Metairie Park Country Day School seeks an experienced and capable educator who enjoys working with young people to fill the position of Lower School Principal. As a senior academic administrator, the Lower School Principal will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Lower School in a manner consistent with direction from the Head of School. We are seeking an inspired professional who will joyfully manage pedagogy and constituent relationships with emotional intelligence, cultural awareness, and a sense of humor. The successful candidate will also be an excellent communicator with strong organizational skills and the demonstrated ability to lead within a collaborative and forward-thinking environment. The Lower School Principal reports to the Head of School and serves as a key member of the school’s administrative leadership team. A Bachelor’s degree is required along with substantial teaching and leadership experience preferably in a Lower School (Pre-K to 5) environment. An advanced degree is preferred. This full-time 12-month position includes a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package along with all school year holidays. The position is anticipated to start July 2, 2018.
About Metairie Park Country Day and the Lower School
Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coeducational, independent Pre-K through Grade 12 School where care and cultivation of each child comes to life with exciting and innovative approaches to teaching. Our uses of advanced technology and our expansive, rigorous curriculum open the world to our students. Thought-provoking inquiry begins in the Lower School where students are guided in the development of critical socialization skills, personal accountability, and open communication which serve as the foundation of our collaborative learning environment. Housed in Bart Cottage, our Pre-K students develop their ability to read, write, count, and problem solve in a fascinating and comfortable environment that fosters a love of learning. For K/1/2 students, two experienced teachers guide eight Kindergarten, eight first grade, and eight second grade students over three years. These small groupings form the foundation of our multiage program and allow teachers to provide individualized instruction and the most appropriate teaching method for each subject. As subject matter learning increases in complexity and as students develop, they advance to the 3/4 multiage setting consisting of a class with twelve third grade students and twelve fourth grade students. At fifth grade, students leave the multiage setting and enter traditional grade level, subject -based classrooms where teachers emphasize accountability, homework, study habits, time-management, and organizational skills.
Additional information about Country Day is available on our web site: www.mpcds.com
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Under the direction of the Head of School, provide oversight and leadership for all academic, administrative, and student life programs impacting the Lower School.
Understand and articulate all aspects of the Lower School’s programs, standards, and pedagogical approach to ensure clear and consistent communication and operation within the Lower School.
Observe, supervise, support, and evaluate faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum, classroom management, and academic programs.
Advise faculty in matters of parent relationships, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
Establish a presence among students and faculty aimed at nurturing students’ academic and personal success.
Assure that faculty, staff, and students conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the mission, vision, and values of Metairie Park Country Day as articulated by the Head of School.
Perpetuate a highly engaged student and faculty culture characterized by academic excellence, personal integrity, and a strong sense of community.
Develop measures to evaluate faculty effectiveness and the progress of student learning ensuring and encouraging positive communication between all involved.
Lead, support, and participate in school functions, student activities, and related social events to fully integrate within the robust culture of community shared between students, parents, faculty, and alumni.
Support the school’s advancement and administrative goals (admissions, development, marketing, human resources, budgeting) as needed.
Collaborate with specialists, student support teams, and other faculty and staff as necessary to ensure that the needs of all students are met.
Conduct regular division and team meetings as necessary.
Ensure a safe working and learning environment conducive to personal, professional, academic, and social-emotional growth.
Utilize technological tools for educational assessment, organization, communication, and personalization of learning.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Interested parties should mail or email a resume, a cover letter, and a personal statement describing the candidate’s educational philosophy and leadership values. Applicants may email materials to Paul_Casadaban@mpcds.com and should include “LS Principal Position” in the subject line of the email.
Although emailing is preferred, application materials may also be mailed to the following address:
Mr. Paul Casadaban
Human Resources Manager
Metairie Park Country Day School
300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
Metairie Park Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
About Metairie Park Country Day School
OUR MISSION: Metairie Park Country Day School enriches the lives of talented young people in a dynamic learning environment, building strength of intellect and strength of character within a community that is simultaneously challenging and supportive. Our students learn to be flexible, to be adaptable, and to face the challenges of life with honor, optimism, confidence, creativity, and a sense of humor.
Metairie Park Country Day School was founded in 1929 on a 15-acre campus located in an attractive residential neighborhood north of downtown New Orleans. The School has a stable and growing enrollment of approximately 730 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade and sends its seniors to competitive colleges. Country Day has 96 teaching faculty, many of whom have advanced degrees and a long tenure with the School. The faculty to student ratio is approximately one to 8.7. While the School has a demanding course of study, with a number of opportunities to take electives, it comes out of a progressive tradition that puts a premium on challenging students to excel within their own frameworks of talent and ambition in a highly interactive environment. Values emphasized are ...a love of learning for its own sake, individual responsibility, critical thinking, strength of intellect, strength of character, creativity and self-expression, and communal values.
In supporting the character formation of each student, Country Day strives to sustain an atmosphere in which faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and others work together to foster a caring and nurturing environment. Students are encouraged to be tolerant of other views, to be morally responsible, to be adaptable to a changing world, to recognize and act upon a sense of social responsibility, and to see themselves as individuals who are also active members of a vibrant larger community. The School has a strong co-curricular program, including successful athletic teams in which most students participate, a fine instrumental and choral program, and a sturdy commitment to community service, all of which are actively supported by parents and alumni.
The current Head, Mr. Matt Neely, was appointed in 2017.
The School operates with an annual budget of $15 million. Various capital campaigns have raised the funds to upgrade school facilities over the past ten years including, most recently, raising funds to renovate and expand the Coleman Family Dining Room, build a new Science and Engineering Building, and renovate our Art and Lower School Science Building. Even while raising funds for these large capital projects, the Country Day Fund, our school’s annual giving campaign, continues to enjoy historic levels of financial support and unprecedented levels of participation across all constituencies.
Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin.