The Columbus Academy, OH

The Columbus Academy, OH

Co-Ed Day School, Grades Pre K - 12, Head of Middle School: Shaka Arnold, Assistant Head of Middle School, at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, FL

School Profile

4300 Cherry Bottom Rd.
Gahanna, OH 43230
Co-Ed, Day School
1,087 students, Grades PreK-12
Head of Middle School for July 1, 2018 start

The School:
Founded in 1911, Columbus Academy is a PreK-12 coeducational college preparatory day school of over a thousand students located on a picturesque campus ten miles from downtown Columbus, Ohio. Columbus Academy, OHStudent programs are organized into three divisions: Lower School (PreK-Grade 5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and Upper School (Grades 9-12). The school offers a rigorous academic program as part of its mission to educate the whole child – mind, body and character. Columbus Academy faculty and staff members are expected to be continuous learners in their fields, to engage in caring and cooperative partnerships with colleagues and parents, to have a demonstrated commitment to the values of equity and inclusion, and to help each student reach his or her full potential.

The Position:
Columbus Academy seeks a Head of Middle School with responsibilities to begin July 1, 2018, or at a mutually agreed upon date. The acting division head reports to the Head of School and is charged with the comprehensive responsibility of all curricular and non-curricular development/activities involving students and faculty in the Middle School to create a dynamic learning environment. The division head also oversees the hiring and supervision of instructional and support personnel.

Position Expectations (the individual selected to this position will be expected to carry out the following responsibilities):

  • Maintain congruency between the school’s mission and strategic vision and all activities of the division
  • Act as the educational leader of the school division, responsible for its day-to-day operation
  • Direct the activities of the school’s instructional and support staff in the performance of their duties
  • Maintain the budget for the division
  • Function as the chief articulator of the division’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed consonant with their individual roles
  • Be a visible presence in all areas of the school
  • Be knowledgeable and able to articulate advances and trends in pedagogy and education
  • Review and evaluate the academic programs, including for horizontal and vertical curricular flow
  • Lead the academic life of the middle school in the articulation of the school mission, school goals, department goals, course objectives, materials, methods and means of assessment
  • Observe, supervise and help evaluate the faculty, including through classroom observation
  • Serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods and general school procedures
  • Oversee and direct the activities of faculty committees as well as advisors of various student organizations and events
  • Provide an orderly, controlled environment in which learning can take place in a school climate that is supportive and reflects high morale
  • Be aware of the educational, physical, social and psychological needs of the school community and develop plans for meeting those needs
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements of government regulations/agencies and maintain the educational standards established by the state and by those agencies that examine and accredit the school
  • Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring, retention and assignment of faculty
  • Ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school’s operation
  • Strive for unity, harmony and cooperation through tact, helpfulness, respect and the recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each teacher
  • Conduct regular meetings with faculty that will deal both with routine school matters and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern
  • Support the Dean of Students in the social-emotional and academic guidance of students
  • Maintain complete academic records on all students
  • Oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement
  • In conjunction with the Dean of Students, establish guidelines for proper student conduct and dress
  • Maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship
  • Work toward a resolution of all problems – both routine and unique – as they arise
  • Keep the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities and problems of the school
  • Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing and evaluating of applicants for enrollment
  • Maintain a comprehensive calendar of school events and keep the entire school community informed of various school programs and activities
  • Oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs, including the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School
  • Hold students accountable for the school’s standards of behavior
  • Work with others in the school community to support each student’s emotional well-being

Common Qualification Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred
  • 5-7 years of experience as a lead teacher
  • 2-3 years of experience as an administrative leader, preferably in independent schools
  • Proven success at working collaboratively in educational leadership
  • Dynamic instructional leader with a solid understanding of the developmental and curricular needs of students of the particular division
  • Outstanding leadership skills
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and presentation skills
  • Strategic thinker and empathetic problem solver
  • Technologically savvy
  • A reflective practitioner, committed to a continuous process of self-improvement and lifelong learning
  • Ability to work collaboratively

Physical Conditions (candidates must be able to manage the following conditions):

  • Mobility around school buildings and on different floors (handicap accessible)
  • Repetitive motion (use of a computer keyboard)
  • Periodic need to move light furniture, carry objects (no more than 40 pounds), etc.
  • A non-smoking environment

Legal Requirements:
All Columbus Academy employees must pass required criminal records checks. Where appropriate, individuals will also be required to provide proof of academic credentials.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, personal statement and list of five references with email addresses and phone numbers to: Deirdre A. Ling, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative at:

Columbus Academy believes strongly in the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek to identify and hire a greater number of faculty of color to serve as role models for all students. We strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or socio-economic background.

Portions of this Head of Middle School position description are adapted from NAIS literature.

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