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Director General – Giant Steps School

THE ORGANIZATION

Founded in 1980, Giant Steps School is a private school recognized and subsidized in the public interest by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES). The school’s mission is to offer high-quality innovative educational and therapeutic services to our students and to support the Quebec autism community.

The school welcomes nearly a hundred students aged between 4 and 21 years old with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through preschool (4 and 5 years old), primary and secondary education programs. Students follow a ministerial program aligned with their needs. The school’s approach is highly personalized, intensive, interdisciplinary, and holistic. The school offers instruction in English and French.

Giant Steps School affirms the importance and necessity of providing equitable and appropriate opportunities for everyone, to learn and be successful. The school is committed to creating an educational environment based on mutual respect, where diversity and strengths are encouraged, and differences are respected.

Giant Steps School is looking for a leading individual to assume the responsibilities of  Director General.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Board of Directors, the role of the Director General is to ensure the proper functioning of the School at all levels. In particular, the person will have to ensure good management of the financial, material, and human resources of the organization. With the work teams in place, the leader must maintain and offer quality educational services during the school year. The person will also work closely with the Director of Development as well as the Director of the Giant Steps Foundation.

The Director General will ensure that the school’s operations meet the expectations and quality standards of the Board of Directors, the Ministry of Education, parents, funding partners and related organizations. They will develop and maintain collaborative and trusting relationships with various external partners and organizations in the health and social services, education, and higher education networks as well as with government authorities.

The Director General will ensure the establishment of operational management mechanisms, considering all facets of education, specialized care, and the inclusion of the student in the regular education network. They contribute to the review and ensure the application of the policies, programs, processes, and regulations of the School. To achieve their mission, the leader will create a positive, healthy, and productive work environment in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations. The person will coordinate the implementation, supervision and monitoring of human resources management policies, procedures, and practices. In addition to participating in the construction of the new school, they will direct and coordinate the maintenance and operation of school facilities.

 

CHALLENGES

One of the main challenges offered by this position is the construction, start-up of activities and operationalization of the future Giant Steps Autism Center, an investment of fifty million dollars, considered to be the key to a better future for the autism community in Quebec.

 

IDEAL PROFILE

  • Graduate diploma (in education, school administration or equivalent;
  • Five to ten years of experience in a similar position including school or non-profit organization management duties and experience reporting to a board of directors;
  • Experience in the field of autism (asset), teaching or intervention;
  • Experience in strategic planning and change management;
  • Demonstrated experience in team management;
  • Bringing together leadership, strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience in planning and managing budgets;
  • Knowledge of the Quebec Private Education Act;
  • Understanding of the structure and functioning of the Ministries of Education and Health;
  • Strong empathy and listening skills;
  • Service-oriented leadership;
  • Integrity;
  • Have developed a rich network of contacts in the education (specialized), health, NPO and philanthropy sectors;
  • Ability to establish and develop trusting relationships with various internal and external stakeholders;
  • Excellent oral and written skills in French and English.

 


How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: mlanzetta@optimumtalent.com. Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
A023228 (AYSO-823668) Director General – Giant Steps School - QC - Montréal (OTIAPPLY)

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