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Head of School

Position Type Head of School / Directeur Général
Start 07/01/2021
School Name St. George's School of Montreal
City, State Montreal, Qc 
Posted 02/13/2020

The Board of Directors of St. George’s School of Montreal is currently seeking candidates to fill the position of Head of School for the 2021 School Year, starting July 2021.

Founded in 1930, St. George’s School of Montreal is an independent, co-educational, non-denominational K-11 school committed to the development of each child’s full potential by providing aspirited, engaging, creative and cooperative environment. Grounded in the themes and practices of progressive education since its inception, St. George’s is aligned and actively engaged with research and innovation dedicated to the education of the whole child.

There are two campuses at St. George’s; the Elementary School (ES) and the High School (HS) are located a short walking distance from each other. At the heart of both campuses is a culture that encourages deeper learning and respectful relationships, fosters creative expression, promotes community spiritedness while celebrating the individual attributes of each person, and fully embraces collaborative inquiry.

The St. George’s model of teaching and learning offers students opportunities to construct meaning through reflective inquiry in small classes with teachers who are responsive and innovative. Our consciousness-raising curriculum supports students in taking meaningful and ethical positions on social, cultural, and environmental issues. Students are encouraged to be creative problem solvers by working in real world contexts in science, math, languages, social sciences, athletics as well as the visual and performing arts.

Teachers are encouraged to develop a growth mindset about their own practice and about the learning of their students; ongoing mentoring and professional development is an essential component of our teachers’ growth. Students develop methods of inquiry in an environment that is inclusive, collaborative and safe. It is in this environment that students are supported in their discovery of self as life-long learners. Instruction is differentiated to provide challenge and growth for all of our learners. The Centre for Learning Enrichment (CLE) orchestrates appropriate and rigorous enrichment and support for all students within, and outside the classroom. The extra-curricular engagement of students at both campuses provides a rich, well-rounded complement to their academic pursuits.

St. George’s values diversity in cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. We strive to see the broader community reflected in our school. Respect and appreciation for that diversity are encouraged amongst students, staff, faculty, administration, and parents, which, in turn, fosters a shared experience amongst all members of the St. George’s community.

With direction and support from the Assistant Head of Curriculum, Research and Innovation, the faculty at St. George’s is given a significant amount of leeway and discretion in the development of their own teaching and learning activities, while remaining anchored in the Quebec Education Program(QEP) Guidelines. They enhance class experiences by using special projects, field trips, expert visits and mentoring opportunities. Interdisciplinary connections are encouraged at all grade levels.

Our ES faculty (25) and our HS faculty (38) work collaboratively within professional learning teams. At the High School, this collaborative structure is further consolidated by a discipline-specific department structure. The daily operations of the School and its buildings are supported by 62 staff members.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Our ideal candidate will have proven leadership capabilities, teaching experience, and a commitment to experiential learning and inquiry with extensive knowledge and understanding of the most current research on teaching and learning. The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Experiential knowledge of progressive education, current curriculum and pedagogical trends
  • Experience as an educator, Assistant Head of School, Head of School, School Leadership or equivalent
  • Post-graduate education preferred
  • Experience in Canadian independent schools an asset
  • Proven experience leading, managing, motivating and inspiring teams in a school setting
  • Ability to articulate an inspiring vision for our future, while supporting excellence and creativity on a day to day basis
  • Alignment of the candidate’s core values and passions with a personal and institutional understanding of the school’s mission
  • Managerial, financial, and operational acumen to ensure continued organizational effectiveness and ongoing ability to maintain respect from all constituencies
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with various stakeholders in both official languages
  • Collaborative working style and the ability to co-create community with various stakeholders
  • Ability to recognize and seize new opportunities to support and expand on actual practices, combined with a sense of implementation that respects the culture and core reality of the school
  • Solid understanding of advancement and fundraising practices

Expectations of the Position

Commitment to experiential learning and inquiry: St. George’s is recognized for the strength and success of our educational programs. Our Faculty and Leadership Team are dedicated to the application of academic research at the core of their practices, and we seek to maintain an ethos of teaching and learning grounded in inquiry.

Leadership in collaboration and community building: St. George’s is a vibrant community in which collaboration between various stakeholder groups is expected, encouraged, and valued. The Head of School is someone who works collaboratively while upholding personal vision and can foster collaboration throughout the community.

Managerial, financial, and operational acumen: A two-campus, English, Independent school in Quebec is a complex organization that demands administrative effectiveness in order to ensure institutional sustainability. The Head of School is at the centre of an ever-evolving set of priorities.

To learn more about the position, we invite you to visit the Career page at https://www.stgeorges.qc.ca/st-georges-experience/careers/.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and express their interest in confidence via email to info@tealandco.com and reference project number 5158. We appreciate all applications, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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