Position title
Head of School 

St. Bernard Academy seeks a leader to build upon the success of Mr. Chuck Sabo who has served as Head of School since 2006. The next Head will be expected to lead the faculty, promote the school, articulate the value proposition, and work with the Board to engage in strategic planning. The leadership team includes two academic division heads, a dedicated Business Manager, Director of Admissions, Director of Development, Director of Technology, Director of Operations, Office Manager, Marketing Assistant, and School Nurse. The Head of School is responsible for leading and overseeing all aspects of the school and works closely with the Board of Trustees. 

Responsibilities begin July 1, 2021.

Professional Qualifications 

The successful candidate will exhibit the following: 

  • Professional, progressive and visionary educator 
  • Strategic thinker - both short and long term 
  • Proven track record of success 
  • Community builder - Outgoing, engaging, networking, inclusivity 
  • Leader/developer of educators - promoting both group work and autonomous innovation 
  • Excellent communicator 
  • Experience working with parents/boards 
  • Business acumen - especially in independent schools 
  • Interest and talent for fundraising 
  • Preferably lower and/or middle school experience 

Personal Qualities 

The strong family atmosphere of Saint Bernard’s Academy expects a leader who demonstrates the following personal characteristics: 

  • A strong Catholic identity 
  • Highly personable and positive - values relationships 
  • Ability to motivate - create a culture of helpfulness 
  • Supports inclusivity and social justice 

 Challenges and Opportunities 

The new Head of School will be challenged to: 

  • Implementation of new Strategic Plan - develop tactics and strategies (https://www.stbernardacademy.org/about/strategic-plan-2020)
  • Further promotion of Catholic Identity, while continuing to respect religious diversity at the School 
  • Continue rigorous academic programming, while supporting social and emotional learning 
  • Continued nurturing of the whole-child concept
  • Financial stability and sustainability
  • Support justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within SBA community
  • Develop and support a high quality faculty.
  • Develop new enrollment markets - East Nashville
  • Increase use of strategic marketing 
  • Improve development and support of athletic and fine arts programs 
Job Location
Nashville, TN
Date posted
July 13, 2021

Prospective candidates should send the following materials in a single PDF document to the search consultants. Candidates will be evaluated as materials received:

  • Letter of interest specifically addressing this position and school 
  • Resume (education and work experience) 
  • Statement of educational philosophy 
  • List of five professional references with contact information 
  • Letters of reference, if available, but not required 

Email to: Laura Fuller at lfuller@educationgroup.com and Allison Lorimer at allison@educationgroup.com.

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