Education:Bachelor of Education; Post Secondary Education
Masters of Education (asset)
Principal Qualifications (required)
Experience:10+ years of teaching experience
5+ years of experience in School leadership roles
Senior Leadership Team experience (asset)
Computer Skills:Mac, Google, Microsoft Office
Working Conditions:School/Office Environment
St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School
Inspired Girls. Empowered Women. St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School (SMLS) is recognized as one of the premier independent schools in the country and brings a long history of educational excellence to girls from preschool to university entrance. For well over a century, SMLS has helped develop courageous girls who challenge and change the world.
Reporting to the Head of School and as a member of the School’s Senior Leadership Team, the Head of Senior School is responsible for setting Senior School direction and strategies, contributing to high enrolment and retention in the Senior School, achieving high academic standards and 21st Century learning, providing people leadership to all Senior School faculty, and overseeing overall operations of the Senior School.
Duties and Responsibilities
Contribute to the overall health, success, and sustainability of the School, as a member of the SMLS Leadership Team
Contribute to the development, ongoing assessment, and execution of the School’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan
Contribute to the annual budgeting process including multi-year financial requirements and budget oversight for Senior School, opportunities for cost management, and identifying areas for investment
Represent the School externally and act as an Ambassador
Role model the SMLS Values and instill Leadership behaviours and expectations in others
Senior School Strategic Planning & Oversight
Create a clear and inspiring strategy and priorities for the Senior School, aligned with the School’s strategic direction
Demonstrated financial acumen and responsibility for Senior School budget
Demonstrated commitment to girls’ education and knowledge of girls’ development and educational needs
Ensure the integrity, quality and effective delivery of the whole student experience in the Senior School
Responsible for recruiting, staffing, and scheduling for the Senior School
Demonstrated experience with Ministry of Education guidelines and the Ontario curriculum
Oversee Ministry of Education expectations, inspections, and reporting
Prepare for accreditation reviews and follow-up with recommendations from certifying organizations (CIS Ontario and CAIS)
Student Support and Administration
Develop and maintain relationships with all Senior School students and maintain an open door policy
Model and share best practice classroom techniques and behaviours
Support the Learning Strategies Team and champion the IEP process
Oversee Senior School curriculum implementation and programming
Manage all student discipline issues and parent questions and concerns in the Senior School
Contribute to the structure, role design, recruitment, and selection of necessary staff and faculty to ensure the success of the Senior School
Provide comprehensive orientation for new Senior School staff and faculty members
Provide strong leadership and encourage Senior School faculty to live the Mission and Values of the School
Manage the Faculty Performance Management Process for the Senior School
Provide people leadership and develop faculty and Senior School Staff through coaching, feedback, and professional development
Build leadership capacity in the Senior School and plan for future leadership succession
Address all disciplinary and performance issues proactively
Schedule and lead regular faculty meetings as a means of sharing information and engaging others
Enrolment & School Community
Consistently support and encourage new students, and maintain strong relationships with current families
Contribute to the growth of the School’s Annual Fund and maintain connections with Alumnae
Plan, develop and execute marketing plans in conjunction with the Head of Marketing & Communications and other Leadership Team members
Assist in determining enrolment targets, needs, and strategies
Build strong partnerships and liaise with the Parents Association, current parents, past parents and prospective parents and students
Support key SMLS events sharing a compelling story about Senior School
Maintain an overall presence within the School community, acting as a positive role model
Build strong networks and act as a liaison with other independent schools and maintain membership in good standing with defined affiliations and organizations (CAIS, CIS etc.)
SMLS Leadership Competencies:
Strategic Mindset: Shares a clear vision. Anticipates and shapes the future. Brings holistic, School-wide and systems thinking. Identifies risks and connects ideas.
Emotional Intelligence: Demonstrates authenticity, self-awareness, empathy, and humility. Connects with and builds strong and positive relationships with all stakeholders. Brings a coaching, feedback, and service focus and a growth mindset to develop self and others.
Perseverance & Resilience: Perseveres through uncertainty and adversity. Manages complexity and navigates barriers. Role models courage, resolve, positivity, and hope.
Professional Judgment: Role-models professionalism. Demonstrates thoughtful and sound decision-making and good judgment. Applies experience, knowledge, and skills. Considers implications of choices and actions.
Inspires Change: Encourages curiosity, new thinking, and ongoing improvement. Challenges the status quo and brings an opportunity and solution-focused mindset.
Please send a cover letter and resume directly to email@example.com by January 12, 2017 and indicate ‘Head of Senior School’ in the subject line.
We appreciate and thank all applicants for your interest in SMLS, however, only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.
SMLS is an equal opportunity employer and we accommodate any needs under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School (SMLS) is recognized as one of the premier independent schools in Canada and brings a long history of educational excellence to girls from preschool to university entrance. For well over a century, SMLS has helped develop courageous girls who challenge and change the world.