Executive Director of Access and Opportunity - Secondary

Stamford Public Schools-1
Stamford, CT, US
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Position Type:

Date Posted:

Stamford, CT

Date Available:
2022-2023 School Year

Closing Date:

Posted pending BOE approval of the job description.

The filling of this position is based upon continued funding in the Board of Education budget.

Note: Teachers dually certified in TESOL, Bilingual Education or ESL, with experience in Sheltered Instruction or fluency in a language other than English, will be given preference for all Stamford Public School positions.

General Statement:

The primary purpose of the position of Executive Director of Access and Opportunity - Secondary in Stamford Public Schools is to participate in the creation of and oversee the growth of innovative, alternative opportunities for secondary programming in the district as well as supervise the already existing Anchor Academy. The Executive Director of Access and Opportunity - Secondary will be responsible for the organization and supervision of the innovative educational opportunities, operation of the facilities as they are used for these programs, participation in staff and student activities, and establishment of effective community relations.

The ideal candidate is a visionary instructional and climate leader who sees the potential for success in all students. The candidate understands that students learn at different paces and in different environments and must be excited about providing such opportunities to all students. The candidate must embrace the need to think outside the box, engage all stakeholders, and remain focused on the needs of all students.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership in the development of innovative instructional programs, based upon current research on effective secondary schools
  • Co-facilitate a Steering Committee for Rethinking Secondary Programs in SPS
  • Initiate, design, and implement programs to meet specific needs of the district and its students
  • Establish and maintain an effective culturally competent learning climate in our programs (existing and new)
  • Promote a positive, caring climate for learning; deal sensitively and fairly with persons from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Evaluate curricular and instructional programs within the different opportunities
  • Work in collaboration with the Assistant Principal of Career Pathways, and others to develop contacts with state and national organizations for the purpose of enhancing and improving local programs
  • Communicate with program coordinators to assure instructional programs meet student needs as well as district and state requirements
  • Develop and support a community relations program with families and local community groups as a means of interpreting and furthering innovative programs and encourage family and community participation in the programs
  • Supervise and evaluate the Coordinator of Anchor Academy, and additional coordinators once innovative academies are established, such as remote learning, twilight, etc.
  • Assist coordinators in the recruitment, screening, hiring, training, assigning, and evaluation of the staff, both licensed and classified
  • Supervise, administer, and allocate the innovative programs' financial budgets and make decisions for their use
  • Cooperate with other principals and district administrators in determining the allocation of district funds for instructional purposes and student placements
  • Assure proper management, maintenance and inventory of materials, equipment, buildings, and grounds
  • Interpret and implement board policies, administrative regulations, and negotiated agreements
  • Develop staff professional development and growth
  • Develop plans and organizational procedures for the health, safety, discipline, and conduct of students as established by district policies and procedures
  • Prepare and supervise the preparation of reports, records, lists, and all other paperwork required or appropriate to the program's administration
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards:

Works in standard office and school building environments.

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Commitment to creating schools that provide an education that cultivates productive habits of mind, body, and heart in every student.
  • Skills to facilitate goal setting for instructional improvement.
  • Skill in the development and implementation of programs to assist employees in successfully reaching personal and professional goals.
  • Demonstrated effective, interpersonal relationship skills in working with students, families, teachers, support staff and administrators, as well as business and community groups.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including effective facilitation of meetings.
  • Exhibits a high level of personal and professional integrity and ethics.
  • Knowledge of current research and best practices being used in secondary and innovative, alternative schools, CT high school graduation requirements and state testing, the field of school improvement and performance-based educational programs.
  • Abilities to serve as a leader-coach to building level teachers and staff; to develop collaborative consensus-building in groups; to maximize resources to achieve results and build programs.
  • Knowledge of and/or demonstrate the ability to learn and implement Operating Systems (i.e. Windows); Office suites (i.e. Microsoft Office, Google Docs); Presentation Software (i.e. PowerPoint, Keynote); Spreadsheets (i.e. Excel, Google Spreadsheets); Communication and Collaboration tools (i.e. Skype); Accounting Software (i.e. QuickBooks); Student Information Systems (i.e. Naviance, PowerSchool); or any other technology deemed relevant for this position.

  • CT CSDE Intermediate Administration or Supervision Certification (092).
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in a leadership position in a high school.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience as a secondary teacher.
  • Experience in an urban district, preferred.
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent and/or Stamford Board of Education may find appropriate.

Stamford Administrative Unit (SAU)

Work Year:
In keeping with contracts for SAU

Per SAU Contract

Procedure for Filing an Application:
Online application is required.

Internal Applicants: Please upload a cover letter (summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position) and resume as part of your Internal Application. In addition, be prepared to provide a three letters of reference to the interview committee.
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