Director of School Support


Granite State Arts Academy is currently welcoming applications for the position of Director of School, with job responsibilities to begin on or about January 2014.
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About Granite State Arts Academy

Granite State Arts Academy is an arts-integrated grade 9-12 charter school, set to open in Derry, NH in September 2014. GSAA was founded by several parents and community members seeking to create a school community in which students can focus on their arts intelligences, while also accessing a rigorous academic program.

Our Vision We are a high school dedicated to the arts. We appeal to a broad cross section of students who are seeking to discover the joy and transformational power of the arts and those who are interested in pursuing the arts in a professional setting. Our academic courses strive to instill a sincere life-long desire to learn.

Students explore real world problems, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small collaborative groups. During their time at GSAA students engage in at least two of the following studies: Dances, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. This allows for personalized learning, creating conditions where students’ talents can flourish. This positive approach to educating empowers students to dream and create every day.

The Opportunity

As a new charter school in Southern New Hampshire, Granite State Arts Academy seeks students from the Derry and Salem areas who have a keen interest and significant gift in the arts. The curriculum aspires to blend a strong arts education with an academic program that promotes student success. The Director of School will have a unique opportunity to lead GSAA in its inaugural years, to create a school environment that is exceptional, and to serve as a pioneer in the New Hampshire charter school community.

The Ideal Candidate

As the chief administrator of the Granite State Arts Academy, the Director of School will provide dedicated and innovative leadership to the GSAA school community. The Director will capably work with all school constituents, including students, parents, staff, Board members, and prospective GSAA families. Part of Director’s responsibilities include collaborating with the GSAA fundraising/marketing staff in the fundraising and marketing efforts. The Board of Trustees has direct supervision of the Director of School.

Passion for arts education
Understanding of and experience with educational institutions
Creativity in leadership and collaboration
Understanding of and experience with state educational assessment requirements, data-gathering and analysis, educational law, and trends in these areas
Outstanding communication skills
Open, approachable, and compassionate manner
Understanding of and experience with the social, emotional, and academic developmental stages of high school students
Passion for the charter school philosophy
Significant skill in financial, business, organization, and personnel management
Management philosophy that empowers and supports teachers’ creativity

The ideal candidate will be an artist in his/her own right, and will have a higher education degree or credentials in the arts and/or arts education.

Application Process

As an assessment of each candidate’s ability to communicate effectively and creatively, candidates will be asked to submit a presentation that demonstrates the candidate’s understanding of and dedication to the school’s mission as well as their leadership abilities.  The medium of this presentation is the choice of each candidate.  Examples include Prezi, PowerPoint, YouTube, etc.
Candidates are asked to submit the above presentation, resume, letter of interest, transcripts, certifications, and three letters of reference
All applications will remain confidential. Initial review of applications will begin in mid-November, and the position will remain posted until filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Granite State Arts 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

Master degree or higher preferred
Citizenship, residency, or work VISA in the United States required
Minimum of three years of relevant experience preferred

Contact Information

All queries should be sent to:

Derry, New Hampshire
Granite State Arts Academy
Wendie Leweck