McDonogh School, founded in 1873, is a non-denominational, coeducational day and boarding school serving 1,299 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Situated on a magnificent 820-acre campus in suburban Baltimore, the school was founded with a bequest from local-born merchant and philanthropist John McDonogh. Long considered one of the finest schools in the nation, McDonogh has a reputation for being joyful, innovative and “on the move.” It is also highly regarded for its culturally diverse community and programs. The school recently completed an $80 million capital campaign, the largest of any independent school in Maryland.
McDonogh School seeks a warm, experienced, student-focused educator to head the Lower School and lead a talented team of 40 faculty and staff who serve 309 students in grades K-4. The Head of Lower School is responsible for creating an innovative environment that supports and builds upon the founder’s original mission to develop in students the will “to do the greatest possible amount of good.”
The Head of Lower School collaborates with other school administrators on curriculum and program development and is responsible for the supervision, evaluation, and professional growth of Lower School faculty and administrative staff. A member of the Headmaster’s administrative team, the Head of Lower School is a dynamic presence in the school community and serves on several school-wide committees that affect policies and procedures.
The Head of the Lower School sets the tone for the division by reflecting high professional standards and demonstrated commitment to excellence. The successful candidate will be a proven administrator who exudes energy, decisiveness, a sense of humor, and joyfulness, and has the organizational and interpersonal skills necessary for working with a dynamic faculty, a diverse student population, and a dedicated parent community. The Head of the Lower School must be a master communicator who has a deep understanding of the unique developmental needs of children ages 4-12.
This position is a tremendous professional opportunity for a talented, ambitious educator who aspires to be a significant leader in independent schools. McDonogh School has hired The Finney Search Group to manage the search process. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, personal statement, and reference contact information electronically to: