For the past 45 years, The Pathfinder School has been inspiring children to achieve their personal best as lifelong learners, global citizens, creative thinkers and stewards of the Earth. Our students are motivated to look beyond the outward appearance of things and construct a deeper understanding. The Pre-K - 8th school is founded on the inherent benefits of small class sizes, a broad and enriching curriculum, high expectations for student effort, and immersion in a natural setting. Consequently, student learning is grounded in relevance, joy, and positive results, as measured both by student achievement and engagement.
We seek a Head of School who will make our mission apparent and visible in daily instruction, administrative decision-making, and strategic leadership.
Start date: July 1, 2018
Mission Statement: The Pathfinder School mission is to ensure each student builds a foundation of intellectual facility and self-assurance through immersion in vigorous learning environments that require creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, initiative, and responsibility.
Our Core Values:
Respect for multiple intelligences and learning styles.
Constructivism and experiential learning.
Attention to social-emotional wellness and character development.
High expectations for academic effort and generativity.
Enthusiasm for teaching and learning.
Students being well-known by their teachers.
A broad and adaptive curriculum.
Integration of the arts.
Utilization of the outdoors.
Favoring cooperation over competition.
A shared spirit of community among students, parents, and teachers.
Independence in curriculum, governance, and finance.
Title: Head of School
Immediate Supervisor: The Pathfinder School Board of Trustees
Prior experience in school administration or leadership position.
Prior experience in classroom instruction.
Proven experience with staff supervision, budget, and financial management.
Degree in Education or other related field.
Understanding of distinction of independent schooling.
Passion for education, teaching, and child development.
Ability to participate in fund development and cultivation of donors.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Appreciation for students and the partnership with parents.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Head of School has ultimate overall responsibility for all aspects of school and summer camp administration, including curriculum and instruction, student experiences, facility management, strategic planning, business affairs, admissions/enrollment, marketing and communications, legal compliance, development, and board relations.
Serve as educational leader for The Pathfinder School.
Articulate, defend, and make visible the mission of The Pathfinder School for students, families, staff, and community.
Demonstrate sound judgment to address emerging crisis and to use supervision constructively.
Ability to collaborate and guide faculty/staff for the purposes of deepening understanding of methods and pedagogy related to best instructional practices and student support.
Foster a professional and social culture that reflects the core values of The Pathfinder School.
Manage relationships with students, staff and parents.
Develop specific operations, goals and objectives to implement the strategic goals that have been mutually established with the Board.
Hire, supervise, mentor, and evaluate teaching and support staff.
Oversee admissions/enrollment process of students.
Lead and facilitate staff meetings to guide and support staff.
Oversee all aspects of facility management.
Provide opportunities for ongoing professional development for all staff.
Encourage staff to propose, plan, and develop programs in accordance with the mission of the school.
Maintain regular reporting and open dialogue with the Board of Trustees.
Be the spokesperson for The Pathfinder School.
Foster a positive relationship with the Traverse Bay community and other independent and public schools.
Finance and Fund Development:
Administer the operating budget and be accountable to Board of Trustees for effective business management.
Participate in annual budget recommendations including personnel, facilities, and program investments.
Assist in identifying, cultivating and soliciting prospective donors and grantors.
Compliance, Accreditation and Accountability for School Operations:
Conduct written evaluations of staff.
Oversee student evaluations, assessments, and feedback processes
Oversee ongoing program evaluation, including curriculum standards and curriculum development.
Ensure that all state reporting requirements are met.
Ensure early childhood and camp licensing requirements are met.
Notification of receipt of completed applications will be sent via email. References will not be contacted without prior notification. The Pathfinder School is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and seeks and welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
Established in 1972, The Pathfinder School is a non-sectarian independent day school, which enrolls 110 students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. Located just north of Traverse City, Michigan on a 22-acre wooded campus nestled between the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay and Cedar Lake, the school provides a natural workshop for project-based and experiential learning both in and out of ...the classroom.
Pathfinder is characterized by its warm and caring atmosphere, small classes and a highly skilled and dedicated instructional staff. The school is committed to engaged, relevant and active learning, the pursuit of academic and creative excellence and a fundamental respect for the integrity and diversity of children. The Pathfinder School serves the Grand Traverse area as an ISACS accredited independent elementary and middle school.