Director of Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship

Collegiate School seeks an energetic, experienced and committed educator to lead our Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship (PIRC) programmatic initiatives and JK-12 team. Guided by Collegiate School’s founder, Helen Baker, and her vision of the School’s graduates as “good citizens in the widest sense”, “the mission of The Powell Institute at Collegiate School is to empower engaged, contributing citizens by nurturing students’ compassion, creativity, and purpose.”
PIRC supports programming across all three divisions that promotes Collegiate’s Portrait of a Graduate to foster inquisitive thinkers, compassionate leaders, and responsible citizens well beyond their time at Collegiate. More specifically, team members work with faculty and staff to enhance curriculum and experiences that include global engagement, inclusion and belonging, economic literacy, entrepreneurship, sustainability, ethics, and civic engagement to help build responsible citizens who will be active, educated members of our democratic society. In addition, this programming focuses on learning opportunities that are student-centered and future-focused, value experiential learning and collaboration, use elements of design and systems thinking, utilize the community as classroom, and practice civil dialogue for better understanding.
The Director will serve as a catalyst for the innovative growth of the program while providing leadership and direction for PIRC and its multifaceted curricula and programmatic work. Therefore, a successful candidate will have experience running and managing signature experiences that are cross-curricular and involve creative programmatic support, including demonstrated project management experience. Proven success collaborating with a broad range of community members to meet defined outcomes is a must.
This is a full-time, exempt 12-month position that reports directly to the Dean of Faculty.
General Responsibilities include:
  • Supervise a team of dedicated faculty and staff who work in cross-functioning teams to plan, run, and support programming under the Powell Institute. The team is composed of 6 core members who also teach.
  • Establish and lead, in collaboration with the Dean of Faculty, the implementation of strategic plans, priorities, and goals for the Powell Institute that align with Collegiate’s mission, goals, and Portrait of a Graduate.
  • In collaboration with the Powell Institute team, articulate and implement initiatives and programming that meet the Strategic Goal to “leverage the Institute as a hub of innovation and connection.” 
  • Inspire, encourage, and nurture new and innovative curriculum and programming spearheaded by faculty with program initiatives.
  • Partner with senior administrators, including the Dean of Faculty and the three Division Heads, to ensure the successful integration of programming into the JK-12 curriculum.
  • Nurture and sustain Collegiate’s large network of community and school partners in Richmond and throughout the world.
  • Oversee the risk management and operations of off-campus programming including numerous international travel programs, domestic travel programs, and civic engagement based programs.
  • Manage multiple department and program budgets and collaborate with the Dean of Faculty to manage numerous endowments dedicated to the Powell Institute.
  • Support the Capstone programs in each division.
  • Teach an Upper School Capstone course as needed, and possibly serve as an advisor if needed. 
  • Partner with the Dean of Faculty to plan and implement professional development related to Powell Institute initiatives.
  • Share the story of the Powell Institute with all constituents.
  • Maintain a safe, healthy and inviting learning space.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities.
  • Serve on committees and engage in professional group work as necessary.
Successful candidates will possess the following qualifications and competencies:
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably a Master’s degree or Virginia teaching certification.
  • Ability to lead student travel programs requiring extended work hours.
  • Interest in broad participation in school life and culture.
  • Enthusiasm for professional growth and academic excellence.
  • Exhibits solid understanding of how data is collected, generated, and used by the School.
  • Experience in and commitment to the ongoing development and maintenance of an inclusive campus community.
Required Competencies:
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate the School’s shared purpose; builds trust among colleagues; is accountable; lives up to commitments.
  • Proven cross cultural competency skills demonstrating self awareness, awareness of others and the ability to adopt inclusive perspectives, attitudes and behaviors to drive inclusion and belonging in the ongoing development and maintenance of an inclusive campus community.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to a servant leadership model focusing on the growth and development of the team to successfully fulfill shared goals.
  • Understands the big picture and handles areas of responsibility in a manner consistent with the School’s mission and values.  Offers assistance within the office especially during busy times.
  • Relates to the Collegiate community including faculty, staff, students, parents and applicants in a cooperative manner.
  • Meets deadlines, demonstrates effective use of time and handles multiple assignments simultaneously.
  • Understands the need for growth and is receptive to constructive feedback.
  • Maintains confidentiality at all times.
It is critical that candidates demonstrate a commitment to the School’s Core Values and Mission
Personal integrity and devotion to the truth, which make one trustworthy, forthright, responsible and fair.
A creative spirit that promotes intellectual and personal growth through exploration, inquiry and openness to change.
A sustained commitment to meeting high standards of character, achievement and personal accountability.
Fundamental regard for the dignity and worth of each individual.
A commitment to responsive and compassionate citizenship and service on campus, in the local community and in the broader world. 
Who we are
Collegiate School is a co-educational, independent day school located in Henrico County, within 20 minutes of downtown Richmond, Virginia, for students in Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade. For more than 100 years, Collegiate has nurtured inquisitive thinkers, responsible citizens, and compassionate leaders. Grounded in the values that have sustained it over the course of more than a century, Collegiate provides its nearly 1,700 students with an engaging academic environment dedicated to preparing them for a globally connected and changing world.
The essence of Collegiate School is the richness of relationships among students, faculty, parents, administrators, and alumni in a dynamic learning community with high personal and academic expectations. This exceptional educational environment enables students to develop their potential for intellectual growth, leadership, and service.
Why Collegiate? 
Collegiate School is well-regarded for developing students into citizens who lead, serve and shape the world. We do so with the help of a caring faculty and staff who also have opportunities to lead, serve and shape the world, through the young lives they touch.
Below are just a few examples of some of the great advantages of working at Collegiate:
  • Excellent professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
  • Collaborative working environment
  • A rich employee benefits package (which includes free lunch!)
  • Opportunities for growth and leadership
  • An environment that fosters creative and innovative instruction
The School is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, pregnancy or related pregnancy condition, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran or military status, marital status, genetic information, traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks and twists, or any other status protected by applicable law. Employment decisions at the School are based on merit, qualifications, and skills.