Head of Academic Development

Westminster Christian Academy is currently seeking a Head of Academic Development. Founded in 1976 as an independent, coeducational school, Westminster Christian Academy provides a comprehensive college preparatory program for 975 students in grades 7 through 12. The school is located in suburban St. Louis County, Missouri, on a 70-acre campus, 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis.

Westminster Christian Academy honors Jesus Christ by providing an excellent education, rooted in biblical truth as interpreted by the Westminster Confession of Faith, for the children of Christian parents. Faculty and staff enable students to discover and embrace a biblical view of the world and integrate that view into every area of life.

Ideal Candidate Qualifications

  • Understands and embraces Christian education from a Reformed perspective and holds a deep understanding of and commitment to biblical integration. 
  • Demonstrates the qualities of a mature Christian who has lived a life consistent with biblical teaching and above reproach.
  • Holds a minimum of a master’s degree in education or another related field. 
  • Possesses a strong record as a proven leader and successful teacher or school administrator.
  • Has demonstrated expertise in pedagogy and curriculum, instructional coaching and support, and professional development. 
  • Sets high standards for academic achievement and continuous improvement and is able to creatively innovate in the execution.
  • Is well connected to the education community and involved in professional organizations.

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Position Summary

The Head of Academic Development upholds the mission and vision of Westminster by providing leadership to the faculty, principals, department directors, and department chairs, and in the development and implementation of the school’s academic program.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Understand and fully support the mission of Westminster Christian Academy and be committed to help see it become a reality in the lives of our students by manifesting, by precept and example, the highest Christian virtue and personal decorum, serving as a Christian role model both in and out of school, and as an example to parents and fellow employees in judgment, dignity, respect, and Christian living.
  • Work with the Senior Administrative Team (SAT) to provide overall responsibility for the effective leadership of the school in all of its facets in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws, mission, vision, and stated educational philosophy of Westminster Christian Academy.
  • Assist the Head of School in giving guidance and direction to the development and implementation of the school’s strategic plan and strategic leadership culture.
  • Lead and direct the school accreditation process.   
  • Serve as a member of the SAT and attend regular team meetings.
  • Collaborate with the SAT to provide timely communication and reports to the Board relating to the health and performance of the school in the areas of spiritual life, academic and co-curricular programs, student life, and faculty/staff.
  • Provide for the professional and spiritual growth of the faculty and staff through effective communication of roles and expectations, accountability, supervision, evaluation, and professional growth programs.
  • Initiate and oversee the search for highly effective Westminster teachers and ensure that staffing appropriately fits the school’s needs.
  • Develop, implement, evaluate, and advance high-quality instructional programs
  • Work closely with the Center for Teaching and Learning to manage the transition and orientation process of new faculty.
  • Provide necessary objectives, support, and supervision to ensure the faculty accomplishes our vision to prepare and equip students to engage the world and change it for Jesus Christ. This includes maintaining and overseeing a thorough system of faculty evaluation and encouraging professional development and expansion of teachers’ credentials.
  • Ensure that Westminster’s curriculum is biblically integrated and lead the Center for Teaching and Learning and department chairs in the continuous process of curriculum review and development in an effort to maintain quality instruction that challenges students to their greatest potential.
  • Work closely with the Center for Teaching and Learning to plan and lead faculty meetings and in-service activities that focus on school goals and objectives.
  • Oversee the work of the Center for Teaching and Learning in designing and implementing Westminster University.
  • Coordinate academic records, student recognition, transfer student transitions, parent-teacher conferences and IEPs in concert with the Director of Counseling and the Director of Academic Operations.
  • Work with the Director of Academic Operations to manage educational activities; i.e., fine arts and all events, student and teacher attendance, student transportation, field trips, school calendar, master class schedule, academic registration process and maintenance of educational spaces.
  • Serve as the supervisor over the Directors of Fine Arts, Academic Operations, Special Services, Westminster University, and Center for Teaching and Learning, in addition to Academic Hub, Department Chairs, and all faculty, implementing initiatives and making recommendations for all departments.
  • Oversee the work of the principals.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Plan the agenda for the three Education Committee meetings each year.
  • Oversee Directors of the Summer Seminar program.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Professional/Personal Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education or related field.  
  • Minimum of five years classroom teaching, or educational administration experience (or a combination of both).
  • Holds a Reformed perspective on education and a deep understanding of and commitment to biblical integration.
  • Expertise in pedagogy and curriculum.
  • Experience in designing/conducting in-services, workshops, and other types of professional development.
  • Experience in providing instructional coaching and/or support.
  • Possess ability to work in collaborative manner with all constituents of the school.
  • Demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills and technology awareness.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and administrative skills.
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving abilities.

Spiritual/Theological Qualifications

  • Mature Christian who has lived a life consistent with biblical teaching and above reproach.
  • In agreement and conversant with Reformed theology as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the school’s Statement of Beliefs.
  • Faithfully attends, or is willing to faithfully attend, an approved Reformed church.

Responsive/Mental Functions

  • Ability to keep confidences and handle sensitive information.
  • High degree of comfort with public speaking.
  • Ability to make deliberate, thoughtful decisions regarding difficult situations.  
  • Ability to guide and counsel students, parents and faculty.    

Physical Functions

  • Ability to frequently move around campus to attend to various situations.  
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position at a desk for a good portion of the day.  
  • Utilize common office equipment and perform standard computer work.  

Work Environment

  • This position operates in both a normal office/school setting and an outdoor environment.
  • Occasional travel may be required for meetings and conferences.

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