of entities including authorizers, legislative bodies, state and federal agencies, educational associations and parents.
Experience developing new funding streams including fundraising, capital campaigns, and private and public grants.
Must demonstrate the highest level of motivation and professionalism and exhibit a high level of integrity, ethics, honesty and transparency.
Must demonstrate his/her ability as the primary educational leader, including knowledge of:
Local community in which the students and their families live and work. It is vital that the administration have an understanding of the community to assist students in reaching their academic potential;
Principles of equity, inclusion, and diversity. Strategies to educate students from diverse backgrounds and educational needs;
Multiple Intelligences approaches to learning coupled with experience in teaching strategies; and
Evidence-based, innovative educational research that may be applied to strengthen student learning.
Working Environment and Physical Demands:
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Work is generally performed on a school campus indoors and outdoors.
Physical: Hearing and speaking to exchange information; seeing to perform assigned duties; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment; kneeling, bending at the waist, and reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally, to retrieve and store files and supplies; lifting light objects. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; repeat the same hand, arm or finger motion to operate computers; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand or walk. The employee must frequently push or pull up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 75 pounds such as carts and boxes of books.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
Valid California Driver’s License
First-Aid Certificate Desired
DOJ Fingerprint Clearance
TB Assessment Clearance
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. The individuals currently holding this position perform additional duties and additional duties may be assigned.
Oxford Preparatory Academy Charter Schools does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, mental or physical disability in its educational programs, activities, or employment. All educational opportunities will be offered without regard to color, race, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, mental or physical disability.
No person shall be denied employment solely because of any impairment which is unrelated to the ability to engage in activities involved in the position(s) or program for which application has been made. It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify the employer of any necessary modifications to the job or work site in order to determine whether the employer can reasonably accommodate any known disability.
Oxford Preparatory Charter Schools maintain a tobacco-free, drug-free environment.
Additional Salary Information: STRS/PERS eligible. Full benefits package including medical, dental and vision. Salary is based on experience.
About Oxford Preparatory Academy
Oxford Preparatory Academy is a center for higher learning where students from Transitional Kindergarten to eighth grade are inspired to pursue university-level academic studies. Our students gain skills to be successful in the global community of the 21st century. Students will meet grade-level expectations and become critical thinkers, as they are engaged with dynamic teaching that makes them self-motivated, competent, and lifelong learners. Staff collaboration, continual reassessment of practices based upon on-going performance measures, and recognition of the special learning needs of every child, make Oxford a place where achievement is the norm, challenges are viewed as temporary obstacles, and success is applauded.
Oxford Preparatory Academy has two campuses in south Orange County serving over 1300 students. We employ approximately 165 classified and certificated employees. Oxford Preparatory Academy embraces the Professional Learning Community (PLC) philosophy, in which teachers, classified staff, and site leaders work collaboratively with the shared goal of improving student learning.