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Contra Costa Christian Schools

Head of School


Walnut Creek, California

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Snapshot

The Role: Head of School

Denomination: Affiliations/Accreditation: Christian Schools International (CSI) - Accredited, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) - Accredited, Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) - Member

Total Enrollment: 390

Location: Walnut Creek, California

Assignment Year: 2022-2023

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Meet Contra Costa Christian Schools:

Contra Costa Christian Schools was established in 1978 as a high school to serve families in the Walnut Creek area. The school opened classes with approximately 85 students in grades 9 to 11. The high school expanded its program to include grades 9 to 12 in subsequent years. In the early 1980s, families opened a separate school to serve K-8 families called Woodlands Christian School. Woodlands Christian School purchased the current campus and rented space to the high school in the early 1980s. Although the two schools were separate entities, they shared the same campus to serve students K-12. As families and siblings crossed both programs, the schools merged to create Contra Costa Christian Schools that now span preschool through high school.

For the last 40 years, Contra Costa Christian Schools has maintained its original mission to Prepare the Next Generation with Christian values and a quality academic foundation. While the instructional strategies and curriculum have evolved since its founding, the core mission of serving families in the East Bay remains the same. Contra Costa Christian Schools provides a high-quality 21st-century education within a Christian context that equips students for success in whatever field of study or career they choose to pursue.

 

About the Head of School:

Contra Costa Christian Schools is seeking its next Head of School. The Head of School serves as the chief executive of the school and, in partnership with the school board, is responsible for the overall success of the school. The Head of School provides spiritual, educational, and administrative leadership to the school. It is this person’s responsibility to inspire, lead, and direct all phases of the school’s operations, programs, budget, personnel, and environment in accordance with the direction and policies established by the school board.

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The Head of School Responsibilities Include: 

Spiritual Leadership

  • Recruit and lead teachers who are called by God to minister to the school community through teaching, modeling, and prayer.

  • Motivate students to accept God’s gift of salvation, and be a Christian witness and role model to them in order to help them grow in their faith.

  • Maintain high standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity in all personal and professional matters.

  • Ensure that the campus work environment is Christian-based, nurturing, wholesome, and loving.

  • Work with the school board and staff to address the spiritual formation needs of the students.

  • Delegate the organization and coordination of chapel programs.

Academic Leadership

  • Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Christian philosophy of education that will enable him or her to provide leadership and guidance in the school’s development of and commitment to a Christian worldview.

  • Lead in such a way that the school’s expected student outcomes are thoroughly addressed through educational programs.

  • Ensure that all principals, deans, and other academic leaders are academically prepared and in support of the school’s educational philosophy.

  • Ensure that teachers receive professional development support and accountability in line with the school’s mission and vision.

  • Have knowledge of the school’s curriculum, standards, and mission. Hold school administrative staff accountable for meeting the goals of the school curriculum.

  • Provide and oversee structure, procedures, personnel, time, and resources for curriculum development.

  • Know the requirements and procedures for accreditation, and provide leadership for obtaining school accreditation or maintaining current accreditation. Update required accreditation reports.

  • Plan for systematic implementation of the major recommendations submitted by the accreditation visiting committee.

  • Monitor the certification and licensure status of the teachers.

  • Keep abreast of major current trends in education in general and Christian education in particular through reading, graduate studies, conferences, and contacts with other educators.

Administrative Leadership

  • Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the philosophy and objectives of the school.

  • Ensure regional accreditation and other efforts to promote continued growth and a standard of excellence in all school programs.

  • Promote clear lines of communication and a clear division of responsibilities for departments and employee roles.

  • Provide the school environment with appropriate rules, structure, and procedures in which staff, students, and volunteers can function efficiently, effectively, and productively.

  • Have the ability to accomplish the goals and objectives assigned by the school board and school policy.

  • Provide oversight and leadership for staff meetings and in-service opportunities.

  • Be available to assist the principals and teachers in matters relating to student needs and problems.

  • Oversee and maintain positive discipline while ensuring that discipline is consistently maintained within biblical guidelines.

  • Maintain a physical presence with the students by attending and, when possible, participating in school chapels, assemblies, athletics events, and other presentations.

  • Provide for the appropriate delegation of responsibilities and authority within the school.

  • Involve parents in prayer, volunteerism, and input and decision-making as appropriate.

 Legal Compliance

  • Maintain the school so that it meets or exceeds all state and federal employment laws and regulations that apply to religious schools and their employees.

  • Maintain awareness of legislation changes and lead the school to ensure preparation for compliance as laws go into effect.

  • Supervise and maintain the operations of state-funded and federally funded programs.

Governance

  • Keep the board informed on the issues, needs, and operation of the school system at all levels.

  • Seek and accept the constructive evaluation of her or his own job performance.

  • Create an annual report on the state of the school to the parent association in collaboration with the President of the Board of Directors.

  • Serve as the educational consultant to the school board by providing information and counsel on all the school’s educational challenges and procedures.

  • Offer professional advice to the school board on items requiring board action, with appropriate recommendations based on thorough study and analysis.

  • Create a long-range strategic plan for the school in association with the board.

  • Serve as liaison between the school board and personnel, working toward a high degree of understanding and respect between staff and board.

