As Virginia Beach Friends School begins its search for a new Head of School, it presents abundant opportunities to interested candidates. The campus is a testament to the school’s long-term ambitions. As the only K-12 Friends school in the Hampton Roads area, which encompasses the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach, VBFS is in a position to increase its recognition in the community and convey the advantage of a Friends education.
The next Head of School will be charged to:
Increase enrollment at all grade levels.
Articulate and execute the value proposition of a Friends education.
Along with the Finance Committee of the Board, develop a long-range financial plan to stabilize the school’s operations and budgets.
Address fundraising challenges and build the personal relationships necessary to generate Annual Fund, capital, and endowment gifts.
Lead with integrity and serve as a compelling spokesperson for the school.
Develop a culture that values all constituents and builds on the sense of community.
Work closely with faculty on a system of evaluation and professional development.
Build relationships with Board members, using their expertise where appropriate.
Manage campus facilities and address infrastructure needs to enhance the educational experience.
Experiences and Skills Desired in the Next Head of School
Virginia Beach Friends School seeks an educational leader with the experience, skills, and personal qualities to lead the school into a new generation. This is an exceptional opportunity for a leader with passion and integrity who is eager to make a difference for students, families, and the greater Virginia Beach community.
Strong candidates for this position will bring many of the qualifications and qualities listed below:
Understanding of Quaker educational practices and a commitment to promote the values of a Friends education
Experience working with elementary, middle school, and high school students
Demonstrated understanding of teaching and learning and an energy to bring best practices to VBFS
Administrative and management experience and demonstrated leadership skills
Collaborative and assertive leadership style
Financial expertise and fundraising experience
Ability to connect with all the members of the school community
Strong and clear communication skills
Possess a minimum of a Master’s degree in any discipline