School Principal/Leader

Connections Academy | South Portland, ME

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Posted Date 8/13/2019

Position Summary and Responsibilities

Maine Connections Academy seeks a dynamic, visionary leader and change agent to serve as its founding School Leader/Principal. This position ensures all students receive a personalized learning plan by implementing a distance education instructional program with fidelity. The School Leader is responsible for establishing an organizational culture: putting the interests of students and families first; recruiting, retaining and developing faculty and staff; building and growing relationships with key external stakeholders including regulators; and implementing the vision established by the Maine Connections Academy School Board where every child receives a personalized and customized education, and academic achievement is at the forefront.

Working from the office in South Portland, Maine, the School Leader will manage staff as they consult regularly with Learning Coaches and students, ensuring that each child successfully completes his/her instructional program. The School Leader is responsible for overseeing overall school operations working with parents, students, support staff, and certified teachers who “virtually” facilitate a home-based student instructional program. The School Leader will work with external stakeholders on matters of policy, budget, academic outcomes, reporting, and supervision.  The School Leader will report to the POBL Director of Schools.

Other key responsibilities include the following:

  • Oversee the implementation of the proven school curriculum and school operation protocols;
  • Ensure that staff exhibit and maintain a high level of professionalism, instructional support, and customer service by implementing a mission for the school;
  • Deliver the academic success and outcomes of the school, based on a list of annual school goals which may include the School’s charter goals to improve student academic achievement, Connection Academy school focus goals, and the A-F charter framework goals, and the Accountability score on the State Report Card;
  • Work with school staff and POBL to create, implement, manage, and monitor the School Improvement Plan;
  • Ensure all state reporting is completed correctly and on time;
  • Maintain relationships with the school’s sponsor and Maine’s public education department while staying current on the state’s policies, procedures, and legislation, including specific Special Education procedures;
  • Attend all School Board meetings (if applicable);
  • Provide the School Board with regular written and verbal reports and updates (if applicable);
  • Ensure support of School Board  to include frequent communication, specialized reports or information as needed (if applicable);
  • Exhibit high quality, timely communication with all school staff, students, and families;
  • Responsible for establishing, monitoring, implementing the School’s budget; including working closely with POBL on staffing, budgeting, grants, and contracts in accordance with Maine laws and regulations, as well as federal laws and regulations;
  • Work closely with appropriate Legal Counsel as needed;
  • Work closely with Pearson Online and Blended Learning staff to implement the core operational model;
  • Work with administrative team to implement any program changes processes and procedures, and/or new software application introductions;
  • Handle any student, parent or teacher issues escalated from other stakeholders,
  • Oversee the management of, contracting and/or delivery of Special Education services to ensure that the school is in compliance with state and federal laws;
  • Oversee the implementation and coordination of state standardized testing process and ensure high student participation rates meet state and federal guidelines;
  • Act as the “face of the school” at school events and with the Department of Education, this could include testimony;
  • Supervise and evaluate all school staff as required by the state; and
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


  • Maine Administrator Endorsement/License required
  • Administrative or management experience required, charter school management a plus
  • Strong leadership qualities and a commitment to goal-directed management and accountability
  • School turnaround experience, preferred
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Customer-focused approach
  • Flexible, ability to transition from task to task quickly
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in fast-paced environment
  • Team player
  • Technologically proficient (especially with Microsoft Office products and Google Suite)

Please visit Connections Academy Job Board to apply today or email

Job Type
Administration | Principal / Asst. Principal
Job Location (County)

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