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Category: School Administration
School: The Rhoades School
Location: Encinitas, CA
Date Opened: May 23, 2023
Job ID: 1581

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Spring Education Group's K-12 Division includes nearly 75 schools, with programs spanning Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, and High School. Across all our K-12 schools, the common theme is our dedication to providing high-quality education and delivering superior educational outcomes through a variety of acclaimed pedagogical approaches. Our private elementary schools provide challenging academics, personalized attention for each student, and strong partnerships among parents, teachers, students, and staff. Our proven curricula and our caring community of educators are committed to delivering superior preschool through 12th grade education.

The Head of School at The Rhoades School oversees the management and day-to-day operations of the school, and sets the vision for the school's long-term growth and development. The Head of School will oversee three campuses and be responsible for supporting the growth and development of all faculty and staff. The ideal candidate for this role will work collaboratively with all stakeholders to continue Rhoades' tradition of exceptional academic outcomes for gifted students, while continuing to build strong community partnerships and maintain the unique culture that has been developed over the last 40 years.

Duties & Responsibilities

Promote Alignment with School Culture & Values:
  • Keeps the school mission, core values, and school spirit at the center of all leadership /management decisions
  • Ensure a warm and nurturing environment for all students, families, and faculty
  • Provide and model impeccable communication and responsiveness with all stakeholders
  • Serve as the key spokesperson and model for positive public relations, including families and the community/neighborhood; create outreach and partnership opportunities within the community

Ensure Exceptional Student Outcomes:
  • Provide engaging leadership in the delivery and execution of a high-quality program for gifted learners; follow the school's curriculum while providing a supportive environment for creative approaches by teaching staff
  • Ensure accurate and timely academic reporting, conferencing, and record keeping by all campus staff
  • Hire the best talent, and support professional development opportunities
  • Oversee the implementation of a robust social-emotional curriculum that meets the needs of the various grade levels on campus
  • Maintain all necessary activities and records to ensure ongoing WASC accreditation

Deliver Key Business Outcomes:
  • Ensure the effective day-to-day operations of the school, including all campus-level talent management, enrollment, and budget management activities to sustain profitability
  • Ensure compliance with all local and state licensing regulations
  • Ensure accurate and timely monthly reporting of key business metrics
  • Drive recruitment and retention activities at the campus level and in the community
  • Maintain a safe, clean environment; oversee campus and facility improvements

Competencies:

The Head of School will be a dynamic, engaging, self-reliant, and entrepreneurial senior leader, accustomed to managing with a collaborative, fact-based approach, with exceptional communication skills and interpersonal warmth. They will have demonstrated the ability to build strong and open working relationships characterized by mutual respect between superiors, peers, and subordinates within the school. This leader will be openly communicative of ideas with others and invite and consider input from the school, their peers, and their direct reports.

The Head of School will be accessible and approachable, respecting intellectual integrity and valuing individuality, building and fostering working relationships with school partners from a variety of functions and geographies, thus enabling a partnership mentality with the entire school team. As a collaborative team player, they will model how to appropriately delegate key responsibilities and transfer some of their own duties and decisions as the direct/indirect reports' number and skill sets grow. Open to feedback, they will be a leader who promotes continuous learning and are committed to ongoing self-improvement.

Key leadership characteristics include:
  • Charismatic Leadership: inspire and motivate others to perform well and accept feedback
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills: able to identify problems, gather information, and resolve concerns in a timely, effective manner
  • Integrity and ethics: able to maintain confidentiality and professionalism in all activities
  • Highly effective oral and written communication: speak and write clearly and persuasively one to one and in groups
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills: interact well with others at all levels and builds rapport easily with others
  • Efficient multi-tasker: can work on multiple conflicting priorities with ease and delegate appropriately
  • Independent, while also being a team player: can act without supervision as needed while working collaboratively and cooperatively with a variety of groups
  • Goal-oriented and self-motivated with strong organization and time management skills

Education & Experience:

BA degree required; Advanced degree strongly preferred
Prior Head of School and/or School Leadership experience preferred
Experience with Gifted Education preferred

Physical Requirements:

This position frequently involves long hours and widely diverse duties. The person in this role must be able to bend, stoop, and perform extensive walking. Extensive computer time, sitting and driving are necessary in this position. Air travel may be necessary from time to time.

The Head of School at The Rhoades School oversees the management and day-to-day operations of the school, and sets the vision for the school's long-term growth and development. The Head of School will oversee three campuses and be responsible for supporting the growth and development of all faculty and staff. The ideal candidate for this role will work collaboratively with all stakeholders to continue Rhoades' tradition of exceptional academic outcomes for gifted students while continuing to build strong community partnerships and maintain the unique culture that has been developed over the last 40 years.

Duties & Responsibilities

Promote Alignment with School Culture & Values:
  • Keeps the school mission, core values, and school spirit at the center of all leadership /management decisions
  • Ensure a warm and nurturing environment for all students, families, and faculty
  • Provide and model impeccable communication and responsiveness with all stakeholders
  • Serve as the key spokesperson and model for positive public relations, including families and the community/neighborhood; create outreach and partnership opportunities within the community

Ensure Exceptional Student Outcomes:
  • Provide engaging leadership in the delivery and execution of a high-quality program for gifted learners; follow the school's curriculum while providing a supportive environment for creative approaches by teaching staff
  • Ensure accurate and timely academic reporting, conferencing, and record keeping by all campus staff
  • Hire the best talent, and support professional development opportunities
  • Oversee the implementation of a robust social-emotional curriculum that meets the needs of the various grade levels on campus
  • Maintain all necessary activities and records to ensure ongoing WASC accreditation

Deliver Key Business Outcomes:
  • Ensure the effective day-to-day operations of the school, including all campus-level talent management, enrollment, and budget management activities to sustain profitability
  • Ensure compliance with all local and state licensing regulations
  • Ensure accurate and timely monthly reporting of key business metrics
  • Drive recruitment and retention activities at the campus level and in the community
  • Maintain a safe, clean environment; oversee campus and facility improvements

Competencies:

The Head of School will be a dynamic, engaging, self-reliant, and entrepreneurial senior leader, accustomed to managing with a collaborative, fact-based approach, with exceptional communication skills and interpersonal warmth. They will have demonstrated the ability to build strong and open working relationships characterized by mutual respect between superiors, peers, and subordinates within the school. This leader will be openly communicative of ideas with others and invite and consider input from the school, their peers, and their direct reports.

The Head of School will be accessible and approachable, respecting intellectual integrity and valuing individuality, building and fostering working relationships with school partners from a variety of functions and geographies, thus enabling a partnership mentality with the entire school team. As collaborative team player, they will model how to appropriately delegate key responsibilities and transfer some of their own duties and decisions as the direct/indirect reports' number and skill sets grow. Open to feedback, they will be a leader who promotes continuous learning and are committed to ongoing self-improvement.

Key leadership characteristics include:
  • Charismatic Leadership: inspire and motivate others to perform well and accept feedback
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills: able to identify problems, gather information, and resolve concerns in a timely, effective manner
  • Integrity and ethics: able to maintain confidentiality and professionalism in all activities
  • Highly effective oral and written communication: speak and write clearly and persuasively one to one and in groups
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills: interact well with others at all levels and builds rapport easily with others
  • Efficient multi-tasker: can work on multiple conflicting priorities with ease and delegate appropriately
  • Independent, while also being a team player: can act without supervision as needed while working collaboratively and cooperatively with a variety of groups
  • Goal-oriented and self-motivated with strong organization and time management skills

Education & Experience:

BA degree required; Advanced degree strongly preferred
Prior Head of School and/or School Leadership experience preferred
Experience with Gifted Education preferred

Physical Requirements:

This position frequently involves long hours and widely diverse duties. The person in this role must be able to bend, stoop, and perform extensive walking. Extensive computer time, sitting and driving are necessary in this position. Air travel may be necessary from time to time.

Other details

  • Job Function: School Administration
  • Pay Type: Salary
  • Employment Indicator: Full Time
  • Min Hiring Rate: $180,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate: $200,000.00
  • Required Education: Bachelor's Degree
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