The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky invites applicants for the position of Director. The Gatton Academy, founded in 2007, is a statewide residential school for high achieving high school juniors and seniors interested in careers in STEM fields. It is located on the campus of Western Kentucky University (WKU) where Academy students take University courses taught by University faculty. Newsweek has named the Gatton Academy the number one public high school in the United States in both 2012 and 2013.

The Director of the Gatton Academy will provide leadership and vision that builds on the success of the Academy’s first seven years and takes it to new heights. This position demands strong communication skills and offers an unusually vital opportunity for interdisciplinary, cross-institutional collaboration. The Academy, which is poised to grow in both quality and quantity, seeks a Director eager to promote, nurture, and shape its future. The Director will assume the position on June 1st, 2014.

The academic rigor of the Gatton Academy challenges its students to excel at the highest levels, while drawing connections between the classroom and real-world research options. In addition to their coursework, Academy students have one-on-one mentorship with University faculty through research projects conducted completely outside of the classroom. 100% of Gatton Academy students have matriculated to a 4-year college or university; since 2011, the Academy has had 32 National Merit Semifinalists and National Achievement Scholars; in the class of 2014, 80% of the students have had international travel experience, and 73% have presented at academic conferences. Western Kentucky University is a progressive, proactive institution that seeks candidates possessing the same qualities. WKU, one of the fastest growing universities in the region, is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with a total enrollment of over 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The area (with an urbanized population of 90,000+) is noted for its high quality of life, increasing cultural diversity, and modest cost of living. It is located close to both Nashville. TN and Louisville, KY. To learn more about Bowling Green, please follow this link:

The Director’s responsibilities fall into these main categories:

Visionary Leadership

o Provides leadership in establishing a common mission and vision for the Academy and provides support, encouragement, and direction for reaching and expanding the mission and vision

Purposeful Collaboration

o Works directly with deans, department heads, and faculty members of WKU to provide a rich and appropriately challenging academic environment for Gatton Academy studentsoDevelops constructive external relationships with the Kentucky General Assembly, Kentucky Department of Education, all school districts and their high schools, other private educational programs, businesses and industries, and interested individuals

Effective Communication

o Promotes and celebrates the Academy throughout the Commonwealth and beyond especially among stakeholders mentioned in the above bullet point

o Recruits students throughout the Commonwealth Efficient Administration

o Oversees all units of the Academy, including admissions, residential life, academics, and counseling

oSupervises, makes work assignments, and conducts performance appraisals

o Manages the Academy budget, ensuring efficient and authorized use of financial resources Other duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs. A qualified candidate should have at least the following education and experience:

Master’s degree in educational leadership or an appropriate field

Significant familiarity with high ability high school students and a residential program

Prior experience in school administration

Candidates with academic credentials and experience different from the stated qualifications, but having extraordinary accomplishments related to the position responsibilities, may also be considered. A qualified candidate will have demonstrated a skill set that includes the following:

Initiative, self-discipline, and confidence to lead, encourage, and challenge a school team to expand the mission and vision STEM content knowledge

Knowledge of school leadership, effective pedagogy, and the needs of high ability students

Effective interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to effectively interact with potential students, students, parents, faculty, staff, University administration, legislators, business partners, and other stakeholders

Ability to perform under pressure and willingness to work extended hours; ability to exercise sound judgment and decisiveness to perform in a leadership capacity with impact.

Performance Expectations:

The duties and responsibilities of this position must be performed in a competent manner following the highest standards for leadership, professionalism, integrity, accountability, responsibility, and cooperation. Applications for employment will be accepted electronically only. Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, current resume, and names, addresses, and daytime phone numbers of three professional references using the online application process. Please refer to the following website to apply: For further assistance call (270) 745-5934. Pleasereference requisition number S3883. For full consideration, submit application materials on or before February 15, 2014. Position will remain open until filled. Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment. Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745-5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

Louisville, Nashville, TN, Kentucky
Western Kentucky University Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science

(270) 745 - 5934