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Lansdowne Friends School seeks a new Business Manager beginning July 2020. This full-time, 12-month senior administrative position reports directly to the Head of School. Responsibilities include the following: supervise the work of the school accountant and business office; keep an accurate continuous record of the cash and financial position of the school and manage the financial operation of the school; establish a plan and schedule for the preparation of the annual budget; oversee all school purchasing, financial investments, banking activities, and payroll and benefits programs; oversee the facilities and physical plant; supervise the work of the facilities staff and outside contractors; and provide staff support, in conjunction with the Head of School, to the Finance and Property Committees of the Board of Trustees. Experience preferred. The school is looking for a candidate with an accounting background, MBA (preferred) or BA in accounting with five years of relevant experience in a non-profit setting. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to John McKinstry, Head of School, at jmckinstry@lansdownefriendsschool.org 

Interim Head of School

Lansdowne Friends School, located just outside Philadelphia, seeks an Interim Head of School to begin July 1, 2020.

Founded in 1902 under the care of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting, LFS is a thriving pre-K through 6th grade school that serves a richly diverse student body of 100. The school has a positive relationship with Lansdowne Meeting and the Lansdowne community, retains a talented faculty, and faces the uncertainties of the 2020-21 school year from a position of fiscal strength, even in the face of this pandemic. Enrollment has grown steadily since 2013, while tuition has been kept at affordable levels for many families. Scholarship aid is robust.

successful interim will have a commitment to: education rooted in Quaker values; knowledge of an experiential, thematically-based curriculum; skills in conflict resolution, team building, and collaborative planning among a talented and dedicated faculty and staff; and a desire to nurture the diverse, cohesive community of students and families who are the heart of the school. LFS received both PAIS (Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools) re-accreditation and a review by the Friends Council of Education in 2017, resulting in strong affirmations of the school's strengths, including recognition of the school's outstanding efforts to live its Quaker mission.

 

The school has an opportunity at this juncture to take a fresh look at its administrative structure and begin to articulate a vision for the school as it moves into a new phase of strategic planning. The interim head will help the school revise and strengthen the protocols, systems, and lines of communications among the four main sub-communities at Lansdowne Friends: students and their families, faculty, administration, and board.

We are seeking an interim with

● A Master's Degree (preferred) or Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university

● Experience in a highly visible educational administrative position

● Strong peer leadership and communication skills

● Familiarity with school administration systems, procedures, and practices

● Experience working with or teaching students, particularly in independent elementary schools

● A commitment to education and 21st-century learning principles

● Strong references that support these qualifications

Please send resume and CV by email to lansdownefriendsresumes@gmail.com; and / or to LFS Interim Head Search Committee co-clerk Joan Broadfield 2530 Lindsay St., Chester PA 19013

 

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