The Head of School is responsible for providing an exceptional educational experience for students, enhancing and articulating the School’s vision, and providing strategic leadership throughout the School’s constituencies. The Head serves as the School’s chief executive, with oversight of faculty, staff, and students while managing a substantial operational budget. High among the Head’s responsibilities is the creation of a caring, nurturing, and joyous environment. The Head should never lose sight of the School’s unique origins and history.
Provide inspirational leadership, pursuing all endeavors with integrity, humility, and sense of mission.
Organize, supervise, and evaluate an administrative team. Recruit, lead, and inspire exceptional faculty, staff, coaches, and mentors.
Mentor administrative team and faculty by setting aspirational and attainable goals.
Provide a high quality educational experience for students and parents.
Create strong stakeholder relationships with students, teachers, staff, parents, alumni, trustees, and friends of the school.
Work closely with division heads to ensure that educational programming is purposeful, effective, and coordinated.
Promote the leadership and professional development activities spearheaded by the Director of Innovation and Learning to support a culture of learning and growth throughout the school.
Work in full partnership with Development, the Board of Trustees, and campaign leadership in maximizing the School’s fundraising capabilities and results.
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Extensive experience in leadership roles in well-regarded K-12 institutions, with a minimum of three years in a key leadership role.
Strong background as an educator who has worked effectively and directly with students.
Outstanding managerial skills with an excellent track record of effectively overseeing large teams and handling budgets.
Experience building relationships with the broader community of a school--with alumni, parents, and donors, as well as with faculty and students.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and a personal statement or educational philosophy in a single email to both Finney principals:
McDonogh School is a community that finds joy in work, in play, and in the discovery and realization of personal potential. Strong, mutually respectful relationships among and between students and teachers inspire a passion for learning, a dedication to personal integrity, and a commitment to excellence. Embracing diversity of background, culture, and thought, the school builds upon its founder's ...original mission to provide a life-altering opportunity to develop in its students the will "to do the greatest possible amount of good."
Founded in 1873 and situated on an 820-acre campus, McDonogh is a day and boarding institution that employs 330 faculty and staff; serves 1,370 students in grades PK-12; has a substantial operating budget and endowment; and just completed a $75 million capital campaign, the largest of any independent school in Maryland. Long been recognized as one of the finest schools in the nation, McDonogh has a reputation for being highly innovative and "on the move."
McDonogh School strives to employ a faculty, administration, and staff exhibiting sound ethical standards and character traits such as moral courage and self-reliance, intellectual confidence and curiosity with a love of learning, and the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage in a wide scope of educational, athletic, and artistic endeavors.
Members of the McDonogh community strive to have the highest of moral principles, and to exhibit cooperativeness, loyalty, open-mindedness, and sensitivity, as well as attention to physical, mental, and emotional health, growth, and well-being of self and others.