About the School

Initially founded in 1958 as a preschool, Virginia Chance School holds an outstanding reputation in the Louisville area as both a preschool and elementary school, with its enrollment of 244 students almost equally divided between the two. Chance, as it is commonly known, is highly committed to its Mission, “to excellence and respect through a joyful, challenging and progressive program. With an intentional whole-child approach to education, each individual reaches his/her cognitive, social, emotional, moral and physical potential. Virginia Chance students graduate as confident, inquisitive learners prepared to engage productively with their world.”

Students benefit from having small classes and two full-time teachers in each classroom. The theme of “developing capable young people” guides the work of a highly dedicated faculty in its focus on social/emotional development of students as well as academic learning. Chance’s progressive educational approach emphasizes play-based learning, extensive outdoor experiences, and authentic relationships across all constituencies. The school’s physical plant has a welcoming home-like feel, includes twenty-six adjacent acres for environmental education and physical activities, and is located approximately fifteen minutes from downtown Louisville. The city is Kentucky’s largest with a metropolitan area of approximately 1.3 million people and a highly favorable cost of living.

About the Position

The Head of School reports to a 19-member Board of Trustees and leads a faculty and staff of 52 women and men. Current Head of School Debbie Houston will be retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, and an Interim Head of School has been appointed for 2020-2021. The Interim appointee will not be a candidate for the permanent Head of School position. Thanks in large part to Ms. Houston’s leadership, Chance currently enjoys full enrollment at all levels.

For its next head, the Board of Trustees seeks an outstanding educator with notable senior administrative experience as well as an individual of outstanding character, whose personal and professional skills match the school’s culture and who will inspire and enable Virginia Chance School to achieve its vision for the future. Interested candidates need not be specifically trained progressive educators but must be a willing and articulate advocate for Chance’s educational approaches. The Search Committee intends to complete the search early in the Fall of 2020, with the new Head to assume responsibilities on July 1, 2021. Interested candidates should submit application materials at their earliest convenience and not later than July 1, 2020.

How to Apply

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials (in one continuous Word or PDF document):

  • Educators’ Collaborative Candidate Summary Sheet and Disclosure Form (contact Doug Jennings or John Mackenzie 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:

  • Doug Jennings, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: djennings@educatorscollaborative.com, 317-319-2936)
  • John Mackenzie, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: jmackenzie@educatorscollaborative.com, phone: 614-207-1006)