Georgetown Day School (GDS) in Washington, DC, seeks a visionary and inspirational educational leader for its high school to guide a creative and committed learning community of 500 high school students and 95 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 High School Principal is charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the High School as well as articulating a clear and compelling vision for the future. With a top notch faculty, fully enrolled student body, committed parents, and outstanding facilities, work with t plan plGDS is in a uniquely attractive position, with a deeply-felt and lived history, clear mission and genuine openness to the possibilities that lie ahead. The exciting challenges and opportunities will require sound judgment, imagination, and a thorough understanding of the educational needs of intelligent, alert, and inquisitive high school students. The next leader of the high 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 High School Principal reports directly to the Head of School. The current principal C.A. Pilling will be stepping down at the end of the school year to return to the classroom. Former principal, Kevin Barr is now serving as Associate Head of the School.
Opportunities For The High School Principal
The new Principal will lead a seasoned, 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 High 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. While helping to preserve the best of the High School’s traditions and beliefs, the new Principal will have considerable opportunity to work with the faculty and the rest of the administrative team as they consider how best to make the High School a flagship for 21st century educational practices and innovations.
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 parents and faculty. She or he 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 and 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 young adults
Foster community along with intellectual and 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 successful 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. A B.A., as well as seven to ten years of administrative and teaching experience in a high school setting, is required. An M.A. or Ph.D. is preferred.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and, a list of three references using our online application system. Applicants must also complete an application for employment form. This form can be uploaded directly to online application or emailed directly to email@example.com. 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.