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Head of Lower School

Veritas School
Published
January 13, 2021
Location
3400 Brook Road, Richmond, VA, USA, Richmond, VA
Category
Job Type

Description

About Veritas

Veritas School is a community of over 600 students and 90 faculty with a beautiful campus in Richmond's historic Northside. At Veritas, we believe that a good education plays the long game, and we seek to prepare students not only for college but for life. We offer a robust JK-12 classical education in a joyous and Christ-centered environment using a curriculum that is rooted in our belief that all areas of study provide opportunities to discern and emulate the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. Veritas School is fully accredited and has consistently won local Top Workplace awards for creating a culture where employees feel engaged, appreciated and fulfilled.

Position Summary

The Head of Lower School provides academic, spiritual, and cultural leadership to faculty, students, and parents in the Lower School.  The Head ensures the academic program’s alignment with Veritas’ mission to offer a robust classical and Christian education. He or she nurtures a warm and orderly culture where delight and diligence cohabit with the Gospel message. The Head of the Lower School reports to the Head of School.  Embody the Veritas Portrait of a Graduate*

Essential Functions

  • Communicate the vision and mission of Veritas
  • Provide vision, direction, and inspiration to faculty and students
  • Nurture a school culture that promotes scholarship, spiritual growth, and Christian community
  • Oversee curriculum, instruction, and assessment in cooperation with the Academic Dean
  • Oversee faculty hiring, development, and evaluation
  • Provide instructional leadership and coaching for faculty
  • Shepherd student discipline issues
  • Establish and nurture parent relationships
  • Serve as a member of the school’s senior leadership team

Other Duties

  • Meet regularly with the faculty
  • Maintain a regular schedule of teacher supervision and evaluation
  • Coordinate peer teacher observations
  • Set and manage the Lower School budget in coordination with Head of School and business office
  • Ensure that resources are directed toward improving student learning and mission accomplishment
  • Coordinate curriculum mapping, scope and sequence charting, textbook evaluation and selection process, annual curriculum reviews, and curriculum development and implementation
  • Approve field trips and special activities

Position Requirements

Character

  • Mature Christian commitment, identity, and practice
  • Commitment to the vision, mission, and core beliefs of Veritas
  • Ability to shepherd and mentor the hearts of children
  • Emotional stability

Skills

  • Leadership - Able to motivate, coach, train, problem-solve, and evaluate
  • Communication - Articulate and well-spoken
  • People - High emotional and social intelligence, good listener, others-centered; a peace-maker
  • Organizational - Able to stay on top of projects, systems, and tasks

Knowledge

  • Classical education philosophy, content, and pedagogy
  • Student developmental characteristics
  • Learning styles and modalities
  • Theories of knowledge and instruction

Ideal Candidate Characteristics

  • Master’s degree
  • Leadership experience in a complex organization

*Portrait of a Graduate

Veritas faculty, staff, and parents seek to cultivate graduates who:

  • Understand and believe the Gospel, enjoying a growing faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Participate in the local body of Christ.
  • Study Scripture, pray, and serve faithfully.
  • Read deeply and charitably; reason truthfully and rigorously.
  • Speak and write with wisdom and eloquence.
  • Engage creation with wonder, pursuing beauty and working diligently.
  • Love and serve Christ the King, bringing shalom by sharing the Gospel and acting for the good of others.

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