Executive Director of ACSI Eastern Canada

Salary/Wages Position compensation to be discussed in the interview process.
Type: Full Time
Location: Remote (Eastern Canada)
Educational Requirements: See position description.
Experience Required: See position description.
Closing Date: 2024-12-01 12:00PM


The Executive Director will be a visionary, innovative, experienced Christian school leader who
will serve member schools primarily by challenging schools and school leaders to higher levels
of spiritual and academic excellence while providing ongoing school improvement
opportunities through various initiatives which will include professional development.

The Association of Christian Schools International - Eastern Canada is a professional
organization that supports Christian schools from Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova
Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. Our schools are located in both urban and
rural areas, and serve approximately 7,000 students.

Our Vision
ACSIEC seeks to raise the sights of Christian schools in Eastern Canada in order to educate,
equip, and empower students with excellence, while dynamically asserting a vibrant and
life-giving Christian worldview.

Our Missional Pillars
- Assist Christian schools of all sizes and types to grow, develop, and flourish.
- Provide best-practise support, coaching and strategies that always add value.
- Develop and sustain a growth mindset in Christian schools.
- Glorify Jesus Christ through Christian education.

Position Description
The Executive Director position of ACSIEC is responsible for the strategic leadership of the
entire organization, working with the Board of Directors. The position requires mutli-tasking to provide for the development and growth implementation of approximately 60 schools in
Eastern Canada. The fast-paced, challenging, and ever-changing landscape of Christian
education requires focus, creativity and a passion for Christian education, as well as a desire to
walk beside schools towards growth and development.

The Executive Director is no small task and it requires a person with many qualities and skills to
be successful in this position. The Executive Director of ACSIEC must pursue the mission to
strengthen all member schools and help to equip Christian educators as they prepare students
academically and inspire them.

Thank you for exploring the possibility of submitting your name as a candidate for the position
of Executive Director of ACSIEC. The Search Committee will hold the application of all
candidates in full confidentiality.

Position Qualifications
Education - Bachelor’s degree in Educational Leadership or related field, Masters degree not
required but encouraged. Ancillary qualifications are an asset (i.e.: experience as a Principal or
Christian School Principal Certification).

Experience - Minimum of 10 years of proven successful Christian school leadership in a
Canadian environment is preferred.

Attributes - Committed Christian; Love of Christian education; Integrity-driven; Conscientious;
Relationship-driven; Creative; Entrepreneurial; Organized; Motivational; Team-oriented;
Excellent communicator; Active listener; Emotionally intelligent.

Position Responsibilities
Leadership & Vision - Provide visionary strategic direction and guidance to the association,
ensuring alignment with the mission and values of Christian education. Oversee, develop, and
train a small support staff.

Administration - Oversee the day-to-day operations of the association, including member
school issues, financial issues, and human resources.

Advocacy - Serve as a spokesperson and advocate for Christian education, promoting its
importance and benefits to various stakeholders including government officials, churches,
Christian parachurch organizations, parents, and the general community.

Member School Relations - Foster strong relationships with member schools, providing support
and resources to enhance their educational programs and operations. Ensure that value is
added to their operations, governance, and development.

Professional Development - Develop and implement professional development opportunities
for educators and administrators within member schools, ensuring ongoing growth and
improvement. Professional development opportunities may take the form of seminars, sessions,
think tanks, conferences, and institutes.

Collaboration - Collaborate with other educational organizations, partner organizations, and
experts in various fields to strengthen the Christian education community and beyond, and to
promote collaboration and the sharing of best practices.

Compliance - Ensure that member schools adhere to relevant legal and regulatory
requirements as well as accreditation standards, to maintain high-quality educational standards.

Fiduciary - Develop and implement fundraising strategies to secure financial support for the
association and its programs.

Communication - Effectively communicate with the association's member school boards,
leadership, teachers, and other stakeholders through regular updates, online sessions, and

Innovation & Mission - Continuously assess the needs and trends in Christian education and
develop innovative strategies to address them, ensuring the association remains relevant and

The Executive Director is expected to serve member schools by administering the following
ACSIEC services/programs in Eastern Canada (including but not limited to):

- Develop, enact, and facilitate a strategic plan in partnership with the Board of Directors.
- Reflect and provide a Biblically-based, Christian worldview and position for the ACSIEC
Christian school movement.
- Offer effective and productive professional development to member schools as
- Be part of ACSIEC Board of Directors meetings two or three times annually to ensure
the direction and protection of the organization.
- Operate the full range of ACSIEC programming effectively and efficiently, focussing on
meeting the needs of member schools.
- Organize and present excellent annual conventions, seminars, conferences, and think
tanks for all levels of school operations (teachers, administration, and boards).
- Develop appropriate and engaging student activities to uplift a Christian worldview,
leadership, skills development, and student engagement.
- Generally promote Christian education and the philosophy of Christian school
education throughout local cities/towns, regionally, and worldwide.
- Speak at constituent events, school events, global events, and other related meetings,
conferences or meetings when requested.
- Provide appropriate and cutting edge guidance and counsel in the development of new
schools and in the operation/strategy/trouble-shooting of existing schools.
- Provide school improvement planning, leadership evaluations, and board guidance.
- Coordinate appropriate legislative efforts on behalf of ACSIEC member schools.
- Offer teacher and leadership search mechanisms for leadership and staff placements.
- Evaluate and ensure ACSIEC staff is optimizing services and priorities.
- Stay up to date on educational issues, political issues, operational issues, strategic
issues, and events related to all of the above.
- Develop new and up-to-date sample policies, handbooks, procedural pieces, and
important issues for member schools.
- Represent member schools with regional and provincial governments, government
agencies and organizations of value-add Christian associations.
- Manage the annual budget.
- Negotiate and develop value-add partnerships with vendors, suppliers, and service
providers for the benefit of member schools.
- Develop and engage with member school recruitment.
- Develop and engage in organizational fundraising to support budgets, annual projects,
and future vision.
- Develop and enhance an ACSIEC brand, website presence, communication plan, and
social media presence.
- Develop and maintain a high level of unity, optimism, and team spirit within the
organization and throughout the member school network.
- Develop and oversee policies designed to build up, grow, and enhance member
schools as appropriate and on a regular basis.

How to apply

1. Candidates should email the following documents as PDF attachments to Willie
Brownlee (Chairperson of the Search Committee) at willie.brownlee@acsiec.org:

a. A personal cover letter and resume that includes the name and contact
information of three personal references who will be contacted on your behalf.

b. A personal letter of testimony that explains God’s calling on you for this position
as well as a statement of Christian education philosophy.

c. A brief strategy statement that lists the three main components you would focus
your efforts on as Executive Director if given the opportunity.

The Search Committee will hold the application of all candidates in full confidentiality.

2. Candidates will be selected for a set of interviews. Please note that only applicants who
are selected will be contacted for interviews.