The Soulsville Charter School seeks Executive Director


Full Time
Soulsville Charter School
Reports to:
TSCS Board of Directors
Full Time


The Soulsville Charter School (TSCS) is seeking candidates for the role of Executive Director. After beginning in 2005 with sixty sixth graders, TSCS currently has 650+ students enrolled in 6th-12th grades. The school celebrates 100% college acceptance and matching to the postsecondary option of students’ choice for each of its eleven graduating classes. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the school has been recognized over the years as one of the most effective charter schools in its district and the state. Located on a unique campus that also houses The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Stax Music Academy, the school is a vital partner in the effort to impact individuals, a neighborhood, and a city.

The Soulsville Charter School – Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for overall student and school performance and organizational management, and will be the primary person responsible for maintenance of the school’s culture and the viability of the school over time. The Executive Director is hired, evaluated by, and will report directly to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will oversee all operations carried out by the Directors of the Middle and High School and other school leaders. The Executive Director will also be the primary external representative of the school.

• Communicate the school’s vision and implement a plan to consistently achieve that vision
• Collaborate with school leaders concerning student achievement and student assessment (internal and external)
• Oversee, continually evaluate, and remain accountable for all school programs, finances, facilities, and operations through the management and oversight of all day-to-day activities of the school
• Develop and implement the school budget in collaboration with school leaders, the Soulsville Foundation CFO, TSCS’s financial firm, and the school Board
• Oversee school-wide strategic planning
• Ensure compliance with school charter and with requirements set forth by the Memphis-Shelby County School District (e.g., accountability plan, budget reports, annual report)
• Ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations
• Oversee and collaborate with school leaders regarding faculty and staff recruitment, selection, orientation, development, evaluation, supervision, retention, and dismissal
• Oversee student recruitment and enrollment
• Collaborate with Middle and High School Directors concerning student discipline cases regarding withdrawal
• Promote the school in the community and in the media
• Build and maintain relationships with the Soulsville Foundation staff, the community, and organizations external to the school
• Articulate and model the school’s values to students, families, staff, and the community
• Maintain strong communication with the Board of Directors through participation in full board and board committee meetings and monthly reports to the Board on the financial and academic health of the school. Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials
• Ensure adequate funding of the school
• Identify and evaluate the risks to people (school leaders, staff, management, volunteers, students), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks
• Raise funds from public and private sources to supplement state and local revenue

Characteristics and Qualifications:
• A commitment to The Soulsville Charter School and its values; an understanding of its mission and unwavering commitment to fulfill it
• A capacity to motivate others within the school to daily achieve the mission and to reach the goals set forth in the charter
• An analytical problem-solver who is solutions-oriented
• A high level of personal integrity and professionalism
• Openness to feedback, and a willingness to take personal responsibility for the affairs of the school
• Business and/or management experience in an academic or corporate setting
• Experience with educating urban youth
• Experience managing a team
• Experience with successful completion of multifaceted projects
• Able to communicate effectively with a team and with students and parents
• Bachelor’s degree is required, advanced degree is preferred