A K-8 Private School located on beautiful Vashon Island is seeking a Head of School starting in the fall of 2020. The Harbor School provides a global education to its student population of ninety-two. Through its travel study program, community outreach, and academic life the school provides an enriched experience for students, which carries with them well beyond their years at The Harbor School.
Head of School - Role and Responsibility
We are seeking a Head of School that embodies the school’s Cornerstone Values of accountability, compassion, integrity, respect, responsibility, and personal best. A good candidate for this position is positive, confident, and an energetic self-starter with great communication skills. They need to be ready to lead a community that desires the best education for their children. A Head of School must be able to forge connections with students, teachers, and parents, which is essential to the success of the school.
Here are some of your responsibilities as the Head of School:
In collaboration with the Board, develop and execute an annual budget and multi-year strategic plan.
Lead the admissions functions of the school including the administration of the school’s financial aid program in consultation with the Finance Committee of the Board.
Plan and optimize the school’s fund-raising programs such as the annual fund, capital campaigns, planned giving, and major events.
Work with the Admissions Director in determining programs for the recruitment of students, including information dissemination, applicant testing and interviews, acceptance, and decisions.
Allocate duties to staff within the school and manage staff in accordance with school policies and procedures while creating and maintaining a supportive work environment.
Has overall responsibility for the management of the school's program of teaching, development, and the implementation of the school’s academic policy.
Ensures the effective delivery of high quality teaching and the maintenance of academic standards.
Promotes excellence and improvement in all matters of teaching, learning, research and administration.
Personal Qualities and Qualifications
A successful candidate for the next Head of School position at The Harbor School possesses many of the following competencies, experiences, and personal qualities:
Possession of a Washington State teaching license or equivalent.
Excitement for alternative or non-traditional education systems.
Completion of a school based practicum with a deep respect for teaching and learning.
Experience as a Head of School or with the administrative functions of a school.
Masters Degree in Education from an accredited institution is preferred.
Completion of WA State approved Administrator Preparation program is preferred.
Demonstration of inspirational leadership experience.
Experience managing budgets and financial reporting.
Experience with fundraising and developing long term, positive, and mutually beneficial relationship between donors and schools preferred.
The base salary is competitive. In addition to the base salary benefits include vacation, holiday, and sick leave pay. Health, dental and vision insurance offered.
Interested candidates should submit the following materials no later then November 1st, 2019 to the following email address.
Cover letter expressing interest in the Head of School position and outlining relevant experiences, leadership approach and personal qualities which align with the school’s mission.
Current resume including dates of employment.
Statement of education philosophy and practice.
List of four references with name, phone number, and email address.