Madison Country Day School, located in south central Wisconsin, seeks a Head of High School to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and families. The successful candidate will be an experienced educational leader devoted to the school’s mission, vision, and program. This is an exceptional opportunity to lead a growing division of a young and thriving independent school with a commitment to instilling critical and creative thinking skills, personal enrichment, and intellectual stimulation.
Madison Country Day School is an independent Pre-K through 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the IB Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12. The MCDS High School has 130 students with anticipated and planned growth to a student body of 180 in the coming years. The ongoing cultivation of a vibrant student learning community and partnership between the school and parents is a central priority for the Head of High School. The MCDS Head of Middle School and the Head of High School partner frequently in all matters as the two divisions share teachers, classrooms, and curriculum.
The Head of High School is responsible for guiding all logistical aspects of the High School. The Head of High School communicates with all stakeholders for both short and long term goals and the whole-school vision for a successful student educational experience at MCDS. This task is accomplished in part through collaboration with the Head of School, Head of Middle School, Head of Lower School, College Counselor, Student Services Team, and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator. The Head of High School reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
The position of Head of High School includes the following responsibilities:
Maintain congruence between the school’s board-approved mission statement and all activities related to teaching and learning.
Act as the academic leader of the high school.
Function as the chief articulator of the high school’s curriculum.
Keep the Head of School fully informed on all issues related to teaching and learning within the high school.
Establish programs for the orientation of new teachers, for in-service training of all teachers, and for the evaluation and supervision of classroom teachers, to ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school operation.
Conduct regular meetings with faculty that will deal both with routine school matters and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
Communicate with parents about academic and/or behavioral issues involving their children. To oversee parent/teacher conferences and to maintain records and correspondence relating to parent conferences.
Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment and make the final decision on acceptance to MCDS.
Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Budget for new and old curricular initiatives.
Support the school and its leadership.
To apply: Interested candidates should apply to this posting by submitting the following materials confidentially as separate PDF attachments in a single email to Rachel Fleming, Assistant to the Head of School at MCDS, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cover letter expressing your specific interests in Madison Country Day School;
Three professional references -- references will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission.
MCDS embraces and celebrates diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or sexual identity in its hiring.
Madison Country Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the School will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. MCDS does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, hiring and employment practices, admission policies, scholarship and grant programs, or athletic and other school administered programs.
A related Master’s degree is required.
School administration experience is strongly preferred, particularly within an independent and/or international school setting.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme experience is welcomed though not required.