Gwynedd Friends School seeks a dynamic and passionate leader to become our next Head of School, beginning in July 2020. Gwynedd Friends School is a non-profit Quaker School serving children ages 2 through 6. Rooted in Quaker values, GFS unites play with academics in an environment that inspires respect, reflection, and confidence in young children.
Gwynedd Friends School is accredited through Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and licensed by the Department of Human Services (DHS). Gwynedd Friends School was founded in 1943 by Gwynedd Friends Meeting. The School enjoys a close relationship with the Meeting, sharing its beautifully maintained buildings and grounds. The School serves families in several surrounding school districts, including North Penn, Wissahickon, Upper Dublin, and Central Bucks.
At Gwynedd Friends School, we weave the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship into our curriculum, helping us to build a moral foundation for each child. As teachers seek to nurture the Light in each child, they carefully observe their students’ interests, helping to guide and facilitate learning.
Gwynedd Friends seeks a Head of School who possesses a deep understanding of Early Childhood development and pedagogy in addition to an appreciation of Quakerism and Quaker values. The successful candidate is devoted to the School’s mission and philosophy, while possessing vision and imagination to advance the School’s program and curriculum. The Head of School will foster a lifelong love of learning in our school community.
The Head of School reports to the Board of Trustees and is charged with the oversight of all operations of the School, including hiring and nurturing faculty and staff, curriculum development, admissions, development, financial aid, financial management, and partnering with families. The Head will work with the board to carry out the mission of the School, set and achieve strategic goals, and maintain fiscal sustainability.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Nurture a diverse and caring community that sees “that of God” in everyone; that seeks knowledge; that supports learning; and that commits to an academic environment dedicated to Quaker values
Sustain and encourage the culture of advancement within the school community and the broader community to support the mission of the school
Work in partnership with the Board to implement the school’s mission and strategic goals
Maintain cooperative relationship with Gwynedd Monthly Meeting
Attend monthly Board Meetings; Committee meetings as needed
Represent Gwynedd Friends School as a member of Friends Council on Education, PAIS, PAISBOA, ADVIS, GPDC, and NAIS; regularly attend meetings and professional development events
Organize professional development programs for faculty and staff
Work within the budget and financial goals of the Board
Facilitate operational interests of the School (including program, buildings, grounds, etc.)
Work with Admissions Director to thoughtfully maintain student enrollment at optimum capacity
Plan and maintain a comprehensive calendar of school events and keep the community informed of programs and activities
Provide oversight regarding programs, instructional/learning expectations, and behavioral guidelines to faculty and staff
Review and evaluate the academic program to ensure it remains intentional, sequential, and cohesive
Monitor the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of students and support teachers in developing plans for meeting those needs
Stay current with research related to play and child development
Conduct regular meetings with faculty that address routine school matters and stimulate an exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern
Ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school’s operation
Keep up-to-date on DHS, PAIS, NAIS and Friends Council regulations and requirements
Observe, supervise, and evaluate the faculty and administrative staff
Maintain hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty and administrative staff
Candidates may apply by April 1, 2020. Please send a resume, cover letter, list of 3 professional references, and a statement of educational and leadership philosophy to Ann Manta, Assistant Head of School and Clerk of the Search Committee at: email@example.com
The Search Committee will maintain candidate confidentiality. Current employers and references will only be contacted late in the selection process and only with the full knowledge of the candidate.
Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or elementary education; Master’s degree preferred
A minimum of 5 years of experience working in an early childhood or elementary classroom
A minimum of 2 years of educational leadership experience
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Strong active listening skills
Dynamic ability to work collaboratively with many constituencies
Be able to approach new situations with a curious, joyful spirit
Passion for Quaker education is a must; experience working in a Quaker school preferred