SLS Preschool (formerly known as St Luke’s School) 1335 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA 94109 US http://www.slssanfrancisco.org Mary Sue Murray, Interim Head appointed 2020 Ages 2.5-6 (preschool), coed, day - Enrollment : 90
Steeped in tradition since 1948, SLS Preschool provides excellence in early childhood education and kindergarten preparedness. We offer a balance of pre-academic curriculum, creative play, and discovery that sparks curiosity and a passion for learning. SLS Preschool now seeks an experienced, strategic, early childhood educator to be our new Head of School. In addition to possessing exemplary leadership skills and a passion for early childhood education, the Head of School will be responsible for further developing the school’s vision and strategy to ensure future success and long-term sustainability. This individual will leverage and build upon the school’s strong history while fostering a joyful, inclusive community.
SLS provides an exemplary program that balances a deep understanding of kindergarten readiness (academic, social and emotional) with the inherent love of learning. Families who join the SLS community speak passionately about the close relationships they forge with teachers and each other and are grateful for the ways in which SLS prepares children for success in their next schools. There have been only three Heads of School in its 73-year history; the most recent two Heads each served for more than thirty years.
Central to the school's philosophy and practice is the belief that a structured program provides a safe first step from home to school in an atmosphere of respect and courtesy. The school's focus is on providing a warm and welcoming environment where young children can thrive with the support of committed and talented teachers, where traditions are celebrated, and where close relationships with families are an essential value.
Position starts July 1, 2022.
A more detailed position description is available. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/3wjeAao
Completed applications will be due by June 15, 2021. Please submit in one email and as separate documents:
Letter of interest
Resume with 5 professional references with contact information (they will not be contacted without applicant's permission)
A statement of educational philosophy and practice
The new Head of School will have the opportunity to work closely with the dedicated faculty, administration and the Board of Directors to continue the strong legacy of SLS while bringing new possibilities to fruition. Our staff consists of up to 25 full-time and part-time faculty and administrators. We welcome collegial leadership, open communication, and a commitment to developing best practices.
A priority of the new Head of School will be to encourage leadership roles within the School’s current faculty while creating opportunities to add experienced staff to the teaching corps. Maintaining the School’s long-standing and positive reputation with Bay Area K-8 independent schools will also be an important priority.
The Ideal Candidate will: Have a strong background in and passion for early childhood education; advanced degrees in child development and early childhood education preferred. Expertise in the academic, physical, and social-emotional development of preschool children. Have extensive experience in hiring, mentoring, retaining, and evaluating faculty and staff. Have experience working in partnership with a Board of Directors. Be an effective communicator who maintains frequent contact with all constituencies both in writing and in person. Have a demonstrated history of building and supporting community. Have extensive experience with incoming admissions and kindergarten placement. Have strong working knowledge of the business, development and admissions functions of the School as well as nonprofit governance, particularly that of independent schools.
Qualifications: A clear understanding of and commitment to the values of academic readiness and character development. A leadership style that is collaborative, responsive, and hands-on. A high degree of integrity and empathy. Proven ability to handle multiple constituencies and responsibilities with kindness and wisdom as well as excellent organizational skills. Substantial background and experience as a school administrator. A strong work ethic demonstrated over time. It is highly desirable that the Head of SLS meets or is in the process of meeting all Director Qualifications per the California Community Care Licensing Division. For more information, please see http://ccid.ca.gov/res/pdf/ChildCareCtrProviderReqStaffQual.pdf.