Organization: National Heritage Academies (NHA)

Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Express Interest


National Heritage Academies (NHA), one of the nation’s leading charter school management organizations, currently operates 83 schools across nine states serving over 57,000 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Founded in 1995 and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, NHA is a for-profit organization with nearly 5,000 employees. NHA’s system of schools is designed to eliminate the achievement gap and provide a public school choice to families so that their children are prepared for success. NHA has the highest renewal rate among charter schools, a key indicator of value and prominence in the market. NHA offers a rigorous and challenging curriculum designed to prepare students for high academic achievement in successive schooling environments. The NHA goal is to graduate students who have not only had the opportunity to achieve academic excellence, but who have also acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in high school, college, and beyond. A passion and dedication to the mission of serving children and partnering with communities to provide an excellent educational experience permeates the culture of the organization.

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Candidate Profile:

At NHA, we believe it is our job to ensure that our students leave us not only with a high-quality education, but also with strong moral and performance character to guide them. NHA is actively seeking a Director of Moral Focus who is passionate about improving and supporting a world-class character education program for K-8 students.

This is a new role for a dynamic and committed leader to help build a best-in-class character development program at a leading charter school management organization. Reporting directly to the Chief Academic Officer and collaborating with other NHA leaders, the Director of Moral Focus will work across all NHA schools to develop, improve, and maintain NHA’s Moral Focus curriculum, supporting its implementation and integration into the daily routines of NHA schools, teachers, and classrooms. The Director of Moral Focus will also interact regularly with NHA’s CEO as well as with the Chairman of the Board and Founder, serving as the leader of the Moral Focus Steering Committee. The ideal candidate will bring a proven track record as a teacher, dean, principal, or system leader, with expertise in character education and a strong understanding of how to develop students with moral and performance character. This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to develop a strategy and grow a department, making a broad impact by providing quality support to all NHA schools. This is a full-time role based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The key responsibilities of the Director of Moral Focus include:

  • Lead the vision and direction for creating an exemplary moral focus program for all NHA schools, including the implementation of a multi-year curriculum initiative
  • Build and lead a team of specialists and collaborate with other managers within curriculum and instruction
  • Provide training and support to NHA schools around the implementation of the moral focus curriculum; develop systems and structures to manage and measure success for key initiatives
  • Research best practices with regards to classroom culture, professional development, and student learning
  • Support the development of custom training and professional development solutions to meet each school’s individual learning needs
  • Continuously improve the content of professional development for new NHA teachers as it relates to the classroom culture competency
  • Work collaboratively with the Chief Academic Officer and other leaders to insure the development, implementation, and achievement of NHA’s goals and objectives
  • Partner with the CEO and the Chairman of the Board on designing best in class solutions for strong moral and character development, and serve as an external spokesperson for the organization
  • Partner with PrepNet Schools on the design and integration of a moral focus curriculum tailored for high school students


  • 10+ years of professional experience, including demonstrated expertise in character education and/or social emotional learning
  • Experience in K-8 education as a teacher, principal, or instructional leader
  • Leadership experience providing strategic direction to a growth-oriented organization
  • Strong business judgement and analytical skills, with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems
  • Keen analytic, organization, and problem solving skills, which support and enable sound decision making
  • Excellent coalition-building skills and a collaborative approach; ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills, with the ability to serve as a spokesperson and relationship builder for NHA
  • Passionate about the purpose and vision of NHA and belief in and exemplification of NHA’s core values
  • Bachelor’s degree required; related advanced degree preferred
  • Ability to travel occasionally

Personal Characteristics and Traits:

  • A strong understanding that the US system of education is failing children, coupled with the belief that the competitive process is the best solution for increasing performance
  • Optimistic, creative, and solutions-oriented thinker
  • Results-oriented leader capable of setting ambitious goals and working with others to achieve them
  • Sense of humor used to build relationships and to motivate and inspire a team
  • Grace under pressure and confidence through executive presence
  • Leadership and management experience, with the ability to build trust within the team and provide autonomy for actions through accountability and respect

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


National Heritage Academies has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Alena Guerra here.

National Heritage Academies is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit