Head of School, McLean VA.

Application & Job Description

If you are interested in leading Ambleside School through its next chapter of growth, please complete the online application and submit your cover letter and your resume to HOS_Applications@ambleside.org.  
View the job description for a summary of the personal and professional qualities sought in Ambleside’s next Head of School

Please review the job description as well as the additional documents under "Application Materials" as they will provide you with insight into the values of Ambleside School.  

Search Process

Ginnie Wilcox will be retiring from her position as our Head of School (HOS) after the end of the 2020-21 school year.  Ginnie has faithfully led Ambleside since 2003 while raising her own five children. Ambleside has been blessed by 17 years of her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to our school and our Charlotte Mason pedagogy, so the Board was not surprised when she notified us last year (2018-19) of her decision.  

Notwithstanding the current COVID-19 disturbance, we look forward to the next chapter at Ambleside, knowing that Ginnie is leaving us with a solid foundation upon which to build. As we reflect on our 20th anniversary as a school, we are reminded of God’s grace and goodness to us through many challenges, and that He has brought us to where we are today, a place of growth.

The Ambleside Board of Trustees have established a search committee for the new HOS that includes representatives from our school constituencies: staff, faculty, current parents and alumni families. The HOS Search Committee will vet the candidates and make recommendations to the Board.  We feel blessed that God has brought together a group that has a diversity of talents and perspectives and is united by faith and passionate commitment to Ambleside. 

For your planning purposes, our search process has the following steps:

  • Application submission
  • Classroom observation and professional testing (1-2 hours)
  • Interviews
  • References review and background checks
  • Search Committee recommendation
  • Board of Trustees decision
  • Contract offered

We will adjust our process as needed to adapt to COVID-19. Our objective is to make a hiring decision by the end of 2020. The new Head of School is expected to be in place and up to speed prior to the 2021 school year. Please note that each applicant selected for an interview will need to arrange for the forwarding to Ambleside School of his or her official transcripts from colleges/universities. Also, applicants will be expected to discuss during the interview process the background reading on Charlotte Mason's educational philosophy that is referenced in the Position Description.


Full Time