Metairie Park Country Day School seeks an experienced and capable educator who enjoys working with young people to fill the position of Lower School Principal. As a senior academic administrator, the Lower School Principal will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Lower School in a manner consistent with direction from the Head of School. We are seeking an inspired professional who will joyfully manage pedagogy and constituent relationships with emotional intelligence, cultural awareness, and a sense of humor. The successful candidate will also be an excellent communicator with strong organizational skills and the demonstrated ability to lead within a collaborative and forward-thinking environment. The Lower School Principal reports to the Head of School and serves as a key member of the school’s administrative leadership team. A Bachelor’s degree is required along with substantial teaching and leadership experience preferably in a Lower School (Pre-K to 5) environment. An advanced degree is preferred. This full-time 12-month position includes a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package along with all school year holidays. The anticipated start date is July 2, 2018.
About Metairie Park Country Day and the Lower School
Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coeducational, independent Pre-K through Grade 12 School where care and cultivation of each child comes to life with exciting and innovative approaches to teaching. Our uses of advanced technology and our expansive, rigorous curriculum open the world to our students. Thought-provoking inquiry begins in the Lower School where students are guided in the development of critical socialization skills, personal accountability, and open communication which serve as the foundation of our collaborative learning environment. Housed in Bart Cottage, our Pre-K students develop their ability to read, write, count, and problem solve in a fascinating and comfortable environment that fosters a love of learning. For K/1/2 students, two experienced teachers guide eight Kindergarten, eight first grade, and eight second grade students over three years. These small groupings form the foundation of our multiage program and allow teachers to provide individualized instruction and the most appropriate teaching method for each subject. As subject matter learning increases in complexity and as students develop, they advance to the 3/4 multiage setting consisting of a class with twelve third grade students and twelve fourth grade students. At fifth grade, students leave the multiage setting and enter traditional grade level, subject -based classrooms where teachers emphasize accountability, homework, study habits, time-management, and organizational skills.
Additional information about Country Day is available on our web site: www.mpcds.com
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Under the direction of the Head of School, provide oversight and leadership for all academic, administrative, and student life programs impacting the Lower School.
Understand and articulate all aspects of the Lower School’s programs, standards, and pedagogical approach to ensure clear and consistent communication and operation within the Lower School.
Observe, supervise, support, and evaluate faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum, classroom management, and academic programs.
Advise faculty in matters of parent relationships, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
Establish a presence among students and faculty aimed at nurturing students’ academic and personal success.
Assure that faculty, staff, and students conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the mission, vision, and values of Metairie Park Country Day as articulated by the Head of School.
Perpetuate a highly engaged student and faculty culture characterized by academic excellence, personal integrity, and a strong sense of community.
Develop measures to evaluate faculty effectiveness and the progress of student learning ensuring and encouraging positive communication between all involved.
Lead, support, and participate in school functions, student activities, and related social events to fully integrate within the robust culture of community shared between students, parents, faculty, and alumni.
Support the school’s advancement and administrative goals (admissions, development, marketing, human resources, budgeting) as needed.
Collaborate with specialists, student support teams, and other faculty and staff as necessary to ensure that the needs of all students are met.
Conduct regular division and team meetings as necessary.
Ensure a safe working and learning environment conducive to personal, professional, academic, and social-emotional growth.
Utilize technological tools for educational assessment, organization, communication, and personalization of learning.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Interested parties should mail or email a resume, a cover letter, and a personal statement describing the candidate’s educational philosophy and leadership values. Applicants may email materials to Paul_Casadaban@mpcds.com and should include “LS Principal Position” in the subject line of the email.
Although emailing is preferred, application materials may also be mailed to the following address:
Mr. Paul Casadaban
Human Resources Manager
Metairie Park Country Day School
300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
Metairie Park Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.