Head of School
The Adelson Educational Campus
Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)
Primary domain: Education
City: Las Vegas
Postal code: 89134
Country: United States
The Adelson Educational Campus (AEC) in Las Vegas, Nevada is home to an independent, community Jewish day school that simultaneously operates an Early Childhood Education (Pre-School) Program, a Lower School (Grades K-5), a Middle School (Grades 6-8) and a college preparatory High School (Grades 9-12). Within the context of a campus atmosphere imbued with Jewish culture and a deep love for the State of Israel, AEC offers a quality academic program for Jewish students while also welcoming students from other faith communities and ethnic backgrounds. AEC’s mission is to instruct and inspire new generations of students who draw strength from the richness of western civilization as well as from Jewish ethical principles. Graduates use the knowledge, values, and vision acquired at AEC to fulfill their own potential and build a better world.
At the heart of AEC’s approach is a focus on the whole child and an interdisciplinary curriculum through which students internalize values such as integrity, justice, tolerance, kindness and community. Adelson campus students graduate as caring, perceptive, and engaged thinkers, well-prepared for the rigors of higher education and ready to take their places as the citizens and leaders of tomorrow.
AEC is situated on a state-of-the-art fourteen-acre campus with over 160,000 square feet of facilities. The campus is equipped with a 400-seat theater, seven science labs, a lower school organic garden and an instrumental music room. AEC also has a 5,000 square foot Startup Incubator in which students and teachers bring ideas to life. Startup Incubator facilities feature a Fab Lab, a Coding Lab, and a Digital Media Studio. In addition, the campus boasts extensive athletic facilities including a regulation size basketball court, an indoor competition size swimming pool, an indoor running track, a volleyball court, a soccer field, and three tennis courts.
Adelson is a central institution in Las Vegas’ extended Jewish community, serving approximately 480 students in the only Preschool-12th grade Jewish day school in the state of Nevada. The School is affiliated with Prizmah and is NWAIS accredited. More information about the school can be found on the web at: www.adelsoncampus.org
The Head of School of the Adelson Educational Campus will be the executive, educational and administrative leader of the school. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Head of school will have ultimate responsibility for animating and implementing the vision and mission of the school and for ensuring an outstanding general and Jewish education program.
The successful candidate will provide a dynamic learning environment while demonstrating the ability and skills necessary to manage a quality college preparatory academy. Specifically, the Head of School will develop a culture of educational innovation, expanding the depth and boundaries of general and Jewish education at AEC with the goal of making the school acceptable to families seeking a true Jewish day school education in the context of a college preparatory academy. In addition, the Head of School will sharpen the focus of Jewish education, fostering a school identity centered around Israel and the Jewish community.
The Head of School will be highly visible and approachable, while inviting a culture of openness and collaboration. S/he will serve as AEC’s representative to the Las Vegas Jewish community and its various constituencies as part of the ongoing effort to reach out and market the school. The Head of School will also serve as a leader and as an advocate for community-based education that is welcoming and respectful of students from all streams of Judaism and beyond.
The Head of School must have exemplary communication skills and a high emotional quotient. The successful candidate is tasked with growing a culture of transparency and communication between faculty, parents, students and board members. S/he will take time to learn the community, its culture, and its traditions and will provide stakeholders opportunity to provide input.
Building a close relationship with the Board of Trustees to strengthen the vision and strategy for the school is a primary responsibility for the Head of School. In particular, the Board is seeking a Head of School who can continue to secure the long-term financial sustainability of the school. The Head of School will need to exercise financial prudence, explore increased revenue streams, and actively engage in admissions and retention efforts. In partnership with the Board of Trustees, the Head of School will lead efforts to define future planning and priorities for AEC that will allow the school to continue to grow, flourish and attain a national reputation for excellence.
Proven track record as an organizational leader and/or educational administrator.
Visionary leadership, a proven growth mindset and an expectation of excellence in every facet of the school.
Ability to grow a culture of data-driven decision making, including- but not limited to- programs goals and outcomes.
Ability to promote and foster educational excellence across grade levels from preschool through 12th grade, by articulating a compelling case for the program- what stays and what is changed and why.
A fundamental love of children and a desire to be a positive influence in their lives.
An appreciation of Jewish culture and its values and a positive attitude toward the State of Israel.
Strong understanding of the college admissions process ensuring that AEC remains a top college preparatory institution.
Open and collaborative management and leadership style. Comfort with soliciting input from others while still being decisive and independent in the decision-making process. Strong ability to delegate and transfer authority and responsibility for work to others.
Excellent people skills. Good communicator. Warm, honest, and fair approach in dealing with others. Ability to interact, communicate and engage comfortably with a wide variety of key constituents including students, parents, Board members, major donors, and community leaders.
Strong supervisory/evaluation skills and the ability to hold staff accountable for expected results.
Demonstrated track-record identifying, attracting and developing top talent.
Financial acumen: Able to work with the CFO to design and prepare budgets and set financial priorities.
Ability to build a nascent development effort (and donor base), by helping grow a sense of belonging to the AEC community.
Experience in the cultivation of prospective major donors and demonstrated success in securing large gifts.
Alertness to the qualities that make the Las Vegas community special, especially including the nuances of the sub-communities within AEC.
Recognition of the value of visibility- in the school, with the students, and in the community.
Ability to maintain composure and effectiveness under pressure as problems arise.
Advanced degree in related field preferred.
This position description is based upon material provided by The Adelson Educational Campus, an equal opportunity employer.
Dara Klarfeld, CEO
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