Executive Director

IEA was founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph and is a private, non-sectarian school serving children ages 5-21 in grades K-12. It is a State of Connecticut-approved special education program that helps students reach their full potential through a nurturing and individualized learning environment. IEA educates the whole child in order to motivate and challenge each student to develop the skills necessary for success in life. The school model focuses on effective data-driven instruction, strong school culture, and strong partnerships with parents and the community.

IEA is seeking an Executive Director who is an outstanding culture-builder and leader with a strong foundation in effective organizational performance. The Executive Director will foster a strong culture of achievement, cooperation, collaboration, innovation, and effective communication. He/she will also build constructive relationships with parents, community partners and stakeholders, as well as be an agent for change for IEA’s bright future. Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) Executive Searches will facilitate the search.

Qualified candidates, at minimum, are expected to meet the following general performance standards for the Executive Director of Intensive Education Academy (IEA):
Master’s Degree in Education and/or School Administration plus an additional 18 hours of graduate credits in related field.
Must hold Connecticut Department of Education certification minimally in Intermediate Administration and Supervision (#092).
More information about qualifications can be found in the brochure at http://www.ces.k12.ct.us/uploaded/IEA_flyer_final.pdf?1490887489111

• Build effective relationships with parents, community partners, and other external stakeholders.
• Directly observe, manage, and evaluate academic performance of teachers and other certified personnel. Oversee employment (e.g., contracts, assignments and training), retention, and dismissal of faculty and staff.
• Lead school-level planning for improvement of instruction, including involving teachers and parents in the development and implementation of state-required school improvement plans to achieve pupil performance objectives, curriculum content standards, and core course proficiencies.
• Provide an environment that accepts and values the dignity of each individual.
• Focus on student engagement and connection to the school to foster on-going school pride.
• Assume responsibility for the management of the school in accordance with law, administrative code, Board policies, state and federal regulations, and standards for state-approved private programs.
• Administer a fiscally and operationally sound and modern special education program for all students while supporting IEA's mission and culture.
• Oversee the implementation of the Academy’s long-term strategic plan.
• Develop annual work plans to achieve the Academy’s mission in consultation with and subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.
• Oversee the work of the leadership team on all matters related to facilities, technology, business/accounting (including overseeing preparation of preliminary and final budgets), Educational components of IEA, including summer programs.
• Oversee the work of the Director of Education regarding curriculum development and systems for the betterment of the program. Monitor curriculum, grading, testing, and reporting to parents. Prepare for and conduct periodic program evaluations to make certain that students receive a quality education.
• Submit reports to external agencies as required. Ensure adherence to all recommendations made by the state Department of Education.
• Oversee the Development team in expanding successful fundraising initiatives. Foster and maintain relationships with current donors, potential donors, and community partners.
• Represent IEA in its relations with state and federal agencies and with local, state, regional, and national educational organizations and accrediting agencies.
• Foster and maintain good public relations image consistent with the Connecticut Code of Professional Standards for School Administrators.
• Make certain that Board members are informed about the school’s operations through written and oral reports.
• Attend all Board meetings and serve as an ex-officio member of all committees of the Board of Directors.

Compensation is highly competitive and commensurate with experience.

• Cover letter outlining qualifications for position and interest in this specific position.
• Copy of updated, complete resume which includes a chronology of work history and educational
background and a preferred email address and phone contact.
• Copy of Connecticut 092 certification or evidence of eligibility.
• Copies of transcripts for all degrees held from all granting colleges/universities. Finalist candidates will be required to supply official transcripts.
• Three signed letters of reference from current or former employers and professional contacts. Please limit reference letters to three letters written within the past two years.

Completed application packets are due via email to Cooperative Educational Services by 2 p.m. on May 4, 2017. Application packets MUST be submitted as ONE PDF file and emailed to ExecutiveSearches@ces.k12.ct.us. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt so that initial screening interviews may be conducted prior to the application deadline.
All inquiries related to the open position should be directed to: Dr. Evan Pitkoff, 203-365-8803 or pitkoffe@ces.k12.ct.us.