Chief School Administrator
CHIEF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR
Founded in 1995 as Three Cedars Waldorf School, Eastside Community School (ECS) is a heartful community of faculty, passionate about guiding the next generation of humans through immersive and meaningful learning experiences; parents, committed to supporting their children’s academic experiences and Waldorf-inspired education on Seattle’s eastside; and students that are poised, empathetic, articulate, creative and tenacious. The school recently purchased its own property and moved to 5 acres on the Sammamish Plateau in Issaquah, Washington after operating in Bellevue for more than 25 years. ECS offers Parent & Child through High School programs, and is in an exciting transitional phase of expansion. We seek a collaborative Chief School Administrator (CSA) that can build stabilizing processes for day-to-day management to accommodate our growth; and also advance and execute on the community’s vision for the future of the school.
Eastside Community School
We educate our students to fulfill their highest potential—think clearly, feel deeply, impart meaningful purpose to their lives, and actively contribute to the positive development of society.
ECS is inspired by Waldorf Education, an international movement that began in 1919. Rooted in a profound understanding of how children learn and grow, Waldorf education is based on the pedagogical principles developed by world-renowned philosopher, artist, and founder of Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner. This approach nurtures the natural joy that children have in learning with lessons not simply based on repetition and memorization, but experienced through immersive, hands-on participation. Each school year is designed to meet children’s evolving aptitude for experiences and social interactions.
The faculty circle at ECS is committed to dynamic teaching—encouraging the type of ‘living thinking’ that brings forth new ideas in students, faculty, and community alike. With both the stability of an established community and the fresh, pioneer spirit of a relatively new Board and identity, ECS finds itself in the unique position of being able to draw on the strength of the past while envisioning the future. At this particular juncture in human history, we invite the new CSA to go beyond labels and dogma and apply the meaning of Rudolf Steiner’s pedagogy to better meet the lived experience of students each day.
The Ideal Candidate
Ideal candidates possess an interest in Waldorf education; an aptitude for creating efficient policy and guidelines; and the ability to work closely within our well-established programs that meet Washington State requirements for independent schools. They will be a collaborative leader who empowers teachers to guide pedagogical and governance decisions. The CSA happily fills necessary gaps throughout the day—Lead Ice Spreader, Go-to Recess-Duty Filler, Expert Copy Machine
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The Ideal Candidate, continued
Fixer, Faculty Choral Member—doing whatever is necessary at the moment. They could be additionally characterized as:
• curious and interested in understanading Rudolf Steiner’s vision of a Waldorf school.
• possessing clear and thoughtful verbal and written communication and facilitation skills.
• having strong interpersonal skills to initiate and facilitate hard conversations.
• able to hold structure and systematically manage multiple initiatives and projects through to defined goals.
• having progressive school leadership experience, vision, and creativity.
• an empathetic team-builder.
• highly approachable, visible and authentically engaged with the school community. • solidly understanding balanced budgeting processes and financial accountability.
• aligning with the mission, vision and values of ECS.
• An accredited college or university degree
• Other accredited and relevant experience of leading educational institutions • Classroom teaching experience
The CSA reports directly to the Board of Directors (the Board)—composed of engaged members of the school community seeking to build ECS into a premier, independent school in the Puget Sound area—and works closely with the Board to implement the school’s strategic priorities. The CSA collaborates with the community to fundraise to improve ECS’s financial, human, and other resources. In addition, the CSA works cooperatively with area public and private schools and local government, and participates in community-wide strategic initiatives. Key is the ability to interact with both internal and external communities.
The CSA is responsible for all aspects of ECS administration and operations as delegated by the Board, including but not limited to, enrollment services, financial stability, pedagogy in collaboration with the pedagogical administrator, facility management, supervision of personnel, community partnerships, implementation of the strategic plan, and the educational mission.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
• Build enrollment and retention to fully support the Board’s 5-year initiative to balance operational expenses with tuition revenue
• Develop a 3-year human resources plan that provides the positions required to effectively manage all administrative functions required to support the educational mission of ECS
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Position Description, continued
• Leverage the region’s philanthropic generosity and pursue non-traditional funding streams that support teaching and learning
• Work with the Board to recruit new directors who bring skills and expertise to grow the advancement and development initiatives for the school
• Ethically steward ECS’s financial and human resources, and demonstrate accountability for utilizing resources to the benefit of students and their families
• Co-create and define the vision for the future of the school with faculty, while capturing and documenting its internal governance systems
Candidates are encouraged to review the school’s website for additional information.
How to Apply
Send your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates must submit the following information and documents to complete the application:
1. Letter of application (not to exceed five pages) addressing the opportunities, challenges and personal characteristics identified above. The letter should demonstrate how the candidate’s experience and qualifications prepare the candidate to serve as CSA at ECS.
3. A list of at least 3 references, including contact information, from a combination of supervisors, direct reports and/or faculty, and community members from current and/or former institutions.
For additional information, to make a nomination or to inquire, confidentially, please contact: Grif Owen, President of the Board of Directors
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