Landon School, an independent day school for boys (grades 3–12) in Bethesda, Maryland, seeks a Lower School Head for the 2019-20 school year. The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader with a track record of developing authentic relationships with all constituents. A commitment to Landon’s Code of Character, the Teacher-Coach-Mentor model, and the school’s mission statement and strategic plan are essential qualifications for the role.
Start Date: July 1, 2019
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Educator’s Ally at: firstname.lastname@example.org by November 12, 2018
A visible, accessible and approachable person whose regular presence in the life of the school, authentic relationships, and genuine investment in students’ and adults’ growth engender the trust and support of all constituents.
One who leads not only by virtue of intellect and experience but also by exhibiting strong character, care for others, and moral decision-making.
A collaborative leader who values the contributions of others, empowers faculty and staff, leads by process and conversations rather than by mandate, and nonetheless possesses the courage of conviction to make difficult decisions.
At least 10 years experience in elementary education, with at least five years experience in an administrative position and experience working in an all-boys’ setting preferred.
A Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in education, school administration, or a related field
A successful track record of leading students and faculty in mission-driven programming.
Demonstrated experience creating inclusive and caring communities within schools.
A background that includes involvement in or exposure to strategic decision-making with regard to curriculum, pedagogy, diversity, professional growth, and overall school culture.
Demonstrated experience with Admission and Retention efforts, especially in attracting families at entry point grade levels.
A history of building positive relationships and working effectively with faculty, staff members, students, trustees and parents.
Skills and Knowledge
Broad and deep knowledge of traditional and emerging curricular and pedagogical trends in lower school education.
A detailed knowledge of current research-based best practices in boys’ education and an understanding of the importance of the vertical alignment of skills and competencies required for a successful 3-12 academic program.
A strong commitment to the “One Landon” philosophy that promotes meaningful relationships between students and faculty across campus, and an understanding of the importance of the alignment of all Lower School policies and programs with the Middle and Upper Schools.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills that allow one both to speak compellingly about Landon’s Lower School and to develop authentic and productive relationships with faculty, staff, students and parents.
Strong perceptive skills and the high emotional intelligence required to understand the needs and motivations of a wide range of constituents.
The strategic thinking and problem-solving capability necessary to move seamlessly between “the big picture” and day-to-day matters; to develop and execute plans; to respond to shifting priorities; and to help faculty, students, and families feel a deep connection to the school.
An understanding of the developmental and educational needs of Lower School boys and the ability to support faculty and staff in meeting the social-emotional and learning needs of a broad range of students.
A warm and caring person of unquestioned honesty and integrity who exemplifies Landon’s Code of Character.
An egalitarian leader who blends confidence, humility and self-awareness.
One who is excited about working in an all-boys environment and committed to Landon’s emphasis on strong academics supported by rich involvement in athletics and the arts.
An optimistic, even-tempered and patient person whose wisdom and ability to see the best in others brings a sense of balance and perspective to the community.
An educator who fully embraces the teacher-coach-mentor model and is sensitive to the time commitment such an approach places on faculty.
An open-minded and flexible person whose dedication to life-long learning is an inspiration to faculty and students.
An informed citizen who models cultural competency, values diversity and equity, and demonstrates a commitment to the cultivation of an inclusive and diverse community.
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