One of the most highly regarded independent day schools in the country, St. John’s School enrolls 1,389 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade on a beautiful, 41-acre campus in the heart of Houston, Texas. For more than 70 years, St. John’s has provided a rigorous education that emphasizes academics, athletics, the arts, and service within the context of a dynamic and supportive environment. By encouraging students to study, explore, inquire, and play, the school fosters lifelong learning and the holistic development of young people. At every grade level, the intellectual, ethical, social, spiritual, moral, aesthetic, and physical capacities of students are cultivated by passionate and experienced faculty members, and as students grow, they develop ownership of their education and a sense of responsibility to use their gifts to the benefit of others.
The Head of Lower School will join St. John’s School in the midst of exciting growth. The recently completed Opportunity of a Lifetime campaign aided both endowment growth and facilities improvements, including the construction and renovation of multiple campus buildings. The Lower School in particular will benefit from a new 6,300-square-foot multipurpose hall, expected to be completed in spring of 2018, which will serve as a gathering and fine arts space. The next major phase of the master plan will include the construction of a new Lower School building that will enable the division to increase enrollment while maintaining small class sizes.
In addition to benefiting from ongoing facilities development, the Head of Lower School will work with a thriving senior administrative team and play a key leadership role in school-wide initiatives, such as alignment of the K-12 curriculum, continued integration of social and emotional wellness, implementation of faculty growth and evaluation programs, and increased focus on matters of diversity and inclusivity with regard to both programs and school culture based on findings from the NAIS Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism, which is currently underway.
Reporting to the Associate Headmaster, the Head of Lower School will oversee all aspects of the Lower School, including curriculum and program development; faculty recruitment, support, and evaluation; scheduling; budgeting; and admissions. This person will foster a warm, welcoming, and positive culture in which both students and teachers are supported in their growth. The Head of Lower School will honor the division’s tradition of excellence and build on it by leading faculty in the continued enhancement of both programs and practice. As a member of the senior administrative team working closely with the Head of School and other key leaders, he or she will participate in implementing school-wide initiatives that will reflect St. John’s mission and values; preserve its core culture of collaboration and community; and ensure that best practices are pervasive throughout the three divisions. Direct reports include the Director of Student Life, Director of Operations, Math Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator, Physical Education Coordinator, Counselor, and Administrative Assistant. Specific responsibilities include the following:
Being a visible presence on campus, actively engaging in the daily life of the school, and building and sustaining positive relationships with multiple constituencies.
Maintaining transparency and open communication in order to promote a warm and nurturing environment in which faculty, staff, and students feel known and valued.
Leading Lower School faculty and administrators in the continual review and revision of curricula, programs, and pedagogy in order to ensure the division continues to provide an innovative, challenging, and developmentally appropriate elementary education.
Hiring, supporting, mentoring, and evaluating dedicated Lower School faculty and staff who bring expertise in elementary education, a love of children, and passion for the craft of teaching.
Promoting professional development by fostering a growth-oriented faculty culture, leading or generating conversations about best practices and important trends in education, and implementing faculty growth and evaluation programs.
Collaborating with the Headmaster, Associate Headmaster, and other division heads and administrators in strategic planning, horizontal and vertical curriculum alignment, the development of budgets and schedules, and K-12 initiatives.
Communicating clearly and regularly with parents, including providing updates on school events and programs, working with them on issues related to specific students, and participating in parent education on matters of child development and elementary education.
Working closely with the Director of Admissions on the kindergarten and first grade admissions process, including speaking with prospective families, evaluating applicants, and participating in admissions decisions.
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Additional Salary Information: Salary and benefits are highly competitive with comparable schools in the region.
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