Providence School seeks a Head of School to provide academic and spiritual vision alongside expertise in leadership and management as the school continues to grow and thrive as a significant educational institution in Santa Barbara and surrounding communities. The appointment begins July 1, 2020.
Providence is a PS–Grade 12 Christian, co-educational, college-preparatory day school with the mission to provide students an environment and program in which they can flourish academically, socially, and spiritually. Providence was born out of mergers between Providence Hall, Santa Barbara Christian School, and El Montecito School at San Roque. The school draws on 61 years of history of serving our community by providing students an academically excellent education in an environment that fosters the development of faith, values, and character.
At the core of Providence School is a talented faculty and staff, mature in Christian faith, who are excellent in their disciplines, skilled in the art of teaching, passionate about the students they teach, and committed to the school’s mission. Parents repeatedly mention the quality and professionalism of our faculty and staff in surveys and focus groups. This dedicated group brings joy, humor, and love to each school day, enriching the student experience and fostering a tight-knit community.
The Board of Directors is comprised of local businesspeople and professionals, parents, and community members. They are unified in their dedication to the mission of Providence and excited for the road ahead. The board members enjoy each other, their roles, and the work in which they are partnered.
Responsibilities of the Head of School include implementing the school’s mission and vision, inspiring and overseeing the academic program and faculty, developing relationships with community and giving partners, providing financial oversight, creating and ensuring effective internal and external communication, and strategic planning. In carrying out these duties, the Head of School will lead in such a way that all programs are developed, executed, and evaluated with a focus on continual improvement that reaches for the highest standards of excellence. When done well, the result will be a school experience that expresses Christ’s love, attracts students and employees, and fosters a positive reputation in the community.
As the sole employee of the Board of Directors, the Head of School reports directly to the Board. S/he leads an administrative team including the Director of Advancement (admissions, communications, development, and marketing), the Principals of Lower and Middle/High Schools, the Director of the Preschool, and the Chief Financial Officer.
Interested candidates should submit the following materials confidentially as separate PDF attachments in one email to email@example.com:
Cover letter expressing interest in the Head of School position at Providence School
Current resume or Curriculum Vitae
Statement of personal philosophy on Christian education
List of three references with name, phone number, and email address of each. (References will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission.)
For more details about the position and the application process, please contact Dr. Jason Eldred and Mr. Evan Collins, Search Committee Co-Chairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be a skilled and enthusiastic promoter of Providence School
Possess effective management skills
Have experience attracting, leading, and retaining faculty
Be a visible and inspiring leader
Possess business and financial acumen
Be an empowering delegator while retaining accountability
Think and act strategically in support of the school’s mission
Bring experience in fundraising, stewardship, and cultivating donors
Be committed to contributing positively to the life of the school community and the greater Santa Barbara community
Possess a master’s or doctorate degree in a relevant field
Personal qualities sought in the Head of School
The family-like community at Providence School expects a leader who:
Holds a strong and vibrant personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and exhibits comfort in expressing that faith
Embodies a strong moral character
Instills a passion for academic excellence
Is a strong, effective, clear communicator with all segments of the school population
Has the ability to inspire those around him/her; possesses “Pied Piper” characteristics
Is comfortable making fair and firm decisions
Is an innovative thinker
Has passion for a comprehensive, preschool through high school Christian education experience
Is committed to the success and maximum potential of every student
Demonstrates respect for diverse views and new ideas
Is warm, approachable, and open minded
Additional Salary Information: Salary is dependent on academic preparation, training, and experience. Benefits, including health insurance, retirement, and more, are part of the complete compensation package.