Bishop’s College School (BCS) is one of Canada’s premier independent schools. Established in 1836, BCS is an English-language, co-educational, boarding and day school for grades 7 through 12. An International Baccalaureate World School, BCS offers the full Diploma Programme and certificates and other options for provincially-accredited diplomas.
BCS parents and students benefit from the highest endowment per student of any independent school in Canada. Every year, more than 260 students from 37 different countries choose BCS. They choose it for the exceptional overall learning experience, which includes academic rigour, an emphasis on multiculturalism and bilingualism, and which is supported by technology and continuous educational innovation. Skilled and creative educators foster a deep love of learning in their students. They are passionate about instilling curiosity in their students—in the world, in themselves, in each other—to help them develop the problem-solving skills that will prepare them to navigate the challenges, opportunities, and complexities of the world in which they live.
Experiential learning programs such as Ondaatje Endeavour, Outward Bound, the Kenauk Institute Junior Internship, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and Round Square are integral extracurricular programs that have helped thousands of students to challenge themselves, understand and develop their full potential, develop a deep appreciation for their community, serve others, and to learn about the world through exchanges and volunteer abroad.
The beautiful, wooded, 250-acre campus is situated on Moulton Hill, in the heart of Quebec’s Eastern Townships. It has seven residences for approximately 220 boarding students, houses for faculty, and a beautiful, historic home for the Head of School. A new 36-student residence is under construction for September 2019. BCS has world class sports facilities for hockey, basketball, tennis, rugby, soccer, climbing, and squash.
The Leadership Opportunity
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Head of School is responsible for all academic and administrative aspects of Bishop’s College School. Working collaboratively with the school’s leadership team, the new Head will continue to lead and execute the strategic plan, develop and implement appropriate action plans, attract, support, inspire and retain high-quality faculty and staff. He or she will regularly engage and communicate with all BCS constituents— parents, students, staff, alumni, community leaders—in order to build and sustain positive and productive relationships with BCS’ internal and external communities.
The 32nd Head of School will be an experienced, articulate leader who operates with integrity always. He or she will have a proven track record of accomplishment and the ability to command the respect of the BCS community. He or she possesses a clear understanding of the value of independent schools: their purpose and role, their strengths and benefits, their threats and opportunities. Strong academic credentials, a visionary outlook aligned with the School’s mission statement and core values, exceptional team-building and communication skills, and creativity in enhancing an outstanding educational program are all qualities required in the Head.
He or she will show evidence of an excellent rapport with students, an appreciation for the critical nature of enrolment, and an understanding of the importance of advancement. Experience in a boarding environment and the ability to communicate in French will be considered strong assets. He or she will become the chief champion of BCS and its students and must come ready to capitalize on a tremendous legacy and the enormous success and momentum of recent years.
Qualities and attributes
Boarding school leadership experience at the executive team level or comparable experience
International Baccalaureate experience
Bilingual or multi-lingual
Demonstrated effective community engagement
Strategic planning and execution experience
Demonstrated skills that would support success in advancement
Ability to operate at high level externally with top supporters
Familiar with current pedagogical trends and international issues
Demonstrated interest in academic research/ accreditation/professional development
Belief in the value of community/willingness to engage in the broader community
Courage, kindness, and compassion, especially in dealing with young people
A commitment to wellness of mind and body
Ability to stay the course for enduring and challenging projects