Head of School Search

Opportunity Statement Excerpt

The Head of School will serve as the Chief Executive and Education Officer and the “face of Barrack” to the community. The Head of School will attract, manage, and engage an accomplished faculty and staff, and lead a vibrant, engaged community of learners in a pluralistic Jewish community school that embraces a holistic approach to academic excellence and future success, and a strong connection to Israel.

The Head of School will serve as the Storyteller in Chief and will have ultimate responsibility for driving Barrack to continue to achieve new heights as an innovative, leading 21st century school. This position will require a dedicated student-centered leader who can demonstrate a genuine passion and appreciation for students and their well-being, as well as out-of-the-box thinking for different forms of learning, including experiential learning.

The Head of School will be expected to advance Barrack's commitment to the highest educational standards in both secular and Judaic studies, as well as Hebrew language learning, and to provide a dynamic learning environment for students and teachers, to enable students to achieve success in their future educational and career endeavors. The Head of School will be expected to advance Barrack’s commitment to foster its students’ connection to Israel and understanding of Zionism. The Head of School will lead efforts to define strategic priorities and to establish systems that respond to today’s educational challenges and opportunities and to ensure the school’s future success. 

The Head of School will have primary responsibility for all operations, including supervision of the school's administrative team, oversight of its financial well-being, advancement of its financial resource development, growth of enrollment, and the building and maintaining of communal relationships and partnerships. The Head of School will work closely with the Board of Directors and the development professionals to identify new fundraising opportunities and capitalize on those that currently exist.

The Head of School will be a charismatic and compassionate leader and educator who, as a part of the Barrack family, will motivate, empower and collaborate with the entire school community in setting the course for sustained growth and will serve as an advocate for a community-based, multi-denominational education that is welcoming and respectful of all students. The Head of School will help establish and maintain the school as the center for Jewish learning throughout the greater Philadelphia area. This person must also have exemplary communication skills and a high emotional quotient.

This unique opportunity is well suited for an enthusiastic executive with business acumen and a demonstrated growth mindset, to be a visionary, who will help shape and implement a vision of excellence for the future of the Barrack community and for Jewish day school education.

For this critical role, the leadership seeks a Head of School with an ability to communicate the vision, mission, values, and ideas of Barrack in an inspiring, thoughtful, passionate, and consensus-building manner to all constituencies. This position requires an entrepreneurial and data-driven leader who engenders confidence and approaches the job with professionalism, curiosity and a willingness to try new things. 

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