HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Imagine a school where the love of Christ is lived every day, even among the faculty and staff…

Grace Community School – High School Principal Profile

Grace Community School seeks a highly-motivated, experienced, spiritually mature high school principal to lead its National Blue Ribbon Exemplary recognized campus to new levels of academic excellence. The High School Principal will lead a faculty community deeply rooted in biblical truth and passionately dedicated to discipling the next generation of lovers of Jesus to serve as Daniels and Esthers to a world desperately in need of both.

Mission and Strategic Vision

Grace Community School exists to assist Christian families in educating, equipping, and encouraging their children to influence the world for Christ. We strive to “Teach Jesus” in all that we are and do. Together, we reflect our core value of “Life as Worship.”

Over the past decade, Grace Community High School has strengthened its high school academic program to more effectively prepare its students for college and for God’s calling upon their lives. Continuous growth and improvement, what we call “Educational Sanctification,” has resulted in Blue Ribbon status for the high school and recognition as a charter member of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA). Grace is also one of the first two schools in the country to be recognized with Exemplary Accreditation status by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Grace Community’s High School Principal will be charged with a strategic mandate to foster and strengthen the school’s academic profile, oversee the spiritual formation and support of our students, steward school resources, and shepherd faculty, families, and students in a counter-cultural atmosphere of Christian teaching and learning. The high school principal works in a flourishing leadership team. The senior leaders partner to carry out a Spirit-breathed vision of creating opportunity for students and families who have been traditionally underserved in Christian education.

 

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Mission Integrity and Cultural Leadership

The heart of Grace Community School is a commitment to educational sanctification, or the process of constantly improving in our ability to equip students to thrive in the 21st century well-trained minds integrated with righteous character. The high school disciples students with “redemptive community,” in which students and faculty alike know they are empowered, encouraged, loved and protected.

A key component to creating and sustaining these cultural values requires that the principal provide vision and direction to the high school faculty and staff, establish and maintain strong discipleship-oriented personal relationships with faculty, students, and family members, speak the school values into the high school community in words and writings, and model them incarnationally. This also means that the principal has a profound understanding of the “ministry of presence,” or the manner in which being at events and happenings in the lives of faculty and students communicates value and care.

Team Building

The high school principal is a member of the head of school’s leadership team, which provides daily direction to the school. The principal will likewise build a team that supports high school initiatives. The principal interviews, selects, and orients new faculty; observes and supervises instruction and faculty-wide professional development; and will mentor faculty to achieve their highest personal levels of professional excellence.

The principal is aided by an assistant principal, the school-wide curriculum director, the purposeful design (STEM) coordinator, and the director of digital learning.

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Student Discipleship

Given Grace’s discipleship-oriented approach to spiritual formation, student discipline is relational. We seek out the heart of the student, rather than mere behavioral change. The principal creates and sustains an environment of mentoring, discipling and equipping students through various vehicles, including life groups, student organizations, service learning, spiritual formation disciplines, services, ceremonies, co-curricular teams, and other aspects of student life.

The principal is supported in these efforts by the assistant principal, the high school guidance office, as well as the upper campus director of spiritual formation.

Curriculum Formation

An academically creative, innovative leader with a strong foundation in biblical integration works with a gifted faculty to design and oversee the development of Christ-centered, academically excellent curriculum. The principal has the opportunity to chart exciting new ground in enhancing student learning by using technology in redemptive ways. Grace trailblazed digital integration in the classroom and will continue to lead other schools in this area.

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School Community-Building

A consensus-building, collaborative leader who understands the value of authentic Christian community will enjoy and thrive in the redemptive community for which Grace Community School is known. Not only will this leader have the opportunity to foster and further this spirit of community among students and teachers, but he or she will have a profound influence on school families through relationships, securing support and engagement around high school initiatives, communicating effectively, and providing biblically-based counsel on parenting adolescents.

The Individual

The Leading the High School requires an appreciation of the historical forces that shape Grace and a commitment to its potential as a culture-leading institution in East Texas and the United States. The high school principal is to be an enthusiastic promoter of the Grace Community School mission and the Christian school movement generally.

Most of all, the high school principal will lead through a powerful Christian testimony and witness, a humble spirit, and a heart guided by prayer.

The high school principal will be educationally entrepreneurial, while mindful of the profound contribution the humanities make in developing critical thinkers, powerful communicators, and cultural leaders. He or she will be a creative problem solver and able to execute on well-conceived plans, collaborating effectively with a talented faculty.

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Criteria

A  strong disciple of Jesus Christ who manifests personal integrity and professionalism providing spiritual leadership to faculty and staff. A passion for high schoolers and a desire to see God’s Kingdom grow through equipping them well. A clearly articulated and demonstrated biblical philosophy of education. A master’s degree in Education, Educational Leadership, or a closely related field. A minimum of three years of senior-level educational leadership in a Christian educational institution required, with K-12 division-level leadership experience strongly preferred.

Fluency in standard educational research, current best practices in the delivery of academic programs at the secondary level, common learning differences and issues, and effective instructional supervision techniques. Grace Community High School highlights integrated humanities within a traditional curriculum, thus a working familiarity with a classical or liberal arts approach to curriculum structure. Competence in administrative budgeting and financial recordkeeping and control procedures.

Performance Support and Review

Grace’s head of school is passionate about his staff’s personal and professional success, and formally supports the high school principal. Performance reviews are based on collaboratively determined annual goals and initiatives, and revisited annually, at a minimum. The principal participates in forming school-wide policy through twice-monthly leadership meetings, and coordinates activity with the elementary and junior high principals. The principal’s compensation is benchmarked annually to the top Christian schools in the country through data compiled by CESA, the Council of Educational Standards and Accountability.

Tyler, Texas

The Rose Capital of America, Tyler is located in the piney woods of East Texas, with a New South feel. It is a regional hub, less than two hours from Dallas and three and a half hours from Houston. It features lakes, golf courses, four large private schools of more than 600 students, and lots of other educational options. It is thriving economically, based primarily upon the engergy, medical, and technology industries. Tyler has hundreds of churches, a strong Christian ethos, a thriving arts culture, and was named by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as the most generous city in Texas.

The Application Process

Applicants may apply by submitting the following to Jay Ferguson, PhD, Head of School, jferguson@gracetyler.org.

Resume or CV Letter of interest to include: the applicant’s Christian faith journey and core Christian beliefs, philosophy of Christian education, and list of references.