Head of School - First Baptist School
First Baptist School of Charleston (FBS) invites applicants for the position of Head of School for the 2018-2019 school year. FBS offers a high-standard, biblically based, independent, co-educational college preparatory program for grades K2-12. A member of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS), Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA), the school's mission is to provide academic excellence in a Christian setting. FBS is accredited by SAIS.

This position reports directly to the FBS Board of Directors, who are appointed by the First Baptist Church of Charleston. The FBS Board comprises nine members serving staggered three-year terms. The Pastor of First Baptist Church and a representative of the Board of Deacons are ex officio voting members. The Head of School is a non-voting ex officio member of the Board and all committees of the Board. Historically, relations between the Board and the Head of School have been strongly collegial and supportive.

Roles and Responsibilities
The FBS Head of School is responsible for pursuing excellence in the following areas and will be evaluated accordingly:
● Spiritual Leadership and Influence
● Integration of Christian World-View school-wide
● Recruitment and development of faculty
● Academic Programs and Extracurricular Activities
● Administration and Finance
● Strategic Planning

Individual Strengths
● Communication – expresses the mission of the school to a variety of stakeholders
● Belief – consistently espouses and follows a biblical and prayerful approach to life
● Responsibility – owns a project/process from start to finish
● Maximizer – identifies, empowers and employs strengths in others
● Motivator – inspires others and celebrates their achievements
● Leader – teaches and follows the servant leader model
● Strategy – sees the “big picture” and provides a vision for FBS

Overall Qualifications and Requirements
● A committed follower of Christ
● A champion of Christian education
● Demonstrated spiritual leadership and influence
● Master’s Degree or higher required
● Demonstrated successful educational leadership
● Demonstrated success in administration and strategic planning
● Demonstrated successful experience in development

Application Process: Candidates should complete the online application below and attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Entering untrue or inaccurate information will result in disqualification for consideration of vacant positions or subsequent termination after hire. Review of credentials will begin immediately. Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification. For additional information contact Dr. Valerie Sessions, chair of the search committee - vsessions@csuniv.edu.


The First Baptist School of Charleston was established as a mission of the First Baptist Church of Charleston in 1949, under the direction of Dr. John A. Hamrick, Sr. Sixty-eight years later, First Baptist School continues to advance the mission of Academic Excellence with a Christian Perspective. The Head of School is responsible for leading and ensuring the ongoing stability and growth of FBS by effectively executing the vision and mission of the school. The Head of School will accomplish this by developing and cultivating appropriate stakeholder relationships within the school, accreditation organizations, church, and local community.

Located on the Lower Peninsula within the area of the original walled city, FBS enjoys a well-earned reputation as one of the oldest and most respected schools in Charleston and is strategically situated to use the city itself as an extended classroom. Whether it is for history, science, photography, or to walk down Longitude Lane to Hazel Park playground for recess, students explore the historic area on a regular basis. While rooted in a proud history, FBS is also looking to the future and will soon be breaking ground on a new Upper School building on James Island where there is already a recently completed fine arts and athletic center. A Campus Master Plan also calls for a new Lower School building on the downtown campus.

A statement of our beliefs is available at the link below and should be reviewed and affirmed by candidates prior to applying for the position.

https://www.fbcharleston.org/welcom

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