Founding Head of School, Roberts Academy at Mercer University

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Work type: Administrative, Full-Time Staff
Location: Macon, GA
Categories: Education

Position Title

Founding Head of School, Roberts Academy at Mercer University

Department

Dean's Office

Division

College of Education

Vacancy Number

24-002

Work Location

Macon, GA

Job Type

Full-time

Responsibilities

The Roberts Academy at Mercer University invites nominations and applications for an innovative, charismatic, and thoughtful educational leader to serve as Founding Head of School.

Modeled after the very successful Roberts Academy at Florida Southern College, the Roberts Academy at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, is a transitional school for children with dyslexia. The Mission of the Roberts Academy at Mercer University is to prepare students with dyslexia to achieve academic success through dynamic educational programs.

The Roberts Academy at Mercer University will teach a comprehensive curriculum initially designed for grades 2 through 5 using the Orton-Gillingham approach, a specialized learning method clinically proven to help students with dyslexia. Operationalized in the Academy’s classroom, the Orton-Gillingham approach engages students in action-oriented learning that combine auditory, visual, and kinesthetic elements to teach basic concepts of reading, writing, and spelling across the curriculum. Students attend the Roberts Academy at Mercer University until they have mastered the skills to accommodate their learning differences and are prepared to succeed in a traditional school setting.

As the Academy’s leader, priorities for the Head of School will include:

Leadership. The Founding Head of School must be an experienced school leader inspired by the Academy’s mission, aware of the challenges and opportunities associated with teaching individuals with dyslexia, and eager to communicate about the Academy’s academic program and exciting future. The Head of School will use their experience and expertise to establish and nurture the Academy’s standard for student success. A priority for the Founding Head of School will be ensuring the viability of the Roberts Academy by carefully assessing income and expenses and enacting a leadership model that reflects transparency, values professional learning, and builds leadership capacity within the staff.

Instruction and Learning. With the Orton-Gillingham approach as the centerpiece of instruction and learning, the Head of School will work closely with teachers and other stakeholders to establish and maintain the curriculum and pedagogical practices to ensure that the Roberts Academy provides a supportive and success-oriented educational experience. The experience will highlight a comprehensive curriculum for grades 2 through 5 that enables students to master the skills to accommodate their learning differences and prepare them to succeed in a traditional school setting.

Enrollment. The Founding Head of School will lead efforts to achieve optimal enrollment for the Academy. As the spokesperson for the Academy, the Founding Head of School is expected to promote the Academy by articulating to parents, school leaders, and regional stakeholders its mission, its curriculum and facilities, and its intention to prepare students to succeed in a traditional school setting and future educational and career pursuits.

Communication and Marketing. The Founding Head of School will serve as the spokesperson for the Academy internally and externally and provide leadership for the Academy’s marketing endeavors. Communication and marketing will highlight the Roberts Academy’s unique mission and strive to build and refine the Academy’s profile within Georgia as a comprehensive, transitional school for children with dyslexia.

Required Qualifications

A master's degree from an accredited college/university in Education or other applicable field is required. Additionally, the ideal candidate for the Founding Head of School will demonstrate the following:

-exceptional leadership experience in an independent school
-understanding of the Orton-Gillingham approach and recent Georgia legislation that impacts the identification of and educational support appropriate for children with dyslexia
-expertise in elementary or middle school education, particularly in the areas of student-centered curriculum and instruction
-commitment to professional learning for oneself, teachers, and school staff
-outstanding listening, oral and written communication, and public speaking skills
-proven ability to hire and retain strong and diverse staff
-superb management and instructional coaching skills, honed through mentoring of teachers and school staff
-ability to build a professional community that values student success, diversity, and individual health and wellbeing
-values consistent with the mission of the Roberts Academy at Mercer University and compassion for children with learning differences
-advanced study in an area of education aligned with the duties and responsibilities of school leadership, with a preference for a doctoral degree

The Head of School for the Roberts Academy at Mercer University will report to the President of Mercer University through the Provost and the Dean of the Tift College of Education. Building on Mercer University’s commitment to the educational attainment of children with dyslexia, the Founding Head of School will work with a strong team of teachers and support staff and in partnership with the leadership of Mercer’s Tift College of Education. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the success of children with dyslexia.

Is a criminal background check needed for this position?

Yes

Externally Funded

This position is contingent on external funding and the length of employment in this position is dependent on continuation of these funds.

Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience

Pay Basis

Monthly

FLSA Status

Exempt

Required Documents

Resume, Cover Letter, References

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should be prepared to answer the following questions:

1. Do you have a master's degree?

EEO Statement

AA/EEO/Veteran/Disability

Mercer University recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

All faculty and staff, excluding student employees, on-call staff and adjunct faculty teaching online only, are required to have the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved medical or religious exemption by the University. New hires will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination card or receive approval for a medical or religious exemption by the University before their first day of employment.

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