Jun 18, 2019

Principal - Head of School

  • Blyth-Templeton Academy
  • Washington, DC, USA
Full-time Curriculum Executive Leadership Operations and Facilities Strategy and Planning Education

Job Description

Organization Overview: Blyth-Templeton Academy is making 21st century learning and outcomes accessible to all by building a family of quality, affordable private schools. The BTA model provides a boutique high school experience that positions extraordinary, empathetic full-time and adjunct teaching talent to use block teaching and the city as a campus to maximize learning and minimize tuition.

Founded in 2015 in Capitol Hill, Blyth-Templeton Academy is a powerful answer to the question of what school should look like to position high school graduates to thrive in college, career and life in the 21st century. With an average class size of eight, and a maximum school side of 125, BTA’s academic program is built around three academic blocks of two hours and twenty minutes that foster deeper and experiential learning. While other schools spend millions every year on facilities, and increase tuition accordingly, BTA utilizes D.C.’s thousands of extraordinary educational assets as its campus—easily accessed from our home in the historic Hill Center, two blocks from the Eastern Market Metro.  

Please visit www.blythtempleton.org for additional details.

Position Summary:  We are seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial educator to continue to build an educational environment that combines solid academic standards, differentiated instruction and a caring and empathetic culture that is responsive to individual student needs. In this role, she/he will be responsible for the recruitment of faculty and students, the continued development of the physical space and the model. Your role as Head of School is more than a manager of the campus, but rather you are the leader of a team designed to surround and support the student.

Key Responsibilities

Mission Alignment

  • Believe deeply in BTA’s mission and build an organization worthy of that mission.
  • Personal commitment to preparing 21st century learners.

Student-Driven Academic Environment

  • Oversee student safety, agency, and outcomes as well as the daily operation of the school.
  • Dedicated to creating an environment within the campus that fosters an atmosphere where students and teachers can experience innovative, supportive and experiential learning.

Strong Culture Builder & Leader of Adults

  • Manage a small but nimble team consisting of the Academy Dean and Operations Coordinator, as well as the campus budget.
  • Cultivate a culture of “Excellence in Teaching,” and a healthy school atmosphere that defines, supports, achieves and articulates extraordinary student outcomes.
  • Recruit, coach and retain effective teachers as required, working to ensure exceptional course outlines, assessment and evaluation.

External & Community Relationships

  • Drive student recruitment in a way that ensures BTA remains socio-economically and culturally diverse by design.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the school in the D.C. community with regards to parents, advocates and other school leaders.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Assist with curriculum development and manage teacher training for the campus.
  • Conduct student entry interviews drawing upon input from Admissions and the President.
  • Work with the Dean to interface with parents and families with respect to issues (absences, behavior) as required.
  • Maintain appropriate liaison with local landlord and service providers as required.
  • Oversee the learning management and student information systems on a per term basis including transcript updates.
  • Ensure that ongoing student reporting requirements are met, as well as compliance with all company and accreditation policies and procedures as they affect the campus.
  • Work with the Director of Community Service on campus-wide community service initiatives and events.
  • Prepare and execute campus orientation programs, information sessions and other special events.
  • Assist in counseling students in secondary course selection over an academic year of four two-month terms.
  • Assist in counseling students on post-secondary plan including university applications.


A love of learning, entrepreneurial spirit, and unsurpassed written and oral communications.  This is a position for an independent learner who is committed to student-centered, experiential learning; someone who likes to experiment, evaluate and improve on everything they do; someone who has a deep respect for all young people; someone who has empathy for the challenges they face in their lives.

In addition, we seek inspired individuals with:

  • Undergraduate degree, Masters degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years teaching experience.
  • Significant education management experience, proven school leaders preferred.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong leadership skills and proven track record of working effectively at the secondary school level.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • The ability to flourish in a fast-paced environment.


Salary is commensurate with experience. In order to attract highly qualified candidates, we offer a competitive benefits package, including base salary, equity options, health care benefits and professional development opportunities.

Blyth-Templeton Academy is an equal opportunity employer.

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