Mississippi Association of School Administrators
The Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA) Board of Directors seeks an outstanding “leader of leaders” to apply for the position of Executive Director. The Board invites applications through noon on Friday, February 22, 2019.
Application deadline: February 22, 2019
Selection of candidates for interviews: TBD
Interviews: March 1, 2019, DeSoto County Schools
New Executive Director begins transition: TBD
New Executive Director assumes position: TBD
The Mississippi Association of School Administrators is composed of over 1200 active school administrators, each of whom is a member of one of sixteen (16) affiliates.
MASA governance is provided by a 16-member board of directors chosen by their affiliate association and (3) At-Large members selected by the Board. A president, immediate past president, president-elect, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and the executive director comprise the executive board along with (2) AASA Governing Board members.
MASA’s annual budget of over $350k reflects a strong focus on statewide leadership in education reform, professional growth, membership services, legal assistance services, and special programs for school districts. The Executive Director directs the work of one employee. In addition, the Association utilizes the talents of a number of individuals on a personal services basis.
The following key responsibilities of the Executive Director are:
- Leadership – Development of a vision of education in Mississippi; acts as a spokesperson for the Association; recommends appropriate Association actions; leads development of MASA’s mission and vision.
- Communications – Keeps members informed of Association events and activities; encourages and assists in establishing meaningful meetings; visits school districts periodically.
- Member Relations and Services – Develops appropriate professional development activities; develops timely publications; provides counsel and assistance to MASA members upon request.
- Organizational Management – Ex-officio member of the Board of Directors; recommends appropriate policies procedures, actions and budgets; assures efficient business practices; employs and supervises staff; coordinates membership drives; manages consultants and consultant services to school districts and other organizations on behalf of MASA.
- Advocacy – Provides leadership in developing and promoting MASA’s and Mississippi’s legislative platform; collaborates with other agencies and organizations in legislative efforts to promote political actions for the K-12 schools.
- Inter-agency Relations – Maintains liaisons with CASE, MAEOP, MAESA, MAFEPD, MAGC, MAPT, MASBO, MASS, MASSP, MS CATE, MCA, MECA, Learning Forward, MSCNA, MSPRA and other educational associations; maintains liaisons with the MAE, MPE and other state agencies.
Qualities and Qualifications:
The Board is seeking a recognized educational leader with the following qualities and qualifications:
- Interpersonal human relationship skills that inspire the confidence, respect and trust of all with whom the Executive Director interacts.
- Skills required to maintain an effective working relationship with leaders inside and outside the Association and to work in a positive manner with all members of the educational community.
- Ability to project a professional image of the energy and vitality necessary to represent, promote and support the unique needs of MASA and its component members.
- Value for diversity and the ability to work with and understand people from all cultures, economic strata and ethnic backgrounds.
- A vision for the future of both public education and the Association.
- Ability to assess and communicate the state of public education in Mississippi and promote positive solutions and directions.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills with an ability to listen and respond.
- A high work ethic and recognizes, respects and utilizes the individual talents of others.
- An understanding of the Mississippi educational, legislative and political processes.
- Experience in building strategic alliances with groups and organizations.
- Technology literacy as it relates to organizational management and services.
- Successful fiscal and personnel management experience.
- Public school administrative experience with a strong preference for experience in K-12 schools of Mississippi.
The Board will negotiate a multi-year employment agreement.
A Completed Application Includes:
- A letter of application stating your personal qualifications and reasons for interest in the position.
- A completed application form (including the Personal Statement and Vision Statement). The application can be found at www.msasa.org.
- A current resume.
- A letter of recommendation from each of the five references on the application form.
- The original application packet and seven copies.Send all application materials to:
The Mississippi Association of School Administrators
Post Office Bix 1317
Summit, MS 39666
The Mississippi Association of School Administrators provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status or handicap in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title I of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.