About the School

Founded in 1926 Cincinnati Country Day School approaches its upcoming Centennial year with a deservedly strong reputation regionally and nationally due to its success in promoting educational excellence and character development for students from 18 months to 18 years of age. CCDS is justifiably proud of the breadth and depth of its program and the achievement of its students under the guidance of a dedicated faculty. The school’s impressive reputation is equally a by-product of the strong sense of community shared by those associated with the school and by the commitment to its traditions and to the spirit of innovation.

Located entirely on a beautiful and safe 62-acre campus in the attractive community of Indian Hill approximately 12 miles north of downtown Cincinnati, CCDS has an enrollment of 830 students representing 67 different zip codes in Ohio and Kentucky. 5.5% of the students are international students, and 30% of domestic students identify as students of color. 38% of the student body receives financial assistance. Country Day students are academically able, and they perform well. The median SAT combined score in 2020 was 1393. In the four year period 2016-2020, 673 students took 1322 Advanced Placement Examinations and 90% scored 3 or above. With more than 100 full and part-time faculty members, the school has a highly favorable teacher-student ratio enabling it to know and nurture each student as an individual.

In 2017 the school launched its five-year strategic plan, Country Day FORWARD, based on the pillars of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Global Engagement, and Environmental Commitment. The pillars inform what, how, and where teaching propels students forward. Cincinnati Country Day School also defines itself in four major areas that are its distinguishing characteristics: Curriculum, Campus, Community, and Character/Competencies. Beyond its challenging and innovative academic program, the education offered at CCDS aspires to fulfill the school’s mission to “inspire a passion for learning and independent thinking through a steadfast commitment to academic excellence, personal integrity, and service to others.”

About the Position

The Head of School reports to a 26 member Board of Trustees that is comprised primarily of parents and alumni and has a healthy perspective on its appropriate role of governance. The Head also leads an administrative Cabinet of 12 members who direct the internal and external operations. An Interim Head of School has been appointed to lead the school during the 2021-2022 academic year in anticipation of a new permanent Head being appointed in the fall of 2021 to begin his/her responsibilities on July 1, 2022. The next leader of Cincinnati Country Day School will ideally be an experienced educator of sterling character and engaging interpersonal qualities, whose values align closely with the school’s Mission and Guiding Principles.

How to Apply

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials in one continuous Word or PDF document.  The application deadline is July 1, 2021. Earlier expressions of interest are encouraged and greatly appreciated.

  • Educators’ Collaborative Candidate Summary Sheet and Disclosure Form (contact John Mackenzie or Doug Jennings for those documents)
  • Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
  • Current résumé
  • Statement of Educational Leadership 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: