Job Opening: Chief Academic Officer, Lighthouse Academies (Boston or Chicago)
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Lighthouse Academies, Inc. ("LHA") invites nominations and
applications for the position of Chief Academic Officer. LHA is a
nonprofit charter management organization which strives to prepare
students for college through a rigorous arts-infused program.
Founded in 2003 by experienced, entrepreneurial leaders and K-12
educators concerned that public schools were not meeting the needs of
children in urban communities, LHA developed a charter school model
designed to develop each student socially as well as academically.
Through thoughtful, deliberate, and efficient operational planning
now well known within the K-12 community, LHA has built a replicable,
successful model for charter schools.
Today, LHA operates 10 public charter schools on 11 sites whose
combined revenues approach $40m. This Fall, these schools will
enroll 3,500 students in NY, WDC, OH, IL, and IN and LHA plans to add
more schools in 2009. Over 325 dedicated professionals, including
approximately 15 staff at LHA's national office in MA as well as
principals and teachers throughout the four states and WDC, are
passionately committed to the organization's vision that all students
will be taught by an outstanding teacher in a nurturing environment,
achieve at high levels, and develop the knowledge, skills and values
necessary for responsible citizenship and life-long learning.
The next CAO will join an organization that has firmly established
itself as a compelling public school choice for parents and
students. Eight of the 9 LHA schools met their academic goals in the
06/07 school year and the demand for more LHA schools in existing
States and beyond is high. Nevertheless, the LHA team is not
satisfied. They are not getting the academic results they want fast
enough. Therefore, LHA now seeks a leader to improve results. This
challenge will involve improving strategic analysis; recruiting and
retaining great principals and teachers; shaping culture within LHA
schools; developing a College Prep Academy; and managing effective
growth. In addition to these new challenges, the CAO's primary
responsibility is the development and implementation of LHA
curriculum, professional development, and assessment. This involves
evaluating the teaching and learning process at LHA schools,
evaluating professional development of LHA educators, evaluating
assessment practices and results, and developing an academic strategy.
The ideal candidate must have a deep understanding of charter schools
and believe that LHA's efforts will fundamentally change public
education. Additionally, the CAO must have: A PhD or EdD
specializing in program planning and evaluation; 8-10 years of
experience in K-12 curriculum development and assessment; supervisory
experience in a K-12 school setting; a thorough understanding of the
NCLB Act; technical knowledge of research practices; willingness to
travel and a basic understanding of the non-academic side of school
operations such as facilities management, human resources,
technology, and community relations.
LHA's Search Committee is soliciting nominations and expressions of
interest immediately. Applicants should go to www.lighthouse-
academies.org, click "ABOUT" and then "CAREERS" to find the link for
this opening. Applications should include a current resume AND a
letter of interest addressed to Mike Ronan, CEO by September 28th.
NOTE: when prompted in the system to upload a resume and letter,
applicants should not cut and paste these documents in portions.
Rather, please choose to upload the entire documents. Confidential
nominations for the position or questions about the position and/or
the search process should be directed to the Executive Recruiter who
is assisting the Search Committee with this search: Monisha Lozier,
President & Founder, Cobbe Place Consulting, 773-472-0254,
Lighthouse Academies has a proven commitment to diversity and
actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates in this search.