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Heritage Academy

Chief Administrative Officer

Heritage Academy
Columbia, Missouri, United States

Date Posted: 03/18/2016
Categories: Administrative - Education
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Heritage Academy operates with a working board that acts on recommendations from various program committees and from the CAO.  The CAO is responsible for the daily operation of Heritage Academy and for interpreting and translating policy guidelines set forth by the Board of Trustees into operational procedures.  The CAO represents the Board of Trustees to the staff and communicates Board-directed information to the school.  The CAO should build a strong relationship of trust and respect with the Board of Trustees while seeking God’s wisdom and direction for the school.


The CAO’s primary responsibilities include: (1) managing the daily activities of the school and its personnel; (2) promoting and marketing the school; and (3) assisting in long-range planning and annual budgeting.  These responsibilities are performed with the support of the administrative team and appropriate committees.


These three responsibilities are broken into the following seven key elements, which provide the framework for this position.




The CAO is responsible for modeling Christ-centered, biblically-directed, spiritual leadership in all aspects of his or her duties.  As a leader, the CAO provides visionary leadership for the future of the school and motivates others to unite in the pursuit of the school’s mission. As an administrator, the CAO inspires, guides, directs, and evaluates staff personnel and directs activities of the various committees, which support Heritage Academy’s activities.




The CAO implements strategies to encourage and support parental input and involvement in school activities.  He or she is also responsible for promoting relationships with evangelical churches in the area and encouraging local community service projects.




The CAO’s responsibilities include recruiting, hiring, supervising, inspiring, directing, and evaluating faculty and staff.    He or she should be ready to recommend salaries, benefits, and working condition improvements and support professional growth and development for all positions.  The CAO monitors and enforces school by-laws, regulations and policies. The CAO must be relational and approachable at all times in carrying out his or her responsibilities.




One of the key areas within the CAO’s responsibilities includes the development, planning, organizing and promoting of God-honoring strategies to encourage general financial support through tuition, fees, and charitable giving and the overseeing of programs designed for student retention and recruitment.  As part of this endeavor, the CAO serves as chief spokesperson for promoting and marketing Heritage Academy to the local community.





The CAO formulates school objectives and programs and organizes strategies to develop and implement innovative improvements to ensure the school’s mission is achieved.  These responsibilities include overseeing decisions regarding school curriculum and insuring students receive positive, Christ-centered educational opportunities.




The CAO is encouraged to analyze the school’s needs and plan for the resources and equipment needed to accomplish the school’s daily mission and to pursue the school’s long-term vision.  He or she also oversees annual budgeting for school operations and makes recommendation for capital improvements while keeping income and expenses within budgeted amounts.




The CAO oversees the maintenance of the buildings and grounds used by Heritage Academy while making long-range recommendations to the Board for property improvements and insuring facility and staff needs are met.  These responsibilities include analyzing the school’s needs for new equipment and representing the interests of the school with facility owners, contractors, and other vendors.




  • Clear testimony of a life committed to Jesus Christ
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to leading a Christian school is preferred (such as education, biblical studies, business, etc.).  A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years leadership experience in Christian ministry
  • A calling to serve in Christian education