Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (TJCA), a K-12 college preparatory school, was founded in 1999 in Rutherford County as a tuition-free North Carolina public charter school. Based on the classical curriculum and the classical model of education, TJCA’s mission is: “Building upon the foundation of the Core Knowledge Sequence, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy partners with families to educate students in grades K-12 in the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, thus graduating thoughtful, articulate young adults who are prepared for college and for a lifetime of citizenship and active intellectual inquiry.” This classical approach to education makes maximum use of the different developmental stages through which children and young adults progress.
Governed by an eleven-member self-appointing Board of Directors which includes a mix of parents and community representatives, TJCA serves approximately 1365 students in grades K-12. The school is located on two campuses: a grammar school (K-5) campus in Forest City, NC and a middle school (6-8) / high school (9-12) campus a few miles away in in Mooresboro, NC. Students hail from approximately eight North Carolina counties and admission is through a public lottery system that promotes equal opportunity of all. There are approximately 140 employees, including 80 faculty members, for this high performing school that offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and is accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools. Extracurricular activities include a number of music, drama, and arts programs and activities as well as a number of student clubs. Athletically, TJCA offers 18 athletic teams in 13 different sports for men and women and competes in the 1A classification of the NC High School Athletic Association. Sports are also offered at the middle school level. For more information about TJCA please visit their website at tjca.teamcfa.school .
Responsible for leading the administrative, instructional, and support personnel in a manner necessary to accomplish the strategic and operational objectives of TJCA, the Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer. TJCA’s three broad strategic goals, as identified by the Board in early 2020, are: nurture a culture of excellence that will prepare students for a lifetime of citizenship; uphold extraordinary academic/curricular standards which promote active intellectual inquiry; and strategically allocate resources that support the TJCA mission. The Executive Director is hired by, and reports to, the TJCA Board of Directors. Direct reports to the Executive Director include: Grammar School Principal; Middle School / High School Principal; Athletic Director; Academic Dean; Information Technology Director; Facilities/Maintenance Director; Food Services Director; Human Resources Director; and the Finance Director (some finance functions are outsourced). In addition to the Board and employees, the Executive Director will be expected to develop, maintain, and nurture appropriate relationships with internal and external constituents, including, but not necessarily limited to: alumni, parents, donors, friends of TJCA, surrounding charter and public schools, the NC Department of Public Instruction, the State Office of Charter Schools, and the Rutherford and Cleveland County communities at large.
The ideal candidate will have significant leadership experience in public or private school administration and management, or any appropriate, equivalent combination of business leadership experience and training. Knowledge of federal, state, and/or local educational programs, laws, and charter school regulations is preferred; knowledge of the best practices in utilizing the classical approach to education is desired. This strategic and analytical thinker will possess excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills, along with a strong business and financial acumen. A degree in education administration, public or business administration along with an advanced degree are preferred. Compensation will be commensurate with experience, including a competitive base salary, benefits, and relocation assistance.
To make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information please use the contact information below. To apply, submit a resume and/or vita and cover letter to:
Ken Carrick, Consultant 704-236-0659
Janny DeLoache, Consultant 704-377-7828
TJCA is an equal opportunity employer.
The Board of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.