Sacramento Country Day School, the regional leader in PK-12th grade independent school education, seeks an experienced and enthusiastic educator to lead the Middle School starting on July 1, 2018.
Founded as an independent school in 1964, Sacramento Country Day School has thrived over the past five decades. Country Day’s mission “inspires intellectual discovery and engages a diverse community to think critically, live creatively, and act compassionately.” Our school offers students the best of a great education, including an innovative and rigorous academic program, excellence in the arts, competitive athletic programs, and a nurturing, caring, and inclusive community.
Located in the capital of California, and roughly equidistant between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, Sacramento is often cited as one of the country’s most diverse and inclusive cities. Country Day proudly reflects our city; nearly 40% of our student body identify as people of color.
Country Day is an independent, coeducational college preparatory school with 460 students across fourteen grades, and the Middle School serves roughly 150 students in 6th-8th grade. The next Middle School Head inherits a supportive and successful program that is poised to embark on a new and exciting stage of growth and advancement. Middle School students are inspired and supported by twenty-two faculty and staff members, who are all focused on the academic, emotional, and social growth of their students.
This is a full-time, 12-month position that reports to the Head of School. The Middle School Head oversees all aspects of the division from vision to specific details. The Middle School Head is responsible for providing support and guidance for our faculty and staff, as well as parents and families, in an environment that values education as a partnership.
The successful candidate will have Middle School teaching and administrative experience, preferably at an independent school or similar institution. Successful candidates will demonstrate outstanding communication skills, strong partnerships with parents and families, and they will approach their work with energy, humor, and a positive outlook. Interest in and/or experience with service learning and social emotional wellness are a definite plus. This is a great opportunity for someone seeking a new leadership opportunity in a dynamic and supportive environment.
Responsibilities: The Middle School Head will
Maintain congruency between the school’s board-approved mission statement and all activities of the division.
Act as the educational leader of the school division, responsible for its day-to-day operation.
Work with other members of the School’s Administrative Group to develop, organize, and coordinate the Middle School’s programs, events, and activities.
Be a visible presence in all areas of the Middle School.
Foster communication among faculty, parents, and students of the Middle School.
Oversee student disciplinary issues.
Supervise the Middle School budget.
Be responsible for recruitment, hiring, development, and professional growth of the Middle School faculty and staff.
Serve as liaison between the Parents’ Association and the Middle School.
Conduct regular Middle School faculty meetings, researching and suggesting items for the agenda.
Develop, review, and edit the Middle School Curriculum Guide and Handbook.
Serve as a member of the Administrative Team, Division Heads Team and one other committee reflective of interest and expertise.
Assist in the admission process and evaluation of applicants for enrollment.
Prepare and/or oversee a master class schedule and to assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations.
Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred), a clear commitment to independent school education, strong communication skills both written and spoken, demonstrated interpersonal, organizational and managerial skills, high energy, flexibility, warmth with students, a sense of humor, and a desire to join a collaborative team.
Salary and benefits are competitive with other independent schools. Please send a cover letter, statement of educational philosophy, and a current resume with 3-5 references to Tucker Foehl, Assistant Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org.