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Job Details

  • Job ID: 2879297
  • Application Deadline: February 2, 2018
  • Posted : January 3, 2018
  • Starting Date: July 1, 2018

Job Description

Cedars International Academy
Superintendent Search Announcement Superintendent 2018
Austin, Texas

School History
Cedars International Academy (CIA) began with Dr. Rev. Father Don Joseph Sawyer. He was drawn to the charter school concept as they were smaller and allowed parental input in the education of their children.

Cedars International Academy, a 501 (C)3 charter school was granted a charter in 2000. In 2001 the school opened with 53 students at Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church, located at 1320 East 51st Street, Austin, Texas.
As Cedar’s enrollment grew the need for a new site became apparent. In 2006 the site located at 8416 N IH 35, Austin, Texas was purchased.

As the years progressed several amendments to the original charter expanded the number of students and grade levels. After several years of researching the right location and best instructional high school model the board opened up the Cedars International Next Generation High School in the fall of 2016 located at 6700 Middle Fiskville Road #102 Austin, Texas 78752. Cedars International Next Generation High School is a 100% project based school committed to deep learning.

The spring of 2017 led to the untimely death of Reverend Joseph Crowley, a beloved school board member. The site at 8416 N IH 35 was renamed after Reverend Crowley
The school’s 500 plus students are currently organized into two divisions: Crowley campus housing PK-7th grade (387 students) and Cedars International Next Generation High School housing 8 – 12th grade (116 students). We currently have a waiting list of students wishing to enter Cedars.

Community Description
CIA is located in Austin, the capital of Texas. (The following information is from Wikipedia). It is the 11th-most populous city in the United States and the 4th-most populous city in Texas. It is one of the the fastest growing large city in the United States. As of the U.S. Census Bureau's July 1, 2016 estimate, Austin has a population of 947,890. Located in Central Texas in the foothills of Texas Hill Country, the city is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways including Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, the Colorado River, Lake Travis, and Lake Walter E. Long. It is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,056,405 as of July 1, 2016.

A number of Fortune 500 companies have headquarters or regional offices in Austin, including, Apple Inc., Cisco, eBay, Google, IBM, Intel, Oracle Corporation, Paypal, Texas Instruments, 3M, and Whole Foods Market. Dell's worldwide headquarters is located in nearby Round Rock, a suburb of Austin.

Residents of Austin are known as Austinites. They include a diverse mix of government employees, college students, musicians, high-tech workers, blue-collar workers, and a vibrant LGBT community. The city's official slogan promotes Austin as "The Live Music Capital of the World," a reference to the many musicians and live music venues within the city, as well as the long-running PBS TV concert series Austin City Limits. The U.S. News & World Report named Austin the best place to live in the U.S. in 2017.

CIA: Board of Directors/Governance Council
The board is currently comprised of one permanent board member and six elected board members.They meet the second Thursday of each month at 12:00 pm. The Governance Council is comprised of parents, students, and staff representatives from both campuses for a total of 10 members. They meet the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm .

Accreditation and Affiliations
CIA is fully accredited with the Texas Education Agency.
Cedars International Next Generation High School is also affiliated with ACC, UTeach, UT OnRamps, Educate Texas , TSTEM , Advanced Reasoning In Education, PBL Transformation Capital Factory, Austin Virtual League, and Austin Code Academy. Recently the High school has received visitors from Australia, China, and various Texas districts. In its inaugural year the High School received three stars of distinction from the TEA. In 2006 and 2011. Crowley elementary was designated with recognized status. Both schools currently “meet standard”.

Mission: CIA inspires and nurtures a child's natural love for learning. We do this by providing a safe, supportive social and academic community where children are given the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential as they grow to be life-long learners.

Key Features
Cedars International Academy presently has over 500 students who come from 10 school districts around Austin Texas. Current demographics are: AA 16.2%, His 73.6%, W 3.3%, ED 88.6%, ELL 40.8%, attendance rate 96.95%. Cedars has over 80 students on the waiting list to enter our schools.

Faculty and Staff
The school employs over 64 outstanding faculty and staff members from several different countries, the majority from the United States. Teachers and administrators are experienced, committed professionals with 49% holding advanced degrees and all are highly qualified in their areas of assignments including the specialists. Cedars Academy faulty is well known for their expertise, going beyond the norm, and love of children.

The schools are committed to deep learning. The High School is 100% project based while the PK-7 grade is well on its way to becoming 100% project based. Besides the basics, students at both campuses can take Art, French, Mandarin, music, sports including basketball, flag football, soccer, and volleyball. In addition, at the PK-7 campus students can take choir and gardening. Field trips are an important part of our student’s educational experience. High School students can take part in an international trip. This year they will be going to Iceland, next year Japan. Students at 7th grade can go to a Washington DC and New York trip.

Professional Learning
Cedars is committed to a robust professional development program. Staff are encouraged to attend professional development at local and national levels. Surveys derived from Learning Forward are utilized to gauge professional development effectiveness. Professional learning communities and distributive leadership is incorporated into its ongoing improvement model. Teachers salaries are benchmarked to Austin ISD. Even though Cedars is a charter school each professional employee enjoy having a contract and outstanding professional development opportunities.

The Crowley campus has very little room for growth and the High School campus is fast approaching capacity. The board is actively pursuing expansion plans. Cedars has enjoyed the highest financial rating for over 10 years. The current budget is $4,764,813 with over $1,000,000 in savings.

Candidate Profile
Required Qualifications
Graduate Degree, minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent
Prior successful administrative experience
Demonstrated success in creating and managing budgets
Preferred Qualifications
Educational Leadership/Administrative Certification
Previous experience in a charter school
Knowledgeable about Project Based Learning
Previous experience in: managing facility development and maintenance; personnel & special programs
Successful experience as a teacher and principal
Experience with diverse populations and with Title I schools
Experience in a small school environment
Personal Attributes/Characteristics
Enjoys children, all children
Exhibits strong family values
Encourages parent Involvement
Values staff’s expertise
Patient, calm, empathetic with well-developed interpersonal skills and a good sense of humor
Friendly, open and approachable while also able to make tough decisions
Energetic, enthusiastic, determined and resilient
A person of integrity who views position as a vocation
Dynamic instructional leader with a passionate commitment to quality education
A strong work ethic with excellent planning, problem solving, time management and organizational skills
Appreciates and celebrates ethnic/cultural/diversity
Well-developed communication skills, both written and verbal
Seeks to build a team with the board, staff, students, parents, and community
Commitment to ongoing self-education and staff professional development

How to Apply:
Applicants should email in PDF format to the following:
• Letter of Interest
• Resume
The resume should include:
1. Contact Information
2. Education, Honors, Certifications
3. Key Qualifications
4. Employment History including title, name of employer, employer’s address, salary, start date, ending date, reason for leaving, supervisor phone number and if we may contact the employer.
5. Six (6) references with updated contact information
• Copy of Certifications
• University Transcripts
Please only send the requested documents. Supplementary documents might be requested at a later date. Please refrain from contacting Cedars International Academy school board members.

Application Deadline February 2, 2018
First Round interviews March 8, 2018
Second Round interviews March 10, 2018
Board names lone finalist March 10, 2018
Board votes to hire April 12, 2018
Desired Beginning Date: July 1, 2018
Compensation Package:
Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience
Please direct all questions to:
Dr. Mark Diaz, Superintendent
8416 N IH 35
Austin, TX 78753
512-419-1551 ext 332
Fax: 512-419-1581
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Superintendent
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Cedars International Academy is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • No experience required
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency OR WORK VISA IN United States required

    Contact Information

    • Mark Diaz
    • 8416 N Interstate 35
    • Austin, Texas 78753

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