The Executive Director serves as the educational leader of the schools; thereby, having the responsibility for overseeing the entire charter operation. Subject to the control of the Board, the Executive Director shall be the general manager of the corporation and shall supervise, direct, and control the schools’ activities, affairs, and officers. The Executive Director shall have such other powers and duties as the Corporate Board of Directors or the bylaws may require.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Oversees, directs, and controls schools’ activities and affairs;
• Updates and informs the Corporate Board of Directors of staff performance as related to program objectives;
• Acts to resolve controversy relating to school affairs;
• Assists in the development and implementation of the Corporate Board of Directors policies;
• Directs and assists staff in the development of an effective instructional program through conferences, meetings, and in-service workshops;
• Provides leadership in identifying school needs and in determining goals and objectives;
• Evaluates recommendations from the Staffing Committee for hiring of new staff;
• Makes personnel determinations in cases of hiring and terminations;
• Works to ensure that the school is fiscally sound and stable;
• Reports to chartering agencies all necessary reports and documents, as specified in the charter, Facility Use Agreement, and/or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU);
• Evaluates all Directors, Coordinators, and Chancellors;
• Reviews evaluations of certificated, classified, and management employees;
• Overseas the purchasing of furniture, equipment, and supplies;
• Oversees, conducts, and directs the implementation of all charter documents, including but not limited to, pertaining to charter renewals, material revisions, Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), and/or Facility Use Agreements (FUA);
• Accepts other responsibilities as assigned by the Corporate Board of Directors.
• Must have a Master’s degree from an accredited college/university;
• Must have a valid teaching credential;
• Must have a valid administrative credential;
• Must demonstrate his/her ability as the lead educational leader, including knowledge of:
o Charter school operations, and organization, rules, regulations, and laws governing charter schools;
o Local community in which the students and their families live and work. It is vital that the administration have an understanding of the community to assist students in reaching their academic potential;
o Multiple Intelligences approaches to learning couples with experience in teaching strategies; and
o Data-based innovative educational research that may be applied to strengthen student learning.
The Executive Director is responsible to ensure that all OPA employees meet the following conditions:
• All employees must fulfill California Education Code § 44237, which requires fingerprints to be obtained from the new employee in order to acquire a criminal record summary from the Department of Justice prior to commencing employment. Employees are responsible to pay for the fingerprinting costs.
• All employees who are mandated reporter, as defined by Penal Code 11165.7, are to report known or suspected instances of child abuse or neglect. Prior to employment, each employee shall sign a statement, on a form provided to him/her by the charter school, to the effect that he/she has knowledge of the statutory requirement that if he/she observes a child whom the mandated reporter knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse or neglect, he/she shall immediately report this to Child Protective Services. The Executive Director shall ensure that the provisions of this policy are carried out in accordance with the law.
• All employees must complete the “I-9” form to verify that they have the legal right to work in the United States.
• All employees must have a social security card.
• All employees must provide the results of a T.B. test as required by current state law and renew their T.B. verification every four years.