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Miami Learning Experience School (Executive Director)

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Organizational Leadership

• Provide leadership to faculty and staff in the implementation of MLE’s mission. Set strategies, devise action plans, and establish goals. Gain “buy-in” with all constituencies before launching initiatives. Review and evaluate progress and implementation.

• Directly supervise the administrative and academic management team in the smooth operations of the School, mentoring them to ensure excellence and developing a steady pipeline of internal talent. As necessary, revise the management team structure, reassign responsibilities and recruit external talent.

• Serve as the driving force in ensuring that MLE adheres to best practices in all aspects of its work with students, faculty, administration, board and community.


• Ensure clarity of all staff roles and expectations throughout the organization. Hold staff accountable and create an environment of self-improvement through annual staff performance reviews that among other items, stress the need of all staff for continual learning, team building, and commitment to each other and to their students.

• Ensure accurate, timely, and appropriate communications to staff, board, and parents.

• Ensure that MLE’s story, mission, and program success are effectively developed and disseminated to the appropriate audiences.

Academic Programs

• The Executive Director will be committed to education and will demonstrate a genuine passion and appreciation for students and their well-being. S/he will have a deep understanding of pedagogy, curriculum development and implementation, and progressive educational movements and educational technology trends.

• As a continual learner who stays ahead of educational trends, the new Executive Director will work closely with the Head of Academics to institute real and innovative program enhancements by providing training, leadership, motivation, and mentorship to faculty and administrators.

• Establish goals consistent with being a leading school for the intellectually and developmentally disabled, considered among the best in the country. Maintain highest standards for existing programs.

• Resource to the Board and faculty of best practices in the field and lead efforts in the adoption of those practices.

• Expand programs to meet the changing needs of the target market, with likely significant growth in the Adult Program.

Community Development and Fundraising

• Lead the cultivation of productive relationships with legislators, government agency leaders, news media, and other non-profit organizations.

• Serve as the chief development officer of the organization and work with board and other volunteers to successfully secure new private sources of contributed revenue.

Student Recruitment and Admissions

• Through the direction and supervision of the Admissions Officer, ensure that MLE services are appropriately marketed to relevant audiences, generating interest of parents and students within the target market.

• Ensure that all available classroom seats are full at all times and build consumer demand resulting in admission waitlists

Finance and Administration

• Provide direction to the Finance Director to ensure sound financial and risk management of the organization, including the receipt of a “clean” audit from the School’s external accountants.

• Lead the preparation of the annual budget by outlining priorities, clearly defining changes and establishing financial goals. Make recommendations on all key aspects of revenue generation (including tuition, student recruiting and development) and expenditures (including compensation and program expenses). Operating within the approved budget is one of the major responsibilities of the Executive Director.

• Oversee the preparation of reports, records and other documentation that presents the progress and status of MLE’s plans and activities, as requested by the Board.

• Ensure sound management and maintenance of all facilities on the MLE campus.

Board & Volunteer Development

• Make recommendations to board, report status on key initiatives, highlight issues requiring Board attention and identify opportunities.

• Serve as professional advisor and resource to the Board in all areas of programs, risk management, development, finance, policy, and governance.

• Be proactively involved in building and maintaining a strong Board to ensure that individual members understand and fulfill their volunteer commitments.