Regents School of Austin is seeking a Head of School of Grammar for the 2018-2019 school year.
In recognition of the calling as a Christian school, excellent leadership must guide Regents programs in a way that is within the framework of the stated mission, objectives, practices, and policies. The work of the Head of School of Grammar (HSOG) must be conducted in a way that celebrates the school’s founding principles, and seeks for these principles to be animated in today’s contemporary context. Wise educational leadership will execute the strategic plans in a way that educates children, partners with parents, leads teachers and models this form of education to many other schools. As a member of the Senior Staff team, the HSOG works with the leadership structure to fulfill the objectives. In addition to the families of Regents, the HSOG will serve as a model of leadership for many other schools.
Consequently, the successful candidate for Head of School of Grammar at Regents will possess the following:
A deep commitment to, and personal understanding of, the principles of a classical education and a Christian worldview.
A passion and commitment to children, and true excitement around the plans that God has for each of them.
A high level of personal integrity and work ethic in leadership roles that in-spires emulation by other employees who see the candidate as a great role model.
The leadership and motivation to drive wise decisions and action with limited management oversight.
A unique strength in understanding risk, as developed through both natural disposition and a broad and deep range of relevant experiences: the capacity to pick up on nuance and details to identify areas of potential risk, both small and large: the foresight to design and manage risk systems.
Demonstrated skill and expertise in curriculum and curriculum delivery, reflecting both knowledge and passion for teaching, implemented in a way that creates a healthy and effective educational environment.
Dedication to the idea that educating the heart (character) is as important as educating the mind, as demonstrated by the ability to lead the development of character and right actions across the student body and teaching faculty.
The ability to articulate an effective curricular and cultural vision for the school, to tie those objectives to grade-level execution, and to tangibly demonstrate subsequent curricular and cultural successes for the entire Regents community.
Demonstrated skill at building an ongoing talent pipeline to sustain the school through attracting, recruiting, and hiring highly effective teachers.
Demonstrated effectiveness in mentoring and developing individual teachers and grade-level teams that contribute to the lives of children, their educational attainment, their parents, and the overall goals of the school.
The demonstrated ability to create human systems and organizational supports that align people and empower and enable teachers to reach increasing levels of effectiveness in student results.
An acknowledgement that a larger student body creates higher complexity and administrative requirements: a high comfort level with technology and a desire to leverage it effectively to reduce administrative burdens on teachers, to leverage shared knowledge across the school, and to increase effectiveness with students.
A strong desire to take risks by constantly accomplishing small wins and learning from experience.
A desire to be on the "front line" of issues by working directly with key initiatives.
A demonstrated skill in connecting community values with aligned and successful actions.
An envisioning ability to imagine an exciting and attainable future at the school: an ability to enlist other colleagues and volunteers into the vision of the school.
A thorough understanding of the unique and valuable role that parents play in a K-12 single campus Christian school: the ability, willingness and wisdom to channel that asset into tremendous benefit.
A collaborative spirit that includes others in the advancement of the school through shared partnerships.
A demonstrated leadership style that enables other to act through winsomeness and goodwill and humor.
A natural propensity to celebrate the achievements of the school so that others are inspired to be involved.
The Head of School of Grammar is responsible leading and maintaining the Grammar division at Regents while providing ample practical approaches to furthering the mission of the school, including, but not limited to:
Lead the culture of the school to effectively and gracefully align with Regents core values:
Demonstrate a spiritual maturity that exudes a confidence in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior who redeemed mankind and this world that He created.
Lead in the handling of people as image bearers who are on this earth in order to be active kingdom builders.
Advance the Classical, Christian model it is manifested at Regents.
Embrace the spiritual dimensions of the vibrant Christian culture that is represented by over one hundred churches amongst its families.
Lead the teaching faculty to academic excellence, an outstanding culture, and high job satisfaction:
Actively participate in, and provide strong insight into, the curricular goals and objectives for all subjects in the Classical, Christian model at Regents.
