For more than a century, St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Virginia has been educating a diverse and talented community of boys in Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade, preparing them for college and life in an ever-changing world. Through a rigorous academic program and a supportive community experience, the School fosters personal integrity and honor, the achievement of each boy’s full potential, love for learning, spiritual growth, respect for others, leadership, and civic responsibility.
Across all grades and divisions, faculty and staff understand the ways in which boys' intellectual, emotional, and social development are unique and offer a holistic educational experience for each boy. St. Christopher’s is home to the Center for the Study of Boys, a program that serves the whole St. Christopher’s community—teachers, parents and the boys themselves—through research, professional development and programming. The Center is also a respected resource, locally and globally, for others who seek to learn about working effectively with boys.
St. Christopher’s currently operates from a position of enviable strength, with enrollment at optimum capacity in each division, a talented and diverse faculty and staff committed to the School’s mission, a strategic plan about to be announced, and a physical plant recently transformed by the addition of a new 30,000 square-foot Arts Center.
At this exciting time in its history, St. Christopher’s School seeks a new Lower School Head to lead a thriving division of approximately 360 students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 5. The St. Christopher’s Lower School is presently benefiting from the outstanding leadership of Assistant Head of School/Interim Head of Lower School Dr. Sarah Mansfield. Dr. Mansfield will serve as the Interim Head of Lower School for both the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years, providing continuity and able leadership for the division for two years.
St. Christopher’s is currently seeking a Head of Lower School to serve as the Associate Head of Lower School during the 2021-2022 school year, partnering with Dr. Mansfield through a year of transition, and then assuming full leadership of the Lower School no later than the summer of 2022.
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Strengths of the School
The next St. Christopher’s Head of Lower School will benefit from the division’s notable strengths, which include:
A warm and collaborative learning community of students, faculty and parents dedicated to the holistic development of all boys;
A joyful Lower School faculty committed to meeting the needs of all students;
A strong Episcopal identity in a community welcoming of people of all faiths and backgrounds;
Partnership with the St. Christopher’s Center for the Study of Boys, providing real-time, research-based best practices focused solely on the educational needs of boys;
A well-balanced program of academics, arts, spiritual development, and physical activity to support the whole boy and meet individual student needs;
A technology program in which all students have frequent learning experiences utilizing Chromebooks, robotics, and coding tools;
A commitment to educating global citizens with Spanish instruction beginning in junior kindergarten;
A comprehensive system of support for students that includes a counselor, learning specialists, and a chaplain.
Opportunities & Challenges
With the support of the Headmaster, the next St. Christopher’s Head of Lower School will be charged with the following:
Provide a nurturing and safe learning environment that celebrates boys and prepares them for lifelong learning and spiritual development;
Continue to ensure that the Lower School curriculum serves boys well by developing key leadership skills, is reviewed and strengthened regularly with innovative initiatives, and prepares the students for success in the Middle and Upper School divisions;
Partner with the Headmaster and the Admissions team to strengthen enrollment and define the Lower School’s distinctive place in the Richmond marketplace;
Build upon the School’s commitment to providing a diverse and inclusive educational experience for all boys;
Contribute to a schoolwide leadership team to represent and be responsive to the needs of the Lower School.
Qualities & Qualifications
The successful candidate for St. Christopher’s Head of Lower School will be:
A warm and relational educator with a deep appreciation for boys’ education;
A visionary who can lead strategically and encourage innovation and creativity in programs and pedagogy;
An educator committed to the spiritual development of all students of varied faith backgrounds who respects and understands the Episcopal culture in schools;
A strong communicator who can promote the Lower School program in admissions and with parents;
A person with experience teaching elementary school students and who truly enjoys working with boys;
A decisive leader who will work to build a collaborative culture among the faculty and across division lines;
An empathetic leader who will cultivate a welcoming, caring, and inclusive community.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Cover letter expressing interest in St. Christopher’s Head of Lower School position;
Statement of educational philosophy and practice;
List of 5 references with name, phone number, and e-mail address
Application deadline of January 15, 2021, with a preference for earlier submissions
About St. Christopher's School
Established in 1911, St. Christopher’s School, is a JK-12 all boys school in Richmond, VA. With over a century of rich history in the education of boys, St. Christopher's has the reputation as a national and international leader in the education of boys. Our work with the International Boys’ Schools Coalition and our very own Center for the Study of Boys, support the Second Century Vision, which states that we will be a global leader in understanding boys, engaging and teaching them effectively, and developing in them the strength of character, wisdom, and life skills required to succeed in college and to make a positive impact as leaders in a rapidly changing world. The School's single campus location consists of 43 contiguous acres and 23 buildings with over 300,000 square feet.
St. Christopher's is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and holds membership through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES), and the International Boys' Schools Coalition (IBSC).
St. Christopher's School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or disability.