Shorecrest Preparatory School
St. Petersburg, FL
Grades PK - 12 with 975 students

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a non-sectarian, coeducational PK3-12 school educating a diverse community of 1056 students to become lifelong learners in the pursuit of personal and academic excellence, physical well-being, creative achievement, and the development of a commitment to social responsibility. Known for its student-centered approach to teaching and learning, Shorecrest intentionally positions itself as offering an academic program that embraces both innovative and traditional approaches to education in a nurturing environment.  As innovation permeates the Shorecrest curriculum, so do the tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion as guiding principles for the school community and culture. Shorecrest strives to be a place of learning and community where differences are celebrated, where unique qualities are affirmed, and where each member of the community feels valued and respected. Using its Mission Statement as a guide, the school accepts the challenges of building a community of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
St. Petersburg, Florida: A mid-sized city and part of the Tampa Bay metropolitan area of nearly three million residents, St. Petersburg is well-known for its pleasant weather and is often referred to by its nickname, "The Sunshine City," for its average of some 361 days of sunshine per year. With a vibrant arts and food scene, a diverse population, and excellent health care, St. Pete offers easy access across the causeway to Tampa and the Tampa International Airport, while being a more laid-back destination with a diverse, close-knit community and easy access to the area's beautiful beaches.  In just the past few years, the City of St. Petersburg has increasingly become a destination for visitors and new residents from around the country, frequently appearing high on lists and rankings for quality of life, population, economic growth, and more. Longtime residents and community members are quick to mention the role that Shorecrest has played in the city's growth and development.
The Position:  Shorecrest is looking for an experienced administrator who has worked with and understands children with learning differences and who has an entrepreneurial spirit to grow the The Learning Center program into a Center for Academic Excellence which maximizes its positive impact on Shorecrest. The ideal candidate will possess extraordinary communication and management skills, and be both collaborative and decisive. The Director will be an innovative thinker who will create a vision whereby students of all levels, faculty, staff and families benefit from the Center for Academic Excellence. The Director will provide leadership for the direction of the Center – its programming, its staffing, and its relationships with each school division and department.  The Director will report directly to the Head of School and will sit on the Senior Administrative Team. The Director will supervise a full-time staff of 5, oversee independent contractors and outside vendors and work in collaboration with other senior administrators.
Essential Functions
  • Grow the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE)
Evaluate the structure of CAE
Create efficient systems within the CAE
Provide leadership for the professionals within the CAE
  • Craft a vision for the CAE which aligns with the overall school mission, vision and culture
  • Partner with Division Heads/Academic Dean, standing shoulder-to-shoulder, to integrate the services of CAE into each school division
  • See the whole school through an academic lens, Alpha (PK3)-Grade 12
  • Provide opportunities for faculty members to become better teachers for all kinds of students through professional development, in partnership with Shorecrest’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Oversee a CAE team which provides supplementary academic intervention, support and enrichment opportunities to best engage all Shorecrest students
  • Lead multiple aspects of the CAE: tutoring component, third-party vendors, in-class programming, enrichment activities, summer and auxiliary programming
  • Possess management and communication skills to collaborate across School Divisions with a full school perspective
  • Possess knowledge of compliance regarding 504 plans, IEPs, and accommodation plans
  • Responsible for all financial operation of the CAE, including budgeting, managing expenses and generating revenues
  • Contribute as a member of the Senior Administrative Team
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Potential Opportunities
  • Develop programs to provide support to students (tutoring, enrichment, remediation)
  • In conjunction with the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, develop Teacher/Parent/Student Education workshops to provide information on specialized topics
  • Implement an effective referral and follow-up process with coordinators/tutors
  • Oversee year-round tutoring program for current and incoming Shorecrest students
  • Work with families (current and new) over the summer to prepare students with accommodations for the upcoming school year (train on Learning Ally, identify school processes, etc)
  • Be the point person for the on-boarding of new international students and families to assess school accommodation needs and identify if there are standardized testing accommodations needs
  • Work with the Director of Auxiliary Programs to create and facilitate summer programs
  • Create and implement an after-school academic enrichment program
  • Create more expansive oversight of independent content tutors
Secure more efficient ways of scheduling and billing
Create surveys to gather feedback on a regular basis from parents about performance of and satisfaction with independent content tutors
Evaluate independent contractors and outside vendors on an annual basis
Help facilitate communication to parents and students when tutors cancel sessions
Facilitate communication between tutors and Shorecrest faculty
  • Explore revenue prospect of hiring and managing in-house tutors and charging parents per hour at a competitive rate
  • Bachelor's degree required, master’s degree is preferred
  • A minimum of 5 years of administrative experience, preferably with an understanding of independent schools
  • Knowledge and understanding of best practices for student remediation, intervention and enrichment services
  • Demonstrates leadership and facilitative skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Possession of good interpersonal and collaborative skills, including conflict resolution
  • A working knowledge of computer applications, network, and internet applications, as well as the desire to embrace technology in a 21st  century curriculum
  • Committed to inclusion and issues of diversity and equity

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