Job Title: Executive Director
Type of Company: I work for a public school district in an urban area of MA
Education: BS in Education Northeastern University Master in Administration Curry College
Previous Experience: I was a teacher, assistant principal, principal and now an executive director.
Job Tasks: I am responsible for the implementation of a leadership institute. The institute has six components or programs that we administer. I am also responsible for supervising three people and a budget of over $1,000.000.
Most of my time is spent training and supporting other school leaders and those who would like to become a leaders in a public school. I also support the development of training school based managers and other school leaders. My program also helps recruit people and provide them with an understanding of what it means to be a school leader in my district.
I also manage the operational and technical end of the program. I write grants and other reports. I also work with the local university to ensure that their preparation programs are meeting the needs of my district. I am involved with setting policy for school leaders at the state level and work closely with others in ensuring that the importance of leadership at schools is understood. I am in the process of evaluating the work we do and improving many of our programs.
I also teach in my program for aspiring principals. This requires me to write lesson plans, grade papers and meet with the participants and students.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is knowing that I am having an impact on future educators and am improving public schools. I have lots of experience in school leadership and having the opportunity to share that with other adults is very rewarding.
I miss working directly with students and their families. I also find that in this new role that what I get to do with my time is sometimes determined by others. That is the worst part of the job. I do understand the importance of being a team player.
Job Tips: Stay in school and get a Master's Degree! Read as much as you can about education and life in general.
Focus some of your learning on understanding how others learn and develop.
Be a teacher first so you can understand better the work you are asking others to engage in.
Learn when it is time to try something new that will support your goal.
Additional Thoughts: I believe that you can learn anything. My job and most job require a skill that can be learned. Some things may be harder to learn but with effective effort you can learn the skills necessary to do any job well. We are not born teachers, doctors, lawyers or even artist. We develop the skills necessary to the job well!
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