Assistant Head of School

John Rex Charter Elementary School
Job Location:
Oklahoma City, OK
Posted on:
Job Type:
Full Time

Summary JRCES is seeking an Assistant Head of School (AHOS) that will be responsible for administration and leadership of the Elementary School. The AHOS reports to and works under the direct supervision of the Head of School/Superintendent and will assume the administrative and leadership duties for the elementary programs, operations, services, and systems developed in accordance with the JRCES mission, vision and values.  

Prior experience in a high performing school setting is a requirement for this position; candidates with advanced degrees and demonstrated strong backgrounds in highly effective teaching, curriculum design, and leadership of specialized programs as well as administrative experience will be preferred.  Personal characteristics necessary for the position include: enthusiasm for quality public charter schools and urban education; organization and attention to detail; critical-thinking skills and problem-solving abilities; initiative; warmth and a good sense of humor; collaborative nature and consensus‐building skills; patience and persistence; and excellent communication skills. 



A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Education (School Administration or Leadership) or a related field with demonstrated educational leadership, administration, supervision, and management skills are required.  A study program that includes advanced hours in curriculum, instruction, and assessment is preferred.  Five to seven years of progressively responsible professional experience is also preferred. 


To pursue this position, please submit an application (available on our website), a letter of interest, and a current resume to Dr. Joe Pierce, Head of School 500 W. Sheridan Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102. After the initial screening, selected potential candidates will be contacted to provide additional information for consideration in the next round of interviews. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

John W. Rex Charter Elementary School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

• To assume all administrative and educational activities, operations, programs, services, and systems are developed in accordance with the JRCES mission, vision and values

• To act as Head of School in the Head’s absence and communicate about situations occurring at the school

• To fully support the Head of School keeping the HOS fully informed on all student, faculty, family, and/or community issues and all other relevant matters pertaining to school life.

• To sustain and enhance the school’s climate and culture, involving the leadership team, faculty and families in support of the school’s mission, vision, and values

• To maintain safe, orderly, effective, efficient, and smooth day-to-day operations.

• To participate in the life of the school and establish a positive campus presence in order to retain a clear sense of the schools’ mission, vision and values.

Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment

§  Monitor implementation and effectiveness of curriculum and instruction in classrooms.

§  Assist in the development, monitoring, and success of personalized instruction for all students

§  Arrange for teacher professional training: in-services, conferences, workshops, in-school mentoring

§  Assist in the development, supervision, and evaluation of before/after/extended-day programs.

§  Serve as District/Building Test Coordinator in accordance to Oklahoma State Dept. of Education requirements.

§  Analyze the assessment programs including frequent monitoring of progress and results; create reports for the school, the JRCES Board and parent community in accordance with federal, state, and local educational requirements.


§  Supervise and evaluate job performance and develop/monitor improvement processes for teachers, Dean of Students, instructional facilitators, support staff, and teacher assistants as needed.

§  Provide verbal and written formative & summative evaluations for staff

§  Attend and/or facilitate staff meetings and collaboration/team meetings

§  Develop agendas, provide notice of meetings to all management team members, and ensure adequate representation from each horizontal and/or vertical team, special education, and bilingual programs, etc.

§  Develop and provide appropriate compliance in-services for staff and arrange for outside training services

Student Management

§  Develop procedures and implement a program maintaining a positive school climate, effective discipline policies, as well as character education.

§  Track student behavior; record and monitor infractions.

§  Meet with students and parents regarding positive resolution to various issues.

Communication with Community

§  Assist Head of School in working with the school’s PTA officers and various committees.

§  Prepare and update brochures, policy manuals, Parent/Student Handbook

§  Maintain safety regulations in compliance with local, state, and other governmental entities or organizations

§  Maintain positive frequent communications and public relations with all stakeholders

§  Maintain positive relationships, engagement, and frequent communications with downtown partnerships

Human Resource Management

§  Recruit and recommend professional certified and support staff for employment

§  Develop, implement, and update employee handbook, policies/procedures, and job descriptions

§  Perform and conduct performance evaluations

§  Oversee employment practices in compliance with state and federal law


§  Responsible for ensuring highly effective programs in compliance with all local, state, and federal rules, regulations, policies and procedures related to, but not limited to, the following: Enrollment, Lottery, and Admissions, Special Education, Child Nutrition, the Before/After-School program, safety and security systems and issues, building & grounds services, custodial services and maintenance

Charter School

§  Measures JRCES performance against stated charter goals and objectives.

