WORK AT SIX DIRECTIONS
Start Date: Immediately
Direct questions to: Lane Towery, Governing Council Chair, , 505-263-9737
Six Directions Indigenous School (SDIS) seeks a Head Administrator to lead our school community. The Head Administrator is charged with realizing the mission and school contract established by the founders and Governing Council. The Head Administrator is part instructional leader, part operational leader, and part community leader. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the development of a school committed to providing culturally responsive schooling to youth in the border town setting of Gallup, New Mexico.
Six Directions is a free, open enrollment, state-authorized charter school opened in 2016 with 6th and 7th grades and set to serve 6th through 10th in fall 2019. The mission of SDIS is to develop critically conscious students who are engaged in their communities, demonstrate holistic well-being, and have a personal plan for succeeding in postsecondary opportunities. Our model includes the use of culturally responsive teaching pedagogies, indigenous language instruction, a curriculum designed through interdisciplinary Project Based Learning, and a commitment to Positive Youth Development frameworks and Restorative Practices--including advisory, Restorative Justice, service learning, and outdoor experiential learning.
The Head Administrator of Six Directions must have the courage and conviction to lead and grow an innovative model significantly different from current public school options in our community, and the confidence and resilience to lead through uncertainty and challenge. A successful applicant has experience and cultural competence working in Indigenous communities, and a commitment to ensuring students’ cultural identities and holistic wellness are centered in their educational experiences. Prospective Head Administrators must possess a New Mexico Level III-B licensure or be able to attain one immediately.
If you are excited to be the leader of a school community seeking to rethink how we educate students and do so with a commitment to cultural responsiveness, social justice, and progressive education models, we would love to hear from you.
AmeriCorps Student Specialist