As the chief executive officer of the school, the Head of School establishes the vision and executes the stated mission of the school, manages faculty and staff, and ensures the financial health of the institution.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Interim Head of School will:
Work in partnership with the board of trustees to manifest and refine the school’s mission and strategic future; articulate that mission to all constituencies, including students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni/ae, and the broader community; and embody and represent the mission of the school with all constituencies.
Keep the board of trustees informed on all aspects of the school’s operation; represent the board to the faculty, staff, students, parents, and other constituencies.
Provide leadership in shaping the school’s programs (academic, athletic, and other extracurricular offerings).
Supervise the leadership team and oversee their supervision of the rest of the staff to ensure that school policies are followed.
Be responsible for attracting, selecting, hiring, retaining, developing, and evaluating properly qualified faculty and staff, as well as terminating personnel when needed.
Supervise the financial management, maintenance of the physical plant, strategic planning, and fund-raising efforts of the school.
Maintain school culture and quality of life, provide a safe environment for learning.
Ensure that every element of school life reflects the principles of equity, justice, and the dignity of each individual.
Understand educational trends and the local and regional educational landscape.
Communicate effectively with all constituencies, including students, faculty and staff, parents, and alumni/ae.
Represent the school with integrity within the broader network of schools and the community.
Abide by principles of good practice in all school operations – particularly admission, marketing, faculty recruitment, and fund raising.
Bachelor’s and Master’s degree required
Proven success in a senior administrative role for seven or more years
Successful teaching experience and demonstrated leadership qualities
Commitment to academic goals of students and the mission and philosophy of the school
A letter of application describing your qualifications and why you are a good fit for the position
A current resume
The names and pertinent contact information for three professional references
About Benchmark School
Founded in 1970, Benchmark School is an internationally-recognized independent, co-educational day school for bright, struggling learners in grades 1-8. It is located on a 23-acre wooded campus in Media, PA, about 13 miles west of Philadelphia. Benchmark’s mission is to help our students develop into confident and strategic thinkers, learners, and problem-solvers who take control of their own learning. One of the defining characteristics of the school is its commitment to excellence and research-based innovation. As a result of this focus, our students meet with success in school and in life. For more information about the school visit Benchmark’s web site at www.BenchmarkSchool.org