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Central Christian School

Head Administrator

Central Christian School
Hutchinson, Kansas, United States

Date Posted: 10/11/2010
Categories: Education - Management
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Central Christian School is taking applications for a Head Administrator opening.

Central Christian School is an interdenominational school located in Hutchinson, Kansas and has been in existence for over 60 years. The student body we serve spans from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Through the leadership of our current, retiring administrator, we have recently been re-accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International for the maximum 7 year period. We are very excited about the direction of our school and have started the search for an administrator to lead us into more and greater growth and in a direction that honors our Lord and Savior.

The Principal/Administrator of the School shall serve in a dual role.
(1) Advisor to and executive officer of the board, and
(2) As professional leader of the staff.

The Principle/Administrator is the chief executive of the school and, in partnership with the school board, is responsible for the success of the school. The Principal/Administrator provides spiritual, educational, and administrative leadership to the school. It is this person’s responsibility to inspire, lead, and direct all phases of the school’s operations, programs, budget, personnel, and environment in accordance with the direction and policies established by the school board.

Hired by: Board of Trustees
Responsible to: Board of Trustees
Supervises: All employees of Central Christian School including Teachers, Administrative Staff, Custodial Staff, Daycare Staff and Volunteer Faculty.
Evaluated: An annual written evaluation is provided by Board of Trustees
Type of position: This is a contracted, exempt employee that is paid on a salaried basis.

Required Spiritual Qualities
It is expected that the Principal/Administrator will …
• Acknowledge Christ as Savior and seek to live life as His disciple.
• Believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God—our standard for faith and practice.
• Believe and actively support the school’s Doctrinal Statement (attached).
• Demonstrate a desire for spiritual growth as evidenced by his or her prayer life, Bible study, and spiritual outreach to others.
• Be a Christian role model in attitude, speech, and actions toward others (Luke 6:40). This includes being committed to God’s biblical standards for sexual conduct.
• Evidence the fruit of the Spirit in dealing with people.
• Share the Christian faith with others.
• Have a Christ-centered home.
• Actively participate in a local Bible-believing church.

Required Professional Qualities
It is expected that the Principal/Administrator will …
• Hold a Master’s degree from an accredited postsecondary institution or be willing to participate in a program to complete such a degree within a specified time period.
• Hold an ACSI Administrator certificate or be willing to participate in a program to obtain such a certificate within a specified time period.
• Have a minimum of 5 years of successful classroom teaching experience, and 2 years of successful administration experience, preferably in a Christian school.
• Demonstrate a reasonable level of computer literacy, having a basic proficiency in doing word processing, creating and using a spreadsheet, e-mailing, and accessing the Internet.
• Possess evidence of other adequate preparation, background, or experience as determined by the school board.

Required Personal Qualities
It is expected that the Principal/Administrator will …
• Sign and live by the school’s lifestyle statement (attached) as a condition for employment and continued employment in this ministry.
• Have the spiritual maturity, academic ability, and personal leadership qualities to “train a child in the way he should go” (Prov. 22:6, NIV).
• Be an enthusiastic visionary, an encourager, and a self-starter with a high energy level.
• Be a willing communicator with staff, families and prospective families
• Have a permanent residence within Hutchinson or the surrounding communities

It is expected that the Principal/Administrator will …
• Demonstrate sensitivity toward staff, parent, volunteers, and children, and an ability to interact effectively with them.
• Meet everyday stress with emotional stability, objectivity, and optimism.
• Understand the importance of discernment, discretion, and confidentiality in the operation of the school.
• Display friendliness and a good sense of humor.
• Display courtesy and patience in dealing with others.
• Defend principles and conviction in the face of pressure and partisan influence.
• Recognize his or her mistakes and take measures to correct them.
• Use acceptable English in written and oral communication. Speak with clear articulation.
• Respectfully submit and be loyal to constituted authority.
• Make an effort to appreciate and understand the uniqueness of the community.
• Place his or her school ministry ahead of other jobs or volunteer activities.
• Maintain a personal appearance that is a Christian role model of cleanliness, modesty, and good taste consistent with school policy.
• Be open to new ideas, initiatives, and concepts in education.
• Be a model of God’s ideal for leaders.
• Be committed to Christian schooling as evidenced by the enrollment of his or her K–12 school-age children in a Christian school.

