Executive Director, Fairwold Academy (PHMC)

Public Health Management Corporation
Philadelphia, PA

The Public Health Management Corporation of Philadelphia seeks an Executive Director to lead Fairwold Academy, a school for the most marginalized students in the educational system, to new heights of integrated excellence.

Fairwold Academy provides high-quality, comprehensive academics within a therapeutic framework for special needs students. Its two schools—Approved Private School (APS) and SPIRIT—integrate Pennsylvania state standards while serving students facing a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and intellectual challenges. The Academy’s holistic and resolutely research-driven approach to education—with an emphasis on family, community, and school-district involvement—gives students the continuity and customized coordination of services they need and deserve to lead productive, fulfilling lives.

Fairwold Academy, formerly known as Wordsworth Academy, became a part of Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) in January 2018. PHMC has a 45-year history of delivering high-quality, evidence-based health, human, and social services to more than 350,000 clients at 70 locations throughout the Delaware Valley. The new structure offers an opportunity to combine PHMC’s resources and organizational sophistication with Academy staff members’ knowledge and experience to make Fairwold a broadly-recognized innovator in special education.

The new Executive Director will lead the pursuit of this opportunity, providing visionary and operational leadership for all educational services and serving as a primary liaison between PHMC’s senior leaders and the Academy’s programmatic team of teachers, mental health professionals, and therapists.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum of 8 to 10 years of experience leading special education services within a school or school district environment.
  • Master’s degree in Education with certification in Special Education for Pennsylvania.
  • Experience leading from an organization-wide perspective, including change management, goal setting, planning, and resource mobilization.
  • Commitment to trauma-informed behavior model.
  • Inclination to collect and interpret data, attend to patterns in details, and use data for informed decision-making.
  • Highly collaborative, with an open-door policy and commitment to accessibility.
  • Ability to meet all regulatory agency requirements and PHMC policies, including FBI, child abuse, criminal, medical, and other clearances.