The Board of Trustees of Peoria Academy in northwest Peoria, Illinois, seeks to hire a new Head of School, with duties to start no later than June 1, 2019.
Our Mission Statement: Peoria Academy is a diverse community of students, parents, and educators working together to provide a rigorous educational experience. Using progressive techniques that nurture the whole child, our independent school fosters intrinsic motivation, resilience, and creativity.
In February of 2000, a core group of parents, community members, and administrators founded Peoria Academy as an independent, private, non-profit school, serving students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The founders were committed to the mission of promoting and attaining the highest intellectual, creative, social and physical growth in each child while respecting ethnic, cultural, and learning differences. The Knights of Columbus building on Willow Knolls Drive was purchased and Peoria Academy opened its doors in August of 2000 with 137 students. In 2001, a Pre-K program was added, and additional classes were added at each grade level. In 2010, the school built two additional, permanent classrooms to accommodate the student population. Peoria Academy seeks students from all ethnic, cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds that can benefit from a challenging academic program.
The ideal candidate for the Head of School will be an educational leader who is a nurturing leader with strong educational credentials, and experience and strong communication skills. The Head of School also needs to help drive growth of the school and community.
Head of School duties include, but are not limited to:
Board Relationships and Planning Serve as the chief liaison between the school and the Board. He/she keeps the Board informed of pertinent matters at the school. and provide perspective on how strategic goals may interact with the day-to-day operations and needs of the school. He/she must also stay abreast of trends in education and school management and provide feedback to the Board regarding these trends and their relation to the school’s needs.
School Management Effectively manage the administrative/office team and work to produce smooth day-to-day operations of the school to meet the goals set out by the Board. The daily running of the school is an important aspect to the job. In order to achieve the goals set out by the Board, it is the Head of School’s job to meet with administrative team members regularly and delegate tasks effectively. As the school is accredited by ISACS and in the midst of the accreditation cycle, it will also be integral for the Head to oversee the current accreditation process by working with the different committees, the faculty and Board to ensure we are meeting the requirements throughout the year.
Enrollment and Recruitment Work with the administrative team to develop plans for the implementation of marketing and enrollment initiatives set out by the Board. Along with that, the Head of School needs to have strong networking and communication skills to sell the school to prospective parents and the Peoria community throughout the year. As enrollment is a top priority, it is important that the Head of School be able to utilize his/her administrative team to improve enrollment numbers each year while retaining current families. As the spokesperson for the school, this also includes communicating with local groups, organizations and businesses to increase awareness about the school and its image.
Curriculum and Programs Assist with, or oversee, the development of curriculum and student programs. The Head will work to maintain the high academic standards of the school through evaluation of the curriculum and academic programs. The Head will also develop plans to evaluate the performance of teachers in the classroom regularly and provide mechanisms for support and professional development, as needed. In terms of extra-curricular programs, the Head will work with program directors to ensure that it enables the continuing vision of the school and provides enrichment for students.
Managing and Supporting School Personnel Define the school's teaching and non-teaching needs, hire appropriate personnel, set standards for growth and performance, and foster harmony among all staff members. It is important that the Head maintain a positive climate (physical and emotional) for the students and the staff. To enable this, it is vital that the Head works with teachers and staff regularly to provide support and guidance on resolving issues and maintaining a good working atmosphere. The Head should also promote a climate that enables collaboration among the faculty and staff.
School Finances As we are a private school, the Head should have an aptitude for monitoring the financial well-being of the school. Duties include working with the Board's Finance Committee on financial plans and the annual budget, working with the Business Manager to maintain the smooth financial operation of the school, and helping provide feedback to the Board regarding tuition rates and salary increases annually.
7. Fundraising Support the School, and Board development work, through cultivation and solicitation of major gifts, and maintain a good working relationship with the parents and community groups and organizations in the area.
8. Parent and Community Relations Help encourage and maintain meaningful relationships with parents, alumni, past parents, special interest groups, and the community. As the spokesperson for the school, it is important to present the school in a light and manner that reflects our mission and values to not only our internal families and alumni, but prospective families and the community at large.
Salary & Benefits: ~$100,000 with full benefits (based on experience, education, etc.)
Applications are currently being accepted now through August 15, 2018.
Interviews in August and September 2018
Head-Elect Selected by October 2018
A candidate interested in this position should submit electronically: (1) a cover letter explaining why s/he is interested in and qualified to be the Head of School of Peoria Academy; (2) a current resume, including phone number and email; (3) a personal statement of educational philosophy; and (4) the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references to: