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Vice President of Schools - Florida (23-24)

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School Year: 2023-2024
Location: Tampa Bay Regional Office
Region: Tampa Bay, FL
Category: Headquarters
Job Type: Full-Time


Florida VP Schools

Position Overview:

The Vice President of Schools (VPS) is a senior member of the regional leadership cabinet, directly managing a portfolio of schools, principals, and initiatives that impact the education of future graduates.  The Vice President of Schools is responsible for the superior performance of schools in the regional portfolio. 

S/he is a skilled manager and team leader with exemplary instructional and coaching acumen. Our Vice Presidents of Schools are the senior instructional leaders in the region – supporting the technical skill building, continuous improvement, and impressive results of schools academically, culturally, and in human capital practices. The VPS is driven by goals and uses data in making decisions, providing in-depth monitoring of regional performance metrics and producing compelling plans to motivate and inspire others to act and share investment in achieving operating outcomes. S/he can both build and execute strategy, motivate others to make change, and invest and build relationships with other business partners to support the ambitious academic outcomes of our schools. The VPS has a keen attention to detail and can also see the big picture.  Our Vice President of Schools focus on building management capacity and ensure that all of our regional leaders are well equipped and on track to meet goals, additionally they are able to plan to reallocate resources as appropriate to meet the needs of the region.

This is a grant funded position and funding may be extended. A grant-funded position has no guarantee of ongoing and indefinite employment. All duties and responsibilities tied to this position are allowable and allocable to the grant.

Location: This is a full-time position located in Florida. Preference will be given to candidates who live in Jacksonville or Tampa, or who are willing to relocate. Please note that the Florida VP of Schools has a multi-region portfolio, with schools in both Tampa and Jacksonville. Frequent travel between the two regions will be required and covered within the regional budget.


Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $130,000 and $165,000, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications and in alignment with internal equity. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on team performance and goal attainment. 

Additionally, we offer medical, dental, vision, and supplemental benefits as well as retirement plans and a generous vacation package. You can find more information about our benefits at


* IDEA may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.


In this role you will:

  • Develop and maintain a culture in which all students are expected to go to and graduate from college
  • Communicate these expectations to all students, families, and other key stakeholders regularly and ensure targeted follow-up with all seniors until they officially matriculate
  • Ensure that 50% of IDEA seniors are accepted to Tier I/II colleges or universities 
  • Develop and support a culture in which all students are expected to go to and graduate from college
  • Engage IDEA alumni throughout their college career, but particularly in their first two years in college to ensure they remain enrolled
  • 100% of schools implement high quality curriculum leading to academic gains, including but not limited to: Direct Instruction, AP for All, Critical Student Intervention.
  • Vocalize significance of attendance compliance procedures and ensure/monitor they are followed at every campus
  • Manage healthy adult and student school culture, resulting in positive organizational health results, employee retention, student persistence, and family feedback (assessed informally).
  • Develop school administrators into transformational individuals who can lead their campuses
  • Retain 85% of all Principals and 95% of high-performing Principals.
  • Ensure high-quality talent review process at least twice per year for teachers and for leaders
  • Represent school when approving, guiding, providing feedback, or collaborating with HQ partners around district initiatives, policies, and systems.
  • Successfully leverage key relationships in 100% of functional areas, to ask for feedback and provide guidance for both campuses and HQ partners.
  • Accurately differentiate initiatives for 100% of schools, fostering innovation through earned autonomy and leader collaboration.
  • With ED, coordinate with, develop and provide feedback to ensure 100% of goals are met for campus partners
  • Manage and develop, often in coordination with partner principal on campus, the Assistant Principal of Operations, SIS Coordinator, Academic Counselor
  • Analyze student achievement data to identify trends and strategize approaches to improve instruction
  • Facilitate exceptional student achievement through supporting campus-based instructional coaching


You will be responsible for leading your team to meet the following ambitious goals:

  1. Schools will achieve or maintain a school grade of B or higher.
  2. 100% of IDEA seniors are accepted and matriculate to college in the fall after their senior year
  3. 25% of IDEA alumni graduate from college in 4 years; 55% of IDEA alumni graduate from college in 6 years
  4. Schools meet all Academic Goals.
  5. Schools attain the regional Average Daily Attendance goals.

Required Experience:

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s preferred
  • Experience: 3+ years of teaching experience; 5+ years of successful school leadership (principal or higher)  experience
  • 3+ years of school leadership experience in Floridahighly preferred
  • Expertise in Florida accountability systems and compliancehighly preferred
  • Proven track record of achieving success and of leading others through cycles of change

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At IDEA we recognize that racism, bias, and privilege exist in society. We are committed to an organizational culture that promotes awareness and inclusivity for our students and staff, and supports their path to positively impact our broader society. We are committed to recognizing the impact of racism and privilege, and commit as an organization to have equitable practices, policies, and structures.  Visit to learn about IDEA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Anti-Racist and Anti-Bias commitment.

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