Upper School Principal

The Park School of Baltimore seeks candidates for Upper School Principal with strong academic credentials, demonstrated distinction in teaching and administration, and passionate commitment to the education of adolescents. An orientation compatible with Park’s commitment to progressive educational practices and its pluralist vision is essential.

The School

The Park School of Baltimore is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school of 823 students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The Head of School is Daniel J. Paradis, appointed in July 2008. Founded in 1912 as one of the early progressive schools, The Park School continues to practice a distinct educational philosophy. The core values today, as in 1912, are a belief in children’s capacity to enjoy learning, to develop self-discipline, and to grow academically and emotionally when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers. At every grade level, from pre-school through high school, we actively encourage questioning and conversation as essential to the learning process. The school philosophy emphasizes a belief in positive expectations, and trusts that students, as they mature, will take increasing responsibility for their own learning.

The Position

The Upper School Principal has overall responsibility for curriculum and guidance, faculty support and supervision, and student and parent programs for the division, which comprises grades nine through twelve (350 students). The Principal is afforded a high degree of autonomy while functioning as a member of the core administrative team with the Head and Associate Head of School, and principals of the Lower and Middle Schools. The Upper School Principal serves on the Admission Committee and the FACA Advisory Committee, and plays a key role in hiring. In addition, the Principal works directly with department chairs, the dean of students, two college counselors, a learning resource teacher, two school counselors, and a scheduler. Support personnel include two administrative assistants for the division.

qualifications

Minimum qualifications include an advanced degree and significant teaching experience. Administrative experience in a school setting is highly preferred. Beyond these basic qualifications, the following will be given special consideration in evaluation of applicants for the position:

Leadership

  • A leadership style that derives its authority from a passionate and energetic commitment to the school’s purposes and an ability to tap this energy in others
  • Ability to provide latitude and scope for individual talents while coordinating individual strengths and encouraging collective purposes
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to sustain and participate in an intellectually lively, creative environment
  • Ability to handle conflicts and to make difficult decisions when necessary
  • Personal qualities of integrity, empathy, and humor

Educational Philosophy

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to principles of progressive philosophy as reflected in curricular programs and student life for Upper School students
  • Ability to develop initiatives implied by these principles, to promote their understanding by faculty and students, and to interpret them to families
  • Knowledge of curricular approaches, including experiential learning, emphasis on investigation and inquiry, and habits of mind, which are central to Park’s Upper School curriculum
  • Knowledge of adolescent development, including an understanding of social, emotional, and ethical dimensions of children’s growth

Diverse and Inclusive Vision

  • Clearly articulated approach to building and sustaining an inclusive community of faculty and families, and to further developing a curriculum that reflects diverse cultures and perspectives
  • Enthusiastic willingness to collaborate with other administrators on school-wide efforts, as well as primary responsibility for divisional initiatives involving faculty, students, and families
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency work

Salary & Benefits

Park salaries and benefits are highly competitive with those in other leading independent schools. For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales.

Tuition Remission

Under current policy, full-time employees who have been employed at Park full-time for two years are eligible to receive full tuition remission for their children who attend Park. All applicants, including employee children, must meet Park’s standards for admission. (During the first two years of employment, employees may apply for aid through the need-based Tuition Assistance Program.)

Application Process

Please send letter of interest, résumé, personal statement, and recommendations via email or US mail.

Priscilla Morales
Associate Head of School
The Park School of Baltimore
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
academicresources@parkschool.net
Telephone: 410-339-4159
FAX: 410-339-4125

The Park School of Baltimore does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of an employee's duties.