Personnel

  • Establish, implement, and refine procedures for the recruitment, orientation, supervision, evaluation, and motivation of personnel.

  • Collaborate with the board of directors and ensure that the school is properly staffed according to the priorities outlined in the school’s strategic plan and the documented needs of students.

  • Ensure that all school personnel has currently-written job descriptions.

  • Establish and refine staff development and in-service programs on and off-campus.

  • Annually evaluate the school principals, and provide them with written evaluations.

  • Provide written evaluations to all staff that does not report directly to building principals. Review the building principals’ evaluations of the remaining school staff.

  • Provide appropriate information to the school board regarding the evaluations.

  • Ensure that all personnel files are current, treated with appropriate confidentiality, and adequately safeguarded.

  • Make objective recommendations, with adequate supporting data, to the school board in regard to cases of assignment, transfer, promotion, demotion, nonrenewal of contract, or dismissal.

  • Develop and train a pool of competent substitute teachers and volunteers to ensure continuity of the school program.

Business and Finances

  • Possess an awareness and understanding of basic business and financial concepts, and be able to use these concepts to meet the needs of the school.

  • Implement a strong internal financial-control procedure for the handling of school assets.

  • Develop and implement a long-range financial plan for approval by the board.

  • Work with the finance committee, business manager, and administrative staff to develop an annual budget, and recommend the same to the school board for adoption. This includes making recommendations for staff salaries and fringe benefits.

  • Oversee and manage the school’s budgetary expenditures and procedures.

Development and Public Relations

  • Provide oversight for development programs and activities in areas of constituency relations, fund-raising, and student recruitment and retention.

  • Prepare a formal annual published report that includes the statistics and accomplishments of the school and its plans for the future.

  • Cultivate appropriate relationships with the state education department, other government agencies, the local school district, and ACSI.

  • Recognize the importance of working cooperatively with organizations, and play a role in state and regional organizations that have an impact on the school.

  • Represent the school at the parent, church, and community groups, as able.

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What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • A Master’s degree or higher from an accredited post-secondary institution is required.

  • A minimum of five (5) years of successful classroom teaching experience is strongly preferred.

  • Five (5) years of successful administrative experience, preferably in a Christian school, is strongly preferred.

  • Evidence of other adequate preparation, background, or experience as determined by the school board is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • A reasonable level of computer literacy.

  • Basic proficiency in doing word processing. 

  • Knowledge in creating and using a spreadsheet. 

  • Knowledge of e-mailing and navigating the internet.

  • The spiritual maturity, academic ability, and personal leadership qualities to “train a child in the way he should go” (Prov. 22:6, NIV).

Personal Characteristics

  • Acknowledge Christ as Savior and seek to live life as His disciple.

  • Believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God—our standard for faith and practice.

  • Believe and actively support the school’s statement of faith (attached).

  • Demonstrate a desire for spiritual growth as evidenced by his or her prayer life, Bible study, and spiritual outreach to others.

  • Be a Christian role model in attitude, speech, and actions toward others (Luke 6:40). This includes being committed to God’s biblical standards for sexual conduct.

  • Demonstrate the evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in dealing with people.

  • Share the Christian faith with others.

  • Have a Christ-centered home.

  • Actively participate in a local Bible-believing church.

  • Cosign and live by the school’s lifestyle statement and all other staff handbook qualifications as a condition for employment and continued employment in this ministry.

  • Be an enthusiastic visionary, an encourager, and a self-starter with a high energy level.

  • Demonstrate sensitivity toward staff, parents, volunteers, and children, and an ability to interact effectively with them.

  • Have the ability to meet everyday stress with emotional stability, objectivity, and optimism.

  • Display courtesy and patience in dealing with others.

  • Defend principles and conviction in the face of pressure and partisan influence.

  • Place his or her school ministry ahead of other jobs or volunteer activities.

  • Be open to new ideas, initiatives, and concepts in education.

  • Be committed to Christian schooling as evidenced by the enrollment of his or her own K–12 school-age children in a Christian school.

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What it's Like to Live in Walnut Creek, California: 

This city offers an urban-suburban mix and most residents are homeowners. With ample jobs, beautiful weather, and multiple cultural opportunities, Walnut Creek is perfect for families and young professionals alike. Walnut Creek is conveniently located near 4 major airports (SFO, OAK, SMF, and SJC). For local travel and commuting, there’s a subway ( BART), and a train ( AMTRAK), as well as convenient freeway access. California has excellent opportunities for higher education such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University, Saint Mary's College, UC San Francisco, and the University of San Francisco. Overall, Walnut Creek is a highly coveted area that residents of all backgrounds call home.

Although it is surrounded by mountains and farmland, the town itself is very modern with countless restaurants, shopping centers, and activities to choose from. For those who enjoy outdoor recreation, Contra Costa County is home to many hiking and biking trails and an easy drive to mountains, lakes, and the Pacific ocean. In addition, there are wonderful activities for kids including museums, working farms and ranches and plenty of parks. The area is also home to some of the best college and professional sports teams in the U.S., including the Cal Bears and Stanford, 49’ers, Warriors, and the Giants, just to name a few.

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