St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School (“the School”) is a nurturing Christian environment that prepares children to learn and lead in our global community. As an elementary school, we focus on equipping 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 welcomes students of all faiths from age one through sixth grade. Our safe and beautiful campus along the St. Johns River is nestled amid shady tree-lined streets in a quiet neighborhood, conveniently located near downtown and easily accessed. Our students represent diverse backgrounds and reside in over 20 zip codes throughout Northeast Florida.
The Head of School shall serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the School and an Ex-Officio member of the Board of Trustees, and will report to the Board of Trustees. The Head of School will be a practicing Christian, preferably of the Episcopal faith, and will bring a positive, collaborative approach to continue innovation to the School.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Head of School 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 Head of School will carry out general duties, which include but are not limited to:
Responsible for the conduct of academic, athletic, extracurricular, and subsidiary activities of/or sponsored by the School.
Devote his/her full time, best efforts, skills, and attention to the performance of those functions usually associated with the administration of an independent school and shall perform them faithfully, diligently, competently, and in a manner consistent with the policies of the School as may be determined and amended from time to time.
Provide support and manage the development of new programs and curriculum, annual giving/fundraising, long range policy planning, and development and implementation of enrollment and marketing programs for the School.
Assure all requirements are met to maintain the School’s accreditation.
Advise the Board of concerns or issues facing the School and shall suggest to the Board policies, rules, regulations, and procedures for implementation as the Head of School believes are necessary or desirable for the optimum operation of the School.
Abide by all lawful by-laws, policies, practices, procedures, or rules of the School as may be amended from time to time.
The Head of School will also carry out specific duties, which include but are not limited to:
May or may not be a member of the Parish but must have an understanding and appreciation of the Church’s canonical structure and the School’s identity as an Episcopal Church School.
Serves as the professional education leader of the School, articulating the School’s mission to its constituencies.
Has the duty to report to the Board on school matters and is accountable to the Board and Rector.
Responsible for the professional quality, behavior, and morale of the faculty and staff.
As chief administrator of the School, the Head shall prepare and carry out the operating plan and annual budget as approved by the Board.
Working under guidelines established by the Board, the Head of School shall:
select, evaluate and dismiss faculty, staff and students
determine individual staff salaries
organize professional education and development of teachers
select curriculum for development and review
establish academic and behavioral standards as well as discipline and guidance
help develop and manage the budget
manage purchasing and supervise maintenance of the physical plant
Responsible for providing leadership in planning for the future of the School.
Works closely with the Rector and the Chair, jointly planning Board agendas and other matters pertaining to the Board’s responsibilities.
Skills and 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.
The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:
Joy and grace in human interactions, as demonstrated by a history of successful and fulfilling experiences with parents, students, and colleagues.
Knowledge and wisdom in School administration, with at least five years of teaching/administration experience in private/parochial schools. Episcopal school experience is preferred.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in Education or related field.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a desire to serve in a public role as the “face of the School.”
A desire to make a difference in the lives of children, families, and the St. Mark’s community.
The Head of School must be able to communicate effectively in speech and in written form with all of the various constituencies.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the Head is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
About St. Mark's Episcopal Day School
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 welcomes students of all faiths from age one through sixth grade. Our safe and beautiful campus along the St. Johns River is nestled amid shady tree-lined streets in a quiet neighborhood. Conveniently located near downtown and easily accessed, our students represent diverse backgrounds and reside in 30 zip codes throughout Northeast Florida.