The Board of Trustees of Meredith-Dunn School seeks the next leader of this remarkable non-profit school that has offered specialized instruction to students with learning disabilities and/or learning differences in grades 1-8 for nearly 50 years.
About the Head of School:
The Head of School embodies the mission of the school and articulates the mission throughout all aspects of the school program. In keeping with the school’s mission, the Head of School fosters the traditions, relationships, and practices that determine the school’s climate and culture. The Head of School is the sole employee of the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the overall management of the school in accordance with Board policies. The Head of School is the chief executive who oversees all operations and programs, has ultimate responsibility for all faculty and staff, and serves as the key spokesperson for the school with all its internal and external constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, funders, the business community, and local, state, regional and national educational organizations and accrediting organizations. The Head of School must have proven leadership and management skills and must possess the capacity to guide Meredith-Dunn to the next level of excellence in accordance with the Board’s vision.
The successful candidate for the headship of Meredith-Dunn School will ideally exhibit the following characteristics, qualities and skills:
Significant experience in the field of learning differences, along with a passion for lifelong learning and love of education
Love for children, appreciation for teachers, and respect for parents and families
A successful record of staff leadership in previous positions
A proven track record in fiscal management in a nonprofit organization
Outstanding oral and written communication skills
Ability to develop and communicate a compelling vision for the strategic future of the school
The proven experience, skills and heart to grasp what makes Meredith-Dunn unique and beloved to its students, families, faculty and staff, and the ability to exhibit that understanding as an empathetic and effective leader of this enterprise.
A desire to advance the mission of the school by being a visible and engaged presence within the Meredith-Dunn community and outside the school within the greater Louisville community
A willingness and capability to inspire generous support for the school from individuals and institutions outside the school community
A collaborator who can effectively work with trustees, administration, teachers, parents, and community leaders
Demonstrated ability as an effective developer and mentor of professional talent
Awareness of academic trends and a willingness and skill to shape the ongoing evolution of curriculum, pedagogy, and programs of the school
Willingness and skill to shape the ongoing marketing endeavors of the school
Approachability and outstanding people skills
Capacity to model inspirational, collaborative, and decisive leadership
The ability to both delegate appropriately and to hold others accountable for performance and fulfillment of their responsibilities
Extensive experience in the K-12 education field or equivalent is preferred, ideally with a history of increasingly more responsible management roles and responsibilities. We prefer candidates with experience working with schools that are similar to Meredith-Dunn (size, mission/values)
Experience as a classroom teacher in a K-12 school is preferred but not required.
Experience managing a staff of at least four direct reports is preferred.
Master’s degree or better is preferred, or equivalent directly relevant experience. Bachelor’s degree is required.
Experience interacting successfully with parents, admissions processes is preferred
Experience in fundraising and solicitation of contributions for nonprofit organizations is preferred, ideally in support of independent K-12 schools
Cover letter and resumés requested until such time as the Search Committee of the Board of Trustees determines satisfactory finalists are found. We will conduct preliminary interviews through Fall 2019 and we expect that the selected finalist will begin employment in Summer 2020.
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