Department: TX Academy Leadership In Humanity Dept
Job Summary/Basic Function: General Description: The Director leads, administers, and supervises all aspects of the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities(TALH). TALH is one of two early entrance college residential honors programs in Texas. The state legislature created TALH for gifted 11th and 12th-grade students to complete their TEA high school graduation requirements while earning credits for their first two years of college more than 25 years ago. Detailed information about the program is available at www.lamar.edu/texasacademy.
The Director supervises the TALH students and staff while working with executive management at Lamar to ensure that the school achieves its educational objectives. She or he oversees a budget that funds the broad educational needs of the students; provides instruction in maintaining the multiple humanities and leadership programs that TALH requires of its students; manages the TALH disciplinary policy ensuring compliance with TALH, Lamar, Texas Education Agency, and Texas State University System policies and standards; works effectively with University faculty and staff to create and coordinate programs and activities for the students; networks with Southeast Texas community leaders to enhance the educational experience of the students; supervises and coordinates the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities (SACS) evaluation for the school; is proficient in social media and their application to recruitment efforts; leads the staff to provide creative programming and activities for the needs of gifted students; establishes standards and policies to promote the safety and security of the minor students entrusted to TALH's care; and supervises and evaluate staff to promote a safe and productive operation of the school.
This position requires a valid driver's license and the ability to be insured to drive a state-owned vehicle.
Inasmuch as TALH is a school that serves students who are minors, the Director, Assistant Director, and Student Services Coordinator are effectively on-call at all times.
Minimum Qualifications: Essential Knowledge and Skills: Excellent supervisory skills, effectively managing and coordinating staff and students. Current knowledge of Texas Education Agency rules, regulations, and best practices. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Knowledge of Texas High School Operations and policies is preferred. Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives, and exercise sound judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and procedures. Knowledge of the unique needssocially, emotionally, and educationallyof gifted and talented students. Excellent knowledge of social media to assist in recruitment program. Insight, creativity, and diligence in establishing goals for program growth. Knowledge of effective recruitment strategies for residential programs like TALH. Knowledge of budget planning and preparation. Capacity to inspire students and staff with her/his passion for the value of a TALH/Lamar education. A passion for learning for its own sake, and the special value of the humanities in producing well-rounded students. Intellectual curiosity. Cultural literacy.
Education and Certification Requirements: The position requires any of the following: a masters degree, with certification as a secondary school principal (preferably in a school with a residential component); or district superintendent; or a doctoral degree. University level experiences as a teacher or administrator may substitute for the certifications.
Experience: The position requires a minimum of three years of experience as any of the followingas an assistant principal, or as secondary school principal are strongly preferred, district superintendent, or university faculty member.
Physical Demands: Physical demands of this job may be necessary to meet the positions responsibilities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the director must have the ability to drive a vehicle safely and occasionally move or lift up to 25 pounds.
Work Environment: Employees are responsible for performing their duties in an environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation, coercion or harassment, including sexual harassment. Work is performed primarily indoors in an office setting. The employee may be required to travel.
Security Sensitive Statement: This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.
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Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana