ACE Academy provides a personalized education for gifted learners within a nurturing community.
ACE students embrace a complex and progressive curriculum, thrive in academic environments and confront challenges with creativity and flexibility.
Led by an exceptional faculty, the school offers a personalized, student-centered, and academically engaging program that nurtures and challenges students to reach their fullest potential.
ACE Academy is an 501(c)3 non profit, private school that offers gifted programming from K to 8th grade. Established in 2005, ACE Academy educates an underserved community of learners in Austin, Texas. A commonly accepted statistic is that gifted learners are those who score in the top 5% of IQ tests. A GT student can vary radically in specific abilities or areas (asynchronous development). Because GT children process information differently from the average student, they need a learning environment flexible enough to meet and encourage these differences. Their unique ways of thinking are assets that must be valued and encouraged, or they may be suppressed, hidden, or lost.
ACE Academy seeks a dynamic, perceptive and unifying leader as its next Head of School starting Summer 2021. The successful candidate will be devoted to the school’s mission and vision.
ACE Academy’s Head of School will foster a climate of excellence and promote growth among students, faculty and staff. This is an exceptional opportunity to help lead a school through its next phase of growth.
Desired Qualities and Qualifications
The next Head must become a passionate advocate for the school –both internally and across our city, state and country. They must be an engaged and authentic presence at school and in the community. This person will work in partnership with the Head of Operations, Dean of Faculty, the Board of Trustees, parents, alumni, and parents of alumni to envision a vibrant future for the school and then implement that plan. The successful candidate will possess positive energy, optimism, superb communication skills, and a long-term strategic perspective to help grow the school.
The ideal candidate should embody the spirit of kindness, warmth, and acceptance that permeates the school. As well as being communicative, approachable and responsive. The successful Head will be a collaborative, consensus-building leader who actively solicits input and asks powerful questions; builds relationships first; listens well; communicates with inspiration and clarity; and effectively delegates and empowers other team members.
They will bring passion for creating the next generation of education programs and can cultivate a culture of innovation and creativity. This person will be able to propel ACE Academy into its next phase of growth.
ACE Academy has defined the following additional priorities for preferred candidates:
Experience in education and evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning.
A sophisticated understanding of private, independent school business curriculum models and ability to adopt best practices
Ability to build a culture of philanthropy.
Long-term commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Superb interpersonal and people management skills.
A strong understanding of gifted and the twice exceptional population.
Ability to build systems to maximize retention.
Ability to authentically embody the joy of learning in an Early Childhood to Grade 8 setting.
Leadership and decision-making experience; operational savvy, entrepreneurial mindset.
Head of School
The Head of School serves as a partner administrator of a staff of 25-40 and a student body of 80- 145 students ranging from Kinder through 8th grade.
The Head of School provides leadership and innovative vision in the ongoing planning, development, direction, implementation, evaluation and growth of the school. The Head of School aligns the school’s strategic plan with the academic goals and resources needed to meet the mission and vision of ACE. The Head of School is a passionate, life long learner who will continually look for innovative ways to make ACE Academy a leader in gifted education, reaching as many students and striving to make a direct impact on our broader community.
The Head of School, Head of Operations and Dean of Faculty and Curriculum participate as collaborative members of the leadership team. Membership in the leadership team requires the highest level of professionalism in conducting day-to-day business and building relationships. This person should be a transformative leader that empowers every employee to be the best they can be.
Qualities and Skills Required for this Position
Creative Problem Solver
Life long learner
Experience with gifted and the twice exceptional population
ACE Academy is a growing school that has the flexibility of a small organization, the mindset of a start-up business, and the security of an established institution. As a member of the administration team there will be tasks that come up throughout the year that might not be part of your official job description, but will require your assistance. Embracing this type of collaborative and team approach with a positive attitude is necessary for your success and professional growth within the school.
Additional Salary Information: Based on Experience
About ACE Academy
ACE Academy is a private, non profit 501(C)3 school for gifted learners. We are located in Austin Texas and have a current enrollment of 80 students. We serve K-8th grade and run a summer camp, Summer Wonders.