Harrisburg Academy, a pre-K through 12th grade co-educational independent school founded in 1784 and with a total student population of 330 students, is now accepting resumes from candidates interested in becoming the school’s next Head of Early Childhood and Lower School divisions. Harrisburg Academy’s Early Childhood and Lower School divisions annually enroll 150 students and include 24 faculty and staff. Our ideal candidate will be innovative and enthusiastic, committed to administering a dynamic program, and an ambitious leader who is eager to draw upon our mission to create a unique and engaging educational experience.
As a member of the Academy’s senior leadership team, the Head of Early Childhood and Lower School reports directly to the Head of School and collaborates with all other administrative programs and the Head of the Middle and Upper School divisions.
Qualified candidates will possess:
A Masters or Doctorate in Education; experience with Leadership and Supervision preferred
Experience teaching in an Early Childhood or Lower School classroom
Knowledge and understanding of the developmental stages of early and middle childhood
Knowledge and understanding of independent schools
Interest in Responsive Classroom, training preferred
Understanding of Social Emotional Learning
Strong communication and organizational skills
Appreciation for the importance of a strong and visible Early Childhood and Lower School program
Model core values of Harrisburg Academy and support its Mission
Oversee daily operations of the Early Childhood and Lower School divisions
Supervision of Early Childhood and Lower School faculty
Sustaining and further developing an integrated and rich learning environment
Build strong parent partnerships
Assistance in the admissions process
Coordination of student concerns, needs, and overall wellness
Supervision of Director of Academic Support & Enrichment
Participation as a member of the Administrative Council Small (consisting of the head of school and all division heads)
Participation as a member of the Administrative Council Large (consisting of the head of school, all division heads, directors of admission, development, technology, communications, athletics, and the school counselor)
Attendance and participation in Board of Trustee meetings and serve on designated Board of Trustee committees as assigned
Perform other duties as assigned by the head of school (Currently include supervision of the Extended Day Program and oversight of EDP Director and staff; supervision of Summer Camp Program and oversight of Summer Camp Director and staff)
Maintain budgets for both divisions
Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. This position begins July 1, 2018.
To apply, please send a cover letter, statement of educational philosophy, resume, and contact information of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2018. Please place ECLS Head Search in the subject line. All candidates are encouraged to visit Harrisburg Academy’s website at www.HarrisburgAcademy.org. Harrisburg Academy is located one mile west of downtown Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania. With an enrollment of 35-percent diversity in its students, the Academy seeks candidates who will add to the opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ages, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. Harrisburg Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools, and the International Baccalaureate. Thank you for your interest.
Harrisburg Academy, a coed independent day school of 400 students, offers an academically challenging and globally minded interdisciplinary education. In our commitment to excellence, we provide tools, develop character, and teach skills that will prepare students to thrive in college and beyond, thereby contributing to the betterment of our global and local communities.