Every child in our nation deserves a good education, and the health of our republic depends on it. That effort requires schools filled with dedicated, well-educated, and civic-minded teachers. Each year, dozens of teachers join the effort, providing each classroom a model for moral character and civic virtue. We invite you to join this teaching community.
We are also looking for leaders with the capacity to handle the charge, the courage and character to remain mission-driven, and the humble work ethic that exemplifies the American spirit—if you possess these qualities, a career in classical education may be for you!
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The choice of school leader can make or break the success of the school. He or she is charged with implementing the stated mission of the institution and is entrusted with the well-being, the education, and the development of every student enrolled in the school. The school leader functions as the face and voice of the school to the parents and wider community. The leader (often called a headmaster, principal, or head of school) must possess the philosophical background and operational capabilities to oversee and run all aspects of the school well. This is no easy task, and we will not understate the magnitude of work and responsibility placed on this individual. Leading a school is not simply a job, it is one of the most challenging and rewarding vocations you can choose.
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The most important element of a school leader is character. We seek candidates who exhibit unwavering personal integrity, honesty, courage, humility, and servant-hearted leadership. Professional experience and education are important considerations, of course, but are secondary to possessing the right qualities of leadership. In our experience, the best school leaders have the capacity to handle the demands of the position, strong character to guide prudent decision making, an educated vision for the life and work of a classical school, a hardworking spirit and attitude, and the humility to lead a school based on trust, courage, commitment, accountability, and results.
A master’s degree or higher is preferred, as is experience working in classical education or a related profession.
If you’re looking to engage in fulfilling and challenging work building up the next generation of virtuous citizens, if you desire to lead, and if you share our vision of American Classical Education, we’d love to connect with you.
$90,000+, with considerable variation based on experience, location, and the age of the school.
As the demand for high-quality educational options increases, so does the need for qualified individuals to lead new schools. We are working with multiple schools looking for leaders to start as early as July 1, 2024. Depending on your location and ability to move, you will find many opportunities to consider.
We are building a pipeline of future school leaders and are eager to hear from those who might be interested. Founding efforts look to hire leaders in February-April for a July 1 start, one year prior to anticipated school opening. We encourage you to email us at [email protected] and share your resume and a little about your interest in leading a classical school. Many opportunities for school leadership are also listed on the Career Opportunities page on our website.
Want to learn more? Visit our blog, The Classical Classroom, especially the Recommended Reading page.
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Teachers are the most important part of Hillsdale classical schools. They are directly responsible for imparting civilization—language, knowledge, and virtue—to the next generation. You will be supported by school leaders and fellow teachers who seek to improve their craft together and who desire to share in a community of academic discipline, knowledge, and wonder.
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In the daily routine of a school, teachers spend the most time with students. They should have a deep knowledge and love for their subject, possess the desire and ability to share this with students, and exemplify virtue. Hillsdale schools gravitate towards individuals who have engaged deeply with their material, whether through schooling, a career in the field, or as a lifelong interest. A bachelor’s degree remains the common gateway, along with an evident desire to grow in knowledge. Certification regulations are determined state by state, so requirements vary among Member Schools. In Hillsdale schools, a passion for learning and nurturing young minds is as crucial as any formal qualification.
Teachers at Hillsdale classical schools come from a variety of backgrounds, including graduates from renowned schools of higher learning, current public and private school teachers who are seeking a more robust and rewarding teaching experience, and adult professionals making a mid-life career change to the classroom. If you love the Great Books and lively debates, thrive in the world of academic subjects, and want to impart wisdom and knowledge to the next generation, classical K-12 education might be your calling.
Pay varies considerably based upon experience, qualifications, and location. Expect starting pay between $37,000 - $50,000 annually.
With a growing number of affiliated schools across the nation, you’ll find many opportunities for a career in classical education at a school in the Hillsdale network. Our schools typically open K-6 and add one grade level a year, so there are a variety of openings.
Hillsdale College provides teachers at its Member Schools with a variety of training and resource opportunities, including the following:
Ready to begin your career as a teacher in Classical Education? Visit the Career Opportunities page on the Hillsdale K-12 Education website.
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