Executive Director of South Carolina Partnerships

Posted 2 years ago
Position Areas
Private School/Employer
Public School
School District/Cooperative
State Education Agency


Position Title: Executive Director of South Carolina Partnerships

FTE: 1.0

Application: Click here to apply today! 

Role Expectations

The Executive Director of Partnerships serves as the leader of state partnerships and maintains primary local and state responsibility for carrying out the organization’s mission, including (1) establishing expectations, providing support and managing accountability for all site-based administration and staff, (2) ensuring equity in programming for the academies’ diverse learners, (3) representing Charleston Acceleration Academy in all board and stakeholder relationships and communications,(4) managing all program operations to ensure fiscal sustainability and legal compliance, and (5) leveraging available resources to increase enrollment and improve Graduation Candidates’(GC) outcomes, ensuring overall program success.


Role Requirements

  • Education: Master’s degree or higher, Education, Educational Leadership/Administration, Counseling or a related educational field
  • Years of Administrative Experience: 7-10 years
  • Background Check: Demonstration of a clear state and federal criminal history


Highly Preferred Qualification

  • Minimum of five years of progressive management experience in areas related to the company’s business


Role Responsibilities


  • Oversee new GC enrollment through recruitment and engagement efforts at each Academy
  • Ensure all assigned academies meet or exceed the student enrollment goals
  • Model positive relationship building and collaboration among site-level directors, staff, Graduation Candidates, and their families


  • Provide ongoing feedback and support in the growth and development of all site-level directors connected to goals and milestones
  • Provide site-level directors with leadership and coaching to onboard and train capable staff
  • Counsel site-level directors on the facilitation of Friday Fidelity Forums with staff, which aligns to the standard operating model


  • Lead the site-level directors in the collection and analysis of data for instructional decision-making
  • Lead the implementation of a blended learning environment inclusive of online learning platforms, small group instruction, whole group instruction, individual tutoring and daily workshops
  • Lead the dual enrollment process in partnership with representatives from the local community college
  • Oversee all required data formulation for all state-wide Acceleration Academy reports, including local, state, and federal compliance of all ESE and ELL programs
  • Ensure the implementation of site-level weekly workshops that focus on academic topics i.e. SAT test prep, ACT test prep, etc.



  • Act as the primary point of contact between the South Carolina Acceleration Academies and the South Carolina School District partners as well as board stakeholders
  • Serve as the liaison between the Charleston Acceleration Academy Board, the Academy and the management organization, Acceleration Academies
  • Monitor all aspects of Academy management, operation, and performance; to hold school leadership strictly accountable for results, and to take swift and appropriate action when expected progress or performance is not realized
  • Leverage partnership with community organizations to support the removal of non-academic barriers for GCs (health, social services, mental health, law enforcement)
  • Ensure Directors effectively, efficiently and responsibly manage the school’s budget
  • Serve as the liaison between the Charleston Acceleration Academy Board, the Academy and the management organization, Acceleration Academies
  • Ensure compliance with regulations of the authorizer, the South Carolina Public Charter School District, and with regulations of the Charter School Program Planning and Implementation Grant
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual (Spanish)
  • Proficient understanding of ESE (Exceptional Student Education), ELL (English Language Learner), and behavior intervention practices
  • Experience working in a non-traditional school setting and/or with youth who may be considered at-risk
  • Experience working in a charter school network
  • Experience working with non-profit boards
  • Experience with grant writing and fundraising
  • Demonstrates a commitment and passion for supporting high school aged youth, who have disengaged from a traditional school setting, by creating opportunities for academic and personal breakthroughs
  • Experience reviewing transcripts and general understanding of graduation requirements
  • Experience providing supports,  interventions, and counseling services with high school aged youth
  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of and comfort with the use of technology in an educational setting.
  • Experience with any of the following: instructional coaching, a competency-based education model, cooperative learning, integration of technology and cross-disciplinary learning, alternative assessments and integrating school to career experiences into the curriculum

Additional Qualifications

  • Displays the ability to diplomatically diffuse tension and deal with intense situations
  • Adapts to changing conditions in a fast-paced setting
  • Demonstrates the ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Communicates and builds relationships with internal and external constituencies
  • Identifies and implements strategies to improve individual and group productivity and content mastery
  • Uses excellent listening, observation, reading, verbal, nonverbal and writing skills
  • Demonstrates superior time-management, organizational skills, and accurate record keeping
  • Accepts personal responsibility and seeks feedback from colleagues and administration
  • Respects personal privacy and maintains the confidentiality of privileged information
  • Thorough knowledge of the following:
    • Microsoft Office Suite of applications
    • Google Suite of applications, e.g., Google mail; Google drive, etc.
    • Mobile technologies, e.g., smart phones, tablets, etc.
    • Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  • Upholds Acceleration Academies’ policies and follows guidelines and procedures
  • Develops positive rapport with staff, GCs, and the Acceleration Academy community


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to touch, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.


Work Environment and Work Demands

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is consistent with that of a collaborative school environment.



Acceleration Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. It is understood that other related duties may be assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform all aspects of the position, described below satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Posted By

Acceleration Academies

910 W. Van Buren Street , Chicago, IL 60607

At the following locations

Acceleration Academies-Charleston, SC

1929 Grimball Road , Charleston, SC 29412