National Cathedral School (NCS) seeks a full-time Head of Middle School to lead a division of approximately 125 girls in grades 7 and 8 and 30 faculty members, beginning July 1, 2019. The Head reports to the Head of School and is a member of the NCS administrative team. This person is charged with ensuring the continuing excellence of all aspects of the division’s operation in the context of the school’s mission. NCS desires a visionary middle school educator who will lead faculty and staff and inspire students, work that will be done with the guidance of the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. In addition, as a member of the Head of School’s leadership team, the Middle School head will assume a management role of grade 4-12 initiatives, dependent on experience and interests. The Head of Middle School works in close collaboration with the Associate Head/Head of Upper School and the Head of Lower School to coordinate a comprehensive grade 4-12 program. The Middle School head will be expected to teach the equivalent of one class.
Qualified applicants will have substantial administrative and teaching experience (approximately 10 years or more) in the middle school grades. Qualified candidates will be well versed in relevant research on girls’ education and adolescent development. Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills is required; strong interpersonal skills in relation to middle school children and their parents is expected. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in leading faculty as they assess and enhance school programs, both curricular and extracurricular. The ideal candidate will be keenly aware of innovative middle school programs around the country and the world. An advanced degree is preferred; a bachelor’s degree is required.
National Cathedral School serves 585 students in grades 4 through 12. Faculty and staff are curious intellectually, advocates of lifelong learning, flexible, collaborative, and view education as an engaging vocation. Our students are fun and kind, and they love to be challenged and viewed as confident individuals. Faculty and staff maintain a lively conversation about the meaning of all-girls education, an interest in pedagogy, and innovative uses of technology. As an Episcopal school, NCS welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths while maintaining a close identity with Washington National Cathedral's commitment to being a house of prayer for all people.
Interested candidates should send an electronic application that includes a cover letter expressing interest in the position; a current resume; a statement of educational philosophy and practice; and names and contact information of five references. Please email these materials as one combined document, in a PDF that uses the applicant’s full name as the file name, with “Head of Middle School” in the subject line email@example.com no later than Jan. 30, 2019.