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Early Childhood and Elementary Head

Capitol Hill Day School is a progressive, coeducational day school in Washington DC, for approximately 225 students in Pre-Kindergarten-8th grade. The School strives to nurture children’s academic, social, emotional, physical, and creative growth. Capitol Hill Day School teachers understand child development, recognize the value of play, and create learning communities where children form healthy relationships and take risks. True to its progressive roots, Capitol Hill Day School is a forward-thinking community, preparing students for the future.

At Capitol Hill Day School, learning is challenging, engaging, playful, and relevant to the real world. Students learn across subjects with an experiential curriculum that integrates not only academic subjects, but also the arts, physical education, service learning, and technology. Through an extensive field education program, students take part in experiences beyond the classroom related to topics of study. Teachers collaborate with each other in developing, planning, and implementing curriculum; school-wide, they create a spirit of camaraderie through their interactions with students, parents, and other members of the staff. Also essential to the life of the school is it’s strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), ensuring that students from varying backgrounds, cultures, and learning styles learn from and with each other. At Capitol Hill Day School the commitment to ensuring that every child knows and feels a sense of belonging forms the core of the classroom community. Capitol Hill Day School educators respect the needs and identities of each individual while teaching children how to become caring, engaged members of the group.

Capitol Hill Day School students graduate with a love of learning, strong critical thinking abilities, an understanding of important ideas, and a healthy sense of self. Students develop deep respect for their community and for diversity in all its forms.

Position Purpose:  The Early Childhood and Elementary Head supervises two distinctive and innovative programs that are integral parts of the entire school. The Early Childhood and Elementary Head is a collaborative leader who is responsible for all curricular and non-curricular activities involving students, faculty, and parents in the early childhood and elementary grades. Reporting to the Head of School the Early Childhood and Elementary Head is an instructional leader with a background in and passion for progressive education and a strong commitment to the Capitol Hill Day School’s mission and philosophy of teaching and learning. To ensure a cohesive PK-8 program and a school-wide commitment to mission and philosophy, the Early Childhood and Elementary Head actively works with other school administrators.

Essential duties and responsibilities of the Early Childhood and Elementary Head include, but are not limited to:

  • Act as the educational leader of the early childhood and elementary programs, responsible for day-to-day operation and, in collaboration with the Head of School, strategic direction.
  • Maintain congruence between the Capitol Hill Day School’s mission and philosophy and all early childhood and elementary program activities.
  • Function as the chief articulator of the programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed.
  • Coordinate the development and ongoing review of early childhood and elementary curriculum, including for horizontal and vertical alignment.
  • Work alongside the DEI Coordinator to continue fostering the integration of DEI in all aspects of classroom life.
  • In coordination with faculty, facilitate the management of routine school matters as well as nurturing a culture that stimulates ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
  • Encourage, guide, and plan for professional development and performance management of teachers.
  • Participate in the early childhood and elementary admission process—helping to lead tours, host visitors, evaluate applications, write articles for School publications.
  • Collaborate with the Head of School for recruitment of new teaching staff.
  • Coordinate with the Student Support Team in helping to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of students.
    Be a visible presence in all areas of the School.

Qualifications for the position:

The Early Childhood and Elementary Head must have highly developed leadership, collaborative, and interpersonal skills, and must relate well with young children and adults. The Early Childhood and Elementary Head must have proven and successful experience demonstrating the ability to lead and manage a progressive school program. Specific requirements include:

  • Exceptional knowledge of and commitment to a progressive philosophy of education
  • Understanding of child development
  • Teaching experience at the early childhood and/or elementary levels
  • Experience leading a team to oversee an educational program, carry out a vision, and/or implement an initiative
  • Outstanding communication skills, including: writing, speaking, listening, planning, and organizing
  • Strong academic credentials, including an advanced degree and a growth mindset
  • Personal and professional qualities including friendly demeanor, sense of humor, high standards, flexibility, and ability to work both individually and collaboratively

Differences in religion, socio-economic status, racial and cultural heritage, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression create the opportunity for people to learn from each other as they learn with each other. As such, Capitol Hill Day School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, termination, compensation, and training.


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