Administrator, School Director

NorthStar Academy

School Info:

Name:NorthStar Academy

Region:North America


JOB DESCRIPTION – School Director

School Background:

NorthStar Academy (NSA) is unique among NICS schools.  While NSA serves families directly with a full online program that they can use with their own Grade 4 – 12 children, the school is also a provider of online content and courses to brick and mortar Christian Schools around the world. NSA is fully accredited by AdvancEd and ACSI, and consistently receives top rankings in the online school community.

Job Summary/Objective:

To provide leadership in developing and maintaining a distinctive Christian educational philosophy and the best possible educational and ministry program/services in an online school setting.

Reports to:

Vice President of School Operations (VPSO)

General Responsibilities:

- To be accountable to the NICS Board of Directors via the offices of the President and Vice Presidents for the operations of the assigned school, through the implementation of the NICS School Policies and NICS Policies and Administrative Guidelines.

- Administers the planning, development, coordination, and evaluation of the total operation of assigned school on behalf of NICS.

- Delegates responsibility for all administrative units but is responsible to the VPSO and NICS for the results produced

- Prepares the annual budget as necessary to assure maximum utilization of funds to accomplish the mission, and educational and ministry goals of the school

- Adheres to professional, ethical, and moral standards of conduct in the transaction of all school business

- Based on the authority granted by NICS appoints all personnel employed by the school (Principal and Assistant Principal appointments shall have the approval of the VPSO)

- Makes needed personnel adjustments, assignments and transfers, approves suspensions, sick leave, and personal leave as outlined in the school’s local administrative guidelines and NICS Administrative Guidelines.  Dismisses personnel when necessary following local school guidelines, as well as NICS policies and procedures.

- Provides the VPSO and the school community with the necessary information to keep them informed of the progress and activities of the educational program.

- Serves as the representative of NICS and its leadership on the field, and provides the VPSO, the Senior VP/CFO, and President of NICS with the necessary information to keep them informed of the progress and activities of the ministry of the school.

- Ensures that school operations properly represent the ministry of NICS as determined by the Board and President of NICS, and to work in harmony, cooperation, and compliance with that leadership and in cooperation with the Home Office.

- Appropriately promotes and positively identifies the local school with the NICS organization in such a way that builds a positive image of the mother organization on the field and among the school community.

- Administers the school program in conformity to the mission, purpose and values of the school and NICS; the NICS School Policies and Administrative Guidelines.

- To hire a team of teachers who are evangelical, mission-minded Christians, in agreement with the NICS’ and school’s mission, statement of faith and philosophy.

- To ensure the development and implementation of a school-wide plan for evangelism, discipleship, and Biblical integration.

- Attend the Annual Leadership Conference (ALC) typically held in February. Make every effort to attend regional meetings of NICS leadership.  Assure the NICS monthly ministry and financial reports, as well as the Annual Field Report are sent to the NICS Home Office according to the schedule prescribed by the NICS Home Office. Assure policy monitoring reports are filed on time and according to proper instructions for such reports.

- It is primarily the director’s responsibility to safeguard the long-term relationship between the local school and NICS/Oasis, ensuring that all host-country registrations, contracts, permissions, paperwork, & etcetera are kept current, and solidify to the greatest extent possible the permanent relationship between the local school and its mother organization NICS/Oasis.

- Performs such other duties as may be assigned by the VPSO and President of NICS as the need requires.


- A Master’s degree with a major in an education-related field

- A government-issued teaching certificate

- Meets certification requirements of the recognized accrediting agency responsible for issuance of the school’s accreditation

- Prior experience as a principal or the academic head of a school program

- An understanding of online and blended learning models used at schools

- An authentic belief in the efficacy and quality of the online learning experience

- An understanding of technology and its constant changing nature.  The candidate does not need to be a technology expert, but be aware of tech trends and their potential impact for good or bad.

- Public speaking skills

- A willingness to travel on a regular basis to conferences, events and schools

- A collaborative/team-oriented leadership approach

- Willingness to lead a staff and leadership team remotely with a focus on building a strong sense of community and shared vision

- Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the President of NICS may find appropriate and acceptable

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