El Montecito School San Roque (ELMO) is pleased to invite qualified applicants to consider serving as the acting Head of School. The selected candidate will be appointed to the position for the 2018 – 19 school year with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018. A contract will be offered through June of 2019 and may be extended at the discretion and direction of the board based on successful fulfillment of reasonable expectations agreed upon between the board and candidate.
The successful applicant will hold a master’s degree or higher in a relevant subject area, have experience in educational settings, preferably preschool and elementary school, demonstrate a history of successful engagement with parents, students, and co-workers, and have the ability to successfully steward the business and academic affairs of the school. As a Christian school, the successful candidate must also agree with a statement of faith and meet behavioral expectations held for all employees of ELMO.
El Montecito School, or ELMO as the school is fondly called by the parents, students, and teachers, is an independent, Christian non-profit organization that serves students in pre and elementary school. Now located in San Roque, a neighborhood of beautiful, sunny Santa Barbara, California, ELMO began as a preschool on the site of El Montecito Presbyterian church in Montecito in 1958. As a result of a strong program and wise leadership, the school grew quickly and became favored by the families in the community. Eventually this growth resulted in an expansion into the elementary grades. After a number of moves to campuses that seemed to quickly run out of space, the school has now landed on the perfect campus which we are pleased to call home. Entering this new stage, with a strong foundation, our school community is excited for the years that lie ahead. ELMO holds tightly to its mission statement, El Montecito School inspires a deep love of learning about the world and our creator, and emphasizes our core values: Christ centered, academic excellence, nurturing, and leadership and service. The school community, shaped by this mission and core values, is warm and welcoming, making ELMO a wonderful place to work and thrive.
El Montecito School San Roque is a board directed school that is overseen by the Partners for Christian Education (PFCE), a group of parents and community members committed to see ELMO flourish. The head of school is appointed by and accountable to the board of trustees and serves to steward the school under the direction of the board. The head of school is tasked with the successful management of all facets of the school and is responsible for determining how best to carry out the directives of the board while working within an operational budget written by the head and approved by the board. Responsibilities of the head of school include the following:
The head of school shall be an ex officio member of all standing committees of the board attending all board meetings and advising on matters as desired and directed by the board and, specifically, the board president.
The head of school will be the representative of the board in its relations with the faculty, staff, students and the patrons of the corporation.
The head of school will recruit, select, and hire properly qualified persons to serve as members of the faculty, staff, and administration. At times and as appropriate, some members of the board may be included in the hiring process, serving in an advisory role for those key hires of other administrators who interface regularly with the board, such as admissions, finance, development officers in particular.
The head of school is responsible for the direct supervision of all faculty and staff and will coordinate the activities of the entire organization. The head may choose to delegate supervision as this makes sense within the organization. The head of school will hold regular meetings of the faculty and staff and see that the general policies of the board are understood and followed.
APPLICATION & INQUIRIES
Interested candidates should submit a resume which documents relevant experiences along with a letter of introduction to Tim Loomer, current Head of School (firstname.lastname@example.org). Submitted documents will be forwarded to the subcommittee of the board leading the initial phase of the search. Please do not contact the school directly.
General duties and requirements of the head of school include (but are not restricted to) the following:
To embody, manifest, and advocate the mission, vision, and core values of El Montecito School
To articulate the vision for the school and its future and to create and manage a strategic plan for bringing this vision to fruition all within the direction of the board.
To monitor and address all matters of school climate and culture, creating a supportive and nurturing work environment in which employees thrive.
To manage the sometimes competing demands of the various constituencies of the school.
To provide and ensure regular and effective communication between all facets and constituencies of the school community.
To provide to the board of trustees various scenarios and possibilities for the board to consider as it does its work focusing on the strategic future of the school.
To work with the board of trustees, its president, and its committees in carrying out established school policies; to review those policies and make recommendations for changes; to attend meetings, prepare reports, maintain board records, and keep trustees informed on all aspects of the school’s operation.
To supervise all the programs of the school (academic, athletic, ethical, and other extracurricular programs); to monitor curriculum, grading, testing, and reporting to parents; to prepare for and conduct periodic program evaluations; to submit reports to external agencies as required; to establish disciplinary policies and standards of conduct.
To supervise the business manager in the preparation of preliminary and final budgets; to monitor income, expenditures, collections, and cash flow; to maintain appropriate financial records; to oversee the employee benefit program.
To supervise the admissions director in determining programs for the recruitment of students, including marketing and outreach, information dissemination, applicant testing and interviews and acceptance and decisions.
To supervise the faculty and staff, providing expectations for performance, setting goals for growth, and monitoring continued professional development.
To represent the school to all of its constituents including neighborhood, parents, students, alumni, business community, faculty, and staff.
To supervise the development efforts needed for the continued operation of the school including the cultivation of relationships and partnerships that result in generous support of the school.
To handle all matters regarding employment, retention, and dismissal of personnel; salaries and contracts; job assignments and performance evaluation; and orientation and training. To review and update the employee handbook, and maintain appropriate personnel records.
To represent the school in its relations with state and federal agencies and with local, state, regional, and national educational organizations and accrediting agencies.
To act as liaison with the other organizations to ensure fulfillment of the school's contractual obligations; to coordinate schedules, arrange for rentals, and coordinate procedures where the interests of both organizations are involved.
To supervise and/or assist with all other aspects of the school’s operation, including (but not limited to) facilities maintenance and operation, food service, summer programs, development and fund raising, and alumni affairs.
To promote a culture of learning that is directed to student needs, guided by the mission, vision and core values, and informed by the research based best practices.
Other duties as may be assigned by the Board.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is dependent on education and experience. A potential range is provided but final determination will be made when a contract is offered.