The Head of School creates, fosters, and ensures a school environment in line with our mission to provide a progressive international education and advance multilingual academics in a safe, diverse and nurturing environment. As instructional leader of the school, he/she ensures high levels of scholarship and continuously improves school performance through academically rich instructional programming. The Head of School establishes welcoming school climate that enhances individual growth and responsibility, promotes a positive self-image among all students and adults, and develops an understanding and appreciation of diversity. In addition to curriculum goals and overall student life, the Head of School also oversees business affairs, admission and recruitment as well as accreditation.
The head of school is the sole employee of the board of trustees and is responsible for the overall management of the school, in accordance with the board’s policies. The head of school is the spokesperson for the school to all stakeholders including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors, business community, governmental agencies, and local, state, national and international educational organizations and accrediting agencies. Responsibilities encompass curriculum, business operations, student life, board relations, and admissions.
The head of school advises the board but is not responsible for governance matters just as the board advises the head but is not responsible for management matters. Together, the head of school and board form an equal partnership in running the school, each in their respective spheres of management and governance. The head of school is an ex officio, non-voting, member of the board and all board committees.
Specifically, the head of school:
Supports the school’s mission and vision as a progressive leader in international education.
Keeps the board informed of all matters relating to the school through reports at board meetings and immediate communication following major school events or happenings.
Provides data to assist the board in its work.
Makes recommendations to the board for approval of the operating and capital budgets, including all categories of income and expenditures.
Seeks direction from the board on major new initiatives.
Assists the board in setting board and committee meeting agendas and discussion topics.
Staffs the board’s strategic planning process.
Jointly with the board, sets annual goals for his/her performance.
Provides documentation materials for the board to use in his/her evaluation.
Curriculum and Instruction
Maintains accreditations with the French, Spanish, and US educational systems as well as Early Childhood licensing.
Hires, supervises, evaluates, and dismisses all administrators, faculty, and staff members.
Demonstrates clear and high expectations for all students and staff and a commitment to providing the support required to attain them.
Upholds the academic and ethical standards of the school.
Leads collaborative work with the school community to reach expectations as articulated in the ISA Strategic Plan; as instructional leader of the school, he/she ensures high levels of scholarship and continuously improves school performance through academically rich instructional programming.
Analyze student performance data to inform school improvement efforts and benchmark progress.
Fosters professionalism, collegiality, and ethical conduct in the faculty.
Establishes a collegial environment that honors and encourages staff's continuous learning.
Maintains an educational philosophy and school climate which encourages a cooperative and participating attitude on the part of all teachers and students.
Develops an organizational structure and class schedule that supports academic common planning time and regular instructional class visits with opportunity for collaborative debrief.
Designs and implements a professional development strategy that addresses instructional improvement priorities defined by student achievement and the individual needs of staff members.
Conducts regular classroom observations to analyze instruction and support teaching staff to ensure continuous improvement in teaching and learning.
Ensures that the learning needs of all students are met and oversees all IEPs (Individual Education Plans).
Stimulates and participates in the dialog about teaching and learning at the school.
Supervises the selection of curricula, class schedules, assessments, graduation requirements and all aspects of the school’s academic program.
Liaison with the Directeur des Programmes Francais and the Spanish Coordinator to ensure that accreditations are being maintained and submits reviews to AdvancED when required.
Optimizes the physical learning environment and technology in all instructional areas.
Supervises the teaching staff and support and counsel them in the pursuit of student achievement.
Cultivates and sustains meaningful partnerships with families and community members that support student achievement and well-being.
Maintains up to date school records for ready reference and reporting.
Ensures a safe and nurturing learning environment for students, staff, and families.
Maintain a standard of student behavior designed to command respect and minimize school and classroom interruptions; provide support to teachers for student behavior issues.
Organizes student activities and extracurricular opportunities.
Administers the school’s discipline policies and standards of conduct.
Supervises the school’s support systems, such as academic support, before- and after-school programs, health and wellness, etc.
Oversees the school safety programs including building security, emergency procedures, transportation regulations, lockdown and fire drills, etc.
Promotes a healthy student culture in and out of school.
Leads all-school gatherings including assemblies, performances, etc.
Business, Finance and Plant Operations
Understands and supervises the business functions of the school, including budgeting; monitoring and reporting income, expenses, investments, and cash flow; maintenance of appropriate records; and assisting the school’s auditors.
Oversees all employment and human relations matters, such as contracts, salaries, benefits, job assignments, job orientation, performance evaluation, retentions and dismissals, personnel records, employee handbooks, etc.
Oversees the maintenance and cleaning of the building, grounds, and all plant operations.
Plans and executes all major capital purchases, repairs, and building projects.
Admissions, Marketing and Financial Aid
Supervises and assists the admissions functions of the school, including recruitment programs, internal marketing, external outreach, website development and maintenance, etc.
Supervises the admissions decision-making process, including administration of the school’s STO program.
Coordinates the school’s fund-raising programs such as capital campaigns, planned giving, and major events.
Supervises the school’s development efforts in identifying, cultivating, thanking, and communicating with past and prospective donors.
Supervises all volunteer efforts such as those donated by individuals or the parents’ association.
Continues to develop the school’s identity as the premier French / Spanish immersion international school in the Southwestern United States.
Finds creative approaches to engage more parents in the life of the school.
Adheres to the attrition rate specified by the board (avg. NAIS attrition rate is 10.4%, median is 8.3%);
Such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
Prior successful administrative experience of a school (or section of a school) of commensurate size and budget.
A deeply held conviction of the value of multilingualism.
An outward-looking personal philosophy aligned with our international ethos that values our place in the global family.
Demonstrated leadership qualities in academics, managing a school community and mentoring staff and serving as ambassador for the school.