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Executive Director

American School for the Deaf | W Hartford CT 06107 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 12/20/2013

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December 2013


Closing Date:             February 7, 2014.



American School for the Deaf (ASD) is located in West Hartford, Connecticut.  Established in 1817 as the first permanent
school for the deaf in America, the current school is a comprehensive
center-based and community-based educational institution serving deaf and
hard-of-hearing students from preschool through high school, and providing an adult
service program, utilizing a total communication philosophy.  The American School for the Deaf is approved
by the Departments of Education in ten states including Connecticut,
Massachusetts, and New York and serves students from ten states as well as international


The Executive Director is the head of the school
and reports to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible
for the management, operations, and maintenance of the school in accordance
with the Board’s established policies. 
The Executive Director has eight (8) direct reports, with a total staff
of approximately 350 and an on-campus student population of 170. The Executive
Director will be experienced in working with deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf
with special needs students. For a detailed description of all programs, please
visit the ASD website at


Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

The Executive Director will
be familiar with the internal/external mechanisms used in complex organizations
and will need to have demonstrated abilities in:


  • Decision-making and execution.
  • Organizational development and change management
  • Finance and budgeting.
  • Internal and external communication.
  • Legislative relations and fundraising.
  • Strategic and long-term planning.
  • Creative problem-solving.
  • Developing and building relationships.
  • American Sign Language (ASL proficiency required.)
  • Technological proficiency.


Specific Responsibilities
and Opportunities

The Executive Director will assume the lead in
capitalizing on opportunities.  The
Executive Director will:


  • Serve a changing
         student population (82% of ASD students are deaf with special needs.)
  • Assure the school has a
         long range strategy which aligns with its mission, ensuring that it makes
         consistent and timely progress.
  • Maintain official
         records and documentation to comply with federal, state, and local

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  • Provide leadership in
         developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of

  • Collaborate with the Director of Institutional Advancement on all aspects
    of fundraising. Will assist with donor prospect, cultivation and stewardship.

  • Demonstrate initiative for creating strategies to increase the

  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Human Resources in planning
    for negotiations with collective bargaining units, and other staff issues, as
    needed.  Make periodic reports to the
    Board of Directors or its committees.

  • Develop and maintain a working relationship with school departments,
    professional organizations, the ASD administration, state and local
    governments, parents, alumni (ASDAA), and other school constituencies, and is
    conversant in current professional issues, trends, and practices.



The Executive Director will have an open and
flexible management style conducive to working with diverse groups.


  • Will keep the Board
         fully informed on the state of the organization.
  • Establish and maintain
         sound working relationships with state and federal legislative bodies,
         local education authorities, special education directors, state departments
         of education and community groups.
  • Keep the public
         apprised of the activities of the school, its programs and goals.
  • Maintain a climate
         which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of highly qualified
  • Encourage staff
         development and education.
  • Knowledge of
         state-of-the-art technology to oversee and maximize the potential of the
         new Gallaudet-Clerc Education Center.


Budget and

The Executive Director will have experience or
expertise with the state budgeting process, ASD funding mechanisms and school
finances and must operate all school programs in a fiscally responsible manner.


  • Develop and maintain
         sound financial practices.
  • Work with the CFO, the
         Investment - Finance Committee and the Board of Directors in preparing a budget
         and operating the school within budget guidelines.
  • Ensure funds are
         available so that the school may carry out its work.




  • Master’s degree or higher in Education, Special
    Education or closely-related fields from accredited institutions required.

  • Eight to ten years of progressive leadership
    experience at a complex and diverse educational institution.



  • Advanced degree in Educational Administration or
    Special Education Administration.

  • Eligibility for Connecticut Administrative


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Employment and
Compensation Package

  • A compensation package will offer a competitive
    salary and a package of benefits commensurate with the position.




applying for the position must send all of the following items to be

  • Cover

  • Curriculum
    Vitae (CV)/Resume

  • Five
    professional references 


send all materials to
or to:


     Executive Director Search

     c/o Office of Institutional Advancement

     American School for the Deaf

     139 North Main Street

     West Hartford, CT  06107-1269


American School for the Deaf does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age,
national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity
or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual
disability, history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning
disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut
state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.  


applicants will be screened and the most highly qualified applicants will be
invited to interview.







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Location W Hartford, CT, United States
Categories CEO/Superintendent/President, Head of School/Principal
Organization Type Non-profit Organization
Experience Years 8 yrs

Location Maptop

Contact Informationtop

Contact Name Office of Institutional Advancement
How to apply Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.
Primary Phone 860-570-2353
Primary Fax 860-570-1823
Job Code -