- Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
- AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS)
- AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS)
- National Creative Society Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
- National Honor Society (NHS)
- Georgia Association of Private and Parochial Schools (GAPPS)
- The College Board
- Georgia Private Schools Accreditation Council (GAPSAC)
- North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP)
Location: Rome, GA
The Role: Head of School
Appointment Year: 2024-2025
Meet Unity Christian School:
In 1998, the pastors of West Rome Baptist Church, North Rome Church of God, Hollywood Baptist Church, and Fellowship Baptist Church, united in a shared vision to establish a Christian school in Rome, GA. The founding pastors prayerfully laid a foundation for a partnership with Christian parents in addressing the academic and spiritual needs of their children. Soon after, the pastors of Thankful Baptist Church and the First Assembly of God joined the founding pastors, further establishing a provisional board of trustees.
Unity Christian School opened in 1998 with 47 students studying in K4 to 5th grade. With the purchase of the former Battey Machinery building, located on the corner of Highway 53 and the Rome Bypass, Unity was able to offer a high school program. Unity began to grow quickly in this new location as a beacon for Christian education in the Rome community. The school became known for its commitment to Biblical worldview integration throughout its curriculum and was lauded by accreditors as performing among the nation’s top ten percent in this area.
Today, Unity Christian School is a private, coeducational, college preparatory school that serves more than 360 students in grades Pre-K3 to 12. Unity students come from seven surrounding counties and represent more than 85 area church congregations. As enrollment continues to grow, the school is embarking upon three Strategic Objectives to promote a vibrant school community and establish an Advancement Department that will help provide a facility capable of comprehensive learning experiences for all age groups.
Unity Christian School is also blessed by financial partnerships with local churches and corporate sponsors. With the support of parents, generous private donors, and these financial partners, the school has successfully provided additional scholarships for students, advancements in technology, and growth opportunities for athletics and the fine arts.
The mission of Unity Christian School is to partner with Christian parents in preparing their children to impact the world for Christ by pursuing their God-given potential in academics, leadership and service.
Our purpose is to guide students to discover their identity in Christ through biblical discipleship and academic excellence.
Commitment to excellence in academics is one of the four pillars of a Unity Christian School education. From the youngest PreK3 students to graduating seniors, we strive to enable students of every academic skill level to reach their God-given potential for impacting the world for Christ. Whether it be a need for extra assistance, encouragement, or challenge, we place a high priority on providing the necessary resources and environments that promote learning and propel students toward positive achievement.
To prepare our students to serve Christ in this competitive, global world of the 21st century, we are deeply committed to both effectiveness and relevance in curriculum and learning technologies. Our academic program is comprehensive, college preparatory, and taught within a Christian framework. Beginning in kindergarten, our academic program is designed to lay a solid academic, intellectual, and spiritual foundation for our students.
Our students are difference-makers with the ability to see the world according to God’s purposes and act according to His instructions. They are prepared to be excellent communicators, to think critically, to collaborate with others, to develop creative solutions for problems, to succeed in college or in their career, and to defend their faith.
For Unity’s Academic Profile, click here: Unity Christian School Academic Profile
For Unity’s Expected Student Outcomes, click here: Unity Christian School Expected Student Outcomes
The goal of a Unity education is to partner with parents as we seek to disciple students through academics, arts, athletics, and service opportunities. We walk with students and families through their time at Unity, instilling a Biblical worldview as we teach them to love God and understand their place in the world he has created.
We often use the term “Biblical worldview” when we’re talking about the goal of a Unity education, so it’s important to know exactly what that term means. A worldview simply means the sum total of a person’s beliefs about man, God, the world, and truth. It’s the lens through which we see everything.
We’re united in this partnership with parents by a shared mission and by shared values. Here are a few ways to see this partnership in action.
- Philosophy of education
- Summer mission trips
- Bible curriculum scope and sequence
- Weekly chapels
- Small groups for secondary students
- Service projects
There are many exciting things about Unity’s Athletic program – maybe most importantly how the leadership team values the opportunity for students to participate in sports. Currently, 89% of our students participate in the Athletic program.
Along with competing in GAPPS, several athletic teams also compete against local GHSA opponents. Unity has the only Clay Sport Target team in Northwest Georgia.
Over 53% of our athletes participate in both athletics and fine arts. The Fine Arts Department produces an outstanding play and amazing musical each year.
We are always encouraged to see our athletes perform in this arena. It is amazing! God is doing great things through athletics at Unity! Opportunity is valued here, and we want students to participate and embrace it.
State Championships Earned:
- Girls Basketball - 2022
- Football - 2020
- Competition Cheer - 2019
- Girls Tennis - 2017/2018
- Girls Soccer - 2016/2017/2018
- Cross Country - 2015
Throughout Scripture, we see evidence of God’s creativity and use of artistry to effectively communicate the greatest story ever told. We see His love for music and song in worship and celebration. We see His heart and learn lessons of discipleship in poetry and parables. And, when we look up from our study of the Scriptures, we can see His majesty all around us in the artistry of the world that surrounds us.
