The Garden State Classical Academy school leader will lead the charge for GSCA’s founding in Fall 2025. A new school roll outs present a formidable challenge, requiring astute and committed leadership, spirit, energy and direction guided by a secure foundation of moral principles. Extensive planning, organizing, marketing, and staffing by the headmaster are essential steps for a successful school opening.
The school leader must guide his or her campus and build it on the foundation of a solid understanding of the Western and American classical education tradition, and guide the cultural vision and overall spiritual/moral direction of the school.
Being the founding leader of a new school is challenging, while also extremely rewarding as He or she is entrusted with the education and well-being of young minds through the passing on of wisdom, knowledge and virtue to its future citizens. The school leader of GSCA understands that he or she is shaping young men and women for lives of virtue, and a continued pursuit of moral truth, and is an example of virtuous living and a contagious love of learning. As a proponent of American classical education informed by the Western tradition, the school leader builds a culture focused on principled self-government and civic responsibility.
Qualities and Characteristics
- Leadership through total ownership of the organization and effectively and consistently communicating the mission and purpose of the school to its staff, parents, and students and the surrounding communities. The school leader will be able to develop and implement a plan of action, inspire the team to follow, and maintain focus through a dynamic and rapidly changing school founding process.
- The school leader recognizes that each staff member must also take complete ownership of the broad mission of the school and communicate ideas and feedback to the school leader. The school leader is teachable, humble, inspires cooperation, and is tireless in his or her drive to contribute to the success of the reestablishment of the Western Christian Paideia through classical education.
- Committed to the continuous pursuit of knowledge and wisdom through personal study and devotion.
- Be an upstanding, engaged, available and contributing member of the community and understand the desires, wishes, and concerns of the families the school will serve.
Knowledge and Skills
- A comprehensive understanding of the classical liberal arts, its roots in the Western Christian Paideia, and its historical presence in American education prior to the 20th century.
- Experience in coaching and leading teachers, and a passion for recognizing unique gifts in others and utilizing them efficiently and effectively.
- A general understanding of financial management principles, including planning, budgeting and managing finances and resources throughout a school year, the needs and expectation of regular auditing, and a system of sound fiscal controls.
- Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides general management of all school operations, including academic, spiritual, financial, personnel, regulatory, and facility areas.
- Observes teachers at defined intervals, documents results, and provides feedback as mentor and supervisor.
- Reports at regular school board meetings on the status of operations and plans for upcoming activities.
- Represents the school as the senior executive leader in interactions with the public and other government agencies.
- Amenable to guidance and other tasks/suggestions communicated by the Board.
- Communicates needs, requests, etc. with School building managers/property-owner effectively and in a timely manner.
- A believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
- Believes the Bible to be the only source of inspired, infallible and authoritative objective truth, and is committed to study and applying what it teaches.
- Demonstrates the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5) and is a Christian role model in attitude, speech, and actions towards others.
- Actively engaged in a doctrinally sound church, and committed to developing/strengthening a personal relationship with Christ through daily prayer, study and spiritual disciplines.
- Able to listen compassionately and encourage students, staff, and parents in their respective roles and spiritual journeys.
- Possession of a bachelor’s degree or higher in one or more of the liberal arts or education.
- Minimum of eight (8) years of teaching experience at the K-12 level.
- Demonstrable teacher coaching and leadership experience.
Ideal Candidate Qualifications
- Advanced degree in Classical Education (master’s or higher).
- A history of leadership and engagement in the local community.
- At least twelve (12) years of teaching experience at the K-12 level.
- At least five (5) years of instructional coaching providing consistent observational feedback.
- Prior experience opening a new, private or public charter school and managing its student, staff, faculty, and facility growth and expansion over time.
- Prior experience as Head of School, Assistant Head of School, Dean of Upper or Lower School, or Dean of Students.
Please visit our website at www.gsclassical.org/careers to apply.