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Superintendent, Wonderful College Prep Academy

Company: The Wonderful Company LLC
Location: Delano
Posted on: May 16, 2020

Job Description:

Wonderful College Prep Academy is committed to providing a world-class education for all students. The Academy's mission is to graduate students prepared to earn a college degree and to put them on a promising career path for life. We believe this begins with a nurturing, engaging, community-centered school environment where students develop a strong academic foundation in literacy and math. Ultimately, this will prepare generations of leaders in the Central Valley who are critical thinkers and life-long learners.

The Academy's first school opened in 2009, serving students of Delano and surrounding communities in grades 6-12. In Fall 2017, we added an elementary school to our Delano campus and launched a brand-new charter school in Lost Hills. In Delano, we serve approximately 1800 students in grades K-12. In Lost Hills, we serve approximately 350 students in grades K-8 and will grow to serve students through 12th grade over the next four years.

The Academy amplifies its impact in the communities of Delano and Lost Hills through its unique partnership with The Wonderful Company and its co-owners, Lynda and Stewart Resnick. Free-tuition TWC sponsored preschool programs to share space on both Academy campuses, providing high-quality early childhood education for approximately 120 children.

The Academy is deeply committed to positively impacting the health and wellness of our students through our school-based wellness centers providing medical and mental health services. Our industry-leading food and nutrition program operates full scratch kitchens, producing nutritious and creative meals daily for our students and staff alike. Students and staff take advantage of our learning gardens that provide vegetables, herbs, and fruits -- all reflective of the agricultural bounty of the Central Valley. We are launching new, state of the art Family Resource Centers, providing comprehensive and engaging supports for the families of our students and residents of Lost Hills.

High-tech classrooms and hands-on learning help our students prepare for college and ultimately pursue promising careers. Through a unique partnership with Bakersfield College, our students can earn a free two-year college degree while in high school. All Academy graduates can earn a four-year renewable college scholarship through the generous support of Lynda and Steward Resnick.

The Role:

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Superintendent will have oversight of a $35 million operating budget and directly manage a team of just over 250 staff. This is a unique opportunity to lead the Academy through the next phase of changing the paradigm of poverty in the Central Valley. And, because of the partnership with The Wonderful Company, your focus can be entirely on preparing students in the Central Valley for the best universities and not on the constant fundraising demands so common for other school leaders.

Here's what you'll do:

Strategic Executive Leadership



  • Oversee the day-to-day management, operations, and compliance for WCPA Delano and Lost Hills that collectively serve over 2200 children in Kindergarten through Grade 12.
  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors and the senior leadership team, determine strategic priorities and effectively communicate to stakeholders.
  • Provide strategic direction for programmatic and operational work by setting annual and monthly goals and providing support to staff to ensure targets are met.
  • Maintain consistent enrollment targets to ensure revenue and outcomes metrics are met.
  • Implement protocols to effectively manage current and future federal and state grants and ensure they are secured, allocated, budgeted, tracked, and in compliance.
  • Lead the development of the Academy's long-term financial strategy, including strengthening of the balance sheet and setting other appropriate financial targets to ensure strong financial health and financial sustainability for the Academy.


    Team Leadership and Management



    • Manage, mentor, train, and develop staff, directly supervising the senior leadership team and indirectly supervising a team of approximately 250 academic and operational staff.
    • Model behaviors that inspire strong performance and instill a sense of excellence in all staff.
    • Own the assessment of staff and program operations, exercising sound judgment and leveraging data to swiftly make decisions related to student, school, and organizational performance.
    • Serve as the external face of Wonderful College Prep Academy reflecting positively on the organization and advocating for its continued operation in California's Central Valley.


      Academic and Organizational Excellence



      • Ensure academic excellence throughout the organization, ensuring students are prepared to get to and through four-year universities.
      • Recruit highly qualified principals, educators, and operations staff; effectively support and develop staff; address performance as necessary on a timely basis


        Community Outreach



        • Represent Wonderful College Prep Academy externally, championing college readiness and a college-going culture for all youth in the Central Valley.
        • Cultivate relationships with local districts, city officials, colleges and community leaders to further Academy goals.
        • Establish and manage a network of external partners to support our mission and vision.


          Government Affairs and Legal



          • Act as primary liaison to the WCPA Board of Directors
          • Manage relationship with charter authorizer, Kern County Superintendent of Schools.
          • Advocate for Academy's interests with local, state, and federal government representatives.
          • Oversee all legal and human resources matters impacting the Academy.


            Here's what you'll bring to the table:

            The ideal candidate will be an experienced administrator with a proven record of student academic success and staff satisfaction.



            • Minimum of ten years of work experience, at least five years in a management position supporting cross-functional teams, including experience in program oversight, fiscal management, facilities management, and academic program administration, preferably within a multi-site operation and in a field related to education or families.
            • Graduate of a recognized college or university with a master's degree or higher
            • A valid California Administrative Services credential preferred.
            • Charter school experience preferred.
            • Deep and nuanced understanding of national trends, issues, and demographics in education -- as well as the political context in which California charter schools exist.
            • Demonstrated experience in program planning, operations, and evaluation, and the use of management information systems
            • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in creative decision-making, with the ability to juggle many tasks, deadlines, and competing priorities to develop clear solutions.
            • Proven track record of success, as measured by student academic growth.
            • Bilingual Spanish speaker preferred
            • Passion for working with traditionally underserved communities in high-performance settings
            • An entrepreneurial spirit capable of managing many complex tasks with competing priorities
            • Proven track record developing and delivering rigorous academic programs
            • Sensitivity to issues that impact families in a highly diverse yet segregated rural environment
            • Strong leadership execution and follow-through, especially with goal-setting, strategic planning, prioritization and capacity-building
            • Team player, able to create a strong internal team and work well with key external partners
            • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
            • A self-reflective leader who is committed to continuous improvement


              Here's what we'll bring to the table:



              • Free access to the Wonderful Wellness Clinics
              • Free access to the Wonderful Fitness Centers
              • Four-year renewable Wonderful College Scholarship for eligible children
              • Company paid health/vision/dental for self
              • Employer contributions to CalSTRS
              • Voluntary 403b
              • Bonus eligibility


                Quality of Life in the Central Valley:

                Framed by the Sierra Nevada to the east and the Coast Ranges to the west, California's Central Valley is one of the world's most productive agricultural regions and the base of The Wonderful Company's agricultural operations. This vast area enjoys a moderate climate and offers residents a high quality of life, low cost of living, and a host of diverse cultural and recreational activities. From wine tasting and hiking to rafting, fishing, skiing, and surfing -- all within a two-hour drive -- the family-friendly Central Valley has much to offer.

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