About the School

Founded in 1923, Providence Country Day School’s mission is to inspire lives of engaged citizenship in an inclusive community that values the unique strengths of all students. By setting high standards for academic achievement and ethical behavior, and community participation, PCD empowers students to grow with confidence and prepare for a lifetime of learning and leadership to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. The school’s core values–commitment and participation, diversity, hard work, honesty, intellectual curiosity, respect and teamwork–underlie a hands-on program of academics, visual and performing arts, competitive athletics, and service. PCD students develop as independent and critical thinkers, resourceful creators and resilient innovators.  A recent strategic emphasis on inquiry-based learning is further enhancing the school’s student-centeredness.

PCD’s signature programs include:

The Living Classroom – 12 acres of campus woodlands with trails and an outdoor classroom

The Compass – A grades 9-12 self-knowledge program that culminates in the college counseling process

Community Time – A daily one-hour period that leans toward student freedom, activity opportunities, and tutorials rather than obligations (as featured in Independent School Magazine)

Community Theme – To explore concepts of diversity and citizenship, an identity-focused or mission-based theme that frames year-long explorations through open dialog, guest speakers, and workshops.

Senior Wellness – A year-long mindfulness and healthy relationships program that helps seniors maintain balance through the pressure of college search and the senior year.

The student body, numbering 215, includes 170 students in the Upper School and 45 in the Middle School and is supported by 36 faculty and staff. PCD students come from 45 communities in southeastern New England. There is also a vibrant international population comprising about 10% of the school. The Head of School reports to a 17-member Board of Trustees and currently has a five-member senior administrative team. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and Association of Independent Schools of New England, plus several other national professional associations.

About the Position

For its next Head of School, the Board seeks an individual who is prepared and motivated to build on PCD’s many strengths and position the school for future growth and prosperity. Among other attributes, this person will be an engaging community leader who is comfortable being the public face of the school, an educator philosophically aligned with the direction of the school, and one who is enlivened by the daily interactions with students, faculty and families that is the core of PCD’s teaching and learning experience.

The Search Committee intends to complete the search by the end of November. Interested candidates should submit application materials by October 26, 2018.

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials:

  • EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact Deirdre Ling for that document)
  • Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
  • Current résumé
  • Personal Statement or Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)

Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:

  • Deirdre Ling, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC: daling@comcast.net, 508-423-1605