Job Description

Cottonwood Valley Charter School, located in Socorro, New Mexico, is in the process of identifying and selecting a new administrator to start in the 2022-2023 school year, beginning July 1. The chosen candidate will direct and lead an exciting K-8 school of 170 students situated in the heart of a small, rural, diverse and vibrant community that includes a distinguished research university.

The Cottonwood Valley Charter School Administrator shall be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the School, and may have teaching duties. In addition, the Administrator shall represent Cottonwood Valley Charter School at professional meetings, at community events, and in any other capacity to support the role of the School in the community. The Administrator will, with input from parents, faculty, and the Governing Council, be responsible for the supervision and evaluation of all teaching staff in the school. The Administrator shall work closely with faculty members to ensure their educational and professional needs are met in regards to their employment with the School.

Essential Functions

  • Supervises the development, implementation and maintenance of school policies and procedures.

  • Supervises the coordination and implementation of CVCS instructional program and ancillary and operational support programs and assists in their development.

  • Monitors school activities and policies for adherence to all district, state and federal regulations.

  • Assesses appropriateness of school services and programs.

  • Involves staff, students, parents and the community in contributing directly to the development of the school.

  • Evaluates the work of the school staff following school policies and procedures and provides reports as required.

  • Provides or cooperates in staff member recognition or problem remediation as requested.

  • Aids in the development and coordination of the CVCS Professional Development Plan.

  • Conducts staff meetings.

  • Responsible for recruitment and selection of applicants for school positions.

  • Establishes programs and communication procedures to encourage committee participation, student organizations, community support and extra-curricular activities.


  • Complies with state-approved Code of Ethics of the Education Profession and upholds and enforces rules, administrative directives and regulations, Governing Council policies, and local, state and federal regulations.

  • Articulates and facilitates the implementation of the CVCS Mission and Goals and Objectives.

  • Safeguards confidentiality of privileged information.

  • Shares responsibility for the supervision and care of school inventory, proper and safe use of facilities, equipment and supplies, and reports safety hazards.

  • Maintains professional relationships and works cooperatively with the staff, the Governing Council and the community.

  • Maintains professional competence through professional development.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Training and Experience

All applicants are required to possess or exceed the following education, training, or experience:

  • Appropriate advanced degree

  • New Mexico Level IIIA license or higher

  • Possess or willingness to obtain a New Mexico administrative licensure within one year of hire

  • Prior experience in school leadership role as an administrator/principal or head instructor

Required Professional Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

All applicants are required to possess or exceed the following qualifications, skills, and abilities:

  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities

  • Willingness to work with a governing council comprised of parents and community members

  • Ability to develop positive and supportive relationships with students in grade levels K through 8

  • Willingness to develop and maintain positive relationships with diverse family populations

  • Ability to create and maintain an outstanding school culture for students and staff

  • Ability to learn, adapt and adjust to changes in educational requirements

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Desire to work in a fluid, dynamic work environment

  • Ability to multi-task and problem solve

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LEA Business Manager

Department: Finance

Reports to: Administrator, Governing Council

Cottonwood Valley Charter School is a highly successful K-8 school with a 20+ year track record, 170 students, and 25 full-time staff.

Position is responsible for all ongoing accounting and financial activities for the Charter School, including maintaining integrity and accuracy of the General Ledger; budget preparation and monitoring; preparation of monthly and annual financial reports, including annual audit; grant accounting and montoring; payroll preparation, including all Federal, State, and benefit reports; cash flow management; monthly reporting to Governing Council and local School District Board.

Education and / or Experience:

-- Bachelor Degree with concentration in accounting required

-- Minimum of 3 years of progressive accounting responsibilities including budgeting

--NM PED Professional School Business Official License

--NM General Services Department Chief Procurement Officer Certification

--QuickBooks software expertise

Educational Assistant (3 open positions: K-8 & SPED)

  • Helping Teachers with lesson preparation, including collecting materials and setting up equipment

  • Reviewing lessons or lectures with students on a one-on-one basis or in small groups

  • Supervising students in class, between classes and during recreation periods and field trips

  • Tracking attendance, grading assignments and calculating grades

  • Giving extra help to students who need special accommodations or are struggling with a concept

  • Assisting students with special learning requirements, including disabilities or English as a second language students

  • Attending faculty meetings and parent conferences

  • Collaborating with the Teacher to identify students’ issues

  • Observing state, school and class rules and regulations

  • Proficient in Google Applications including email, docs, and sheets.

(K-8) Physical Education & Health Teacher (8)

Job Summary

Responsible for creating a classroom environment that fosters, promotes and develops an understanding of the relationship of healthy body function and exercise; that motivates each student to cultivate physical fitness, and appropriate social and emotional adjustment; that discovers and develop talents of students in physical achievement; and that develops strength, skill, agility, poise, and coordination in individual, dual and team physical activities and sports, in accordance with each student’s ability.

Essential Duties

1. Teaches knowledge and skills in physical fitness, health education, rhythms and dance, and individual, dual or team sports, utilizing curriculum designated by Newport News Public Schools and other appropriate learning activities.

2. Instructs students in citizenship and basic subject matter specified in state law and administrative regulations and procedures of New Mexico Public Schools.

3. Works cooperatively with other physical education teachers in planning and implementing a balanced physical education program.

4. Analyzes, demonstrates, and explains basic skills, knowledge and strategies of formal sports, games, rhythms, and fundamentals of body movement.

5. Develops lesson plans and supplementary materials compatible with the division’s basic instructional philosophy and congruent with course and SOL standards; provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student and subgroups of students.

6. Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior to provide an orderly, productive environment in the physical education areas.

7. Provides appropriate safety instruction and makes safety checks on equipment and field areas to ensure the overall safety of students.

8. Evaluates academic and social growth of students, prepares report cards, and keeps appropriate records to include attendance reports, checklists, census forms, and other recordkeeping activities as necessary.

9. Maintains control of storage and use of school property.

10. Evaluates each student’s growth in physical skills, knowledge and contribution in team sports.

11. Communicates with parents and school counselors on student progress.

12. Supervises students in out of classroom activities during the assigned working day.

13. Administers testing in accordance with division testing practices.

14. Models non discriminatory practices in all activities. (These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

Other Duties

1. Maintains professional competence by attending staff development programs, curriculum development meetings and other professional activities.

2. Participates in various student and parent activities which occur in school including PTA, student clubs and after-school activities.

3. Creates an effective learning environment through functional and attractive displays, bulletin boards, and activity/learning centers.

4. Performs any other related duties as assigned by the Principal or other appropriate administrator.

Job Specifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified, to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required)

Must possess a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in education or a related field and meet the New Mexico Department of Education licensure eligibility requirements to teach physical education.

Must be eligible for, or in possession or an appropriate New Mexico teaching license.

Must possess the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, parents, and the public.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Must have the ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; exhibit manual dexterity to dial a telephone, to enter data into a computer; to see and read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids; hear and understand speech at normal classroom levels, outdoors and on the telephone; speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in normal classrooms, outdoors and on the telephone; physical agility to lift up to 25 pounds to shoulder height and 50 pounds to waist height; and to bend, stoop, sit on the floor, climb stairs, walk and reach overhead.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties are normally performed in a school/classroom environment. Duties may be occasionally performed on field trips away from school. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Substitutes Needed

Substitute positions are open for K-8 grade teachers. Background checks and a substitute license application through NMPED along with training and classroom observations are required prior to hiring. Applications for Substitutes can be found online at under Jobs.

Please call 575-838-2026 for more information.

*All subs need to have a background check and a NMPED Substitute Teacher's license.

Please stop by the principal's office and pick up an application or download one below.

Click here to download job application.

Please call 575-838-2026 or email for more information.

Applications may be mailed to

Cottonwood Valley Charter School

P.O. Box 1829

Socorro NM 87801

or come by the CVCS office at 201 Neel Avenue.