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Head of School (2023)

Holy Child Academy

Drexel Hill, PA

The Head of School reports directly to the Board of Trustees and serves as the chief executive officer of the school, responsible for the overall advancement and success of Holy Child Academy. In collaboration with the Board, the Head will lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of the school’s strategic plan. The Head of School provides active leadership and support in working collaboratively with the Associate Head of School, who manages most day-to-day academic, faculty, and student matters. The Head will provide leadership in developing a strategic vision to advance the school in the areas of development/fundraising, admissions, marketing, and communications. The Head of School is a member ex officio of all standing committees of the Board.

Specific Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership and Planning

  • In collaboration with the Board of Trustees, develop and implement organizational plans and goals that advance the achievement of Holy Child Academy’s mission and values.
  • Consistently celebrate the Seven Goals of Holy Child Education so that all constituents can recognize the timeless impact of Cornelia Connelly’s legacy, www.holychildschools.org/goals.
  • Inspire faculty and staff to work to their fullest potential, taking the lead role in the creation of a culture of excellence and accountability.
  • Direct supervision and evaluation of nine (9) staff members: Associate Head of School, Lower School Coordinator, Director of the Early Childhood Program, Business Manager, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Director of Admissions, Facilities Manager, Director of Mission and Faith Formation, and Director of Marketing and Communications.
  • Set strategic vision for development and enrollment goals and actively participate in advancement.
  • Embody, manifest, and advocate Catholic principles and the Holy Child Mission, Philosophy, and Goals of Holy Child Education.
  • Monitor and address all matters of school climate and culture.
  • Effectively communicate with parents and other constituents so that the mission, philosophy, educational goals, and other aspects of the school are clearly articulated.
  • Support and participate in the Network of Holy Child Schools and support the leadership of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus as it relates to Holy Child Academy.

Institutional Advancement / Board Relations

  • Manage the sometimes competing demands of the various constituencies of the school.
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of performance against stated milestones and goals.
  • Provide to the Board of Trustees various scenarios and possibilities for the Board to consider as it does its work focusing on the strategic future of the school.
  • Work with the Board of Trustees, its chair, and its committees in carrying out established school policies; to review those policies and make recommendations for changes; to attend meetings, prepare reports, maintain board records, and keep trustees informed on all aspects of the school’s operation.
  • Create a highly visible profile and unambiguous identity to help Holy Child Academy distinguish itself in the marketplace including participation in independent school organizations.
  • Work closely with and supervise the Admissions Director in determining programs for the recruitment of students, including marketing and outreach, information dissemination, applicant testing and interviews and acceptance decisions to cultivate and grow enrollment.
  • Collaborate with and supervise the Director of Development and Alumni Affairs and development efforts to cultivate and effect generous support of the school and work to prepare the school for a capital campaign, culminating the 2027 centennial year.
  • Represent the school to all of its constituents including neighborhood, parents, students, alumni, business community, faculty, and staff.

Academic Leadership

  • Cultivate and support an environment and culture for 21st Century teaching and learning to flourish.
  • Ensure that all employees and volunteers comply with the mandates of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia regarding the maintenance of a safe and secure environment, including clearances and mandated reporter training.
  • Monitor, in collaboration with the Associate Head of School, all programs of the school (religious, service, academic, high school counseling, athletic, ethical, and co- and extra-curricular), including: curriculum, grading, testing, and reporting to parents; and disciplinary policies and standards of conduct.
  • Ensure that periodic program evaluations take place.
  • Ensure that reports to external agencies are submitted as required.
  • Supervise ancillary programs and identify ways to develop, enhance, and maximize ancillary income.
  • Ensure that Holy Child Academy provides an environment in which professional development is supported and encouraged for all employees.

Operations

  • Ensure the safety, security, and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and volunteers.
  • Create a campus master plan and oversee the financial status of the Academy including developing long and short range financial plans, monitoring the budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in place.
  • Supervise the Business Manager in the preparation of preliminary and final budgets; to monitor income, expenditures, collections, and cash flow; to maintain appropriate financial records; to oversee the employee benefit program.
  • Select and hire properly qualified persons to serve as members of the faculty and administration; hold regular meetings of the faculty and staff and ensure that the general policies of the board are understood and followed.
  • Monitor and coordinate matters regarding employment, retention, and dismissal of personnel; salaries and contracts; job assignments and performance evaluation; and orientation and training.
  • Represent the school in its relations with Archdiocese of Philadelphia, school district, township, county, commonwealth, and federal agencies and with local, state, regional, and national educational organizations and accrediting agencies.

Qualifications

  • A Catholic in good standing with an appreciation and passion for the mission of Holy Child Academy.
  • Minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible senior leadership experience; prior nonprofit experience and management in an academic setting preferred.
  • Demonstrated strength, skills, and experience in leading an organization with a proven track record in marketing, enrollment, and fundraising success.
  • Broad knowledge of overall operations of an independent school, including academics, finances, development, admissions, marketing, and care and maintenance of school’s physical facilities.
  • Ability and willingness to lead in fund development, including identification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build, foster, and maintain positive relationships with both internal and external constituencies including administrators, faculty, trustees, volunteer leaders, students, donors, and prospects.
  • Excellent public speaking skills complemented by a demonstrated ability to interact in a social setting with ease and grace.
  • Superior communication skills to express, orally and in writing, Holy Child Academy’s mission, vision, and goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion.
  • Self-confidence and humility combined with a sense of humor and a collaborative management style.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Limited travel required.

THE INSTITUTION

Holy Child Academy in Drexel Hill is an independent Catholic school in Delaware County. Founded in 1927 and inspired by the vision and ideals of educational innovator Cornelia Connelly, the school is deeply authentic in its student-centered approach to learning, its diverse and inclusive community of families, and its capacity for wholehearted, personal relationships. Within a small, action-oriented community, faculty work purposefully with all students to build confidence, encourage creativity, and develop character from the earliest ages. As a result, students are empowered to shape the future with a sense of gratitude and a joyful spirit.

From the onset, students develop a genuine concern for others and are committed to giving back to the community through purposeful service activities. This behavior is learned from and modeled by the highly engaged, action-oriented community of teachers, staff, and parents.

Holy Child Academy’s 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio is the right-size classroom for students to receive the individual attention that leads to personal growth, self-assurance, and achievement. By being lovingly pushed and embraced through any challenge, students develop a joyful spirit and a hopeful outlook that they can creatively tackle any obstacle they encounter.

The Innovation Lab, designed to build STEAM competencies in students from ages two through fourteen, is the only one of its kind for elementary school students in Delaware County. The Innovation Lab exemplifies Holy Child Academy’s commitment to hands-on learning, creative problem-solving, and the freedom to explore critical thinking skills in a collaborative learning environment.

Holy Child Network of Schools
The Holy Child Network of Schools is an association of elementary and secondary schools educating children nationwide. These schools are Catholic, independent schools sponsored by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, American Province. Holy Child schools are committed to the educational mission of the Catholic Church through the philosophy and spirituality of Cornelia Connelly. Since 1846 Holy Child educators have endeavored to develop mature persons capable of making choices which enrich their own lives and contribute to the lives of others. As a Network, the schools share resources and expertise. Annual meetings and other gatherings whether in person or via the internet provide opportunities for faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, and students to learn from one another and strengthen the bonds of friendship in our Holy Child family.

For additional information, please visit their website https://www.holychildacademy.com/.

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