Headmaster

Website Great Hearts Texas

Great Hearts Texas is currently engaged in an active search for a founding Headmaster for it’s 3rd Ft. Worth academy set to open Fall 2022.  Our plan is to hire the Headmaster a year in advance (this fall) to serve on the leadership team of one of our existing local academies for the first semester, devoting the bulk of their time to recruitment, hiring, and planning work.

A Great Hearts headmaster heroically shapes his or her community for a greater good.  He or she takes on one of the most important leadership positions in our culture, turning a generation of young hearts and minds towards truth, goodness, and beauty.  He or she cultivates a setting from which great-hearted people emerge, a setting that no single individual can create alone, but to which his or her noble calling is essential.  Furthermore, a Great Hearts headmaster joins a family of headmasters across our academies, with all the support, friendship, and strength this fellowship provides.

Candidates will have leadership experience, demonstrable excellence in classroom teaching, and a well-grounded vision for the moral and intellectual formation of the human person.  A Great Hearts headmaster delights to enkindle the love of truth, goodness, and beauty in others.  Candidates should possess a passion for classical education, and a love for their fellow man that is both humble and relentless.  A Great Hearts headmaster is called to establish and nurture a joyful and ennobling academic community.  Candidates should have a proven ability to foster strong, healthy relationships throughout their community.

At Great Hearts, we believe that rigorous liberal arts education, grounded in the best of the Western tradition and delivered in a tuition-free, public charter setting, is the key to renewing American communities and culture.  Great Hearts operates 34 academies in three metropolitan regions serving over 21,000 students.  Plans for further growth are underway.  We are now embarking on a new phase of expansion in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area (and continuing our growth in San Antonio) and are looking for a cohort of exceptional school leaders who embrace a classical and liberal philosophy of education.

All Great Hearts students (K-12) take the same rigorous liberal arts curriculum in Latin, history, literature/composition, music, drama, and art.

  • All high school students are required to read classic literature and philosophy, including works by Plato, Aristotle, Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Twain, Dickens, and Dostoevsky.
  • All students take the same rich and comprehensive science and mathematics curriculum, including biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, and calculus
  • All students (K-5) take the same rigorous curriculum including Core Knowledge® history and science, traditional phonics, Singapore Mathematics, Foreign Language, Music, and Art.
  • Students are required to wear school uniforms, to profess an honor code, and to participate in a school culture free of electronic distractions.

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For more information, you may also contact:  Helen Hayes – hhayes@greatheartsamerica.org

Competencies/Qualifications

Classical Ethos, Pathos, and Logos 
The school leader has a demonstrable understanding of and affinity for the classical tradition. In addition, her actions reflect prudence and magnanimity. She is a capable proponent of liberal education and the classical tradition.

Leadership Planning and Execution 
The school leader understands how to lead a team and is able to generate and manage systems of school leadership and schoolwide communication.

Instructional Skill-Building/Instructional Leadership
The school leader is a capable instructional leader, one who understands a full spectrum of instructional skill-building, from planning to instruction to data/LASW analysis to coaching coaches.

Building Student Culture/Community Leadership 
The school leader understands and successfully influences the elements of a strong student culture, including recruitment, co-curriculars, student discipline, events, and key messaging moments. The leader has a vision for strong student culture and articulates it clearly and compellingly.

Building Faculty Culture/People Leadership 
The school leader understands and successfully influences the elements of a strong faculty culture, including hiring, teacher development, and esprit de corps. The leader has a vision for strong faculty culture and articulates it clearly and compellingly.

Emotional Intelligence 
The school leader is self-aware and self-disciplined, aware of his/her impact on others and able to manage relationships with trust, candor, and love.

Experience 
The school leader is able to get the job done. This is true across the many stakeholder groups and areas of school function, including academic results, strong culture, and operational results (KPIs). The leader is successful on a social/interpersonal level, navigating the right path between social and professional functioning.

Extended description of Headmaster activities:
Instructional and Faculty Leadership:

  • Interview, hire, and on-board new teachers
  • Train, observe, and coach all teachers
  • Articulate a vision for strong faculty culture
  • Supervise effective implementation of the Great Hearts curriculum on the campus
  • Monitor the health of the faculty community, as a group
  • Schedule and lead faculty meetings
  • Manage and evaluate the performance of individual teachers
  • Administer plans for performance improvement or corrective action as needed
  • Manage a leadership team that works together to coach and support teachers

Student and Family Leadership

  • Participate in student recruitment, including tours, open houses, and prospective family events
  • Ensure a system for student orientation
  • Articulate a vision for strong classical culture
  • Articulate a vision for strong student culture
  • Manage a system for student discipline
  • Address elevated student discipline issues and communicate about them with families
  • Work with families to support students with exceptional circumstances
  • Communicate regularly, both in writing and in person, with parents and the community of learners
  • Manage a system for communicating with families about students’ work and grades
  • Monitor the health of the student community, as a group
  • Provide a system of intervention and additional support for individual students as needed

Organizational Leadership:

  • Lead in the execution/achievement of Great Hearts mission, strategic anchors, core beliefs, and goals
  • Interpret the mission and goals of the Academy to the students, parents, teachers, and community.
  • Serve as a member of the assembly of headmasters to help problem solve organization-wide issues
  • Manage the team that implements the school’s special education services
  • Manage other elements of school function, such as the team that provides college and personal counseling, the school’s athletic director, the school’s after-school program, and the front-office team
  • Represent the school and the Great Hearts organization to key stakeholders and partners, including external parties, investors, auditors, and board members, instilling confidence among these constituents
  • Set and implement strategic short- and long-term goals, including annual schoolwide goals and budget
  • Represent the organization to key stakeholders and partners, including external parties, investors, auditors, board members, instilling confidence among these constituents

Operational Leadership:

  • Develop a vision and strategy that allows teachers to focus on the students, their instructional success and, ultimately, their human flourishing
  • Identify and implement process, people and system changes to the school’s operations in collaboration with the CMO support personnel
  • Oversee the school so as to ensure that it complies with its charter and maintains positive relationships with authorizers
  • Ensure budgetary accuracy by providing or supporting timely and accurate reports on expenditures
  • Foster and facilitate a service-oriented environment and a positive, collaborative relationships across all layers of the school and the larger organization

To apply for this job please visit phg.tbe.taleo.net.

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