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Bdote Learning Center Director

Minnesota Association-Charter

This is a Full-time position in Minneapolis, MN posted March 2, 2021.

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Job Description

The Bdote Learning Center Director will demonstrate the mindsets and commitment that high-performing school leaders must possess including an urgent focus on results, commitment to data-driven decision-making, a whatever it takes mindset, and belief that every child can learn. The Director role requires a deep personal responsibility on the part of the leader for the school’s academic success and operational integrity as an indigenous language immersion school.

The Bdote Learning Center Director will report directly to the Bdote Board of Directors. They will be responsible for the overall performance, organizational management, school culture, and achievement of all goals and measures in the school’s contract with the authorizer and its compact with the community. All instructional and academic support staff will report directly to the Director. The Director and Board share responsibility for the school’s long-term viability.


Strong organizational skills; careful attention to detail and follow-through

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Strong communication and negotiating skills

Ability to lead a team

Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships

Ability to create, monitor, and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency

Passion for student academic success and indigenous language revitalization

Minimum Education Level: Master’s Degree in Education, Doctorate preferred.

Background and Experience:

Teaching license required; Administrative license preferred

A minimum of 5 years of successful experience in a school leadership position; charter school experience preferred

Knowledge of and experience working with the American Indian community

Expertise in language immersion instruction preferred

Familiarity with the Dakota or Ojibwe language

Experience and expertise in the hiring and supervision of staff

Experience and expertise in board development

Demonstrated experience establishing and nurturing partnerships

Prior successful experience managing a school budget

Excellent verbal and written communications skills and knowledge and facility with various computer applications including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Institution Description

Bdote Learning Center is a K-8th Grade Ojibwe and Dakota language immersion charter school that opened in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the fall of 2014. The mission of Bdote Learning Center is to develop culturally aware, successful, high performing students by providing them with an academically rigorous education that is place-based and rooted in the language and cultures of indigenous people. A goal of the school is to expand to serve high school students in the future.

Bdote is committed to unleashing the brilliance in every student, but especially those students from groups that have historically been failed by the education system. Toward this end, the school has incorporated many innovative features designed to enhance student learning, and build strong connections with families and the community including the following:

Students receive 90% of academic instruction in Ojibwe or Dakota languages

School envisioned, developed, and governed by American Indian community members

Experiential, interdisciplinary learning opportunities

Individual learning plan for every student focused on postsecondary preparation and language fluency

Educational compact signed with every family

Year round, extended-day school calendar

Place-based education that immerses students in learning through the local history, culture, geography, environment, and people of the area and provides learning beyond the walls of the school

Flexible scheduling including days of core instruction followed by intercessions to provide opportunities for enrichment and remediation

Active and engaged community partners to extend and broaden learning opportunities for students

Ojibwe and Dakota Language tables for parents and school staff.

Application Instructions/Comments

Send cover letter outlining your qualifications, commitment to language immersion, and passion for our language revitalization mission, references, and resume to the following e-mail address: Applications accepted until position filled. Preference given to applications received before March 31, 2021.

To apply for this job, please contact the person listed.

MN Association of Charter Schools
161 St. Anthony Avenue, Suite 1000
St. Paul, MN 55103
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