Objectively assess the effectiveness of curriculum and delivery in order to maintain excellence.
Apply cogent discernment in regard to increased effectiveness in pedagogy based on its model.
Refine the school’s ability to assess the voices of teachers as the implementers of the educational model so that collaboration is harmonized toward achieving higher student achievement.
Drive for new and creative ways to better support and assist the teachers in their classroom objectives.
Utilize evaluation and coaching systems that direct specific attention to improving each teacher as an individual professional so that students are able to learn and teachers are set up to thrive.
Foster and strengthen a faculty culture that emits a true sense of advocacy for each child, and deliver a set of tools/information that makes it easier for teachers to personally connect with each child/family.
Lead with a skill that creates winsomeness in and among both of the grade-level teams.
Establish a strong and ongoing talent pipeline and a well-understood recruiting process that delivers highly effective teaching candidates for open positions.
Lead in the ongoing, evolving conversation regarding life span development and educational psychology as it applies to Regents.
Embrace the complexity of assessing and advising in regard to all aspects of learning disabilities in a school that, by policy, does not offer learning disability modification.
Provide high-level insight into all aspects of the school being in compliance with age appropriateness.
Partner with parents and teachers in relation to learning difficulties that may or may not be able to be harmonized with the educational program.
Lead the school to operational excellence:
Oversee effective student flow outside of the classroom including but, not limited to, carpool, safety, lunchtime, recess field trips, events, and all other gatherings of students outside of the classroom.
Provide expert oversight into managing the financial obligations and budget forecasts of the division in a way that fosters interdependence with the rest of the Senior Staff Team (Head of School, Head of School of Rhetoric, Head of School of Logic, Athletic Director, Director of Fine Arts, Director of Human Resources, Director of Operations, Director of Advancement CTO, and CFO).
Effectively advance cohesion between the different divisions, including students, faculty and administration.
The successful Head of School of Grammar candidate will have experience and expertise in the following:
Leadership in a Christian school that included management of staff, workflow, budgeting, and parental interaction.
Experience in articulating curricular objectives that integrate the Christian faith and traditions into the educational model.
Understanding of the pedagogical skills in a Classical, Christian model.
Ability to connect curricular objectives to the unique community of Regents.
Experience in communicating with a parent community through written forms as well as public presentations.
Exposure and diligent adherence to employment law.
Effective usage of standardized test scores that inform teachers and administrators of the strengths and weak-nesses of the program, and also active engagement with parents regarding standardized testing.
The successful Head of School of Grammar candidate will also be:
Someone who prioritizes according to non-urgent, but important matters
A leader who demonstrates collegiality and goodwill
Equipped with a sense of humor and cooperative spirit
Able to work in a growing organization that does not require extensive support
Anticipate any problems a new teacher may encounter and prepare them for those experiences so as to minimize mistakes and impact
Behave with courtesy and kindness to everyone under all circumstances
Communicate accurately and clearly with teachers, parents, and administrators
Know the good stories of the school, and promote a healthy culture
Respect confidential information according to the law and spirit of the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1983
Model a Christian lifestyle and demonstrate convictions are noticeable and respected by the community
Regents School of Austin is a unique K-12 school that educates 1,000 students on an 82-acre campus in southwest Austin. Our mission is to provide a classical, Christian education, founded upon and informed by a Christian worldview, that equips students to know, love, and practice that which is true, good and beautiful, and challenges them to strive for excellence as they live purpos...efully and intelligently in the service of God and man. Regents is well recognized by peers for outstanding accomplishments in teaching, curriculum, students' achievement, parental involvement, and community support.
WORKING AT REGENTS
The academic community at Regents is shaped by the excellence of the faculty, small class sizes, and the continuity of the K-12 program. Regents employees are engaged in an environment that is team-oriented and emergent. To ensure that our faculty is continually developing their skills in accordance with our performance objectives, we have a strong professional growth program. Even so, Regents culture is highly sensitive to the need for work/life balance and believes God made us to work from our rest.