St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School is a nurturing Christian environment to prepare children to learn and lead in our global community. As an elementary school, we focus on preparing our students for the future while also savoring the wonder, magic, and innocence of childhood. We design and provide learning experiences that build upon children’s natural curiosity and allow for exploration while maintaining a culture that balances challenge, nurture, structure, and choice. Our approach to teaching fosters achievement and progress through hard work; inspiring, and engaging young minds and attitudes to give students the best opportunity for success and happiness.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School was founded in 1970 as an outreach mission of the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Florida. The school was originally created as a non-profit Christian school, located on the grounds of the church. The purpose of the school was to provide children with the finest quality education and citizenship training, given by dedicated teacher within a strong Christian environment. The founders of the school were committed to this concept of providing a balanced educational program for the spiritual, intellectual, social and emotional growth of each child. Father Robert Clingman was the Rector of St. Mark’s at the time of the school’s founding. Over the years, St. Mark’s has grown from an opening enrollment of 107 to over 300 students. Over 20% of families are also St. Mark’s Episcopal Church parishioners. The school program begins at age 1 and matriculates through sixth grade. Current enrollment is 327.
At A Glance
St. Mark’s operates on a traditional school year, beginning in mid- to late August and ending in late May. Students in grades 1 – 6 worship three times a week with Eucharist on the first Monday of every month. The school day begins at 8:15 AM and ends at 3:15 PM. The Early Learning Program has several enrollment options to choose from and there are extended day options beyond the school day for all ages.
St. Mark’s is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the Board of Regents of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. The school is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Florida under the authority of, and as an integral part of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Diocese of Florida. Other memberships include the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES), Elementary Heads Association, and Educational Records Bureau.
The Role of Interim Head
The Interim Head shall serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the school and an Ex-Officio member of the Board of Trustees. The Interim Head will report to the Board of Trustees. The Interim will be a practicing Christian, preferably of the Episcopal faith, and will bring a positive, collaborative approach to continue innovation as the school begins its search for a permanent Head of School.
The Interim period is expected to last at least one year while the school prepares for a permanent Head. The Interim may apply for the permanent Head position.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Interim Head will be responsible for the day to day operation of the School, as well as play a key role in the Board’s overall assessment of School, Board, teacher, and student effectiveness.
The Interim Head will also carry out the duties of the Head of School, in the absence of a permanent Head. Those specific duties include:
Skills & Qualifications
St. Mark’s seeks a leader of a welcoming and inclusive faith who can bring people together with warmth, caring, strong leadership and vision, guiding the St. Mark’s community to growth while pastoring the community towards the transition to the permanent Head of School.
The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualifications: