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Director of Academics

Company: Mount Prospect Academy
Location: North Hampton
Posted on: April 3, 2024

Job Description:

Mount Prospect Academy

Job Title: Director of Academics

Reports To: President

Salary from 90k+ and up commensurate with experience, competitive with public school Principals' salary

Location: North Hampton, New Hampshire

Squamscott River Academy is seeking an experienced, dynamic, innovative, and collaborative leader to be the school's Executive Administrator. This is a full-time, year-round position with great benefits and growth opportunities. Salary commensurate with experience, competitive with public school Principal' salary. Master's Degree and Certification as a Principal and/or Special Education Administrator. Years of experience in these certification areas is highly preferred.

We invite you to start your career journey with us. Apply to MPA today!

Company Background

Welcome to Mount Prospect Academy (MPA), a rapidly growing alliance of nonprofit agencies founded in 2003, with the goal of helping struggling adolescents find a "zest for life" and succeed in the "business of life."

MPA has evolved to offer a variety of mental health support services to a diverse population of "hard to treat" and "difficult to place" adolescence. Our targeted services include home and community-based treatment, residential treatment programs, group homes, and special education schools. MPA is known for its ability to achieve successful outcomes with difficult-to-serve individuals throughout New England.


MPA'S mission is to provide a caring, safe therapeutic environment where students have the opportunity to grow and acquire the skills they need to reach their educational and social potential. We aim to develop trusting relationships with students and facilitate experiences that promote their ability to self-regulate; manage thoughts and feelings; and develop feelings of safety, confidence, and competency.


The Director of Academics provides leadership to coordinate and supervise the effective delivery of Special Education services and serves as the chief administrator of the school in developing and implementing policies, programs, curriculum activities, and budgets in a manner that promotes the educational development of each student and the professional development of each faculty member.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

--- Provide professional leadership in organizing, administering, supervising, and evaluating the effective delivery of Special Education services

--- Conceptualize the broad goals of the school and plan accordingly to ensure that procedures and schedules are implemented to carry out the total school program.

--- Ensure that the school program is compatible with the legal, financial and organizational structure of the school system.

--- Define the responsibilities and accountability of faculty members and develop plans for interpreting the school program to the community

--- Take an active role in decision-making and assisting facilitation of positive outcomes for students with special needs.

--- Oversee all facets of the special education department including programs, services, personnel and budget.

--- Ensures that all Special Services programs and activities conform to federal, state and district guidelines.

--- Provide direct supervision and oversee the essential functions and general responsibilities of the Academic Case Managers

--- Provide activities which facilitate the professional growth of the academic faculty and enhance the quality of the instructional program while appraising performance

--- Ensure that instructional objectives for a given subject and/or classroom are developed and involve the faculty and others in the development of specific curricular objectives to meet the needs of the students and the school program.

--- Orient and assist new faculty and provide opportunities for their input in the school program.

--- Evaluate student progress in the instructional program by means that include the maintaining of up-to-date student data.

--- Maintain student confidentiality and report all pertinent information to the executive director

--- Appropriately represent Mount Prospect Academy, Inc. academic programs to the community, students' parents and outside agencies.

--- Follow all company policies and procedures.

--- Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Ability to work collaboratively to implement and monitor special education programs; ability to work in a supportive, collaborative role with faculty in all departments; ability to interpret and remain current on all federal, state, and local mandates for special education and Section 504 services and to ensure that the school is in compliance; handle confidential information discretely and professionally; use discretion and exercise sound judgment; exceptional public relations/interpersonal/problem solving skills to respond to parents and advocacy groups and to serve as the school's lead representative/contact person of programs for special needs students; effective management, supervisory, team-building, and problem solving skills.

Education and/or Experience:

--- Master's Degree required: M.Ed., CAGS/CAS, EdD, or PhD preferred

--- Valid New Hampshire Postgraduate Professional license required with endorsements in administration, supervision, and special education.

--- Experience as a teacher and administrator working with students with disabilities (ages 2 to 21years inclusive) to include a minimum of 5 years direct development of IEPs and implementation through service delivery

--- 5 years administrative/supervisory experience involving exceptional learner processes and instructional programming.

--- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, school faculty, clinical, residential and administrative departments.

--- Possess knowledge of State Core Curriculum requirements and Department of Education adopted guidelines.

--- Position requires criminal history background check.

* "The ability to attain NH Principal license or Special Ed Administrator" Special Education Administrator is preferred.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job requires prolonged sitting or standing, occasional stooping, bending and reaching. This job requires the ability to occasionally travel and you must be able to work in noisy and crowded environments at times. This job requires regular attendance and/or physical presence at the job.

Benefits (Full-time):

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Plan (403B)
  • STD & LTD
  • Life Insurance
  • AD & D
  • Comprehensive wellness initiatives
  • Paid time off
  • Employee discount program
  • Expense reimbursement
  • Further education opportunities
  • Requirements, Education and/or Experience

    Mount Prospect Academy assures equal opportunity and public access and, if necessary, affirmative action in all its policies regarding employment and provision of services. Mount Prospect Academy does not discriminate in its hiring, programs or policies on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.

    Mount Prospect Academy strongly recommends, but does not require, that all MPA faculty (employees) stay protected against COVID-19 by getting their primary vaccine series and stay up to date with a booster dose if they are eligible to receive one.


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