Thrival Academy: Indy School Leader


Thrival Academy: Indy is an innovation public high school providing students from underserved communities access to education abroad through a program grounded in personalized learning and immersive education with cultural immersion in order to incubate young, globally-minded community leaders. Thrival Academy: Indy addresses both the challenges of equity, accessibility, and scalability in study abroad for students from underserved and underrepresented communities. We believe that international education is central to what it means to be an educated person in the 21st century and strive to make it accessible to all students in America, regardless of race or class.



The Thrival Academy: Indy School Leader leads one of the newest Innovation Network Schools in Indianapolis Public School (IPS) system. The School Leader is a visionary, dedicated, experienced educational leader who will lead and ensure the success of the Thrival Academy: Indy both locally and while abroad.



The School Leader manages the day-to day operations of Thrival Academy: Indy and is responsible for the success of the educational program. The School Leader manages the school staff and reports to the Board of Directors. In partnership with the Board, the School Leader is responsible for the success of Thrival Academy: Indy, working to ensure Thrival Academy: Indy’s faithfulness to its contract with IPS, relevance to its community, adherence to its mission and vision, and accountability to its diverse constituents.


Management and Administration

  • Provides general oversight of all activities, manages the day-to-day operations, and assures a smoothly functioning, efficient school
  • Assures program quality and school stability and sustainability through development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation
  • Assures a work environment that recruits, retains, and supports quality staff and volunteers; Assures process for selecting, developing, motivating and evaluating staff and volunteers
  • In accordance with board action, recruits personnel, negotiates professional contracts, and sees that the appropriate salary structures are maintained
  • Specifies accountabilities for staff and evaluates performance regularly
  • Ensures the school is in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations and reporting
  • Liaises with IPS to ensure students are receiving all appropriate services ( SPED, ELL, social work, health, etc.)
  • Lead the administration and monitoring of state and local standardized testing


Board management, policy-making and planning

  • Helps the board determine and short and long term goals
  • Helps the board monitor and evaluate relevance to the community, its effectiveness and its results
  • Keeps the board fully informed on the condition of the school and on all other important factors influencing it
  • Identifies problems and opportunities and addresses them; brings those which are appropriate to the board and/or its committees; facilitates discussion and deliberation
  • Informs the board and its committees about trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policy-making
  • Recommends policy positions
  • Keeps informed of developments in public education reform,
  • Participates actively in identifying, cultivating and soliciting donor prospects


Academic Oversight

  • Provide leadership and direction to teachers for the instructional program, commensurate with the requirements of the Indiana Department of Education, the Board of School Commissioners, and the educational needs of the students
  • Develops and manages performance of the teachers, instituting accountability systems to ensure that school goals are met and exceeded
  • Develops and leads process for assessing the needs of the instructional program, planning, implementing and evaluating short and long-term academic goals
  • Serves as the instructional leader for the school; observing and coaching all teachers
  • Supervises the processes for recruitment, selection, initial training, ongoing professional development, and evaluation of teachers and staff


Culture & Discipline

  • Develops and leads implementation of school culture plans
  • Develops and enforces student discipline code of conduct
  • Implements the building safety plan and ensure building is supervised at all times students are present


Community Relations

  • Oversees community & family engagement; communicates effectively with all families
  • Facilitates the integration of the school into the fabric of the community by using effective marketing and communications activities
  • Act as an advocate, within the public and private sectors, for issues relevant to the school, its services, and constituencies
  • Listens to scholars, parents, volunteers, donors, and the community in order to improve services and generate community involvement; Assures community awareness of the school’s response to community needs
  • Serves as a chief spokesperson, ensuring proper representation of the school to the community
  • Initiates, develops, and maintains local partnerships in serves of the school’s mission




Professional Experience

  • Experience with instructional leadership/coaching
  • Experience with school-wide instructional design at the high school level, with a deep knowledge of the Indiana State Standards
  • Experience with blended learning, competency-based instruction, and personalized learning (preferably Summit Basecamp)
  • Proven track-record of student achievement with clear, quantifiable student gains, at least 7 years
  • Experience in urban education, preferably Indianapolis
  • Experience training, leading, managing, and assessing educators toward a shared vision, outcome, or goal; experience building strong, high-functioning teams; experience with distributive leadership
  • Experience fostering the academic, social, and emotional well-being of students
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize both qualitative and quantitative data to inform decision making
  • Experience working with diverse populations of students and families
  • Effective oral and written communication with diverse stakeholders with a keen strength for developing strong interpersonal relationships, problem solving, decision making, and resolving differences of perspective
  • Master’s Degree and/or valid state administrative or educational leadership license



  • Embodies the mission, vision and values of Thrival Academy: Indy
  • Committed, in belief and action, to equity and diversity, with a strong social justice and culturally responsive youth development mindsets
  • Committed, in belief and action, to the Thrival Academy: Indy educational model (i.e. global education; immersive, real world learning; project-based learning; personalized instruction)
  • Understands that that all students are talented and capable of high level academic achievement and non-cognitive growth given the appropriate supports and resources
  • Embraces ambiguity with enthusiasm and is excited by the opportunity to lead an innovative school; perseveres in the face of setbacks and challenges
  • Empathetic, thoughtful, respectful, and responsive to both the Indy community and to the international community
  • Innovative and creative with a desire to build something new
  • Committed to co-constructing the school alongside Indy students, families and the Thrival team
  • A responsive and adaptive team player; unbound by formal titles and willing to roll up sleeves to ensure student, teacher, and staff needs are met, particularly during the overseas portion of the year



    • Salary and benefits commensurate with role and experience


  • Living expenses covered while abroad (room and board, meals, transportation)
  • Roundtrip airfare for required international travel


  • Passport and visa fees



We are seeking creative, passionate, committed educators to help launch this innovative new program. We are an equal opportunity employer and we strive for our team to reflect that diversity of the communities that we work with. As a school serving the Indy community, we particularly welcome applications from Indianapolis natives.

To apply, complete the TAI Application for Employment.


We are strongly committed to hiring a multicultural staff that is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status and/or disability. In particular, we seek to employ a staff that reflects the diversity of our student body. Reasonable accommodations will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).