St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a diverse and thriving PK3-12 independent school in Mississippi's capital city, seeks a visionary, empathetic, and experienced educational leader to serve as Head of Lower School.
Spanning seven grade levels (PK3 through fourth grade) and housed on its own campus, with approximately 500 students and 50 faculty, St. Andrew’s Lower School is a lively center for learning through development of the whole child. The curriculum builds on skills developed in pre-K and kindergarten, and uses an active, hands-on approach that makes learning exciting and fun. Instruction by specialists in world languages, science, art, music, physical education, technology and “making” complements a strong core of language arts, social studies, and mathematics. Lower School classes are kept purposefully small, ensuring thorough attention for every child.
In keeping with the Characteristics of Excellence for all faculty and staff, St. Andrew’s seeks a new colleague who is a team-oriented, life-long learner and called to working with young children (aged 3-11). The ideal candidate will be well versed in childhood development, student-centered pedagogies, and on-going changes in early childhood and elementary education. S/he will be self-aware and self-driven, kind and gracious, honest and trustworthy. S/he will have had success both as a classroom teacher and as an administrator – preferably in an independent school with children of the same age – and will lean into challenges, master organizational details, demonstrate resilience, and lead by example. Patient, positive, and poised, s/he also will be a great listener and communicator, capable of building relationships, managing conflict, and inspiring learning and growth. Compassionate and cross-culturally competent, the ideal candidate will embrace fully the mission of the school, relate to the whole person, remain mindful of the need for balance in life, and strive to meet the varied needs of our diverse community – including students, faculty, and parents.
The Head of Lower School is responsible for all activities involving students, their families, faculty, and staff on the school’s South Campus (grades PK3-4). Reporting directly to the Head of School and serving on the school’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the Head of Lower School is responsible for day-to-day operation of the South Campus and oversees both instructional staff and non-instructional staff in the performance of their Lower School duties. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Maintain congruency between the school's mission and all activities of the Lower School
- Serve as the educational leader of the Lower School, articulating the Lower School's programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed
- Work with Office of the Provost, the Associate Head, and Department Chairs (when appropriate) to recruit, hire, develop, and retain the highest quality, mission-appropriate faculty
- Work with the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management to recruit, enroll, and retain mission-appropriate students
- Work closely with new families to welcome them into the St. Andrew’s community and help them to understand the school’s culture
- Chair and meet regularly with the Lower School administrative team
- Meet regularly with grade-level teams and Lower School members of the Department of Student Support Services (SSS)
- Serve as the spokesperson for all issues on South Campus
- Represent and advocate for Lower School in the school’s administration, including by serving on Committee on Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and attending regular meetings of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Division Heads
- Represent the Lower School and St. Andrew’s in the larger community
- Work with Office the Provost, the Associate Head, and Department Chairs to guide the ongoing process of curricular development
- Recognize and manage tension between supporting the independence of an excellent faculty with promoting curricular and programmatic coherence and consistency across grade levels, divisions, departments, and campuses
- Work closely and effectively with parents, including with the St. Andrew’s Parents’ Association (SAPA) and the school’s various booster clubs
- Work closely with the Office of Institutional Advancement to support the school’s friend- and fund-raising efforts
- Stay abreast of ongoing changes in education and work with Office of the Provost, Department Chairs, and other Division Heads to encourage appropriate professional development to support growth in Lower School faculty and staff
- Manage multiple budgets related to the Lower School and South Campus
- Work with Middle School administrative team, the Department of Student Support Services, and the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management to help students transition successfully into the Middle School
- Oversee all scheduling, duties, and facilities on the South Campus, coordinating with the Offices of the Provost and Facilities (as appropriate)
- Work with Department of Student Support Services and Office of Provost to plan and conduct standardized assessments, and to communicate and share results with appropriate stake-holders.
This is a full-time, twelve-month position scheduled to begin in July 2017. As an Equal Opportunity Employer and institution explicitly committed to nurturing a diverse community, St. Andrew’s does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of the protected categories of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, or military/veteran status in its employment practices or hiring practices. The school encourages applications from all qualified candidates and especially encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups in independent schools. St. Andrew’s also offers a competitive benefits package, including extensive professional development and travel opportunities. More information about the school is available at www.gosaints.org.
To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing the characteristics and responsibilities specified above, a statement of educational philosophy, a current CV or résumé, a copy of higher education transcripts (unofficial copies will suffice initially), and a list of at least three professional references. All materials should be submitted electronically as PDFs and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying "Head of Lower School" in the subject line.