DOCTORS CHARTER SCHOOL OF MIAMI SHORES www.doctorscharterschool.org – Miami Shores, Florida
Doctors Charter School is a college preparatory school that is the pride of the Miami Shores community. It is widely recognized for offering relevant and rigorous academic programs in a safe and personal environment. Independent School Counsel (ISC), consultants to the search, invites candidates and nominations for this healthy and well-established charter school for grades 6-12.
Applications are to be received by January 20, 2014, to ensure full consideration. The school intends to appoint the next Executive Director by March 15, 2014, with a starting date of July 1, 2014.
This opening offers an imaginative critical thinker the chance to contribute innovative ideas to move Doctors Charter School (DCS) to the next level of excellence. As a nationally recognized, Gold Seal approved charter school, DCS continues to grow and expand. The timing is right for a visionary leader to usher us into a healthy and extraordinary future.
The mission of the Doctors Charter School, with parental and community support, is to nurture and to assist each student to reach his/her academic goals and to develop a sense of community responsibility and social awareness.
The School embraces ethnic and religious diversity, representative of the multicultural community in which it makes its home. The School’s commitment is to serve the community. Therefore, the values of the school include the attainment of high academic standards and the cultivation of civic involvement, personal integrity, tolerance and open-mindedness, compassion and a willingness to give back to the community. The school values excellence at all levels: students, faculty, staff and administration.
Doctors Charter School Profile, History and Governance:
Miami Shores – Barry University Connected Learning Community (MS-BU CLC) was established on the grounds of Barry University in the mid-1990s, with the cooperation and contribution of Barry’s Adrian Dominican School of Education. This was one of the first Charter Schools in Florida. It served 120 middle school students from Miami Shores and the surrounding community. The School strived for an innovative approach to middle school education. Some of its leaders, such as Principal Fred Damianos, went on to build the charter school movement in Florida. Doctors Charter School obtained a continuance of the charter granted by Miami-Dade Schools to MS-BU CLC. here
Florida’s Municipal Charter School Rule was established in 2000. This legislative change allowed cities in Florida to establish their own municipal charter schools. Miami Shores was one of the first cities in the State to take advantage of this new rule. Even today, with the burgeoning popularity of charter schools, DCS is one of only 16 municipal charter schools in Florida.
Village Manager, Tom Benton, along with the Village Councils over the next three years, worked feverishly to put a plan in place to establish, fund, and build a charter school that would include a high school for Miami Shores residents. Despite remarkable odds, the region’s first new high school in 30 years was on the drawing board.
The Charter for Doctors Charter School of Miami Shores was approved in 2004. It provided for students from MS-BU CLC to be included in the new school, and that Miami Shores residents have first choice for available student seats. Residents approved a bond issue to build the School in 2004. A ground lease agreement with Barry University was established with the Village of Miami Shores. The five acres of land supports a 50,000 square foot building for up to 600 students in grades 6-12. The school opened on August 8, 2005, with 375 students in grades 6-10, and added one grade per year until it celebrated its first senior graduating class in June 2008. A long waiting list for student spaces is experienced each year.
Doctors Charter School is a charter-school-in-a-municipality. Unlike some charter schools, DCS does not have a management company. The school has an all-volunteer governing board that was established in the Miami Shores Village Code of Ordinances in 2003 (number 641-03). Governing Board members comply with State requirements.
The Educational Program:
The college preparatory education program at DCS fosters the academic as well as personal growth of each student. Through Gifted, Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment programs, the school develops graduates who are academically well prepared.Diverse extracurricular activities, many of which are devoted to community involvement and enhancement, cultivate social responsibility.
The School Community:
There are 53 teachers and support staff. Of the 31 faculty, 61% have advanced degrees and 61% have fifteen or more years of teaching experience. Several of our faculty and staff have been at DCS since we opened our doors in 2005.
DCS has a very active Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and Booster Club that fundraise throughout the year and help to support many of the School’s activities by providing much needed volunteers. These organizations are also very involved in reaching out to the Miami Shores community and promoting DCS.
Executive Director’s Office:
The following staff report to the Executive Director:
Assistant principal/Discipline Coordinator
Assistant principal/Director of Curriculum
Director of Admissions/Treasurer
Director of Development
Director of Technology Admissions, Development and Finance:
Doctors Charter School seeks students who reflect the diversity of the greater Miami Shores community. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin.
