Cape Fear Academy has retained Southern Teachers to guide their search for a Lower School Director to coordinate, implement, and supervise the programs and personnel of the lower school, which serves students in Little Explorers through grade five. As a member of the school’s leadership team, the Lower School Director will collaborate with other senior administrators and the Head of School to implement Cape Fear Academy’s mission.
The Lower School Director will create an atmosphere in which students, faculty, parents, and staff exhibit respect, helpfulness, and willingness to work together to meet the needs of the School. To this end, the Director will supervise, observe, evaluate, and develop faculty in the implementation and strengthening of curriculum, the teaching process, and academic programs for grades 1-5; work with the Head of School to hire lower school faculty and staff; and establish programs for mentoring new teachers and in-service training for all teachers. He or she will stay current on best practices in lower school pedagogy, early childhood development, and leadership skills; coordinate the entry and adjustment of new students and families; recommend appropriate action plans for students with special academic, behavioral, and physical needs; oversee the coordination of all Lower School activities; and manage the school’s After Care Program. The Director will also work with Director of Finance and Operations to prepare and manage the annual budget for the Lower School. He or she will represent the Lower School to the CFA and greater Wilmington community through written and oral communications, public events, and other media and will assist with the admissions process as needed.
Located between the Cape Fear River and Wrightsville Beach, Cape Fear Academy is a traditional, nonsectarian day school educating 625 students in prekindergarten through grade twelve. A recently revised mission statement describes CFA as “a learning community committed to discovering and developing student potential, preparing each student for success in college and life.” Respected for its academic excellence and outstanding college preparatory program, the school offers a curriculum emphasizing student-centered learning across academic disciplines. Founded in 1967, CFA’s core values of respect, integrity, resilience, and accountability foster an atmosphere of trust and safety within the school community and prepare students for success beyond graduation.
Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills, the vision and desire to lead a strong academic community, and a love for working with young children and their families. The Lower School Director must be well-versed in early childhood pedagogy and social, emotional development, with a particularly strong background in older grades elementary education. The position also requires the ability to collaborate, exercise good judgment, and model Cape Fear Academy’s core values.
Other traits for a successful Lower School Director include:
• further developing a culture of academic rigor and warmth through personal interaction with all constituents
• creating a spirit of trust
• blending personal kindness and strength
• creative problem solving
• intuitive judgment and proactive planning
To apply, please complete the online Application to become a Southern TeachersCandidate and submit a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for this position, which begins in July 2018. A full Position Profile is available.