The Middle School Principal leads the faculty, staff and students in all of the spiritual, educational, and administrative aspects of fulfilling Whitefield’s mission to bolster Christian families in rearing young people who go on to college and life with a passion for learning, for others ahead of self, and for the living and active Jesus. This leader also serves as a key connection point, coordinating across the school for the betterment of the Middle School and helping to lead the entire Whitefield campus and community.
· Oversee the academic quality of the Middle School ensuring that students receive an exemplary education.
· Ensure robust and on-going professional development of the Middle School teachers including, but not limited to, ongoing classroom observation and feedback, mentoring and equipping teachers, regularly scheduled one-on-one meetings, assisting in the articulation of educational goals, oversight of regularly scheduled staff meetings, coordination of teacher training, oversight and guidance related to teacher/parent communications.
· Lead the cultivation of a warm and orderly culture and community (students, parents, and staff) where iron sharpens iron, where delight and diligence connect with the Gospel within grace-filled relationships.
· Create and sustain a vibrant environment for students that provides for discipleship, mentorship, and other enriching experiences.
· Conduct rigorous evaluations of Middle School teachers and staff and provide impactful developmental feedback.
· Provide oversight of all administrative aspects of the Middle School. This will include, at a minimum, management of the Middle School calendar, teaching schedule, and budget.
· Ensure effective ongoing communication between all members of the Middle School community (principal to teacher, principal to families, teacher to families, etc.).
· Ensure coordination of all parent volunteer involvement and activities in collaboration with the Whitefield Parent Association leadership for the Middle School.
· Supervise and develop the Middle School faculty and Middle School support staff.
· Support a relational approach to student discipline, in accordance with school policy, ensuring that student discipline is addressed in a consistent and timely manner.
· Attend extra-curricular events.
· Work with the director of admissions in the recruitment of new students. This includes, but is not limited to, familiarizing prospective families with the philosophy of the curriculum and the attributes of the school that are distinctive.
· Participate in advancement activities as needed.
· Participate in weekly leadership meetings with the school's administration.
· Serve on committees as needed, and be a visible presence in all areas of school life.
· Assist with accreditation processes and other strategic planning initiatives as needed.
· Collaborate with other division principals to provide programs for teacher orientation, in-service training, and review of policies in the Parent-Student and Employee Handbooks.
· Recruit and hire strong talent for Middle School positions (faculty/staff) who fit with the mission.
· Adhere to the bylaws, policies and procedures, and to all laws that govern the school and its actions, and operate within the budget allotment for the Middle School.
· Additional duties as assigned.
Professional and Personal Attributes, Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
· A master's degree in education from an accredited postsecondary institution.
· A minimum of five years of successful classroom teaching experience.
· School administration/leadership experience highly preferred.
· A committed educator, who enjoys middle school-aged children and demonstrates an understanding of the middle school child’s emotional and learning needs, as well as how to reach individual learners.
· Exudes excitement for the learning and development of Middle School children and empowers and encourages teachers to create engaging classrooms that focus on the best interest of the children, their learning, and character development.
· Balances the need for correction with compassion and grace in approach to guiding, directing, and disciplining children.
· Demonstrates self-awareness, is teachable, and open to constructive feedback.
· Shows mature reliance on the Holy Spirit and is comfortable leading the spiritual development of others.
· A servant leader who values others in word and deed.
· Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills.
· Demonstrates the ability to be courageous, collaborative, and engaging within the Middle School and across the campus.
· Skilled in handling conflict, motivating, coaching, and training faculty and staff
· Possesses high emotional and social intelligence, an empathic listener who relates well to students, parents, faculty and staff.
· Demonstrates the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and have strong planning and organization skills.
· Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, e-mailing, internet use, presentation software, Google platform, online grade book programs, and SmartBoard.
In addition, the person should:
· Commit to living his/her life under the lordship of Christ
· Model a consistent daily walk with Jesus Christ, and be a Christian role model in speech, actions, and attitudes, which contributes to the spiritual atmosphere of the school
· Believe and affirm the school’s Statement of Faith
· Commit to exhibiting Whitefield’s core value for our students to experience diversity that reflects the body of Christ and support the school’s diversity vision that aims at unity in Christ
· Demonstrate evidence of consistent spiritual activities such as worship at a local church, fellowship with the body of Christ, personal devotional time with the Lord, and individual study of scripture
· Evidence the fruit of the Spirit in the nurturing of relationships with other staff members, students, families, and the community at large
· Be actively involved in a local church
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. A request for reasonable accommodations must be submitted to the HR department.
Work for this position will take place primarily in an office, and secondarily in a classroom. The physical demands of this position include lifting up to 10 pounds regularly, and between 11 and 50 pounds rarely; carrying up to 10 pounds regularly, and between 11 and 50 pounds rarely; crawling rarely; pushing/pulling, climbing/balancing, reaching, crouching, and kneeling intermittently; stooping regularly; sitting, walking, standing, and bending often. To perform this job the person must be able to work for extended periods of time at a computer/keyboard; must be able to talk, hear, stand, sit, and/or walk for extended periods of time; and must possess normal manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
Nothing in this job description restricts the School’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. It does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. This job description is subject to change at any time.
This position will begin July 1, 2023. To apply please go to www.whitefieldacademy.com under About Us/Employment Opportunities. Whitefield Academy is an equal opportunity employer.