Head of School Job Description and Primary Responsibilities
As Our Ideal Candidate
You are not surprised to find that every day demands radical creativity. The courage to take risks. Constant learning by doing. And relentless iteration with a team of collaborative, creative and compassionate educators.
As TEA’s leader, you:
Have a passion for education and are 100% committed to empowering young people.
Understand the world is not stagnant, so education needs to keep growing and changing to prepare young people for whatever life throws their way.
Can develop strong relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders.
Possess the business knowledge and capacity to expand resources, help develop world-class facilities and build a strong brand with a national audience.
Can build and enhance teams.
Demonstrate a high level of resilience, creative thinking and emotional intelligence.
Are humble about what you don’t know and confident in what you do.
Believe TEA’s vision and mission are worthy and important challenges.
Amazing Resources at Your Fingertips
After years of bootstrapping, building with duct tape and bailing wire and literally pulling ourselves to the top of the mountain, we have built a solid foundation of people, place and potential for you, our next leader, to put to work.
You have plenty of room to grow and sound footing upon which to build a world class campus, a leader in the educational revolution and a nationally recognized learning environment.
As TEA’s Head of School, you have incredible resources at your fingertips:
A valuable partnership with a long term investor, the Martis Valley Education Foundation (MVEF), who is also excited about the potential of the approaches developed here at TEA to scale beyond the world of K-12 education. MVEF is looking for a CEO to drive these efforts and work with TEA’s leadership to do so.
MVEF has also been instrumental in the ongoing development of the 42-acre Martis Valley Campus, which is to ultimately serve as a national innovation hub for education, a community resource and a home for TEA.
A robust and growing student body. Starting with 72 students in 2011, we will increase our student body to nearly 300 students in 2019, with a top level goal of 350 by 2021.
A small but strong network of donors and supporters, many who have close ties to Silicon Valley, educational foundations and social philanthropists.
Curated content and marketing collateral to continue to build our network and expand our brand.
A forward thinking educational program built from the ground up.
A core brand with ample room to expand, especially in the education space, (which really needs it).
A strong TEAm, with fantastic operational support, incredible teachers and excellent staff. Starting with 4 full time teachers and 2 full time staff in 2011, we have grown our full time faculty to 30, with another 20 full and part time staff members to help deliver on our unique experiential program. What we need is the next leader to guide us on our upward trajectory.
Head of School: Primary Responsibilities
As TEA’s HoS, you have six key pillars of responsibility that include: general, financial, strategic, operational, public liaison and campus development.
Develop a strong culture that is in direct support of TEA’s vision, mission, values and guiding principles
Act as a member ex officio of all standing committees of TEA’s Board of Trustees
Serve as a representative of the TEA’s Board of Trustees in its relations with the faculty, staff, students and the stakeholders of the school
Ensure the school is in compliance with all accrediting and regulating bodies; maintaining academic strength and quality
Collaborate directly with the Martis Valley Education Foundation and their potential CEO to support scaling efforts and the development of the Martis Valley Campus
Manage the sometimes competing demands of the various constituencies of the school
Oversee staffing, HR and personnel
Oversee the handling of matters regarding employment, retention, and dismissal of personnel; salaries and contracts; job assignments and performance evaluation; and orientation and training
Own the fiscal policy and long-term sustainability of the school, including, but not limited to, helping develop and enact additional revenue sources to meet the school’s financial projections, budgeting, overseeing all fiscal decisions and creating new pathways for revenue
Supervise the Business Manager in the preparation of preliminary and final budgets; to monitor income, expenditures, collections, and cash flow; to maintain appropriate financial records; to oversee the employee benefit program
Supervise the Admissions Director in determining programs for the recruitment of students, including marketing and outreach, information dissemination, applicant testing and interviews and acceptance and decisions
Supervise the Development Director and help initiate and cultivate development efforts to ensure ongoing, diverse and generous support of the school
Hire and manage a CFO, if / when necessary
Embody, manifest, and advocate for the mission and vision of the school, including collaborating directly with the Martis Valley Education Foundation’s potential CEO
Develop and maintain a strong and robust Board of Trustees comprised of both internal and external stakeholders
Monitor and address all matters of school climate and culture
Provide to the TEA Board of Trustees with various scenarios and possibilities for the Board to consider as it does its work focusing on the strategic future of the school
Support and contribute to TEA’s vision by actively engaging in activities that are for the benefit greater than solely TEA and working collaboratively with the CEO, to create impactful programs further reaching than TEA and providing the bandwidth for staff support and involvement in the big picture as warranted/desired
Work with the Board of Trustees, its Chair, and its committees in carrying out established school policies; to review those policies and make recommendations for changes; to attend meetings, prepare reports, maintain board records, and keep directors informed on all aspects of the school’s operation
Supervise the execution of all programs of the school (academic, athletic, ethical, and other extracurricular programs) and ensure the school is meeting its stated mission and vision
Supervise and/or assist with all other aspects of the school’s operation, including (but not limited to) facilities maintenance and operation, transportation, summer programs, development and fundraising, and alumni affairs
Public Liaison and Communications
Build confidence and trust with internal and external stakeholders through strong communication strategies
Support the PR effort to tell the “TEA Story” for admissions, fundraising, community awareness and the big picture vision
Represent the school in its relations with state and federal agencies and with local, state, regional, and national educational organizations and accrediting agencies
Act as a liaison with other organizations to ensure fulfillment of the school's contractual obligations; to coordinate schedules and procedures where the interests of both organizations are involved
Represent the school to all of its constituents including neighborhood, parents, students, alumni, business community, faculty, and staff
Hire and manage a PR / Communications Director, if / when necessary.
Help drive fundraising for the continued development and execution of a world-class school campus
Support and collaborate with MVEF and its leadership to the execute the development of the campus
Ensure policies, procedures and legal aspects are accurate and updated
Leadership Search Norms:
Provide clear and concise communication and seek ongoing feedback to continually improve.
Learn from our past. Stay focused on the future.
Involve key stakeholders: alumni, parents, teachers, staff, students and supporters.
Utilize our existing interview and hiring procedures and adapt as necessary.
Hiring Committee Includes:
TEA’s Board of Trustees, Program Directors & Key Stakeholders
If you have any general questions, please submit them here. Your question will be routed to the appropriate member(s) of the hiring committee.
About Tahoe Expedition Academy
Tahoe Expedition Academy was founded by a group of educators and parents seeking to create an adventure based, experiential learning school for children in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Our mission is to empower students to reach their full potential by cultivating intellectual growth, character and confidence through engaging academics and outdoor adventures. Our program combines high-level academics, character building and hands on-exploration and adventure. Currently, our school serves students from PreK to High School and we are part of the Expeditionary Learning Network.