Chatham Hall seeks a dynamic, forward-thinking Head of School to begin in July of 2019. The ideal candidate will be committed to girls’ education and to building on Chatham Hall’s recent successes in educational programs, facilities, enrollment, and development.
The Head of School at Chatham Hall is officially known as the “Rector,” a tradition drawn from the School’s Episcopal heritage. The Rector is the chief administrative officer of the School and reports directly to the Board of Trustees. Overseeing the Administrative Leadership Team, a talented, committed group of ten, the Rector is responsible for ensuring that Chatham Hall achieves the goals of the Strategic Plan. She/he must be a visible presence on campus in order to establish connections with the girls and the faculty/staff. The Rector also connects the School with parents, the local town community, and alumnae.
Chatham Hall seeks a visionary leader who maintains the highest standards of personal and professional ethics while appreciating the long history and vibrant spirit which make the School unique. The new Rector will build on the momentum in enrollment, annual fund, endowment, and school programming. The ideal candidate will be warm, energetic, and skilled at connecting with all of the School’s constituents, both internal and external. Candidates should understand the fiscal responsibilities of overseeing a boarding school of Chatham’s size and complexity.
Chatham Hall will be in the fourth year of a five-year Strategic Plan in 2019-2020 and the next Rector will have the opportunity to play a leadership role in future campaigns.
About Chatham Hall
Chatham Hall is about the whole girl—her intellectual, moral,
athletic, and spiritual development. No other girls’ school has the
blend of strong academics, robust honor code, athletic
competitiveness, and spiritual tradition in such a stately, small
school. This ensures that each student’s voice is heard, and has the
opportunity to develop, every day. For more than than one hundred
and twenty years, Chatham Hall has been educating, developing,
and empowering young women to take their places as leaders.
Located on a stunning campus in the small town of Chatham in
Southern Virginia, Chatham Hall is a community of 160 young
women, grades 9-12. Ninety percent of the students live on campus,
as well as the majority of the faculty and administrators.
As a girls boarding school, Chatham Hall is devoted to cultivating a
community of engagement, authenticity, and intentionality, that
gives girls the academic, social, and emotional tools to become
their best selves. Around campus the girls' commitment to each
other and "ideas" is immediately apparent. Faculty members are
strongly invested in the girls, the School, and to their colleagues,
which gives the School a true ...sense of community.
Since its founding in 1894 by the Rev. C. Orlando Pruden, Chatham
Hall has been guided by its Episcopal heritage. That spiritual
presence continues today in an inclusive, tolerant, and supportive
ethos that touches the classroom, the dormitories, and the campus.
Girls of all faiths feel welcome and comfortable, and the School and
its chaplains ensure that each girl is supported in her spiritual
journey and development.
School traditions and a strong sense of honor and integrity are
expressed and upheld through the Honor Code and the Purple and
Golden Rule, named after the school colors. These shared values
allow for a community foundation built on trust, honor, and