Executive Director - Halifax Christian Academy

Executive Director - Halifax Christian Academy

Salary/Wages - To be discussed in the interview process.
Type - Full Time
Location - Halifax Christian Academy (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Educational Requirements - Bachelor's degree in Education, Business Administration, or a related field; a Master's degree preferable.
Experience Required - At least five years experience in a leadership role in education or a related field.
Closing Date - 2024-03-29 6:00AM

Job Summary
Halifax Christian Academy (HCA) is seeking an experienced Executive Director. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and implement strategies that advance the school's mission and goals. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall leadership, management, and strategic planning of the school in accordance with its mission, values, and policies.

HCA nurtures young minds and increases the faith of children as young as 18 months through grade 12 via two rapidly growing campuses in the HRM. HCA academic currently impacts 270 students in three divisions: Elementary (pre-primary – grade 6), Middle (7-8) and Secondary (9-12). It also serves 30+ children in its Early Childhood Education program.

Halifax is the largest city in Atlantic Canada and is the second fastest-growing city in Canada. Population growth coupled with the increasing demand for Christian education among families has resulted in HCA experiencing unprecedented enrollment growth.

Mission - We equip students to develop a love for learning and an unshakeable faith. We glorify Jesus by creating a community that positively impacts others through our service.

Vision - Transforming lives through dynamic Christ-centered education and discipleship.

 Key Responsibilities
1. Strategic Planning: Develop and implement a long-term strategic plan for the school in consultation with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders.
2. Financial Management: Assume responsibility for financial oversight of the school,
including budget development, fundraising, and grant writing, ensuring that the school
operates within its financial means. Develop and manage the school's budget, ensure
that all financial transactions are properly recorded and reported, and provide regular
financial updates to the Board of Directors and other stakeholders. Hire and supervise accounting or finance staff to assist with financial management, as needed.
3. Admissions and Enrollment: Oversee the development and implementation of a
comprehensive admissions and enrollment plan to ensure that the school meets its
enrollment goals. Work with the admissions team to coordinate all aspects of the
admissions process, including recruitment, application review, interviews, and decision-making. Develop and implement retention strategies to ensure that enrolled
students continue to attend the school.
4. Board of Directors: Work with the Board of Directors to provide leadership, guidance,
and support for the school's mission and vision and to ensure that the school complies
with all relevant laws and regulations.
5. Staff Management: Oversee the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of all staff members, ensuring they are committed to the school's mission and values and perform their duties effectively.
6. Curriculum and Instruction: Oversee the development and implementation of a
high-quality, Christian-based curriculum that meets the needs of all students and
ensures academic excellence.
7. Spiritual Life: Foster a strong spiritual life in the school community by overseeing the
promotion of regular opportunities for worship, prayer, and spiritual growth. Encourage
and support faculty and staff in their personal spiritual development.
8. Student and Family Relations: Foster a positive and welcoming environment for
students, parents, and families, and maintain effective communication channels with all
9. Facilities Management: Oversee the maintenance and improvement of the school's
facilities, ensuring they are safe, clean, and well-maintained.
10. Community Outreach: Develop and maintain positive relationships with the community, including local churches, businesses, and other organizations.
11. Fundraising: Oversee the development of a comprehensive fundraising plan to meet the school's financial needs. Cultivate relationships with donors and supporters, write grant proposals, plan and execute fundraising events, and coordinate all fundraising activities.
12. Marketing: Oversee the development of a marketing plan to promote the school and
increase enrollment.
13. Volunteer Management: Oversee the development of a volunteer program to engage parents, alumni, and community members in supporting the school.
14. Alumni Relationships: Oversee the development and maintenance of positive relationships with alumni, including coordinating alumni events, communications, and engagement
15. Donor Relationships: Oversee the development of positive relationships with individual and institutional donors, including ensuring regular communication, donor recognition, and stewardship.

Qualifications and Essential Skills
1. Bachelor's degree in Education, Business Administration, or a related field; a Master's degree preferable.
2. At least five years of experience in a leadership role in education or a related field.
3. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work effectively with
diverse groups of people.
4. Knowledge of and commitment to Christian education and the mission and values of the school.
5. Demonstrated ability to manage finances, develop budgets, and secure funding.
6. Experience with curriculum development, instruction, and assessment.
7. Familiarity with relevant laws and regulations related to education and non-profit
8. Strong organizational and time-management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
9. Computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and other relevant software.
10. Ability to work independently and as part of a team with great initiative, creativity, and flexibility.
11. Strong spiritual life, with the ability to lead and inspire others in their spiritual growth and development. A deep understanding of the Christian faith and values and a commitment to incorporating them into all aspects of school life. A strong commitment, involvement and membership in a local HRM church. Ability to provide spiritual care and support to students, staff, and families and to promote a culture of love, grace, and compassion in the school community.

Interested candidates should apply by sending a Statement of Faith, Philosophy of Christian Education and Current Resume to: apenney@halifaxchristianacademy.ca  or boardchair@halifaxchristianacademy.ca with the subject line: “Executive Director Application.”


Halifax Christian Academy

114 Downs Avenue
Halifax, NS

(902) 475-1441

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