Head of School

Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Jun 10, 2021
Job Category
Administrator, Principal
About the Organization

Fusion Academy is a revolutionary alternative, accredited private school for grades 6-12 that offers a fully individualized classroom: one student, one teacher. As the nationwide leader in one to one schooling, Fusion Academy has campuses throughout the country.

Every student at Fusion is unique - some students are accelerated learners; some need flexible scheduling; and others have special learning needs due to attention challenges, learning differences, or social and emotional difficulties. No matter why students come to Fusion, our model is simple - through compassion and acceptance, Fusion students learn on their terms, on their schedule, and in their learning style.

Our model is a unique academic program offering services year-round on a rolling admissions basis. Our environment is highly personal and socially inclusive. Equal emphasis is placed on students' emotional well-being as it is on academic achievements. In addition to full time enrollment, students at Fusion Academy may take a class for credit or enroll in our tutoring/mentoring program.

The Fusion culture offers a special place to work, teach, and learn. Fusionites are a special brand of educators--they are creative, passionate, embrace change, and have fun! They communicate honestly and with compassion to both students and colleagues. People join the Fusion family for more than just a paycheck; they seek to work with peers who share these values. And because Fusion is growing rapidly, we offer considerable opportunity for career advancement throughout the country.


Santa Barbara


Target New School Opening Date: January 2022

Head of School

Position Summary:

Our Head of School are strong, innovative and inspiring leaders who exhibit Growth Mindset and exhibit our company's core values: Exude Energy & Optimism, Think & Act Creatively, Openly Collaborate & Communicate, Serve our Students, Families and each other.

The Head of School is responsible for the operational, academic, and fiscal health of the campus.

The Head of School is a key leadership role, with a strong talent for building and maintaining healthy schools.

Your Day to Day:

Culture, Vision & Leadership
  • Builds a strong, cohesive team that lives the Fusion values
  • Paints a compelling picture and ensures a unified vision for the team
  • Instills joy and fun into our mission
  • Carries our culture of embracing challenge, celebrating success and learning from failure
  • Empowers Campus team to successfully operate and grow great schools
  • Applies persistent creativity to complex problems
  • Maintains a high level of Campus team retention as a result of a dynamic and healthy culture

Talent Development
  • Finds, selects, and develops great leaders, staff and faculty
  • Recognizes rockstar skill sets and models behavior
  • Sets and expects clear, high standards
  • Provides ongoing training and professional development to the team
  • Addresses performance issues swiftly and fairly
  • Exhibits achievement of success through consistent and persistent effort with passion and drive ("work hard, play hard" philosophy)

Enrollment & Fiscal Growth
  • Exceed all top line and bottom line targets
  • Ensure appropriate account management within the campus
  • Appropriately manage labor costs and staffing
  • Implement the Halstrom Way enrollment process including the world class campus tour and red carpet treatment of all families
  • Manage and drive our contact strategy to maximize lead to enrollment conversion
  • Effectively execute a solid community outreach and local marketing plan
  • Practice effective enrollment closing and follow up techniques
  • Build and foster relationships with local public and private educational institutions
  • Participate in marketing events on behalf of the school and company at large.
  • Develop relationships with local businesses, influencers, educators and specialists
  • Actively seek partnership opportunities with companies and educational institutions

Build and Maintain a Great School
  • Maintain a healthy and dynamic school culture amongst students, staff and families
  • Ensure student programs and services are appropriately being offered on campus
  • Observe and effectively evaluate teacher and administrative staff
  • Ensure solid administrative practices and policies are being followed while providing world class customer service
  • Build a solid foundation for strong educational practices
  • Meet all requirements and maintain good standing with all of the Company's creditors and class approvals, including but not limited to WASC, NWAC, NCAA and UC. Requirements include interim self-studies and any accreditation requirements.
  • Partner with WASC coordinator to ensure proper accreditation for each campus within the region
  • A solid foundation in educational best practices
  • Knowledge of general CA education codes and requirements
  • Ensure implementation of all company Education Department requirements and initiatives.

Red Carpet Service
  • Communicates with parents, students and staff to gain feedback and address concerns
  • Develops Campus teams that are masters at providing great service
  • Generates strong referrals through high Net Promoter Scores and online review
  • Appropriately manage any student academic, social or behavioral issues in alignment with school policies and values
  • Addresses any and all customer service issues and empowers Campus teams to do the same

Position Requirements

Required Education and Experience:

Years/Type of Experience:

A minimum of 3-5 years managing program development and leadership experience in a school setting. Teaching experience (preferred). Experience with alternative or non-traditional education systems. Experience with middle and high school-aged students. Must have a great attitude and be a team player. Must have a valid drivers license. Must have reliable mode of transportation

Education: Bachelors Degree (required), Masters Degree in Education or Business (preferred).

Specialized Training/Knowledge: Proficiency with PowerPoint, Word, and Excel is required, Sales Force

General Performance Expectations: This is a full-time, year round position, and will require evening and weekend hours. Heavy travel within the region will be required, with periodic travel outside the region requiring overnight stays. All candidates must possess the willingness to adapt to a hard working, rapidly growing, aggressive and dynamic company culture.

Key Behavioral Competencies:
  • Past success in for-profit school environment
  • Optimism
  • Action & results oriented leader
  • Live the values and model, instill across culture
  • Culture carrier
  • Continued improvement of process and service
  • Healthy culture for retention! Complex problem solving
  • Operates with growth mindset: learns from failures, seeks out feedback
  • Deliver on promise
  • Strong work ethic
  • High level of ingenuity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or sex.

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