Harding Fine Arts Academy (HFAA) is seeking a new Superintendent. HFAA is a public charter high school founded in 2005 with the mission to prepare students for college in an academically challenging, arts-integrated environment and the vision that education is not simply preparation for life; education is life itself. Sponsored by the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, HFAA provides its students the opportunity to pursue academic excellence through an arts-integrated curriculum, small class size, research-based innovations, college preparatory classes, and a high-quality faculty. Current student enrollment is 380+ in 9th-12th grade. Please see http://hardingfinearts.org for more information.
The new Superintendent will be a visionary - a devoted adherent to the key principles of Arts Integration and Arts Led Education Strategies with a clear understanding of how to achieve optimum student learning, achievement, and academic excellence within the A+ Schools model. The superintendent will effectively advocate that vision both within the school and in our communities to successfully manage and grow the school.
Reporting to the HFAA Board of Directors, the Superintendent is the chief administrator of HFAA school and non-profit. The superintendent has overall responsibility for the management of school administration and daily operations as well as strategic oversight of the school district’s long-range planning. Ongoing day-to-day operations include administration, organization and financial management and reporting, oversight of instructional leadership and curriculum development, building facilities management, community and board relations, communications, and development. The Superintendent will adhere to the Board’s policies and performance evaluations for the school district, connect with the HFAA Foundation as directed by the HFAA Board President, and provide oversight of on-site-level reporting to the Oklahoma State Department of Education as well as to other appropriate state and federal agencies and institutions.
A proactive leader, educator, administrator, and communicator, the superintendent will build strong relationships, both internally and externally. Fiscally astute (including school finance literacy) with excellent project management skills, the superintendent has a professional background of successful administration, fiscal management, board and community relations, and development in an academic environment, including prior tenure as both a teacher and principal, as well as good understanding of public school law.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of eight (8) years of teaching and principal experience characterized by improving student performance and educational environment, a Master of Secondary School Administration degree or equivalent, and demonstrable evidence of arts leadership, practice, or engagement in the arts and arts education. Current Superintendent certification strongly preferred; ability to earn within one year from hire required. The superintendent will be familiar with national, regional, and local arts, and arts education organizations; knowledge of local school systems, structures, and cultures is a plus. Essential professional skills include excellent written and oral communications, strong financial planning, human and public relations competencies, proven administrative skills in budgeting and staff supervision, the ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously, and computer software proficiency including Microsoft Office365 Suite and Google applications, and social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Working Environment: The superintendent will generally work in an office environment. Due to the historic nature of the Harding Fine Arts Academy Foundation building, the superintendent must be able to regularly climb two flights of stairs. Some locations visited while executing job duties may not be wheelchair accessible; some time may be spent outside. Some travel is required. May occasionally work long hours for extended periods of time, including overnight travel.
Physical Requirements: Requires some lifting, transporting items from the office to other venues and for special event set up. Must be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds.
Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with regional standards, background, and experience. Harding Fine Arts Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please submit a cover letter and resume in strictest confidence to Jason Midkiff, HFASuptSearch@opsrc.net. Contact Jason Midkiff @ 580.276.8191 for any questions.