Head of School

St. John’s Episcopal School
Olney, MD United States

The Opportunity
The next Head of St. John’s Episcopal School in Olney, MD (STJES) will have the opportunity to lead a PK3 – 8 coed 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.

The Head of School will work with a talented and dedicated faculty to provide students with
an education that is focused on academics, character, and faith. The HOS works
collaboratively with the Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church (STJEC). 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.

The HOS is the outward face of the school, building relationships with parents, the St.
John’s Church community, and the broader independent school community.
For additional information, please see the attached school profile and visit the STJES web
site.

Priorities
Priorities for the Head of School include:

  • Increasing enrollment. Enrollment has increased recently, and 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 HOS must be able to connect with
    donors and potential donors and develop strong relationships.
  • Managing resources prudently. 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.

Qualifications
Requirements include a passion for the school’s mission and experience necessary to lead
an excellent school. We understand that each candidate will possess a unique set of skills
and experience. The following list provides a profile of the type of candidates the search
committee seeks.

  • 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 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.

Compensation will be based on experience. The minimum starting salary is $200,000.

Start Date
The previous HOS determined late in the school year that she would not return for personal
reasons. We would like to welcome our next HOS as soon as possible, as early as the Fall
of 2024 or January 2025. There is an Interim HOS in place, so we do have the flexibility to
wait until July 2025, for the right candidate.

Contact Information

To Apply
Candidates may apply by sending a resume, cover letter, statement of educational
philosophy, and contact information for five references. Please note that references will not
be contacted until later in the process and with full knowledge of the candidate. The
consultant and the search committee understand that candidates may be very satisfied in
their current position and interested in an exploratory conversation. Confidentiality will be
maintained until the final stages of the interview process.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:
https://warrenwhitney.isolvedhire.com/jobs/1230876. For best consideration, please apply
by July 26, 2024. For questions, please call Katherine Whitney, search consultant, at (804)
282-9566.

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