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Head of School

Old Mission Peninsula School is seeking Head of School for the 2019 - 2020 school year

Job Title: Head of School

Employed By: Contracted Management Company

The Head of School embodies the mission of Old Mission Peninsula School, which is to “provide an active, meaningful, and challenging educational community where learning is collaborative and accessible to all students and is focused on continuous academic improvement and social and character growth.” This is achieved through focus on our seven C’s: Children, Curriculum, Crew, Culture, Class Size, Campus, and Community. In keeping with the school’s mission, the Head of School fosters the traditions, relationships, and practices that determine the school’s climate and culture. The Head of School is responsible for the overall management of the school in accordance with the board’s policies. The Head of School is the spokesperson for the school with all its internal and external constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors, business community, governmental agencies, and local, state, regional, and national educational organizations and accrediting agencies.

Though much of the work is properly delegated, the Head of School has ultimate and overall responsibility for board relations, curriculum and instruction, student life, business affairs, assessment, admission, enrollment, advancement, and representation of OMPS in the greater community.


Master’s degree or higher in Educational Leadership/Administration.

Valid State of Michigan teaching certificate in Elementary and/or Secondary Education.

Valid State of Michigan Administration Certificate.

Minimum of three years of building principal/assistant principal experience.

Minimum of three years of teaching experience is preferred.

Board Relations

The Head of School advises the board but is not responsible for governance matters just as the board advises the Head of School but is not responsible for management matters. Together, the Head of School and board form an equal partnership in running the school, each in their respective spheres of management and governance. The Head of School is an ex officio, non voting, member of the board. The Head of School:

  • Keeps the board informed of all matters relating to the school through reports at board meetings and immediate communication following all major school events or happenings.
  • Provides data to assist the board in its work.
  • Makes recommendations to the board for approval of the operating and capital budgets, including all categories of income and expenditures.
  • Seeks direction from the board on new initiatives.
  • Assists the board in setting board and committee meeting agendas and discussion topics.
  • Staffs the board’s strategic planning process.
  • Sets annual goals for his/her performance in conjunction with the board.
  • Provides materials for the board to use in his/her evaluation.
  • Sees that the board records and minutes are properly filed, and otherwise assists the board in its works as requested.

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Develops and implements an innovative, high-quality, creative educational program that sets high expectations for every student.
  • Sets ambitious school goals for student achievement and performance and hold staff members accountable for achieving results.
  • Fosters professionalism, collegiality, and ethical conduct in the faculty, staff, and volunteers.
  • Stimulates and participates in the dialog about teaching and learning at the school.
  • Hires, supervises, evaluates and dismisses all faculty and staff members in concert with the ESP.
  • Promote a culture of continuously improving teaching practice through professional development and collaborative planning amongst the faculty and staff.
  • Provides for the professional development, including training in effective classroom management, of the faculty and staff.
  • Coach, develop and grow leaders from within the organization, giving opportunities for staff to develop new skills in leadership and improve their craft.
  • Use data to inform practice and drive decision-making and instruction at the school.
  • Supervises all aspects of the school’s academic program and ensures the school is aligned with Michigan benchmarks and national standards.
  • Monitor Special Education students in various settings and provide feedback.
  • Supervises state and national testing, and communicates details appropriately to staff and families.
  • Ensures all state required compliance reporting is completed.

Student Life

  • Organizes student activities and extracurricular opportunities.
  • Administers the school’s discipline policies and standards of conduct in accordance with school policies set forth by the board.
  • Supervises the school’s support systems, such as counseling, academic support, before and after school programs, health and wellness, etc…
  • Promotes a healthy student culture in and out of school. Should be a welcoming presence visible to students and their families and caretakers as they enter and exit the school each day.
  • Provides leadership at all-school gatherings, including assemblies, sporting events, performances, etc.
  • Provides for character education and ethical teachings in keeping with the mission of the school.
  • Reports student progress to parents on a timely and helpful basis.

Business, Finance, and Building Operations

  • Understands and supervises the business functions of the school, including budgeting; monitoring and reporting income, expenses, investments, and cash flow; maintenance of appropriate records; and assisting the school’s auditors. Able to advise and guide the Board as necessary regarding financial needs for the school.
  • Oversees all employment and HR matters in conjunction with the ESP and the finance committee, such as contracts, salaries, benefits, job assignments, job orientation, performance evaluation, retentions and dismissals, personnel records, employee handbooks, etc.
  • Oversees all areas of operational compliance including: health and safety laws, teacher licensure and fingerprinting and all federal and state workplace regulations.
  • Oversees the operation, maintenance, and cleaning of the building and grounds.
  • Oversees relationship with AngelCare, including building issues, staff access, and communication items.
  • Plans and executes all major capital purchases, repairs, and building projects.
  • Oversees the school safety programs including building security, emergency procedures, transportation regulations, tornado and fire drills, etc.

Enrollment and Marketing

  • Supervises and assists the enrollment functions of the school, including recruitment programs, internal marketing, external outreach, website development and maintenance, and information dissemination.
  • Supervises the seat lottery process when applicable.

Advancement and Fundraising

  • Plans and executes the school’s fundraising programs.
  • Assists the Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation in identifying, cultivating, thanking, and communicating with past and prospective donors.
  • Oversees the school’s relations with its alumni through communications and attendance at special events.

Community Relations

  • Supervises all volunteers.
  • Maintains a presence in the community.
  • Represents the school to the media.
Old Mission Peninsula School

2699 Island View Rd
Traverse City, MI   49686

Hours: 8:15 to 3:15

Phone: 231.252.0225

Mailing Address

2699 Island View Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686