Regional Director - Northeast Region
Job Details
Experienced
Lancaster, PA - Lancaster, PA
Full Time
Masters Degree
Domestic 26-50%
Day
Education
Description

Position Summary

Deliver support primarily to the Head of School, or other school leaders, through a personal and professional relationship. Serve as a supporting partner (colleague and encourager); school growth consultant (expert in Christian school leadership); strategic convener and connector (leader among colleagues); and primary link to the value of an ACSI membership (ACSI senior representative).

Anticipated start date of June or July 2020. Serve the states of the Eastern Division, with primary emphasis in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Washington DC. This position may require working from a remote or home office location. 

 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

As a supportive partner, come alongside school leaders with empathy, questioning, and listening skills to provide spiritual and practical support, advice, information, and encouragement

  • Provide communication and updates to keep school leaders aware of relevant information in Christian education (Snapshot, Legal Legislative updates, etc.)
  • Engage school leaders in a personal, professional and supportive manner, reflecting interest, awareness, and valued input into their leadership needs
  • Contact school leaders on a systematic and regular basis to build long-term relationships and collegiality
  • Systematically visit school leaders for face-to-face relationship building and professional linkage
  • Maintain an awareness of regional school environments, structures, locations and program development progress
  • Offer specialized services as needed (crisis management, advocacy linkage, prayer support, etc.)

 

As a school growth consultant, utilize career knowledge and expertise while leveraging the expertise of other ACSI specialists (Early Education, Accreditation, Professional Development, Legal Legislative, A.C.E. Student Success Center, Thought Leadership, Communications, etc.) to help schools grow and improve in every significant way (spiritually, educationally, financially, administratively, board governance, etc.) from formative to flourishing

  • Give attention to the needs and relationships of larger schools while supporting smaller schools as able and appropriate, in keeping with budget economies of scale
  • Work with the Director of Professional Development to provide relevant expertise and support as needed (board training, leadership development, strategic planning, enrollment, advancement, site-based in-service, etc.)
  • Work in concert with the Director of Accreditation to encourage and guide schools into the early stages of the school improvement process

 

As a strategic convener and connector, provide opportunities for school leaders to gather and network together digitally and in person

  • Provide coordinated support and communication to member schools related to regional, divisional, and national convening opportunities (professional development events, Global Christian School Leadership Summit, etc.) in cooperation with other directors and Communications
  • Lead district meetings and additional strategic convening events (round tables, task forces, focused gatherings, area administrator meetings, etc.)
  • Maintain an active Regional Council that strengthens the connection among and between school leaders and ACSI while providing grass roots input to ACSI leadership.
  • Encourage, support and promote ACSI convening and connecting initiatives (ACSI Blog, Digital Communities, etc.)

 

As a primary link to the value of an ACSI membership, the Regional Director Team and each individual member is primarily responsible for cultivating membership within ACSI. Remain thoroughly familiar with member schools (leadership, structures, programs and their history and utilization of ACSI services) and recommend resources and services from ACSI (or others) to meet those school needs

  • Support and promote regional/divisional initiatives, events, and activities in Early Education, Accreditation, Professional Development, A.C.E. Student Success Center, Legal Legislative, and Student Services as determined by the directors
  • Maintain current knowledge of and provide appropriate regional input when needed into all ACSI resources and services (Legal Legislative, Purposeful Design Publications, Assessment, Accreditation, Career Center, etc.)
  • Remain current with best practices in school leadership as influenced by ongoing thought leadership research from ACSI and other sources
  • Encourage, develop and maintain connections with non-member, lapsed member and potential member schools, highlighting the value of membership through relationship building and cultivation, and connecting them to needed services, programs, and relationships
  • Monitor member and non-member needs, concerns and emerging issues that ACSI could address or provide services
  • Maintain a working list of potential members, tracking contacts, responses and distinctives, in conjunction with Communications and the Care Team

 

Lead and develop a team of administrative professionals and Field Representatives who assist in delivering the above services and support to schools and leaders

  • Manage office and remote employees on the regional team who report directly to the Regional Director
  • Provide support and encouragement for ACSI employees in the region who report to program directors
  • Manage and maintain work/life balance, professional vitality and appropriate work environment in light of travel load

 All other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Spiritually the ideal candidate shall possess characteristics that reflect:

  • a demonstrated acceptance without reservation of the ACSI Statement of Faith
  • a strong, clear Christian testimony, acknowledging Christ as Savior and seeking to live as His disciple
  • a desire for spiritual growth as evidenced by his/her prayer life, Bible study, and spiritual outreach to others
  • a mature, godly spirit
  • a Christian role model (Luke 6:40) in attitude, speech, and actions toward others. (This includes being committed to Gods biblical standards for sexual conduct.)
  • a person of faith and prayer
  • a broad acceptance of and by the evangelical Christian community
  • a strong knowledge and understanding of Scripture and biblical principles of operation and management
  • a servant leader
  • an active participation in a local Bible-believing church
  • willingness to enroll K-12 school-aged children in a local Christian school

Required Experience and Education

  • Seven or more years of experience in Christian education, with a strong preference of five years or more as the Head of a Christian school, preferably an ACSI member school
  • Experience and involvement with ACSI is strongly preferred
  • Master’s degree in Educational Leadership or related field   
  • Well known in the Christian School community as a recognized leader
  • Be able to articulate a Christian philosophy of education consistent with Scripture
  • Demonstrate executive and management skills
  • Be effective in oral and written communication
  • Have a deep understanding of and empathy for the Christian school
  • Have a heart and vision for the individual Christian school and the Christian school movement as a whole
  • Have a commitment to gender and racial diversity at all levels in the workplace
  • Be a team player responsive to colleagues, the President of ACSI, and members of the executive team
  • Be willing to subordinate own personal agenda for the sake of the association
  • Be open to new concepts and technology
  • Comfortable with the supportive technology to work remotely, engage staff and schools digitally, and provide resources electronically
  • Able to function independently and remotely, maintaining appropriate work schedules and key communication processes

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 50% by plane or automobile
  • Driver’s License required to be kept current and in effect as a condition of employment
  • May be required to work from a home office
  • Employee is regularly required to walk, sit, use hands and fingers, talk and hear
  • Essential duties require the use of computers to process information
  • The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to read at close range and distinguish colors and contrasts
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal
  • Able to lift, pack, and move boxes up to 50 pounds and set up events
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