Job Opening: OOCS School Director

Oshki Ogimaag Community School

Director Job Description

The Director will provide the educational leadership to Oshki Ogimaag Community School.  Responsibilities include: building the organization, driving membership, uniting the community, advocating on behalf of the school, program development, strategic planning, operations maintenance, academics, marketing, fundraising, and setting expectations and effectively delivering the results for academic achievement, climate safety, budget efficiency and employee/student performance.  By providing leadership in curriculum and instruction, school improvement, supervision, community involvement and administration, the Oshki Ogimaag School Director will pursue the vision and execute the mission of an innovative elementary charter school.


Duties and responsibilities include:

*Regularly communicate with, reports to, develops recommendations for and seeks input from the Board of Directors and/or appropriate committees regarding the governance of OOCS, school activities and other relevant matters.

*Prepare for the Board’s approval an annual set of goals for the school.

*Define, articulate and promote the school’s mission and vision in all aspects of curriculum and instruction.

*Provide leadership in the ongoing development, involvement and evaluation of curriculum, instruction and student data management.

*Act as a role model for expected faculty behavior by demonstrating leadership, management and instructional skills.

*Participate in and provide leadership for professional growth activities.

*Build a common vision for school improvement with staff. Direct planning activities and put programs in place with staff to ensure attainment of the school’s mission.

*Develop and monitor performance objectives for the school.

*Utilize student and staff results on the established performance objectives to analyze program effectiveness and select areas needing improvement.

*Within the school community, inspire a culture of excellence that is centered on the School’s vision.

*Define expectations for faculty performance with regard to instructional strategies, classroom management and communication with the public.

*Foster collegiality and team building among staff members.  Encourage their active participation for decision-making.

*Interview, select, orient, manage and supervise all staff in accordance with the school’s policies and applicable laws.

*Make recommendations to the Board of Directors on hiring, termination, suspension, renewal and promotion of employees.

*Oversees annual evaluations of teachers and other administrative staff by observing employee performance, recording observations, and conferring with staff to promote professional growth and school improvement.

*Oversees the development and maintenance of job descriptions, personnel policies and procedures.

*Insure that all teachers are highly qualified, certified and have Individual Professional Development Plans on file that are aligned to the WBWF.

*Coordinates and oversees staff development and training that is aligned to the WBWF

*Conducts regular staff meetings.

*Develop and maintain research-based educational programs in conjunction with state law, charter school laws and regulations.

*Assures programs meet charter goals and requirements, recognizing that faculty are responsible for designing standards-based curriculum that meets state standards.

*Oversees the development of the School’s annual budget in coordination with the Board of Directors, Business Manager and Finance Committee.

*Presents the annual budget to the Board of Directors for final approval and responsible for the implementation of the budget.

*Maintains on-going communication regarding financial decisions with the Board of Directors.

*Oversees preparation of monthly financial reports, the reporting of financial data to MDE, and all financial transactions including payroll, the development of grants and other fundraising activities.

*Responsible for Annual Audit and Annual Report.

*Maintains an open-door policy for parents.

*Participates in teacher –parent conferences when appropriate.

*Works with Parent Advisory Council to implement programs for parents and students.

*Articulates and embodies the school’s mission and vision to parents and community.

*Uses appropriate and effective techniques to encourage involvement and solicit support.

*Maintains positive relations with parents, parent groups, school volunteers, other public school administrators and other outside agencies.

*Ensures the effective and quick resolution of conflicts.

*Conducts annual parent surveys and recommends changes to the Board of Directors when appropriate.

*Conducts community outreach and student recruitment programs.

*Ensure that school rules are uniformly observed and the student discipline is appropriate and equitable.

*Spends time in the classroom, develops relationships with and gets to know all students.

*Maintain and monitor compliance with all Board policies, state and federal laws related to charter schools and recommend policy review, revisions and additions where appropriate.

*Plan and coordinate scheduling and develop annual school calendar.

*Coordinate the administration and reporting results of standardized testing.

*Plan, coordinate and report application and enrollment procedures according to MN Charter School laws and regulations.

*Compile, maintain and file all computerized reports, records and other documents including, but not limited to, accurate and timely reports required for state and federal grants.

*Manage use of school facilities.  Supervise maintenance of facilities to ensure a clean, orderly and safe school.

*Individual qualities include demonstrating commitment to the mission and vision of OOCS.  Pursuing everything with energy and drive; not giving up before finishing, even in the face of resistance or setbacks; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.  Is widely trusted-seen as a direct, truthful individual; presents truthful information in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent himself or herself for personal gain.  Supports equal and fair treatment and opportunity for all; fosters a climate of inclusion, where diverse thoughts are freely shared and integrated.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed in this job description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

The School Director must have a Masters Degree in Education and/or three to five years of either related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience with a demonstrated with  demonstrated experience in educational leadership.

Applicant should have knowledge in:

The State of Minnesota Laws and Regulations for Public Schools

MN Charter School laws and Regulations

Best practice and State and Federal requirements relating to Special Education

Budget Development and Management

Proven effectiveness working with American Indian Communities

Implementation of standards-based curriculum and educational reforms


Applicant should have ability to:

Work effectively with Board of Directors

Develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with MDE, staff, students, parents and the community

Act as a substitute teacher when necessary and/or appropriate

Effectively lead change

Effectively lead a diverse staff and student population

Effectively implement data-driven decisions following the school’s Accountability Plan

Communicate effectively with all stakeholders: students, parents, staff, MOE, and broader community.


The qualified candidate will receive a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Closing date: When position is filled


To apply for this position, submit a resume with 3 letters of reference to

Oshki Ogimaag Charter School

Atten: Keith Bergeron

PO Box 320

Grand Portage, MN 55605



CONTACT: Carmen Keyport
PHONE: 2184752112
DATE: 02/16/2017 08:47am