§  Implements policies and procedures in accordance to the JRCES charter/policies & procedures.

§  Maintains a dynamic, safe and orderly school environment conducive to high quality learning

§  Coordinates the safety of students in compliance with local and state laws

§  Participates in all extracurricular and after-school activities, including inter-scholastic field trips.

§  Other duties as assigned


Communication Requirements

§  Frequent telephone and in-person contact with the Head of School, teaching and office staff, parents, volunteers, and community representatives for exchange of information and services, and general problem solving

§  Written correspondence, newsletter articles, memos, and grant application materials to generate revenue, disseminate general information and education materials

§  Attends regularly scheduled meetings with Head of School, staff and teachers to maintain collaborative efforts across all programs and departments

§  Frequent contact with parents for purposes of advocacy, education, and general information sharing.

§  Regularly scheduled group presentations to staff and parents for purposes of training, education and information

§  Preparation of annual, quarterly and monthly administrative and grant reports for JRCES Board and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.


Supervisory Responsibilities

Responsible for the supervision of certified faculty, the dean of students, facilitators & support staff. Observes and evaluates classroom functions ensuring a safe and orderly climate conducive to learning, reviews lesson plans, and other educational documents, and addresses curriculum issues with teaching staff. Maintains communications with facility management, child nutrition, and janitorial vendors.


Skills And Abilities Required

§  Demonstrated ability to build an educational value system where high-quality learning is a joyful experience that encourages student and leadership growth

§  Demonstrated experience in educational administration and supervision, especially supervision of staff with diverse educational strengths, development goals, and cultural backgrounds

§  Must possess fiscal management and budgeting skills

§  Must have knowledge, skills, and understanding of the purposes and processes of elementary and early childhood education

§  Must possess ability to articulate a well-developed educational philosophy and to demonstrate thorough knowledge of major new developments in education, including evidence as to their effectiveness and drawbacks

§  Demonstrated ability to take the initiative and to stimulate others to drive toward educational goals

§  Ability to effectively select, lead and improve personnel at all levels within the organization

§  Possess strong communication skills and a disposition that lends itself to cooperation with professional, non-instructional, and community groups

§  Experience in the development and/or implementation of quality improvement

§  Demonstrated record as a positive, creative, and realistic leader, with a customer-driven service-oriented ethic


Computer Equipment And Software Requirements:

§  Proficient technology skills (i.e., Google Docs, Microsoft Office Systems and Apple products).

§  Experience in use of multi-media and digital equipment

§  Knowledge of use and operation of fire alarm and other security systems

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

§  Valid Oklahoma teaching certificate

§  Valid Oklahoma administrative certification



Ability to read, analyze and interpret general professional journals, technical procedures, and/or government regulations.  Ability to write reports and correspondences as may be appropriate to teaching staff in general and Title I specifically.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions in one-on-one and small group situations to students, parents, teachers, staff and the general public.


Ability to plan budgets and use the mathematical skills required to do so.  Ability to maintain accurate records and supportive documentation for projects under the supervision of the position.  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical and diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.



Ability to use computer and computer related programs and other technologies needed to perform essential job functions.  Ability to apply knowledge and current research and theory.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, and the community.  Ability to organize and chair or facilitate committees and meetings.  Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form.  Ability to perform duties and awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies. 



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 and use hands to finger, handle, or feel, in tasks such as keyboarding and writing.  The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and talk and hear.  Must have visual acuity to read and draft reports, memos, letters, etc. Incumbent must possess the visual abilities to enable him/her to perform the responsibilities and functions of the job efficiently.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The employee will work in an interior, climate-controlled office and/or classroom environment and in close proximity with staff and students. Noise level will vary from quiet to moderate and occasional hectic activity as expected within an elementary school environment. May occasionally travel to other sites that are not wheelchair accessible. 


The qualifications, physical demands, and work environment described herein are representative of those an employee will encounter and must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities.


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.  Additional duties may be performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

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