Students eligible for admissions to grades 6 to 12 at DCS must demonstrate the ability to perform at grade level in the school’s college preparatory program. For purposes of admission to grades 9 through 12, the school requires students to have achieved a current un-weighted minimum GPA of 2.0.
As a charter school, DCS receives basic financial assistance from the State. With current massive across-the-board cuts in State funding for education, private support has become even more critical. Private contributions can often help to determine the destiny of our
The DCS faculty and staff have continued to demonstrate leadership and accountability in order to provide a first class education to our students. In addition, we embrace a team approach where all stakeholders are essential in making this charter school one of the finest in the United States of America.
The School’s operating budget for 2013-14 is $3.4m. The budget is enhanced by private contributions.DCS has a Strategic Plan in place for long term funding and growth, which can be viewed here: http://www.doctorscharterschool.org/images/pdfs/Strategic%20Plan.pdf
Teacher salaries are competitive.Compensation for the Executive Director position is very competitive with regional and charter school norms.
The Greater Miami and Miami Shores Community:
The Miami area is thought by its residents to be a wonderful place to raise a family while enjoying a high quality of life in the community and having easy access to beaches. It possesses great cultural diversity and is the home of a burgeoning fine arts and music scene as well as successful college and professional sports programs. Miami Shores Village is widely recognized as a gem amongst the 30+municipalities of the area. The village offers residents an oasis of historic and mid-century modern homes just eight miles north of the City of Miami. Prudent governance of the 10,000+ residential community allows for abundant municipal facilities and an award-winning recreation department.
Additional information on the Miami area may be found on the following websites:
The Position and Its Responsibilities:
School Leadership, Management and Development
Provide leadership to a planning process designed and intended to ensure the School’s readiness and ability to provide a sound and relevant educational experience for tomorrow’s leaders.
Be responsible for the overall operation of the School program, human resources and facilities.
Oversee the financial affairs of the School and work closely with the Board of Trustees in developing a long-term funding plan, strategies and implementation.
Maintain a high profile by attending School events and being visible in the broader community to build awareness, strengthen parent relations and encourage support of the School.
Maintain essential relationships with professional associations and accrediting agencies.
Effect constant, open communication with the Board Authority,staff,parents, the Miami Shores Village Council, and the community.
Lead the faculty and Board Authority in planning for the School’s continuing maturation as a highly respected municipal charter school; provide strong, collaborative leadership to ensure consensus on future direction.
Oversee all administrative, academic and student life programs to achieve a complete educational experience; be a confident, inclusive decision-maker when challenging issues/disagreements occur.
Set as a goal for the faculty and staff that every student will achieve to his/her fullest academic and personal potential; be involved in the daily life of the students by teaching and/or leading student activities.
Recruit and retain teaching and administrative personnel whose philosophies match the School’s and who are committed to the successful academic and personal development of its students; develop and apply strategies to continuously improve faculty salaries and benefits to ensure the highest quality academic program.
Implement with the faculty the approved DCS Teacher Evaluation Model for evaluating effective teaching, strengthening the School’s curriculum and encouraging continued professional improvement.
Personal Qualities Sought
Imaginative critical thinker who can contribute innovative ideas to move the school to the next level of excellence.
Enthusiasm and appreciation for the School’s mission.
A steadfast commitment to and talent and love for guiding the academic and individual development of each student.
Proven strength in interpersonal skills and human resource management; the natural talent to meet people easily and cordially.
An appreciation for the unique culture of South Florida and the Miami Shores area and its lifestyle.
Professional Background and Experience Sought
A master’s degree in administration/supervision; prior administrative experience, especially in areas of financial planning and strategy, campus evaluation and admissions planning.
Minimum five years of recent school leadership experience as a school principal or executive director or division head, and curriculum development experience at the 6-12 grade levels; classroom experience.
Experience In fundraising.
The Search Process:
A complete application will include the following information for the Search Committee:
Cover letter expressing interest in this position and explaining why the candidate believes his/her qualifications match those sought by Doctors Charter School.
Current resume (include email address).
List of at least five references with current phone numbers. References should encompass the present position and most recent previous positions.
Statement of educational philosophy or personal statement.
The application process includes the following steps:
Send your materials by email attachment in PDF or MS Word to
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Your application will be acknowledged to your email address.
ISC will notify you of your status after your materials are complete and have been reviewed by the Search Committee.
Nominations for this position and questions from candidates should be directed to:
David Skillen firstname.lastname@example.org
Doctors Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.