Georgetown Day School (GDS) in Washington, DC, seeks a visionary and inspirational educational leader for its Lower School to guide a joyful and purposeful community of 340 students and 65 faculty and staff. Founded as the first racially and religiously integrated school in the Nation’s Capitol, GDS continues to keep at the heart of its school mission the maintenance and cultivation of a just, ethical, and inclusive community. Working with a dynamic and engaged faculty, the Lower School Principal is charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Lower School as well as articulating a clear and compelling vision for the future with administrative colleagues. With a top notch faculty, fully enrolled student body, committed parents, and first-rate facilities, GDS is in a uniquely attractive position, with a deeply-felt and lived history, clear mission and genuine openness to the possibilities that lie ahead. As the School is in the midst of consolidating its two campuses and planning for the opening of a combined LS/MS/HS campus in September 2020, the new LS principal will have a key role to play in preparing for that move with particular attention being paid to curriculum, culture, and personnel transitions. The exciting challenges and opportunities will require sound judgment, imagination, and a thorough understanding of the educational and emotional needs of curious, energetic, and capable lower school students. The next leader of the Lower School will ensure the continuing excellence of all aspects of the division’s operations and will seek, along with the faculty and school leadership, to envision and realize the division’s next chapter. A member of the senior administration, the Lower School Principal reports directly to the Head of School.
Opportunities For The Lower School Principal
The new Principal will lead a deeply engaged, accomplished faculty chosen for their understanding of their subjects, exceptional teaching ability, and deep passion for working with students. Ideally, the Principal will lead the faculty in further strengthening the culture of the Lower School as a professional learning community where teachers work across disciplines, consider new pedagogies and methods of assessment, and encourage each other’s professional development.
The School is looking for a Principal who will combine intelligence, passion for learning, diplomacy, firmness, humor, tact, candor, and the ability to respond to situations promptly and thoughtfully when working with students, parents and faculty. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to work with all constituents and possess proven interest and experience in working in a diverse, multicultural environment. Accessibility, visibility, and a belief in the value of open, clear communication and process will be among the chief virtues of the successful candidate. Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess the ability to
Understand, empathize, and connect with elementary school students
Foster community along with academic excellence
Make timely, fair and clear decisions
Manage multiple priorities at once
Attend to details, manage change, and successfully run a large division
Write and speak with clarity, concision, and conviction
See challenges and problems as opportunities for growth and change
Model effective teaching
Reflect deeply and learn from mistakes
The selected candidate will bring to the School a love of learning, a commitment to teaching, an embrace of the School’s mission of equity, inclusion and social justice, and the ability to deftly balance the needs and expectations of all three constituents of the school - the students, the faculty and the parents. Seven to ten years of teaching and administrative experience in a lower school setting, as well as an A.B. in early education or a related field are required. An M.A. or Ph.D. is preferred.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and a list of three references using our online application system no later then November 10th, 2017. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org.
Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.