PreK-12 Principal Back to Jobs

Closing date: February 14, 2020

Starting date: August 2020

Job Description:

Duncan Christian School seeks a visionary leader with a strong commitment to Christian education who will provide relational leadership for our community-focused, diverse, and Kingdom-oriented school.

DCS is blessed with a staff who see their work as part of something bigger – an act of worship for Kingdom purposes. Our staff focus on providing engaging learning opportunities and importantly, seek to give students many opportunities to take part in formational practices that nurture disciples of Jesus. Rather than simply informing students with the latest content, aiming hearts at Jesus through how we teach, how we interact with one another, and how we love rightly* is a hugely important part of our community. (*Quote from James K.A. Smith, “Desiring the Kingdom”, 2009)

DCS is blessed to welcome over 400 PreK-12 students, including approximately 115 indigenous students from Cowichan Tribes. These families are part of our identity and add richly to the cultural diversity of the school.  We seek a leader who has a heart for all types of people from all backgrounds, socio-economic situations, and cultures.  This is a leader who desires to continue nurturing an environment where children and youth feel a strong sense of acceptance and belonging.

DCS is located on the eastern side of Vancouver Island in the beautiful Cowichan Valley. Duncan Christian School has undergone significant growth over the past ten years and is currently operating at or near capacity.  Most Cowichan Valley churches are represented within our school community and we are a non-denominational Christian school with an open enrolment policy. Duncan Christian School is governed by a 6-10 member board of directors representing the membership of Duncan Christian School.  Our World Belongs to God is a document that is affirmed by our society and included in our school bylaws. It may help you understand the Reformed roots that continue to impact our mission and vision.

DCS seeks a PreK-12 school Principal with a deep heart for seeing young people thrive and brings a holistic approach to Christian education. The Principal will report to the board of directors and work collaboratively within the leadership team to provide leadership within the broader school community. The successful candidate will have a passion for Christian education and proven strengths in the areas of community and relationship building, fostering student learning, strong communication and listening skills, integration of biblical worldview in education, leading and empowering staff/faculty, and parent engagement. The Principal will work closely with two Assistant Principals, the Director(s) of Student Support, the Athletic Director and the Development Director.

Please give evidence of the following criteria in your application:

Required:
BC teaching certification (or the ability to hold such a certification)
Master’s Degree (or working towards one)
Demonstrated school leadership (principal, vice/assistant-principal, etc.)
Evidence of positive relationships with students, staff, and parents through references and current leadership practices
Evidence of strong written communication skills through the quality of resume, and attachments
Completed application package
Involvement in a Christian church

Preferred:
5+ years teaching experience
Master’s Degree (in Educational Leadership or related area of focus)
Experience teaching/leading in a Christian School
Experience working with indigenous families and/or families from diverse backgrounds
Experience working with families from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds
Experience with school-wide organizing and planning, budgeting and facility management
Experience working with boards and committees
Knowledge of student support services
Understanding of services and supports provided through SCSBC (The Society of Christian Schools in BC)
Knowledge of ‘21st century learning’, inquiry learning, and/or project-based learning
Knowledge of best practices related to curriculum, instruction, assessment, technology, and school community

Please attach:
philosophy of Christian education (1 page)
a statement of faith (1 page)
sample of professional communication (school newsletter or other parent communication, communication to staff/faculty and communication to students)

In your cover letter please address, among other things, the following:
Your motivation for applying
Your interest in working within an ethnically and denominationally diverse school community
Your interest in ensuring the authentic integration of faith and learning
Your commitment to student learning

Please send applications directly to:
Andrew Nagtegaal, Board Chairperson
searchcommittee@duncanchristian.com