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Abundant Life Christian School

Principal


Wilmington, Massachusetts

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Snapshot

Denomination/Affiliation: Non-Denominational / Association of Christian Schools International

Enrollment: 122

Location: Wilmington, Massachusetts

The Role: Principal

Assignment Year: 2021

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Meet Abundant Life Christian School:

The Word of God clearly places the responsibility for education of children on parents… “Fathers, do not exasperate your children, instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord”  Ephesians 6:4.  To help parents fulfill this God-given responsibility, God led the First Baptist Church of Wilmington, now known as Abundant Life Church of Wilmington, to begin the Abundant Life Christian School and Learning Center in 1982.  Abundant Life Christian School is a Christ-centered, Bible-based school with the goal of helping children grow into their full potential in all areas of life.  The school partners with parents to help Grow Kids God’s Way, Transforming lives through discipleship and academic excellence in a loving, nurturing community.

As a ministry of the Abundant Life Church of Wilmington, Abundant Life Christian School and Learning Center employs Christian teachers who feel called by God to the teaching ministry. As evidence of God’s call, they are dedicated to, and gifted in, the task of partnering with parents to “train a child in the way he should go…” Proverbs 22:6.

The school’s formation was in response to the desire of local Christian families for a private school setting emphasizing quality education from a Godly perspective. Upon approval from the local school committee, ALCS opened in the Boutwell School, a former public school building, in September 1982.

Throughout its 12-year history at Boutwell, ALCS experienced significant growth.  By 1994, ALCS had outgrown the facility. This coincided with Wilmington Public School’s need for the Boutwell School location. The school packed its belongings into trailers in June 1995 without having found a location in which to reopen in the fall.

The school opened in four locations in September of 1995 and by March 1996, the congregation of the host church voted to build a new Christian Education facility on the church site. Ground was broken on June 4, 1996, and the 21,000 sq. ft. addition was completed in just three months! Classes began in the new facility mid-October, 1996, to the glory of God!

Since that time, Abundant Life Christian School & Learning Center has continued to grow, adding new programming and it has expanded opportunities for children. The school now looks to the future as they continue to “Grow Kids God’s Way,” transforming lives through discipleship and academic excellence in a loving, nurturing community.

 

About the Principal:

The Principal of Abundant Life Christian School provides leadership that creates an environment whereby Christ is first in all the school does, and faith and discipleship of students is fully integrated with academic development. The Principal creates a culture that naturally and readily accepts academic development as a subset of discipleship and that developing students spiritually is as important as developing them academically. This person also manages and directs the delivery of educational services (K – Grade 8), including management of all teachers, assistants, and allocated administrative support staff.  

The Principal will manage the delivery of educational services in a manner that will satisfy the school’s vision and mission. From a Biblical worldview, ALCS prepares the whole student with quality instruction and individual attention to empower them to reach their full potential and serve the greater community.

The Principal works collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to create and implement intentional programs designed to assist the staff, teachers, parents, and students in their academic and spiritual development. This person will understand the vision and mission of ALCS and ensure that all educational activities and elements move the school in that direction. The Principal also works with the SLT to develop annual objectives and plans that lead the school in a future direction congruent with its vision and mission.

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The Principal Will: 

  • Support and align performance of position with the Vision and Mission of the school.

  • Adhere to and behave in a manner consistent with the school’s Statement of Faith.

  • Help create a culture and environment where students accept God's gift of salvation and help them grow in their faith through witness and Christian role modeling.

  • Develop an annual plan for the delivery of educational services, including participation in the development of an annual budget.

  • Provide leadership to a team of educators--the primary responsibility being to equip and empower those under his/her supervision to perform their duties in excellence and to align with the vision and mission of the school and to be strong spiritual mentors to students.

  • Provide leadership and support to educational staff in understanding and achieving agreed upon objectives, in conflict resolution, and in making operational decisions.

  • Lead regular meetings with the staff to ensure two-way communication takes place and issues are well understood.

  • Collaborate with the Learning Center leaders, SLT members, teachers, and staff in implementing intentional programs and processes that lead to the attainment of the school’s vision and mission and associated annual goals and objectives.

  • Develop plans to continuously improve personal academic performance and the discipleship of students.

  • Ensure administrative support is balanced for all grades.

  • Ensure the requirements of governing authorities are satisfied at all grade levels.

  • Ensure continuous technical and spiritual advancement for staff and students by staying abreast of new developments ensuring continuous improvement of programs.

  • Recruit and develop a teaching staff to ensure the attainment of student’s personal academic potential and the discipleship of students.

  • Develop plans and reports as required by governing authorities.

  • Assist the SLT in developing policies consistent with the vision/mission of ALCS.

  • Develop procedures, consistent with the vision and mission that will give clear direction in daily operations while respecting the need to consider each situation on its own merits.

  • Lead the development of the annual educational operating budget and manage spending within budget provisions.

  • Identify staff and materials/supplies requirements to ensure annual objectives are met.

  • Recommend approval of all Purchase Requests and spending regarding educational requirements within policy guidelines.

  • Develop and/or source curriculum and courses that meet the learning needs of the students and position ALCS as a leader in Christian Education and Independent Schools.

  • Help develop a discipleship process for all teachers, students, and families that is fully integrated and seamless within the school program such that learning is encompassed by spiritual development and formation.

  • Represent school administration on school committees in an advisory capacity.

  • Maintain relationships with educational suppliers/vendors to build trust and positive community relations.

  • Cooperate with the Learning Center staff to ensure success of the pre-K learning program.

  • Work with the Advancement department to coordinate and participate in the enrollment process, including policy and procedure development, interviews with new families, evaluations regarding re-enrollment of current families, and authorization of registrant acceptance.

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What You Bring: 

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Principal:

Education & Experience

  • Preferred candidates will have a graduate degree.

  • Preferred candidates will have a minimum of ten (10) years of commensurate experience.

Personal Characteristics

To successfully respond to the challenges of the role, the Principal will be a highly committed and energetic individual. Candidates should exhibit:

  • Being a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, demonstrating Christ-like character and the Fruit of the Spirit.

  • A strong understanding of the ALCS organization and a belief and passion for its mission and vision.

  • Demonstration as a strong team player who communicates openly, honestly and who acts on behalf of ALCS’ best interest.

  • Strong analytical thinking, researching and analyzing information to make logical, rational conclusions.

  • Working effectively in a changing environment.

  • Excellent oral and written skills.

  • Highly-developed attention to detail.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • A demonstration to manage multiple tasks with an ability to prioritize.

  • Optimizing time and resources ensuring high-quality work.

  • Focus on results, bringing initiatives to a successful conclusion.

  • An ability to deal professionally and respectfully with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.

  • Creativity and willingness to present new ideas.

  • A high degree of professionalism and organizational discipline.

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What it's Like to Live in Wilmington, Massachusetts: 

Located about a half-hour from Boston, Wilmington is a quiet and friendly place to call home. The area offers its residents a small-town feel while also providing quick access to urban city life. It is very family-oriented with good school systems and a low crime rate. If you are a coffee lover, look no further as the city has many different options for everyone to enjoy.

Wilmington Town Common is a gathering place where fun local parades and community charities are often held. These combined with the great love for their neighbors, children, and public servants truly add to Wilmington’s small-town charm. If you would like to experience the city, just hop on one of the railways that will take you straight into Boston, where the activities are endless. 

Whether it be enjoying their famous lobster rolls or cheering on the Red Sox,  you will not run out of things to do!

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