Director of Instruction, Herndon, VA.

Director of Instruction:

Position Overview

An Ambleside® school Director of Instruction is first and foremost a lover of Jesus Christ, children and knowledge. Within this relational context, the Director of Instruction is responsible to set and maintain a positive (high-joy), inspirational, and peacefully authoritative atmosphere throughout the school. The Director of Instruction is to train, support and shepherd teachers in providing a “living education” and functions as a specialist in Ambleside (ASI) pedagogy, curriculum and instruction.  Therefore, the Director of Instruction is to be thoroughly acquainted with the ASI Principal’s Manual, as well as curriculum for the grades/subject areas of supervision, holding all teachers, staff and students to ASI’s rigorous standards. In a broad sense, the Director of Instruction is also an important spokesperson and represents the school on and off campus and acts on behalf of the school by professionally and warmly interacting with all students, parents, teachers, staff, visitors and the community at large.  The Director of Instruction reports to the Head of School.

Personal Qualities

Spiritually mature in Christ, psychologically strong, service and others-oriented, teachable, loving towards all persons (children, teachers, parents), joyful, peaceful in and under authority, inspirational in leadership, growth-oriented, administratively excellent, patient, hungry to know and share knowledge/ideas, intelligent, thorough, punctual, flexible, collegial, articulate, and enthusiastic

Overarching Responsibilities

  • Promoting and inspiring a community of existing and potential parents, teachers, students founded upon the Ambleside® educational vision, leading by informed, enthusiastic and genuine example in word and deed.
  • Developing teachers in the philosophy and practice of an Ambleside® education through regular observation and feedback, mentoring, modeling, training, and evaluation; ensuring teachers faithfully follow ASI curriculum and uphold standards for life-giving atmosphere, habit training, lessons and student work; recognizing teacher contributions, making suggestions for growth, identifying areas of critical concern, and making employment recommendations to the Head of School on instructional staff.
  • Supporting teacher’s professional growth as they seek academic and relational growth in their students. At times, supporting students directly when warranted by a significant degree of student and/or teacher weakness.
  • Focusing time and attention on critical needs such as new teachers, teachers experiencing difficulty, and/or targeted curricular areas.
  • Creating and implementing a plan for teacher training and development each school year; coordinating regular staff meetings and in-services, grade level meetings and meetings for specific disciplines of study.
  • Meeting weekly with Head of School to propose and discuss solutions for student, teacher and academic needs, and supporting Head of School as needed.

Specific Responsibilities may include:  

  • Instructs and supports teachers in the preparation of exams, reports of progress, parent teacher conferences, transcripts, and monthly communications.
  • Oversees the field study program of the school Manages the scheduling for ASI visits, observations, special instructors, parent teacher conferences
  • Oversees the relationship with ASI, reviews curriculum.
  • Interfaces with the curriculum coordinator for inventory and student supplies
  • Oversees substitute teachers
  • Manages teachers in areas of administrative responsibilities (Shakespeare, Christmas, carpool, study hall, office hours, etc.)
  • Maintains the Herndon teacher site with appropriate content
  • Communicates weekly with teachers about upcoming events.
  • Supports the Head of School in all inservice and training responsibilities
  • Develops School Calendar
  • Oversees student discipline, academic support, and parent communication.
  • Student requests for testing, recommendations, counseling, tutoring, and other assistance
  • Covers the classroom when needed
  • Oversees school events as assigned
  • Shares ownership of the school’s leadership with others on the administrative team for responsibilities such as admissions, parent education, teacher training, ASI collaboration, curriculum initiatives, thank you notes, communication, etc.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, (Master’s preferred) in a specific or general field of study
  • Three years teaching and/or leadership experience with Ambleside Schools International or an ASI affiliated school
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Solid business acumen, management, and problem-solving skills
  • Basic computer literacy, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Apps
  • Strong interpersonal, time management and organizational skills
  • Participation in ASI’s training and mentoring programs as requested (provided by school, travel required)
  • CPR and first aid certification (provided by school)
  • Free and clear results on federal and state background check


August 1 through July 31, Monday through Friday (except school holidays), and occasional Saturday, early morning and/or evening hours according to required school events and per the current year Instructional Calendar. Flexible hours during summer and holidays, but the position is fulltime, year round.


$50 – 55,000 depending on experience.

Ambleside School is associated with Ambleside Schools International, an association of schools, educators and leaders working together for educational renewal. 

Contact Ginnie Wilcox,  


Ambleside Herndon


VA Virginia