O'Neal School
Southern Pines, NC
Grades PK3 - 12 with 550 students

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The O’Neal School seeks a highly qualified Lower School Division Head to lead the Lower School (grades Pre-Kindergarten 3 through Fourth Grade). The major responsibility of the Lower School Division Head is to ensure all activities of the Lower School are aligned with the mission of The O’Neal School.
  • All administrative and executive roles in the Lower School.
  • Communicate effectively with constituents in the Lower School community.
  • Create a well-rounded comprehensive learning environment that respects and supports all aspects of the ideal development of the Lower School student.
  • Oversee and manage the day-to-day operations and decision making for the Lower School.
  • In conjunction with the head of school, develop and implement school policies and procedures.
  • In conjunction with the head of school, develop and implement Lower School programs in support of the strategic plan of the school.
  • Work with the faculty and Academic Committee to oversee all aspects of the Lower School curriculum.
  • Serve as a positive collaborative member of the administration team, including acting as an ambassador for the school with prospective parents, other schools, and other constituencies.
  • Have knowledge of, uphold, model, and communicate the mission of The O’Neal School.
  • Act as the educational leader of the Lower School, responsible for its day-to- day operation.
  • Direct the activities of Lower School instructional and non-instructional staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Articulate the division’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information to faculty, students, and parents as needed. Communicate regularly and effectively with faculty, staff, parents, and students.
  • Observe, supervise, and evaluate faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum. Facilitate and assist faculty and staff with professional growth.
  • Supervise the teaching process and review and evaluate academic programs.
  • Provide and maintain a safe and secure learning environment.
  • Create a shared vision with faculty and staff that places student learning at the core of the division.
  • Cultivate a professional, positive, and caring culture within the division.
  • Create a sense of shared responsibility for Lower School students.
  • Provide a physical environment which demonstrates the importance of learning for all members of the school community.
  • Work with faculty and department chairs to ensure the implementation of an effective and forward-thinking instructional program.
  • Be aware of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of the school community and develop plans for meeting these needs.
  • Maintain budgets within the Lower School.
  • Meet regularly with the Head of School, other division heads, and school administrators.
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements and educational standards.
  • Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty.
  • Establish programs for the orientation of new teachers, for in-service training of all teachers, and for the evaluation of classroom teachers.
  • Strive for cooperation and diversity through tact, respect, and a recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each teacher and student.
  • Oversee the coordination of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities within the Lower School. Assist in the planning and presentation of school assemblies and programs.
  • Establish guidelines for proper student conduct; maintain student discipline consistent with school policies; monitor students’ adherence to established school rules; and maintain accurate student records. Oversee grading and reporting, as well as methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
  • Maintain a visible presence in all areas of the Lower School; work toward a resolution of all problems as they arise and keep the Head of School informed of the programs, activities, and challenges of the division.
  • Prepare a master division class schedule and assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations.
  • Serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching method, and general school procedures.
  • Assist in the admissions process for testing, interviewing, and evaluating applicants for enrollment.
  • Attend after school functions and maintain a presence at school events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Minimum Requirements
  • A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
  • Successful experience as a lower school teacher
  • Previous experience as an academic leader, preferably in independent schools and at the Lower School level.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills related to interactions with students, parents, and teachers.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Attention to detail, strong organization skills, collaborative, engaging, adaptive, and proactive.
All employees hired by The O’Neal School must have legal authorization to work in the United States and must pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

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