Summit School is a PS-8 school in a wonderful part of the Greater Phoenix area (the Ahwatukee Highlands). Founded in 2001, Summit has gained a reputation for being a strong private independent school supported by a highly-involved parent community. Summit’s preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), received a 5- Star rating from Quality First, and is a major attraction bringing new families to the school. Summit’s Elementary and Middle School programs have earned nationally recognized accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED®. Summit’s integrated, project-based curriculum is one of the many benefits the school provides its students.
Overview of Head of School Position
The Head of School at Summit School will lead a preschool through eighth grade, private, independent school that equips creative innovators by providing a safe and joyful place for students to discover and achieve their full potential. We seek as Head of School a dynamic professional who brings creativity, passion, and strategic vision to guide the school as a thought and practice leader in challenging, applied, content mastery, and social-emotional growth. Our rigorous curriculum and supportive environment build the foundation for students of character to pursue lives of meaning, purpose, and passion. As both the educational and administrative leader, the Head displays a genuine commitment to student success and achievement, supports and motivates teachers to excel in their teaching and learning endeavors, and operates the school in a fiscally responsible manner with proactive approaches to budgeting, development, and the recruitment and retention of students. The Head works closely with the Board of Trustees, develops relationships with all relevant constituencies in the school and community, and strives to engage all members of the school community in the successful implementation of Summit's mission and vision.
Vision, Communication, and Relationship Building • Act as the primary visionary, spokesperson, and advocate for Summit • Commit and support Summit School’s mission, vision, and values • Foster a positive school atmosphere that features excitement about learning and respect for others and cultivates a collective sense of purpose • Develop and strengthen relationships with and among students, staff, and parents • Communicate effectively, articulately and inclusively all school policies, procedures, information, and news • Build relationships between the school and its parents, the local Ahwatukee community, and the larger Phoenix community
Instructional and Curricular Leadership • Guide and oversee the development, enhancement, and delivery of all educational programs, preschool through grade 8 • Promote excellence in the school's curriculum and in student achievement by building upon our S.T.E.A.M. -based academic program that emphasizes high academic achievement while developing well-rounded learners, both academically and socially • Support initiatives to ensure smooth transitions from preschool to elementary school and from elementary to middle school • Promote the development of research-based methods of instruction to ensure the success of all students, combining the best of traditional and innovative educational practices • Ensure a fair and reasonable student behavior management system • Recruit, support, and retain an outstanding faculty and staff by fostering an atmosphere in which educators can develop their crafts to the highest possible potential
Fiscal and Facility Management • Manage the school according to sound fiscal and risk management practices that will ensure continued financial independence, ongoing financial strength, and optimal operational function • Work closely with the Board of Trustees, Assistant Head of School, and business office personnel to ensure the financial stability and sustainability of the school • Develop an approach for focused enhancement of facilities that supports implementation of current technologies, allows for the potential for growth to capacity enrollment, and maintains a safe and attractive school facility
Qualifications and Characteristics
Education and Experience • Graduate degree in relevant area; educational leadership degree preferred area • At least five years of successful teaching experience • At least five years of successful leadership experience in an educational setting, preferably a private, 501c3 nonprofit school • Certification as appropriate
Skills and Knowledge • Knowledge of current best practices in implementing an integrated, thematic approach to instruction in a S.T.E.A.M.-based framework • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and passionately— both orally and in writing—across a wide variety of situations and stakeholders. • Understanding of child/adolescent development and educational psychology and social-emotional learning • Skills for building relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and for ensuring that all school constituents feel heard and respected • Ability to promote ongoing development of Summit’s strong sense of community among students, parents, faculty, and staff, and to extend this to relationships with the local community • Ability to devise and implement approaches to support the recruitment, development, and retention of excellent educators • Outstanding managerial and organizational skills, including the abilities to set priorities and use time efficiently • Ability to make and implement clear, yet sometimes difficult, decisions. • Demonstrated ability and record of solving complex problems that may involve competing interests
Personal Traits • Honesty and integrity • Energetic and motivating for teaching and learning • Love for and advocacy of children with ability to make personal connections with preschool through middle school aged children • Transparent, objective, decisive, and consistent in decision-making • Accessible, warm, friendly, and respectful • Creative, open-minded, and strategic thinker
The mission of Summit School is to foster academic excellence and the love of learning through a liberal arts education. Our community nurtures the knowledge, skills, and values essential to a responsible and rewarding life.
Please visit www.summitschoolaz.org to learn more about Summit School and to learn more details about this posted position.