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Director, Mass Academy
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted Mar. 3, 2021
Title Director, Mass Academy
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Secondary Education
    Science Education
    Math Education
    Education - General

Director, Mass Academy


Undergraduate Studies

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Mass Academy of Math and Science seeks a dynamic, innovative and committed educational leader to join our community as the next Director. The successful candidate will be mentored by the current Director through the end of 2021.

The Mass Academy of Math and Science is a public school of excellence for 100 academically accelerated 11th and 12th grade students in Massachusetts. We emphasize math and science within a comprehensive, interactive program. The rigor of junior year classes exceeds high school honors and AP, with more than 1100 hours of instruction. Seniors complete a year of college, enrolling in classes at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a nationally ranked engineering school, thus making the Academy the only public school in Massachusetts whose students attend a private university full-time as seniors in high school.

The Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI has been ranked the #1 Best Public High School in Massachusetts for the fourth consecutive year by Our National rankings include #2 Best Public High School in America (out of 19,532) and #7 Best College Prep High School in America (out of 16,994).

The 2021 Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and high school ratings.

You will discover an educational environment that offers small classes, active engagement, and an opportunity to work closely with bright, talented, motivated students, as their advisor and mentor. You will also have the opportunity to work with a talented, innovative, student-centered faculty, and collaborate with Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a world class university, as students begin their university studies as seniors in high school. Our graduates are accepted at some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

WPI is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


The Director's primary responsibility is to support the learning and growth of all students and the success of all staff at Mass Academy by cultivating a shared vision that makes powerful teaching and learning the central focus of the Academy. The Director serves as both the Superintendent of the District and Principal for Mass Academy, which is designated as its own District and as a high school by the Massachusetts Department of Education profile.

Responsibilities of the Director include:
  • Serving as both the Superintendent of the District and Principal for Mass Academy, which is designated as its own District and as a high school on DESE profile
  • Promoting the learning and growth of all students and the success of all staff by ensuring a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment, using resources to implement appropriate curriculum, staffing, and scheduling.
  • Developing a budget that supports the Academy's vision, mission, and goals; allocates and manages expenditures consistent with the Academy's goals and available resources; works with WPI, the Department of Education and Legislature to support annual funding goals.
  • Creating additional funding opportunities through grants, campaigns, and events.
  • Promoting the learning and growth of all students and the success of all staff through effective partnerships with families, community organizations, alumni, and other stakeholders that support the mission of the school and the vision of the graduate.
  • Representing the Academy in its dealings with other school systems, institutions, agencies, and community organizations.
  • Advocating for the Academy through the Commonwealth's legislative and executive branches.
  • Acting as liaison between the Academy and the Massachusetts Department of Education.
  • Acting as the primary liaison between the Academy and WPI
  • Taking a leadership role in NCSSS activities
  • Creating an innovative environment to allow the Academy to take the lead in STEM education on the local, state and national level.
  • Serving as the primary spokesperson for the Academy, including all media communication
  • Organizing and administering the public relations program for the Academy, including social media.
  • Developing and nurturing a culture in which staff members are reflective about their practice and use student data, current research, best practices and theory to continuously adapt instruction and achieve improved results. Models these behaviors in the administrator's own practice.
  • Continuously engaging all stakeholders in the creation of a shared educational vision in which every student is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education and become responsible citizens and community contributors.
  • Implementing a cohesive approach to recruitment, hiring, induction, development, and career growth for teachers and staff that promotes high-quality and effective practice.
  • Employing strategies to build consensus throughout the Academy community.
  • Managing the admissions process, and leading the Academy team to make admissions decisions based on a holistic review of application credentials
  • Representing Mass Academy and WPI on and off campus at professional conferences and related events
  • Cultivating relationships with local school districts, community agencies, parents, students (current and prospective), WPI faculty and Mass Academy alumni.
  • Developing a strategic plan to address recommendations from the Decennial NEASC report focusing on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in all facets of the Mass Academy community.
  • Developing a strategic plan to address recommendations from the Decennial NEASC report focusing on Student Wellness.
  • Developing a strategic plan to address recommendations from the Decennial NEASC report focusing on continued Curriculum Development.

Qualified candidates will possess a valid Massachusetts license as a Principal, a master's degree or higher with a minimum of five years' experience in administration and supervision at the high school level; curriculum development, instructional leadership, and working with high performing students and faculty, and be licensed as a Superintendent, or eligible for temporary, provisional or initial licensure as a Superintendent, which is a condition of employment no later than December 31st, 2021.

This position offers competitive compensation and an exceptional benefits package. The candidate will be member of the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement System. Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and 2 letters of recommendation. Review of candidates will commence on March 19, 2021. This position is open until filled.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI

WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI

WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.


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