Lipscomb Academy Associate Head of School for Academics
About Lipscomb Academy
At Lipscomb Academy, we believe that a purpose-filled education is preparation for a well-balanced life, an education where rigorous study is balanced by joyful inquiry, self-exploration balanced by service to others, competition balanced by nurturing those with whom we compete, and spiritual growth balanced by acts of faith. These beliefs are rooted in the knowledge that Christian education is about seeking excellence in all things.
Established by Lipscomb University in 1891, Lipscomb Academy is one of the few private secondary schools in the nation operated by a university. With an enrollment of nearly 1,300 students, Lipscomb Academy is the largest private, PreK-12 school in Middle Tennessee. Since its founding, faith and a Christian perspective have been integrated not only into the academic program, but also in every other facet of student life.
Lipscomb Academy is committed to developing its students into young men and women of character and fostering the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth of each child. This commitment is delivered by an outstanding faculty, rigorous and innovative approaches to education, and an emphasis on servant leadership among many other initiatives and opportunities. Lipscomb strives to maintain its trajectory of excellence in all things by continually seeking the highest quality faculty, programming, and facilities for its students. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Lipscomb Academy students’ learning experiences take place not only in traditional classroom settings, but also in the larger “campus” of the city and world around them.
The Lipscomb Academy associate head of school for academics will assist the head of school in leading and managing the academic programs of the school in collaboration with the senior vice president who serves as the university administrative liaison to the institution. This leadership will require fostering innovative approaches to education, expecting excellence in all aspects of the academic program, and demonstrating a faith-based approach to education and administration. This position will oversee the school-wide academic program and curriculum, prekindergarten through grade twelve, including teacher evaluation and professional development in collaboration with the principals at the three levels. He or she will work with principals, department heads and other academic leaders to ensure strength and consistency of the curriculum across the grade levels, serve as a resource about developments and trends in education, and oversee accreditation processes. This position involves strategic, thoughtful and effective leadership of the academic program and interaction with the school's faculty, students, parents, staff, and alumni as well as building relationships in the community. The associate head of school will represent the head of school on assigned committees and carry out various special projects for the head of school. The associate head of school will assist the head of school as the school builds and maintains a consistent and effective model of academic excellence, integrity, efficiency and accountability.
- Advising and assisting the head of school in the development and implementation of policies that serve the best interest of the school’s educational goals and the education of its students.
- Supporting the head of school by providing assistance with administrative functions.
- Overseeing the academic program of the school including accreditation processes.
- Implementing policies, procedures and processes for providing direction and/or complying with accreditation requirements.
- Ensuring compliance with accrediting and school membership agencies.
- Ensuring and promoting the highest quality standards for curriculum, programs and faculty.
- Facilitating meetings, processes, etc. for the purpose of establishing and meeting curriculum guidelines and ensuring goals are achieved.
- Finding creative and innovative methods to enhance students' educational experience and quality.
- Evaluating and promoting best practices in teaching and learning, marketing, development and technology.
- Evaluating and supervising school personnel for the purpose of ensuring that performance is optimal and standards are achieved.
- Developing strategies to continuously improve faculty and staff professional development.
- Establishing and promoting goals and accountability for faculty and staff that result in every student achieving his/her fullest academic and personal potential.
- Monitoring educator performance, providing for professional growth and facilitating overall objectives of school's curriculum.
- Overseeing testing at all levels, monitoring achievement, and developing dashboard indicators for annual review.
- Being visible and attending school events to build trust and cohesion, strengthen parent relations and encourage support of the school.
Minimum requirements include
- A master’s degree in educational administration/supervision or equivalent.
- At least 3 years experience in teaching, with experience in educational administration preferred.
- Experience in Christian school administration desirable, but not required.
- Demonstrated educational leadership.
Personal and General Qualifications:
Qualified applicants must
- Be an active member of the Church of Christ.
- Have the ability to create and lead effectively in a team environment.
- Have the ability to mentor others, build teams and foster a supportive work environment.
- Have enthusiasm, appreciation and commitment for the school’s mission.
- Demonstrate proven strength in interpersonal skills and human resource management.
- Be a problem-solver who can engage appropriate parties in the development and implementation of solutions.
- Possess insight into contemporary culture and the challenges facing families, youth and Christian education.
Candidates should send a letter of interest, current CV, transcripts, names and contact information for three professional references and a statement of faith. Materials should be sent to Dr. Candice McQueen, Senior Vice President and Dean of College of Education, Lipscomb University, One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204-3951 or electronically to Candice.firstname.lastname@example.org. Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Evidence of active membership in the churches of Christ is required.
Lipscomb University is associated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ and governed by religious tenets held by the institution. Primary consideration is given to staff applicants who are active, faithful members of a congregation of the Church of Christ. Lipscomb University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, color, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its employment practices.
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