Reports to: President
Direct Reports: Faculty, Dean of Students
Education: Minimum of master’s degree in educational administration or curriculum development
Experience: Classroom and administrative experience in a classical school preferred
Primary Function: The Principal is responsible for the daily operation of the school, implementation of the academic program of the school (EI-8), and management of the faculty, students and parent relationships. The position reports to the President and is an active member of the school’s executive team.
- Recommend teaching structure (classroom governance model (e.g., Lead Teachers, etc.)).
- Ensure teacher profiles are up-to-date.
- Responsible for teacher recruitment and pipeline development for future teachers.
- Responsible for teacher selection.
- Responsible for teacher academic training.
- Responsible for teacher development (areas other than just classroom instruction, ex. learning classical approach, dealing with conflict, identifying student learning issues, customer service training, etc.).
- Responsible for creating a quality substitute teacher model and talent pipeline.
- Working with the President, develop a transitional teacher structure in preparation for high school.
- Serve as primary point of contact with parents concerning academic, behavioral and other basic matters.
- Suggest ways to refine and improve the scheduling and timing of events.
- Ensure operational excellence by planning proactively 90 – 120 days in advance of key events so there is adequate time to prepare.
- Explore, package and offer out-of-the classroom options that can be uniquely Heritage – to further differentiate (ex. real world options, learning academy, life skills exposures and options, better external experiences, etc.)
The Principal shall keep the School President appropriately advised of concerns or issues facing the School and shall suggest policies, rules, regulations, and procedures to the School President for implementation that the Principal believes are necessary or desirable for the optimum operation of the School; these policies, rules, regulations, and procedures will require approval prior to being implemented. The Principal will be responsible to abide by all by-laws, policies, practices, procedures or rules of the School, as may be amended from time to time.
Personal and Professional Profile:
The ideal candidate will:
- be a born-again Christian, committed to the Lord, exhibiting a close and dynamic daily walk with Jesus Christ.
- agree with and able to support the school’s Statement of Faith.
- be a student of God's Word and be able to apply Biblical truth in speaking and counseling situations.
- put the oneness of the Body of Christ above membership in a particular denomination or church.
- understand the distinctives of classical and Christian education and the Heritage Way and be committed to those distinctives.
- be able to communicate effectively with staff, students, faculty and parents.
- have a teachable spirit and be able to take criticism with a willingness to learn and grow.
- be well organized.
- have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- have excellent computer skills.
- maintain confidentiality in all school matters.
- be able to follow through on communications and decisions.
- have professional experience and qualifications that match the needs and responsibilities of the position.
- have the ability to present a positive image of the school to others and to the community.