Essential Job Functions—Accountabilities
It is expected that the Principal/Administrator will …Spiritual Leadership
• Have a conviction that God has called her or him to Christian school administration.
• Be a spiritual leader among staff
• Motivate students to accept God’s gift of salvation, and be a Christian witness and role model to them in order to help them grow in their faith.
• Maintain high standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity in all personal and professional matters.
• Ensure that the campus work environment is Christian-based, nurturing, wholesome, and loving.
• Lead the staff, students, and school families into a deeper spiritual commitment by example and teaching.
??? Work with the school board and staff to address the spiritual formation needs of the students.
• Delegate the organization and coordination of chapel programs.
• Carry out Christ-centered counseling with students and staff as needed

Academic Leadership
• Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Christian philosophy of education that will enable him or her to provide leadership and guidance in the school’s development of and commitment to a Christian worldview.
• Lead in such a way that the school’s expected student outcomes are thoroughly addressed through educational programs.
• Have knowledge of the school’s curriculum, standards, and mission. Hold school teaching staff accountable for meeting the goals of school curriculum.
• Provide and oversee structure, procedures, personnel, time, and resources for curriculum development.
• Know the requirements and procedures for accreditation, and provide leadership for obtaining school accreditation or maintaining current accreditation. Update required accreditation reports.
• Plan for systematic implementation of the major recommendations submitted by the accreditation visiting committee.
• Monitor the certification and licensure status of the teachers.
• Ensure that school classrooms reflect a professional and Christian environment.
• Keep abreast of major current trends in education in general and Christian education in particular through reading, graduate studies, conferences, and contacts with other educators.
• Coordinate all research activities at the school including those in the areas of student curriculum, learning, and evaluation.
• Coordinate the annual school testing programs. Help interpret test result data to staff and parents.
• Report the results of standardized testing programs in relation to state and national assessment data that will be understood and useful to the school board and parents.
• Lead the school staff in continuous professional development through such activities as new staff orientation, in-service opportunities, continuing education, and teaching demonstrations and training.
• Endeavor to be a resource person when teachers need help with their curriculum planning, teaching techniques or methods, and teacher-child or child-parent relationships.
• Evaluate employees using formal and informal evaluation, and hold evaluation conferences for staff members.
• Administer policy for classification, promotion, or retention of students in the school program.

Administrative Leadership
• Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the philosophy and objectives of the school.
• Serve as ex-officio member of all subcommittees of the Board of Trustees
• Provide the school environment with appropriate rules, structure, and procedures in which staff, students, and volunteers can function efficiently, effectively, and productively.
• Understand supervision and how to lead in a positive manner.
• Have the ability to accomplish the goals and objectives assigned by the school board and school policy.
• Provide leadership in planning the master schedule, including the coordination of transportation needs.
• Manage personnel affairs including securing staff, developing contracts, answering questions related to salaries and benefits, and recommending continuance, dismissal, or discipline of staff.
• Provide oversight and leadership for staff meetings and in-service opportunities.
• Be available to assist teachers in matters relating to student needs and problems.
• Develop and disseminate parent/student handbooks, employee handbooks, substitute teacher handbooks, the course description catalog, and other such items.
•Oversee and maintain positive discipline while ensuring that discipline is consistently
maintained within biblical guidelines. It is the prerogative of the administrator to suspend pupils from school if this is considered to be in the best interest of the pupil and the school. (Expulsion from school is the prerogative of the board.)
• Maintain a physical presence with the students by attending and, when possible, participating in school chapels, assemblies, athletics events, and other presentations.
• Respect professional ethics that require confidentiality concerning the sharing of information about students, parents, or staff.
• Provide for the appropriate delegation of responsibilities and authority within the school.
• Conducts emergency drills and periodic building and property safety inspections.
• Provide for the evaluation, orientation, and placement of all incoming families and students.
• Involve parents in prayer, volunteerism, and input and decision making as appropriate.
• Arrange for substitute teachers when needed, and assist them in successfully carrying out their responsibilities.
• Take a leadership role in helping organize senior graduation.
• Have annual end-of-year inventory of textbooks, furniture, equipment, and other items for all classrooms, and keep adequate records of same.

Legal Compliance
• Maintain the school so that it meets or exceeds all state and federal employment laws and regulations that apply to religious schools and their employees.
• Monitor compliance with relevant laws and regulations that apply to schools, and file all legal and regulatory documents in a timely manner.
• Ensure that all records—business, personnel, and student—are adequate, accurate, and administered legally.
• Supervise and maintain the operations of state-funded and federally funded programs.
• Conduct required emergency safety drills in coordination with school leadership.

• Keep the board informed on the issues, needs, and operation of the school system at all levels.
• Seek and accept constructive evaluation of her or his job performance.
• Serve as the educational consultant to the school board by providing information and counsel on all the school’s educational challenges and procedures.
• Offer professional advice to the school board on items requiring board action, with appropriate recommendations based on thorough study and analysis.
• Create a long-range strategic plan for the school in association with the board.
• Attend all Board of Trustees meetings, and help the board president plan the agenda for these meetings.
• Deal directly and frankly with the Board of Trustees in an earnest effort to resolve differences of opinion when they exist.
• Serve as liaison between the Board of Trustees and personnel, working toward a high degree of understanding and respect between staff and board.
• Show support for Board of Trustees policy and decisions to the staff, parents, and public.

• Establish, implement, and refine procedures for the recruitment, orientation, supervision, evaluation, and motivation of personnel.
• Develop and implement plans for the spiritual and professional growth of teaching staff
• Ensure continuing education for all teachers as required to maintain certification
• Encourage teachers in pursuit of advanced degrees
• Treat all personnel fairly and in a businesslike manner, without favoritism or discrimination, while insisting on performance of duties.
• Ensure that all school personnel have current written job descriptions.
• Establish and refine staff development and in-service programs on and off campus.
• Ensure that all personnel files are current, treated with appropriate confidentiality, and adequately safeguarded.
• Make objective recommendations, with adequate supporting data, to the school board in regard to cases of assignment, transfer, promotion, demotion, nonrenewal of contract, or dismissal.
• Develop and train a pool of competent substitute teachers and volunteers to ensure continuity of the school program.

Business and Finances
• Possess an awareness and understanding of basic business and financial concepts, and be able to use these concepts to meet the needs of the school.
• Maintain working familiarity with financial status of the school
• Be able to present to the Board of Trustees a summary of school’s financial status in case of the absence of the chairman of the finance committee
• Implement a strong internal financial-controls procedure for the handling of school assets.
• Develop and implement with the assistance of the finance committee a long-range financial plan for approval by the board.
• Work with the finance committee, business manager, and administrative staff to develop an annual budget, and recommend the same to the school board for adoption. This includes making recommendations for staff salaries and fringe benefits.
• Plan for both short- and long-term budgetary needs to include but not be limited to operations, capital improvements, reserve, and endowment.
• Oversee and manage the school’s budgetary expenditures and procedures.
• Authorize contracts to agencies or persons outside the school that are within board-approved budget parameters and necessary for the efficient operation of the school.
• Present purchases outside the school budget to the Board of Trustees for approval before they are executed.

Development and Public Relations
• Understand the need and value of planned public relations, and oversee the development of an efficient public relations program.
• Be an advocate and ambassador within our community for Central Christian School
• Deal with outside entities and organizations in a manner that reflects the Godly principles of grace, gratitude and humility remembering always that we are to be a light to our community.
• Provide oversight for development programs and activities in areas of constituency relations, fund-raising, and student recruitment and retention.
• Prepare a formal annual published report that includes the statistics and accomplishments of the school and its plans for the future.
• Cultivate appropriate relationships with the state education department, other government agencies, the local school district, and ACSI.
• Recognize the importance of working cooperatively with organizations, and play a role in state and regional organizations that have an impact on the school.
• Represent the school at parent, church, and community groups, as able.
• Act on suggestions and requests in an appropriate manner, giving prompt attention to the resolution of complaints.
• Be available for conferences with staff or parents.

To Apply for this positon please forward your Resume to the following Email Address