The core purpose of this role is to provide professional leadership for Tiferes Bais Yaakov that will promote a secure foundation from which to achieve high standards in all areas of the school’s work and to advance and promote the Vision, Ethos and Values of Tiferes Bais Yaakov to all stakeholders, including:
- Students, potential students and alumnae
- Parents and potential parents
- Administrators, teachers and other staff members
- Feeder elementary schools and post-secondary seminaries
- Board of Directors
- Potential donors
- The Toronto Jewish Community
The Head of School is the administrative, educational, and religious leader of the school and is ultimately accountable to the Board of Directors. S/He will ensure an environment of trust, cooperation, and respect conducive to religious, personal, professional, and academic growth. Accountable to Board of Directors (and/or the Education Committee).
The strength of the Head of School’s leadership lies in his/her delegation of the day-to-day administration of the school to the Principals, allowing himself/herself the time to carry out his/her own role and responsibilities. The Head of School is most effective when s/he concentrates on the “big picture” and avoids micromanaging their duties. Of course, s/he has the authority to override their suggestions, but this should be the exception not the rule.
The Head of School will supervise and direct the administration of all the programs of the school. S/He will be responsible for supervising the development of both the Limudei Kodesh and General Studies curricula and activities that promote Vision and values of the school. The Head of School is responsible to ensure the development and implementation of the school policies, programs, and ancillary activities. S/He will carry out the policies established by the Board.
The Head of School’s responsibilities and duties include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Being an inspirational Chinuch presence both inside and outside the school
- Leading the Board of Directors in developing together a coherent Vision for Tiferes Bais Yaakov.
- Articulating and promoting the Vision both internally within the school and externally in the community at large.
- Working within the school community to translate the school’s vision into agreed upon objectives that promote and sustain school improvement.
- Demonstrating the school’s values in everyday work and practice.
- Motivating and working with others to create a shared culture of learning and positive environment.
Board of Directors and Committees
- The Head of School represents the professional staff and employees of the school to the Board of Directors and represents the Board to the professional staff and employees of the school (notwithstanding the fact that the Principals are accountable to and report directly to the Board on a regular basis).
- The Head of School is responsible to carry out the policies of the Board.
- Attending Board meetings with a clear Head of School’s agenda, reporting and advising on the operations of the school.
- Working with the Board to develop short and long range goals.
- Working with the Board to develop policies for admissions to and withdrawals from the school.
- Contributing to leadership development to insure continuity.
- Ensuring that learning is at the centre of strategic planning and resource management.
- Creating and establishing a culture of challenge and support where all students can achieve success and become engaged in their own learning.
- Demonstrating and articulating high expectations and set stretching targets for the entire school.
- Overseeing and leading the development of the school’s curriculum and developing strategies to ensure that it is continually improved and that every child is given the very best provision in all aspects.
- Taking a strategic role in the development of new and emerging technologies to enhance and extend the learning experience of students.
Managing the Organization
- Effectively delegating the management of the day-to-day operations of the school to the Principals.
- Maintaining the organizational structure that enables management processes to work effectively, maintaining the appropriate chain of command.
- Meeting with the Principals as an Administrative Team on a regular basis in order to oversee and lead the management of the school and ensure that it adheres to its mission.
- Together with the school Principals, producing and implementing clear, evidence-based School Improvement Plans and policies for the development of the school and its facilities, based on the school’s overall Strategic Plan.
- Working with the Executive Director to manage the school’s financial resources effectively and efficiently to achieve the school’s educational goals and priorities.
- Together with the Administrative Team, recruit, retain and deploy staff appropriately and assist in managing their workload to achieve the school’s vision and goals linked to the School Strategic Development Plan.
- Working together with the Administrative Team and the Admissions Committee during the entire admissions process, according to admission policies approved by the Board.
- Implementing effective performance appraisal processes for all staff (administrators, teachers and support staff) and ensuring systems and structures are in place to support the process.
- Managing the school environment efficiently and effectively to ensure that it meets the needs of the curricula and health and safety regulations.
Developing Self and Working with Others
- Regularly reviewing own practice and taking responsibility for own personal development.
- Developing and maintaining effective strategies and procedures for staff induction, professional development and performance reviews.
- Creating and maintaining a positive school culture in line with the School’s Vision and Values, both within the school and in the Community at large.
- Ensuring clear delegation of tasks and responsibilities, so that teams and individuals undertake effective planning, allocation, support and evaluation of work, and avoiding micro-management of their responsibilities and tasks.
- Acknowledging responsibilities and celebrating achievements of teams and individuals to ensure a positive successful culture across the whole school.
- Taking a leadership role in all aspects of school development, including: Enrollment, fundraising drives, alumni development, communications and public relations, and community development.
- Working cooperatively with the Centre for Jewish Education to ensure continued funding of the school.
- Maintaining visibility and serving as spokesperson for the school within the Toronto Community.
- Supporting the fundraising efforts of the school.
- Meeting with potential donors in order to articulate the Vision of the school.
- Fostering a strong positive relationship with students, serving as their mentor and guide in their development as thinking and learning Bnos Yisrael.
- Maintaining an “open-door” policy to all students and addressing their concerns in a manner consistent with Halacha and the ethos and values of the school.
- Teaching Grade 9 Chumash and 9-12 Hashkafa classes in order to foster a relationship with the students and effectively promote and articulate the ethos of the school (Note: the specific courses taught may be adjusted per the Head of School’s strengths).
- Advising on and assisting in acceptance to post-secondary seminaries.
- Developing the Student Handbook, consistent with the Vision, ethos and values of the school, and supervising its consistent implementation, distribution and orientation, to ensure that the students are aware of the policies, procedures and Code of Conduct of the school.
- Resolving discipline problems and maintaining records of any action taken to ensure that the discipline policy is administered in a transparent, consistent, fair and just manner and that an optimum learning environment is maintained. This involves empowering teachers and administrators to enforce the school’s Code of Conduct, ensuring not to undermine them.
- Implementing strategies that maintain high standards of behavior and attendance.
- Developing strong and positive student leadership.
- Developing and maintaining a liaison with healthcare and social service workers, community and governmental agencies in regard to problems relating to drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, truancy, mental health issues and other social, emotional and disciplinary issues.
- Maintaining open, transparent lines of communication with parents. Parents should always be treated with dignity and respect.
- Developing procedures to facilitate appropriate communication among parents, teachers, and support staff.
- Developing and fostering strong parent support for the school.
- Developing parent educational programs.
- Approving the recruitment, hiring and firing of teaching staff.
- Serving as an inspiration to faculty to understand and implement the school’s mission.
- Ensuring that the Principals effectively monitor, evaluate, and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies.
- Empowering teachers to enforce the school’s Code of Conduct, ensuring not to undermine them, thereby fostering high teacher morale.
- Working with the Principals to provide opportunities for staff development including internal and external in-service opportunities, staff meetings, workshops and conferences