Head of School

  • St. John’s Episcopal School
  • Olney, MD, USA
  • Jun 19, 2024
Full time Head of School

Job Description

The Opportunity

The next Head of St. John’s Episcopal School in Olney, MD (STJES) will have the opportunity to lead a PK3 – 8 coed school recognized for its excellence in preparing students for high school. STJES provides an environment of cross-curricular learning, with teachers who work collaboratively to inspire and challenge students in a safe and nurturing community. STJES graduates are accepted and are successful in top high schools across the region.

The Head of School will work with a talented and dedicated faculty to provide students with an education that is focused on academics, character, and faith. The HOS works collaboratively with the Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church (STJEC). The Head of School reports to the School’s Board of Trustees which is responsible to the Vestry and the Rector. The HOS works collaboratively with the Church’s Rector on spiritual development. As an Episcopal school, STJES welcomes students of all faiths and is known for its diverse student body.

The HOS is the outward face of the school, building relationships with parents, the St. John’s Church community, and the broader independent school community.

For additional information, please download the school profile below the job description on our applicant website or visit the STJES web site.


Priorities for the Head of School include:

  • Increasing enrollment. Enrollment has increased recently, and STJES can accommodate additional students. The HOS will work with the admissions director and the Board to move STJES towards capacity.
  • Developing a culture of philanthropy. The HOS must be able to connect with donors and potential donors and develop strong relationships.
  • Managing resources prudently. Thanks to devoted and talented faculty, being a small school has not compromised opportunities for students. It does mean that resource allocations are made carefully and thoughtfully.
  • Nurturing the strong relationship that exists between the school and the church. The HOS and the Rector have developed an excellent partnership, which strengthens the entire church / school community.

Compensation will be based on experience. The minimum starting salary is $200,000.

Start Date

The previous HOS determined late in the school year that she would not return for personal reasons. We would like to welcome our next HOS as soon as possible, as early as the Fall of 2024 or January 2025. There is an Interim HOS in place, so we do have the flexibility to wait until July 2025, for the right candidate.

To Apply

Candidates may apply by sending a resume, cover letter, statement of educational philosophy, and contact information for five references. Please note that references will not be contacted until later in the process and with full knowledge of the candidate. The consultant and the search committee understand that candidates may be very satisfied in their current position and interested in an exploratory conversation. Confidentiality will be maintained until the final stages of the interview process.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: https://warrenwhitney.isolvedhire.com/jobs/1230876. For best consideration, please apply by July 26, 2024. For questions, please call Katherine Whitney, search consultant, at (804) 282-9566.

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