City University Schools
The Influence1 Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was organized exclusively for purposes to include educational management, community engagement and economic development. Initiated as a philanthropic measure of its founder, Influence1 has grown to serve the local community in multiple capacities with varying programs geared for community and youth enrichment.
In addition to its charter schools, City University School of Liberal Arts, City University School Boys Preparatory, City University School Girls Preparatory, and City University School of Independence, Influence1 is also responsible for the 38106 Joint Agency Collaborative, 1Urban Gallery, and the Memphis Starts With Me© community program.
City University Schools
City University Schools is a network of open-enrollment college preparatory schools established under Tennessee charter school laws in under-resourced communities throughout the state.
Since its founding in 2004, City University Schools strives to meet the need of public education as well as the demand for alternative institutions committed to post-secondary preparation.
Each school operates on the principles of providing a valuable, well-rounded academic experience through the support of a diverse and dedicated group of qualified educators and administrative staff, an extended school year and rigorous college preparatory curriculum.
City University Schools will prepare its students with the necessary skills to be twenty-first century scholars and citizens. As college preparatory schools operating as Centers of Excellence for Student Development, City University Schools will provide academically rigorous and socially enriching educational opportunities for its scholars. Upon graduation, these scholars will be better prepared to enter secondary education and college as intellectually sophisticated citizens with vigor for learning.
The Campus President will serve as the academic leader for the staff and scholars within a small network of charter schools, while being instrumental in raising standards and achievement for all. To aid in such an effort, the Campus President will provide support for faculty through assessment efforts to include data collection/review and curriculum alignment in order to ensure appropriate measures of growth in assessments in aspects of the school and its respective schola
A. Administrative Responsibilities
The Campus President shall:
- Work with staff, community resources and civil authorities to create and implement a school safety plan.
- Help to develop uniformity in the interpretation and application of policies and procedures and make recommendations for changes as agreeable and necessary.
- Keep the Chief Academic Officer (CAO), as well as, the Board of Trustees informed as to the needs of the campus.
- Collect the necessary data and prepare such reports as may be required—specifically focused on ongoing assessment and projected direction for academic growth for all scholars and achievement for all schools.
- Work with the CAO in evaluating and developing curricular sequences for all schools; evaluating and developing an effective in-service program for all school staff; and evaluating and developing the testing program for all schools.
B. Supervisory Responsibilities
The Campus President will:
- Be responsible for supervising and evaluating of instructional staff, as well as, supporting staff positions.
- Prepare reports of supervisory activities, share them with the CAO as well as file them with the Board of Trustees.
- Conduct necessary faculty meetings.
- Construct a master curriculum schedule that addresses the maximum program opportunities addressing all scholars’ interests and abilities.
- Be responsible for the implementation and supervision of the staff development program(s) for all schools.
- Be responsible for the implementation and supervision of approved curricular programs for all schools.
- Be responsible for the implementation and supervision of the testing program for all schools.
C. Buildings and Grounds, Transportation and Lunchroom Responsibilities
The Campus President shall:
- Periodically observe these areas and provide observations and recommendations known to the appropriate supervisory personnel and the Board of Trustees.
- Be responsible for scheduling the use of the school facilities for school activities.
- Be responsible for the maintenance and operation of the school. Develop work specifications, make work assignments and help evaluate custodial and maintenance personnel.
D. Other Responsibilities
The Campus President shall:
- Develop a schedule for parent communications and conferences.
- Coordinate the scheduling of appropriate school programs.
- Assist in setting up schedules within the school building as outlined by Shelby County Schools.
- Develop and schedule open houses and/or other community functions to promote the educational program.
- Attend administrative meetings as requested.
- Submit reports and/or information as requested to the CAO and City University Schools Board of Trustees, The Influence1 Foundation Board of Directors, Shelby County Schools, and Tennessee Department of Education.
- Ensure the timely submission and evaluation of lesson plans.
- Evaluate and approve purchase orders in a timely in accordance to the policies and procedures outlined by the Board of Trustees.
- Establish and abide by procedures to be used when reporting campus incidents.
- Evaluate and approve, if appropriate, staff requests for professional development opportunities.
- Participate in conferences, workshops and/or clinics to enhance administrative and supervisory skills.
- Submit goals for self, staff, and school to the CAO and City University Schools Board of Trustees on an annual basis.
- Disseminate information to staff and/or parents as directed by the CAO and Board of Trustees.
- Attend Board meetings except when his/her own renewal, efficiency and/or salary are being considered.
- Represent the schools in all conference meetings as requested.
- Assign teaching responsibilities to personnel while keeping in mind the best interests of the scholars as well as the teachers.
- Develops, plans and actively participates in the recruitment efforts for faculty, staff and scholars for schools.
- Write proposals, research and obtain grant/outside funding opportunities, as well as, develop community partnerships and collaborations.
- Perform other related duties as assigned or directed in order to support the overall success of all schools on one campus.
The selected individual must have a Master’s Degree, Doctorate degree preferred. 3-5 years of recent experience working as an educational leader with at-risk student population and recent record of increased student attendance, performance, retention and graduation. Demonstrated ability to handle emergency situations that occur with staff, parents, and students. Must be able to work with a diverse constituent base and have the ability to work with parents. Be familiar with providing college preparatory curriculum, programs and services.
City University Schools complies with all Tennessee policies regarding minimum requirements that administrators be certified in the applicable area or demonstrate progress toward obtaining proper certification.
The selected candidate must submit a recent portfolio of parent and student communications, data plan and evaluation/assessment projection relevant to student achievement; and administrative directives in order to demonstrate a firm understanding of the key elements necessary for educational leadership in today’s school environments.
All writing and communication must be of free thought and intellect, as well as, absent of plagiarism. Any (past or current) occurrence of plagiarism will serve as grounds for automatic removal from the application pool for an educational post with City University Schools.
Deans, Faculty, Instructional Facilitator, Professional Guidance Counselor and SPED Teacher
Chief Academic Officer (CAO)