JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
POSITION: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO
PLATO ACADEMY SCHOOLS CORPORATION

Applications accepted immediately.
Applicants must be available to start immediately.

PLATO ACADEMY SCHOOLS CORPORATION SUMMARY

Overview of the Plato Academy Schools Corporation:
● Is a not-for-profit organization
● Currently operates nine high-achieving K-8 schools across Tampa Bay, FL
● Has a rich history of Greek culture and language instruction
● Has a budget of approximately $24.5 mil
● Has a total staff of approximately 400, with an exceptional team of school leaders
● Has a strong, experienced, high-quality partner in Superior Schools for early learning
centers and aftercare programs
● Has active, excellent PTO organizations with strong leadership at all nine schools
● Fosters strong collaboration with parents at all nine schools
● Oversight is provided by an active board of well-qualified directors committed to the
mission of serving students
● Additional information can be found at https://platoacademy.net/

 

The mission of the Plato Academy Charter Schools is to assist students in achieving their
full potential by requiring and nurturing high academic and behavioral standards in a safe,
supporting, challenging, and enthusiastic environment, providing a well-rounded K-8
education fortified by a study of the Greek language and culture, and fostered by a
commitment and cooperative effort among the school, students, parents, and community:
our family.

The vision of Plato Academy Charter Schools is to progress as a family in which all are
teachers and learners and are empowered and encouraged to exceed expectations,
resulting in successful graduates ready to advance into their next stage of life, equipped
with a well-rounded K-8 education fortified by the study of the Greek language and culture,
and excited about continuing to achieve their full potential.

Position Overview:
Reporting directly to the Plato Academy Schools Corporation’s Board of Directors, the
Executive Director (ED/CEO) serves as the highest administrator at Plato Academy Schools.

The ED/CEO is cumulatively responsible for all aspects of organizational health, including
but not limited to:
● Enacting the organization’s vision/mission
● Overseeing the realization of the K-8 goals and outcomes
● Meeting the organization’s financial goals
● Maintaining the organization’s accreditation
● Guiding the Organization’s’ professional culture
● Being accountable to the organization’s authorizers
● Managing the organization’s finances, development, and human resources

The ED/CEO is ultimately responsible for the execution of all programs and procedures in
alignment with the school’s mission and vision, with input from a broad range of
constituents.

Employment Status:
This is a full-time, exempt, at-will position.
The Executive Director/CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors.
Candidates must be prepared to start immediately.

OVERALL LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:
As the chief executive of Plato Academy Schools, many of the ED/CEO’s responsibilities are
cumulative and involve organization-wide leadership.
Enacting Mission and Vision: Maintain alignment between all programs and the overall
vision, mission, and core values of Plato Academy Schools Corporation.
Organizational Leadership: Work with the Chief Academic Officer and School Principals
to develop, maintain, and enhance all aspects of Plato Academy Charter Schools to
ensure positive outcomes for students and a strong, collaborative professional culture.
Works with all central operations staff, including finance, HR, operations, and building
management to support our schools. Supervises direct reports in a manner that promotes
success, efficiency, and on-going development. This includes effective delegation;
training, development, and support of staff; establishing performance requirements; and
evaluating staff supervised.
Strategic Planning and Implementation: Consistently plan for efforts to achieve the
strategic outcomes of all aspects of organizational health and growth, including but not
limited to academics, whole child development, health and wellness, support services,
organizational stability, and financial strength. Maintain alignment between the school’s
mission/vision and the policies and strategic direction of Plato Academy Charter School’s
Board of Directors.
Board Work: Report to the board and maintain a positive, working relationship with the
Board. It is incumbent upon the ED/CEO to keep the Board informed of all financial and
legal matters, and to work with board members on the various committees. The ED/CEO
is expected to attend all committee meetings, within reason, and to share updates on the
school and bring back recommendations from the committees to be implemented in
practice.

INTERNAL MANAGEMENT:
The core elements of internal management are those key pieces that flow naturally from our
mission and are the central, measurable things Plato Academy Charter School will do to see our vision become a reality. The ED/CEO is responsible for:
Enforcement of Rules and Regulations: Honor all local, state, and federal laws, rules, and
regulations. Appropriately and directly respond when infractions occur.
School Culture: Develop and maintain a staff culture that embodies the school’s core
values and brings the mission/vision to life. To do this, the ED/CEO will work directly with
the all staff to develop and maintain this school culture.
Financial Management: Ensure accurate financial management and oversight to
guarantee that NLCS secures all needed revenues (including enrollment projections),
stays within the board-approved budget, and effectively protects assets. Ensure
effectiveness of accounting and auditing consultants.
Human Resources: Establish systems that ensure that recruiting/selection processes
benefit Plato Academy Charter Schools; ensure that employment legal requirements are
met; and ensure ongoing care and overall HR administration meets the needs of
employees and Plato Academy Charter Schools.
Internal Communication: Implement high quality, timely, and effective communication
from Plato Academy Charter Schools leadership to the staff, students, board members,
committee members, and other internal stakeholders.

EXTERNAL RELATIONS:
The ED/CEO is the most externally facing employee of the school and much of the role is
building and maintaining positive working relationships with external partners.
Authorizer Relationship: Maintain a strong relationship with the school’s authorizers. It is
essential that the ED/CEO maintains a positive, working relationship with the authorizer.
Community Outreach and Partnerships: Be the face of the school to the external
community. Although the ED/CEO may not be the primary point person for every
relationship, the ED/CEO must be aware of, connected to, and nurturing relationships with
all organizations. Community outreach may also include advocacy at the local and state
policy level.
External Communication: Implement quality, timely, and effective communications from
Plato Academy Charter School leadership to key partners, the community at large, and
other critical stakeholders.
Development Work: Ensure the financial health and longevity of the school by cultivating
relationships with foundations, corporations, and individuals who provide financial support
to the school. Ensure that the school meets its long-term fundraising goals.

MISSION ALIGNMENT:
Mission-aligned members of the Plato Academy Charter Schools community share the following values and beliefs. As the organization’s leader, the ED/CEO is expected to model all of the following as well. Mission-aligned Plato Academy Charter School community members:
● Dedicate themselves to the school’s mission and vision, adopting a “whatever-it-takes”
attitude in helping our students succeed.
● Understand that relationships are essential to working with students.
● Staff members pursue appropriate and healthy relationships with students, including
advocating for them and their success.
● Believe our students have strengths and assets, and build on these strengths in their work.
● Maintain a positive attitude and a solution-based approach to challenges in the workplace.
● Oversee open and consistent communication with students and their families about their
academic progress, health success and needs, parenting success and needs, individual
graduation plans, and college planning.
● Also communicate proactively with colleagues about student needs to ensure integrated
support.
● Are committed to inclusive excellence. This means they are willing to engage in
conversations about privilege, power, equity, and diversity, and are willing to invest time in
community-building and professional development based on inclusive excellence.
● Are active participants in a supportive and demanding professional community that
fosters respect, trust, honesty, risk-taking, open-mindedness, flexibility, collaboration, and
continuous improvement.

Qualifications:
Applicants for the Executive Director of Plato Academy Schools should possess the
following:

1. 15+ years of progressive leadership experience with K-12 education with knowledge
of local, state, and federal laws applying to public charter schools
2. Appreciation of the role of our founders’ visionary leadership and extraordinary
dedication to Plato Academy Charter Schools
3. Understanding of the vital role of Greek language and culture in the past, present,
and future of our schools
4. Experience starting and successfully managing charter schools in a large
metropolitan area
5. Commitment to maintaining critical stakeholder relationships, especially with the
early learning program and aftercare program managed by Superior Schools
6. Utmost personal integrity that balances a strong commitment to transparency with
necessary confidentiality in sensitive matters
7. Be a highly collaborative, results-oriented, adaptable, problem-solving self-starter
who seeks feedback to continue professional growth
8. Strong strategic thinking and planning skills, with an ability to manage multiple
concurrent projects and priorities effectively
9. Experience managing a complex budget, including working with restricted revenue
streams
10. Experience using data to inform instructional planning and practice to create
high-achieving schools and continuous improvement processes leading to or
maintaining accreditation
11. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
12. A leadership style that is positive, thoughtful, passionate, motivating, and
empowering with staff and students
13. A Master’s degree or other advanced professional degree; a terminal degree in the
chosen field is preferred
14. Charter school principal experience
15. Has or did hold a Florida educator’s certificate
16. Familiarity with the Tampa Bay area

Application Process:
To apply for the Plato Academy Schools Corporation Executive Director position, please
submit to searchcommittee@platoacademy.net the following items:
1. Current resume
2. Statement of interest
3. Names and contact information for three professional references familiar with your
work over the past ten years