St. John’s School, a coeducational independent K-12 school in Houston, Texas is seeking a dynamic individual to lead its Middle School beginning the 2020-21 school year. (www.sjs.org) The selected candidate will report directly to the Associate Headmaster.
Middle School Head is charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty within the division. These responsibilities include the following:
To maintain congruency between the school’s board-approved mission statement and all activities of that division.
To act as the educational leader of the school division, responsible for its day-to-day operation
To function as the chief articulator of that division’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed consistent with their individual roles.
To observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; to supervise the teaching process, and to review and evaluate the academic programs.
To provide an orderly, controlled environment in which learning can take place, a school climate which is supportive and which reflects high morale.
To be aware of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of our school community and to develop plans for meeting these needs.
To make recommendations to the Associate Head of School regarding the hiring and retention, and the assignment of faculty;
To establish programs for the orientation of new teachers, for in-service training of all teachers, and for the evaluation of classroom teachers, to ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school operation.
To strive for unity, harmony, and cooperation through tact, helpfulness, respect, and a recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each teacher.
To conduct regular meetings with faculty which will deal both with routine school matters and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern. To be responsible for establishing guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; to maintain student discipline consonant with school policies; to monitor students’ adherence to established school rules; to maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship.
To be a visible presence in all areas of the school; to work toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise; to keep the head of school informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school.
To serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
To assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
To perform other duties as assigned by the head of school.
To support the school and its leadership.
Seven to ten years of middle school teaching experience and an additional five years of administrative leadership experience. Independent School experience preferred.
Positive interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and authentically in a timely manner with various constituencies of the school.
Experience in and ability to supervise and evaluate teachers and administrators at different levels within the school community.
Knowledgeable regarding educational uses of technology; technologically literate regarding communication and database systems, as well as social media.
Strong managerial and organizational skills.
Desire to be a visible presence at the school in all venues where the students and faculty are actively engaged.
The Finney Search Group, Hunt Valley, MD, is conducting the search. Sherm Bristow is the lead consultant. Interested individuals only should submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to email@example.com. Resumes directly sent to employment sites will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue through November 15, 2019.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
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About St. John's School
St. John's is an independent, co-educational day school presenting a 13-year sequence of college preparatory training. A non-profit institution, it was founded in 1946 to provide the community with a school of exacting standards in the development of individual, spiritual, ethical, intellectual, social and physical growth. While the means to achieve that purpose may change, it remains the basic mission of the School. Located on a forty-one acre urban campus, the School has 1450 students supported by 340 faculty and staff members. The School seeks to develop the whole person in preparation for a lifetime of personal fulfillment and contribution to society. In particular, it is dedicated to the enhancement and the expansion of future leadership for Houston and the country. The School offers talented, motivated and energetic students a genuine challenge for academic accomplishment and for development of a sense of self-worth and of personal responsibility. The School in turn holds itself responsible for providing that challenge. Accreditation St. John's is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), recognized by TEA.