Established in 1977 the Miami Learning Experience School (MLE), is a private non-profit school for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As one of the leading schools in South Florida, MLE’s operates its various programs on a lush 3.5 acre campus in the heart of South Miami. With a budget of approximately $2.3M, MLE currently serves 110 individuals with varying disabilities from age 5 through adulthood.
MLE practices sequential, theory-based, developmentally appropriate instruction at each level of a child or adult's life. Carefully planned and individualized programs of learning in a safe and secure environment prevent secondary disabilities and expand each student's growth and abilities. As a collective and powerful unit, the administration, faculty, students, and families continue to create history and build a bridge into a rich and meaningful tomorrow:
MLE believes that:
Research and experience clearly indicate that developmentally disabled individuals have vast potential. The Miami Learning Experience School fosters intellectual and emotional growth through personal care and attention, carefully developed programs, and objectives that can help achieve milestones. In an atmosphere of trust and dedication, MLE seeks the active learning of all students.
MLE believes that all children with developmental disabilities have the potential for learning and that all adults with developmental disabilities can step out into the community and be as independent as possible. MLE promotes and strives to achieve meaningful life experiences for its students; to encourage academic, social/emotional growth, confidence, and general overall development of wellness for all children and adults with special needs.
The school upholds a commitment in three pillars of strength for individuals with disabilities during their infant to adult life cycle: academics, independence and community involvement. The school's strategic plan promotes new and meaningful community-wide relationships.
Please visit the school website at www.thelearningexperienceschool.org to learn more about their programs.
As the chief professional officer of MLE and reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will ensure that school is properly equipped and staffed to accomplish its mission of creating an environment that encourages individualized academic, social, and emotional growth for all children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Professional leadership is the integral component of the position. The Executive Director must have the ability to mobilize others towards excellence in both thought and action. Knowledge and expertise in organizational planning, communications, operations, and management, as well as a strong entrepreneurial vision, are important to the success of this individual.
S/he is expected to be a leader and resource to the Board and staff in addressing organizational opportunities and challenges. The Executive Director must display the leadership capacity to institute policies and procedures necessary to the effective management of the school.
The Executive Director must be a strong communicator in groups and with individuals, able to interpret issues clearly, and effectively persuade others in a manner that leads to agreement and action. It is also incumbent upon the Executive Director to ensure that policies are appropriately communicated to multiple audiences (faculty, parents, community, Board, funders, etc.).
It is expected that the Executive Director will play a highly visible role in the community as the primary voice to government officials, media, donors, community leaders, parent groups and other supporters. The Executive Director will be tasked with leading the effort to enhance MLE’s reputation in the region as a premier school for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Expected outcomes from these activities will result in increased enrollment, greater levels of community engagement, and rise in public and private financial support of its activities.
Lastly, as the chief professional officer, the Executive Director is responsible for the sound management of the school as it relates to ensuring:
Community Development and Fundraising
Student Recruitment and Admissions
Finance and Administration
Board & Volunteer Development
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