Founded in 1923, John Burroughs School (jburroughs.org) is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 7-12 located on a 49-acre campus in St. Louis, Missouri. Burroughs strives to instill the joy of living through active learning, integrity, and service to others. Burroughs seeks to cultivate an inclusive community that nurtures authentic learners who lead and inspire meaningful lives. At Burroughs we do so by loving and celebrating our differences together, embracing challenge and championing growth, fostering a culture of great expectations, teaching empathy and the power of service, and offering a balanced and broad experience. Faculty, parents and students share a commitment to a liberal arts education that strikes a balance among academics, arts, athletics, and activities.
Burroughs seeks an experienced educator who loves working with a middle-school students to serve as the next 7thand 8thgrade Principal. The primary role of the 7thand 8thgrade Principal is to shape and cultivate the best possible student experience at these grade levels, both inside and outside of the classroom. The Principal gets to know all the 7thand 8thgrade students and is responsible for welcoming and orienting new students, maximizing inclusiveness, and building community within those grades. Considerable focus is given to helping middle-school students and their families understand that they are valued and supported members of the Burroughs community. The Principal collaborates with advisors and teachers, as well as the Director of the Academic Support, Director of Counseling and Wellness, and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity, to provide a web of support for all 7thand 8thgrade students, with particular care and attention given to identifying and supporting struggling middle-school students. The Principal is a valuable resource for parents and guardians as they raise their middle-schoolers, works closely with the counseling and wellness department to develop programming on parenting, and regularly communicates with parents and guardians so that are aware of grade-wide developments. Additionally, the Principal of grades 7 and 8 leads the grade-wide 7thgrade outdoor orientation program at Drey Land, our 44-acre wilderness camp in the Ozarks, and coordinates and co-teaches the 7thgrade seminar.
Toward these ends, the Principal works closely with the Head of School to develop and refine the middle-school experience, which includes setting priorities for areas of improvement. The Principal works with the Director of Academics, Department Heads, and classroom teachers to refine and enhance the curriculum in grades 7 and 8, to support new teachers at those grade levels, and to foster communication and collaboration between middle-school teachers. The Principal works with the Athletic Director and Director of Student Activities to improve extracurricular opportunities, while striving to maintain a healthy balance with the academic demands placed on students. The Principal has responsibility for handling all disciplinary issues in the 7thand 8thgrades. While the 7thand 8thgrade principal’s primary responsibilities are grade-level specific, working alongside the two other grade-level principals provides ample opportunity for collegiality, collaboration, and professional growth.
Each of the three grade level principals at Burroughs is expected to teach one full-credit academic class (or take on a comparable responsibility), to interview prospective students, to serve on the admissions committee, and to help with the interviewing and evaluation of new faculty.
Interested candidates should submit the following documents electronically to Debbie Drummond: firstname.lastname@example.org(314 993-4045 ext. 222).
Cover letter stating interest in and qualifications for the position.
Current resume, including phone number and email address.
Educational philosophy statement
Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references.
Files will be reviewed as received with preference given to candidates whose materials are submitted by September 13, 2019.
After reviewing all applications, Head of School Andy Abbott will speak to a select group of applicants by phone. From that group, three to four candidates each will be invited to campus for a day during which the candidates will be interviewed, have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with our campus, and meet with various students, administrators, and teachers.
If you have questions about the position, contact Chris Front, Director of Academics: email@example.com.