God is the ultimate artist. He is our example, and the reason we devote ourselves to the development and expression of the creative gifts He bestowed upon us. At Unity, we are committed to assisting our students in identifying their areas of giftedness in the arts, developing an appreciation for different forms of artistic expression, and recognizing how they can daily see and acknowledge the artistry of God in their daily lives.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the Visual Arts program beginning in Kindergarten through 12th grade. In Elementary School, visual art is part of the curriculum as a weekly class. In Middle School, students can take semester-long art courses. In High School, Unity offers a studio art class and a graphic arts class.
Students at all grade levels attend music each week. PreK through first grade students learn general music through singing, playing instruments, and movement. Second through fifth grade students begin fundamentals of choral singing along with further study of music theory and instrumental training. Middle School students rotate among choral music, technology, drama, and visual arts electives, and high school students choose among visual arts, graphic arts, drama, and musical theater for their elective opportunities.
About the Head of School:
Unity Christian School is seeking a dynamic and visionary educational leader for its Head of School position. The Head of School, possessing a Biblical worldview, will clearly articulate the mission of the school and passionately inspire, wisely lead the faculty, staff, administration, and families in faithfully stewarding a growing school. Through a Biblical worldview, the Head of School will develop and shape students through a Christian education devoted to academic excellence and discipleship in Christ by partnering with families, local churches, Christian schools, and other Christian organizations.
The Head of School's Responsibilities Include:
Support and align performance of position with essential school statements:
Board delegated responsibilities:
In collaboration with the Board, develop the strategic plan.
Provide oversight for strategic objectives, operational plans, sound fiscal responsibility and management, compensation and benefits of staff, protection of assets, sound and transparent reporting procedures, school security.
Develops the budget for Board approval, and subsequent management of spending to ensure that sound fiscal management governs.
Responsible for Unity Christian School policy and procedures, operations, delegation of authority and responsibility, development of key personnel.
Community and Public Relations Interaction:
The “face” of Unity Christian School who interacts with the Board, faculty and staff, administrators, students, parents, suppliers of goods and services, local churches, patrons, business associates and the community at large to promote Unity Christian School.
This role description is intended to represent key areas of responsibilities; specific assignments may vary from time to time, and other duties may be assigned.
What You Bring:
Devoted Follower of Christ
As defined in Scripture, a Born-Again believer—someone who believes in, has been baptized in, and publicly professes Jesus Christ as their Redeemer and Savior.
An active member of a local Christian body of believers.
A strong track record of leadership experience preferably in Christian K-12 school or Christian educational institution.
Unity Christian School is looking for a leader of leaders—someone experienced at articulating and implementing organizational vision by developing people through a relationship of trust and confidence from teachers, staff, students, and parents, and the community.
Educational & Organizational
Master’s Degree or higher (at a minimum, one of the degrees is an educational based degree).
Preference will be given to candidates with a minimum of five (5) years experience as a Head of School or in a high-level educational leadership position with a proven track record of success and innovation as a leader in growing and leading an organization.
Experience as a classroom teacher in a K-12 setting; Experience leading and helping teachers, staff, and administrators in growing in their careers; experience in setting organizational goals pertaining to academic standards and metrics.
Experience in managing a responsible team or organization, including performance evaluation, recruiting, and discipline of employees and faculty.
Strategic, Financial, Networking/Public Relations
Strong track record of superior: verbal and written communication, interpersonal, relationship building, networking skills with an engaging, confident, and friendly personality.
Successful experience in public relations within the community, local churches, and other organizations.
Participation in successful fundraising/capital campaigns with past organizations.
What it's Like to Live in Rome, GA:
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and a short drive from Atlanta, Rome, Georgia offers a unique blend of Southern charm, historical significance, and scenic beauty. Nestled along the banks of the picturesque Oostanaula, Etowah, and Coosa rivers, Rome's natural surroundings provide a serene backdrop to everyday life. The city embraces its rich history, boasting antebellum architecture, cobblestone streets, and remnants of the Civil War era that resonate with echoes of the past. Residents find themselves immersed in a community where hospitality is a way of life, with friendly neighbors and a strong sense of community camaraderie. The slower pace of life in Rome encourages a connection to nature and a deep appreciation for the simpler things, making it an ideal place for those seeking a tranquil and nostalgic living experience.
Furthermore, Rome offers a plethora of recreational opportunities that cater to diverse interests. The city's lush green spaces, such as Ridge Ferry Park and Heritage Park, are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, providing hiking trails, picnic spots, and opportunities for water activities. Residents can also explore a vibrant arts scene, with local galleries, theaters, and music venues showcasing the talents of both emerging and established artists. The downtown area exudes a vibrant energy, hosting a variety of festivals, farmers' markets, and community events that bring residents together in celebration. Whether it's indulging in Southern comfort food at local eateries, enjoying the historic architecture, or relishing the natural beauty of the riverside, life in Rome, Georgia offers a charming balance between heritage and modernity.
Process & Timeline
Interested candidates should begin the process through the link provided in the job posting.
Priority will be given to materials submitted prior to October 15th, 2023, however, candidates will be reviewed until the position is filled.
Unity Christian School would like to name their next Head of School by January of 2024.
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