Metairie Park Country Day School seeks an experienced and capable educator who enjoys working with young people to fill the position of Upper School Principal. As a senior academic administrator, the Upper School Principal will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Upper School in a manner consistent with direction from the Head of School. We are seeking an inspired professional who will manage pedagogy and constituent relationships with emotional intelligence, cultural awareness, and professionalism. The successful candidate will also be an excellent communicator with strong organizational skills necessary to lead within a collaborative and forward-thinking environment. The Upper School Principal reports to the Head of School and serves as a key member of the school’s administrative leadership team. An advanced degree in education or educational leadership is preferred, along with Upper School leadership experience in an independent school environment. This full-time 12-month position includes a highly competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package along with all school year holidays. The expected start date for this position is July 1, 2020.
About Metairie Park Country Day and the Upper School
Additional information about Country Day and the Upper School is available on our website at: www.mpcds.com
Specific Responsibilities of the Upper School Principal include:
Assisting the Head of School in implementing the strategic vision of the School and the fulfillment of the School’s Mission
Serving as both the educational and instructional leader of the Upper School, contributing to all decisions regarding curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the Upper School
Working alongside the Academic Leadership Team to ensure coherence across all educational programming, from curricular scope and sequence to pedagogical integrity and authentic assessment of student achievement
Contributing to the hiring of all Upper School faculty and staff. The Upper School Principal takes the lead role in supporting, supervising, managing and evaluating all Upper School faculty and staff. In conjunction with the Academic Leadership Team, addresses personnel issues and staffing for the division
Participating in all admission decision-making processes for the Upper School from class size to student enrollment and retention
Ensuring that the Upper School student body pursues the mission of the School, cultivating strength of character and strength of intellect as they yearn to live, learn, and lead well
Supervising and leading all aspects of student life, from student activities and service to the School’s varied discipline processes
Maintaining a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment throughout the campus
Additional related duties as assigned by the Head of School
The ideal Upper School Principal will have the following traits and assets:
Proven success at working collaboratively in school leadership at multiple levels
A passion for creating a curious, engaged faculty culture through faculty development, conversation, and community
A strong understanding of adolescent development and a genuine love of working with teenagers
A demonstrated commitment to leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion
Proven skills in written and oral communication across school constituencies, including faculty, staff, parents, and students
A keen understanding of the nuances of independent schools, including their mission and function
A willingness to learn about the Country Day and New Orleans cultures while contributing to the ongoing evolution of those cultures
A positive attitude, a growth mindset, and a sense of humor
Strong listening skills accompanied with the ability to move groups forward
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
An advanced degree in education or educational leadership is preferred.
Substantial teaching and leadership in an Upper School and independent school environment is preferred.
Interested parties may forward a cover letter, a resume, an educational philosophy, and a list of references to Paul_Casadaban@mpcds.com and should include “US Principal Position” in the subject line of the email.
Although emailing is preferred, application materials may also be physically mailed to the following address:
Mr. Paul Casadaban
Human Resources Manager
Metairie Park Country Day School
300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
Metairie Park Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
About Metairie Park Country Day School
OUR MISSION: Metairie Park Country Day School enriches the lives of talented young people in a dynamic learning environment, building strength of intellect and strength of character within a community that is simultaneously challenging and supportive. Our students learn to be flexible, to be adaptable, and to face the challenges of life with honor, optimism, confidence, creativity, and a sense of humor.
Metairie Park Country Day School was founded in 1929 on a 15-acre campus located in an attractive residential neighborhood north of downtown New Orleans. The School has a stable and growing enrollment of approximately 730 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade and sends its seniors to competitive colleges. Country Day has 96 teaching faculty, many of whom have advanced degrees and a long tenure with the School. The faculty to student ratio is approximately one to 8.7. While the School has a demanding course of study, with a number of opportunities to take electives, it comes out of a progressive tradition that puts a premium on challenging students to excel within their own frameworks of talent and ambition in a highly interactive environment. Values emphasized are ...a love of learning for its own sake, individual responsibility, critical thinking, strength of intellect, strength of character, creativity and self-expression, and communal values.
In supporting the character formation of each student, Country Day strives to sustain an atmosphere in which faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and others work together to foster a caring and nurturing environment. Students are encouraged to be tolerant of other views, to be morally responsible, to be adaptable to a changing world, to recognize and act upon a sense of social responsibility, and to see themselves as individuals who are also active members of a vibrant larger community. The School has a strong co-curricular program, including successful athletic teams in which most students participate, a fine instrumental and choral program, and a sturdy commitment to community service, all of which are actively supported by parents and alumni.
The current Head, Mr. Matt Neely, was appointed in 2017.
The School operates with an annual budget of $15 million. Various capital campaigns have raised the funds to upgrade school facilities over the past ten years including, most recently, raising funds to renovate and expand the Coleman Family Dining Room, build a new Science and Engineering Building, and renovate our Art and Lower School Science Building. Even while raising funds for these large capital projects, the Country Day Fund, our school’s annual giving campaign, continues to enjoy historic levels of financial support and unprecedented levels of participation across all constituencies.
Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin.