Principal/Dean of Academic Affairs
The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (ASMSA), a campus of the University of Arkansas System, invites applications from highly qualified candidates for a twelve-month, full-time opening as Principal and Dean of Academic Affairs beginning no later than June 1, 2019. The Principal/Dean of Academic Affairs serves as the chief academic officer and reports to the Director of ASMSA. In brief, ASMSA is tasked with providing extraordinary opportunities for a diverse group of students. Established by the General Assembly in 1991 as a public, residential high school to serve talented and motivated Arkansas juniors and seniors from throughout the state as a school of choice, ASMSA—located in historic downtown Hot Springs and adjacent to Hot Springs National Park—is one of only 15 public, residential high schools in the United States focusing on advanced educational experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as the arts. ASMSA offers more than 50 courses for college credit, and all students earn an average of 50 hours of college credit while finishing high school. Graduates achieve an average ACT composite score of 30. Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and The Washington Post have ranked ASMSA among the nation’s Top 25 high schools over the past five years. A successful candidate for the position is a student-centered instructional leader with a vision for and commitment to supporting transformational experiences for motivated young adults, innovative instructional method design alongside a dynamic faculty, and facilitating an aspirational academic culture that positions students for success at ASMSA, in college, and beyond.
The Principal/Dean of Academic Affairs:
- determines teaching schedules and special assignments for faculty and staff;
- provides leadership, supervision, and evaluation to faculty as well as staff within the Office of Student Success, Office of Outreach, and Library Research Center;
- assumes responsibility for interpreting policies and regulations of the ASMSA school staff and students and oversees their implementation;
- manages financial and budgeting allocations for academic programs;
- facilitates and supervises curricula development and revision, working with teacher committees to plan, produce, and implement effective curricula, instructional procedures, and student intervention programs;
- cultivates relationships among university and industry partners that facilitate the school’s “College Bridge” experience;
- communicates frequently and effectively with both students and parents through digital and interpersonal channels;
- coordinates staff development and training programs to enhance teaching effectiveness and assist faculty in updating and keeping current in their field of expertise based on needs and requests;
- oversees the planning and implementation of statewide professional development and outreach opportunities for teachers through digital learning via the Office of Outreach; and
- performs other duties as assigned by the Director.
Qualifications include a minimum of a Master’s degree in education, higher education, or a related area. Experience with administrative oversight, budgeting, cultivating interpersonal relationships, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills are necessary. Familiarity with residential STEM schools or gifted and talented student populations is considered an asset.
Visit www.asmsa.org for institutional information. Send a letter of interest, resumé, contact information for three references, completed application, and an unofficial transcript via email to [email protected]
Review of applications will commence February 15, 2019, and continue until the position has been filled. Salary will be commensurate with experience. ASMSA is an AA/EOE employer.