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Progressive, independent K-8 school

 

The Children’s School

Head of School

“Our mission is to nurture students’ innate curiosity and love of learning through democratic practice, emergent curriculum, and hands-on projects, helping students become lifelong problem-solvers and engaged citizens.”

The Children’s School is a small, progressive, independent K-8 school focusing on nurturing academic advancement and social-emotional well-being. Our dedicated teachers use their impressive experiences and passion to co-construct authentic learning experiences with students, fostering an innate love of learning and promoting critical thinking. Our emergent curriculum promotes collaborative problem-solving and decision-making by students, who shape their projects and classrooms with the skilled facilitation of their teachers.

Job Summary

As Head of School at The Children’s School, you will lead and coordinate the actualization of our institution’s mission to foster students’ inherent curiosity and love of learning. You will serve as the visible and charismatic representative for the school, interacting daily with community members, including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and neighbors. The Children’s School is searching for an individual possessing strong leadership skills, a fervent dedication to progressive education, a commitment to its core values, and a track record of pertinent accomplishments. The Head of School will also lead and oversee the school’s fundraising activities and initiatives, including identifying potential donors and sponsors, planning and organizing events and campaigns, and cultivating a culture of giving and gratitude.

The Head of School works closely with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction (DCI) to develop and implement clear, consistent policies and procedures that support the school’s progressive-education-focused goals regarding curricular decisions and teacher development. The incoming Head of School is dedicated to social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The new Head of School must showcase a steadfast commitment to anti-racist practices, recognizing their critical importance in collaborating with The Children’s School’s diverse community.

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Key Responsibilities

● Educational Leadership

○ Demonstrate expertise in educational leadership and comprehension of progressive pedagogical principles.

○ Embody and exemplify the core values outlined in the school’s mission, ensuring consistent application throughout all school programming and decision-making.

○ Communicate with transparency to the school community, including families, teachers, and the Board of Directors, especially regarding new initiatives or changes in infrastructure.

○ Collaborate and regularly communicate with teachers and staff to ensure that academic, administrative, and other programs meet students’ needs effectively while aligning with the school’s mission and values.

● Management and Administration

○ Oversee the daily operational aspects of the business and cultivate a culture of excellence across all school domains, attaining objectives in academics, finance, and operations.

○ Guarantee clarity, consistency, and alignment of organizational policies with the school’s mission and values.

○ Lead strategic and financial planning to support the school’s long-term sustainability.

○ Support the Board of Directors and participate in committees and meetings as requested.

○ Work with the Board to develop and execute specific, actionable work plans to achieve the stated goals.

○ Work with the Business Manager in day-to-day responsibilities. ○ Follow state-wide initiatives and requirements for private schools. ● Curriculum and Instruction

○ Collaborate directly with The Director of Curriculum and Instruction and teachers to:

■ Foster professionalism, collegiality, and ethical conduct in the

faculty.

■ Provide and support the professional development of the faculty. ■ Stimulate and participate in the dialog about teaching and learning at the school.

■ Supervise the selection of curricula, class schedules, assessments, graduation requirements, and all aspects of the school’s academic program.

■ Engage in consensus-decision-making process for curricular and instructional choices.

■ Establish well-defined roles and responsibilities for all staff

members, fostering their professional growth.

■ Utilize performance reviews and growth plans to ensure that faculty and staff contribute to the school in alignment with expectations and The Children School’s mission.

■ Support the implementation of suitable mentorship or coaching opportunities as necessary.

● Student Life

○ Organize and facilitate the school’s support systems, such as social work, academic support, before- and after-school programs, health and wellness.

○ Oversee the school safety programs, including building security, emergency procedures, transportation regulations, tornado and fire drills, etc.

○ Promote a healthy student culture in and out of school.

○ Support and help to organize school gatherings, including group gatherings, performances, etc.

● Admissions

○ Oversee and support the school’s admissions operations, encompassing recruitment programs, internal marketing initiatives, external outreach efforts, website development and upkeep, information dissemination, and application process coordination, including family interviews and student visits/tours.

○ Support the admissions decision-making process with the Director of Admissions, including the school’s financial aid program administration. ● Finance

○ Comprehend and oversee the school’s financial operations, including budget development and management; monitor and report on income, expenses, investments, and cash flow; maintain accurate records; and assist the school’s auditors.

○ Collaborate with Board Treasurer and internal bookkeeper to support checks and balances of the school’s finances.

● Community Relations and Fundraising

○ Strategize and enhance the school’s fundraising initiatives, including the annual fund, capital campaigns, planned giving, and major events. ○ Oversee the school’s development initiatives by identifying, cultivating, expressing gratitude to, and communicating with past and potential donors.

○ Facilitate volunteer efforts across the community.

○ Support relationships with various stakeholders, including students and their families, faculty, staff, the Board, the community, and partners that support and enhance the school’s mission and financial sustainability.

○ Serve as the primary spokesperson of the school and actively develop new strategic partnerships.

○ Develop annual and long-term fundraising strategies; collaborate closely with the Board and development staff to successfully achieve funding goals.

○ Engage regularly with Board members to ensure alignment and effective governance related to critical decisions.

Qualifications

● A Master’s degree is preferable in a related field. At least three years of increasing leadership responsibility is preferred, ideally in an educational environment or a nonprofit organization with an educational mission. The ideal candidate will have classroom teaching and/or curriculum development experience; however, it is not required.

● Strong executive, management, and financial management skills, preferably demonstrated through experience at an organization of similar characteristics and mission.

● Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education

● Successful fundraising record from individual donors, foundations, and other non-governmental entities.

More about The Children’s School: The Children’s School currently employs 20 faculty and staff and serves up to 135 students. An 11-member Board of Directors Trustees includes current parents and faculty members. The board, faculty, and staff comprise a diverse group in terms of background, education, race, age, gender, experience, and years as members of TCS.

Preferred Start Date: April 1st, with flexibility as needed

Benefits:

● Subsidized health insurance and dental + FSA

● 403(b)

● PTO

● Professional development funds

● Paid life insurance

How to Apply: Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV or résumé, and a list of three references with contact information to The Children’s School Search Committee employment@tcsconnect.org. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will review them until the position is filled.

The Children’s School is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and internship. The Children’s School makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

To apply for this job email your details to employment@tcsconnect.org