Tri-City Christian School

TCCS Head of School Position

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Tri-City Christian School is currently looking for a new Head of School to lead the preschool through grade 12 school in its mission to be a Christ-centered, college preparatory educational community that partners with families in pursuing excellence for the glory of God.  Ideal candidates will have a passion and vision for Christian education, a combination of classroom and administrative experience and a desire to partner with teachers, staff, families and the community in pursuit of excellence in Christian education for the Kingdom of God.

To apply: send a copy of your cover letter, resume and reference list to Tina Richards by mail or e-mail.

TCCS Head of School Search Committee

Attn: Tina Richards

302 North Emerald Drive

Vista, CA 92083

(760) 724-3000

Job Code: JD 170803
Posted On: Friday, 11th August 2017
Department: Office Staff

Job Description:

TCCS Head of School Position

The Organization

Tri-City Christian School is a ministry of Tri-City Bible Church located in Vista, California.  The school shares the campus with the church and is currently in a capital campaign fund drive in support of a building master plan.  While the school is a ministry of the Church, the student population is drawn from a large number of churches within the local area.  During the last school year, the school had over 590 students enrolled in preschool through grade 12. Tri-City Christian School is an accredited, college preparatory school with the vision of training up spiritual champions for Jesus Christ. The school has a faculty and staff of over 80. The average faculty tenure is 15 years, 36 percent have advanced degrees and 67 percent have California teacher credentials.  Tri-City Christian School is on solid financial ground.  Tuition and fees represent over 90% of the school’s $6 million dollar budget.  The capital campaign and other fund raising efforts contribute to the school’s yearly income.

Tri-City Christian School was founded in September 1971 as a teaching Ministry of Tri-City Baptist Church.  The school began as a preschool and in 1975 grew to include grades 1-4.  Over the years the school continued to grow and graduated its first high school class in 1988.  The school currently has nearly 600 students in grades preschool through grade 12 and offers an excellent academic program and a wide range of extra-curricular activities.  In 2014, the campus was expanded to include a new secondary campus.  In 2017, Tri-City Christian School graduated 49 seniors who were accepted into a wide variety of local and national universities. 

Tri-City Christian School’s vision is ambitious.  The school seeks to leverage all resources that will enable us to more effectively train up students who excel academically and spiritually with a solid Christian World View. Academically, we will continue to pursue teaching methodologies that provide the greatest variety of high quality education to our students. These efforts include achieving the highest educational standards, developing a 21st century curriculum, 21st century educational delivery models, teacher development, and effective spiritual training.  Our infrastructure vision calls for us to pursue a master plan that will initially require us to finish the development of our new secondary building, as well as upgrading our athletic facilities.  This is just the first step of a multiphase plan to develop the campus. Additionally, we desire to stay on the cutting edge of technology to enhance both the teaching methods and student learning experience.  


Job Description

The Head of School will oversee the daily operations and activities of Tri-City Christian School, ensuring that the policies established by School and Elder Boards are accomplished in every aspect of the school. He/She will provide direction to the School Leadership Team while entrusting them with the responsibility to lead in their respective areas of the school.  He/she establishes and maintains effective relationships with the students, staff, parents, alumni, school board, elder board, local churches and the surrounding communities.

The Head of School is a relational servant-leader, who loves children and understands the importance of truly knowing the students who make up the TCCS community along with the academic, social, emotional, and spiritual challenges they face.

The Head of School works collaboratively with the administrative team to inspire and continue to further develop a college preparatory academic program that is biblically integrated, vigorous, and relevant for preparing students to live as intelligent, wholehearted followers of Jesus Christ. He/She provides leadership practices that represent a consistent and effective model of integrity, efficiency, and accountability; ensuring that all decisions align with the school’s vision, mission, and core values. The Head of School will advocate for the school and, along with the Director of Development, establish relationships with the donors God leads to financially support the continued growth of our programs.

Preferred Skills:


Personal/Spiritual Qualifications

  • Candidates should have five or more years of classroom teaching experience. 
  • They must also have experience as an administrator in an accredited public or private school with a reputation for excellence. 
  • Qualified candidates will have a master’s degree, preferably in education.
  • Profess to be a believer in Jesus Christ and have a lifestyle that reflects a mature relationship with God.
  • Has an authentic and growing relationship with Jesus Christ as evidenced by a strong personal testimony.
    • Demonstrates integrity and practices honest, ethical and moral behavior.
    • Models servanthood and seeks to influence others positively to help them grow in Christ.
    • The desire is to have the Head of School attending and actively participating in Tri-City Bible Church.
  • Unreserved acceptance of the Tri-City Christian School statement of faith.

Leadership of Faculty/Staff

  • Recruits and hires outstanding, Christ-honoring educational professionals who are passionate about inspiring students to excel with their gifts and talents for God’s glory.
  • Evaluates, coaches, and inspires performance of teachers and staff, building a high level of trust and confidence between staff and administration.
  • Promotes excellence in teaching through regular evaluations and communication with all employees.
  • Creates an annual staff development plan including effective teacher in-service training.
  • Collaborates with the academic dean to set high expectations for learning for all students based on their individual needs.
  • Supports best practices and provides vision for innovative instructional enhancement and institutional sustainability.
  • Works with staff to develop and recommend standards for student learning.
  • Has the ability to articulate a Christian philosophy of education consistent with Scripture.

Positive Constituent Relationships

  • Builds positive relationships with students and parents through effective oral and written communication.
  • Facilitates effective school discipline and assists students in developing responsibility for their conduct.
  • Maintains high visibility and involvement in school activities.
  • Meets with prospective parents and assists them with making informed enrollment decisions.
  • Builds relationships with area pastors and churches.

School Management  

  • Provides vision, leadership, and goals consistent with the goals and mission of TCCS.
  • Creates and fosters a culture among faculty, staff, students, and families that perpetuates the values of TCCS being unashamedly Christian, committed to academic excellence, and relationally focused to support all students in realizing their greatest spiritual and academic potential while guiding their development.
  • Develops and manages the operations of the school according to ACSI standards, the TCCS strategic plan, and TCCS policies and procedures.
  • Partners with the Finance Chair in creating and effectively managing the K-12 school budget. He/She will also attend Finance Committee meetings and will be responsible for the financial results of the school.
  • Implements effective procedures to ensure a safe and orderly learning environment.
  • Implements the crisis management plan, assesses school-wide safety, and facilitates annual training.
  • Maintains awareness of local, state, and federal laws as they relate to school operation.
  • Oversees school building programs and fundraising activities.
  • Leads and/or serves on select committees.