Principal - Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
Position: Principal
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: Head of Lower School
Job Location: MICDS
Beginning: Jul 01, 2019
Deadline: Jan 01, 2019**
District: Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
St. Louis, MO 63124
Telephone: 314-995-7417
Job Description:
MICDS has a rich and distinctive history spanning more than 150 years.  A leader in independent education, MICDS is a college-prep, coed school for grades JK-12.  Our mission is to help students discover their unique talents, preparing them for higher education and a life of purpose and service as an engaged citizen in our ever-changing world.

Our Culture
At MICDS, our collaborative, collegial and positive workplace culture drives our workforce and encourages overall employee well-being.  MICDS is deeply committed to nurturing a diverse community:  more than 40 languages other than English are spoken in our families’ homes; 36% of our students self-describe as students of color; and, 25% of our students receive 100% of demonstrated need in financial aid totaling more than $4.5M annually.  We eagerly seek candidates who contribute to and thrive in inclusive communities.

Job Summary
The Head of the Lower School has full responsibility for the oversight and daily operation of the Lower School, which provides a coeducational learning environment for 200 children in Junior Kindergarten through 4th grade. Contributes to the work of the Administrative Team in its efforts to align the culture of the School with the School’s mission.     
Essential Functions
  • Direct the Lower School in all matters relating to students, faculty, parents, and curriculum in accordance with the MICDS Mission, Philosophy and Goals.
  • Provide leadership in developing the vital partnership between parents and the School.
  • Oversee day-to-day operation of the Lower School, establishing and maintaining an atmosphere that fosters learning and social well-being.
  • Provide leadership, encouragement and support to faculty, using a participatory model.
  • Mentor and collaborate with the Early Childhood and Elementary Grades Coordinators on curriculum development and pedagogy.
  • Evaluate all Lower School faculty.
  • Oversee student referral process (in consultation with Lower School Learning Specialist/Counselor).
  • Chair Lower School Faculty Hiring Recommendation Committees.
  • Oversee and mentor the work of the Director of Extended Day (extended day and holiday camp programs).
  • In consultation with the Chief Financial Officer and appropriate Lower School leadership, plan for and allocate the Lower School budget as designated the Head of School and Chief Financial Officer.
  • Serve as member of the Administrative Team.
Communication and Collaboration
  • Ensure clear and open communication among all constituents of the School.
  • Communicate regularly with auxiliary groups and support offices of the School (e.g., Parents Association, Operations, Business, Development, Admission and Technology).
  • Serve as member of all Lower School Admission Committees and participate in admission events.
Teaching and Learning
  • Take responsibility for the design and implementation of the Lower School curriculum and programs, while remaining informed of implications and connections of the Lower School curriculum to the Middle and Upper Schools.
  • Maintain high standards of developmentally appropriate practice and quality classroom teaching and teamwork through faculty evaluation and professional development
  • Keep current with research about early childhood and elementary education by attending conferences and maintaining memberships in professional organizations
  • Serve as member of the Academic Leadership Committee
Coordinates other projects and responsibilities that may be added at the School’s discretion.
Job Requirements And Qualifications
  • Graduate degree and extensive experience as an educator.
  • A strong commitment to innovative, non-sectarian, co-ed day independent school education.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written and demonstrated success as an advisor to senior leadership.
  • Strong proficiency in a variety of computer software applications, including Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365.
  • A high level of integrity, curiosity and warmth, an optimistic orientation to life, a strong work ethic and a good sense of humor.
Application Process
For full consideration, please send in a single PDF format a letter of interest, current resume, and a writing sample to both Debbie Reed and Tom Hudnut via email. and

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.