Do you believe that giving children the foundation to be successful global citizens includes academic, character, and spiritual components? Do you understand the business of running a school? Would you fit well in a parish school? If so, read on!
The next Head of St. John’s Episcopal School in Olney, MD (STJES) will have the opportunity to lead a PK3 – 8 school recognized for its excellence in preparing students for high school. STJES provides an environment of cross-curricular learning with teachers who work collaboratively to inspire and challenge students in a safe and nurturing community. STJES graduates are accepted and are successful in top high schools across the region.
STJES was founded in 1961 as a mission of St. John’s Episcopal Church. The Head of School reports to the School’s Board of Trustees which is responsible to the Vestry and the Rector. The HOS works collaboratively with the Church’s Rector on spiritual development. As an Episcopal school, STJES welcomes students of all faiths and is known for its diverse student body which includes children from 30 countries.
Priorities for the Head of School include:
Increasing enrollment. STJES can accommodate additional students. The HOS will work with the Admissions Director and the Board to move STJES towards capacity.
Developing a culture of philanthropy. The school and the church are beginning a joint capital campaign. The HOS must be able to connect with donors and potential donors and develop strong relationships.
Continuing to provide an excellent education with limited resources. Thanks to devoted and talented faculty, being a small school has not compromised opportunities for students. It does mean that resource allocations are made carefully and thoughtfully.
Nurturing the strong relationship that exists between the school and the church. The HOS and the Rector have developed an excellent partnership which strengthens the entire church / school community.
Successful candidates will have qualifications and attributes that include:
Experience, preferably academic and administrative, in an independent school that includes primary and/or middle school grades.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Public speaking is a routine requirement of the position.
The ability to form strong relationships in an inclusive community.
Experience in supporting faculty, including curriculum development, faculty recruitment, and retention.
A commitment to STJES’s Episcopal identity. It is not required that the HOS be an Episcopalian; however, he or she must understand and actively support STJES’s Episcopal identity.
A proven ability to listen, analyze information, and make good business decisions.
Financial acumen to develop and manage the school’s budget.
A minimum of five years in a leadership position.
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree; a Master’s or Ph.D. is preferred.
Olney, MD is 20 miles north of Washington, DC and 30 miles southwest of Baltimore. It has been recognized as one of the best places to “live, work and play.” The educational and cultural resources of Washington and Baltimore are within easy reach as is the ability to move out of the city to suburban and even rural areas.
About St. John's Episcopal School
St. John’s Episcopal School is celebrating 57 years in Olney, Maryland. St. John’s is distinguished as a successful and challenging Preschool - Grade 8 school with an accelerated academic program and a sense of welcome and warmth throughout its campus environment. It is recognized for its gregarious and experienced teachers who stimulate young minds in intimate and interactive classroom settings. Faith, honesty, and hard work, allow our graduates to soar in high school, college, and beyond.
St. John’s seeks to welcome and embrace people from diverse age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, learning style, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. We believe that the inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives enriches the educational experience of all of our students and is vital to making them good citizens of the world. We are committed to fostering a climate in which issues of diversity are thoughtfully discussed and infused into the vision and direction of the school community.