Couts UMC: Couts Christian Academy Head of School

Date Posted: 5/13/2024

Couts UMC, Weatherford, TX

Job Description

The Couts Christian Academy Head of School is a vital member of the paid staff team of Couts United Methodist Church as we fulfill our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The Head of School provides dynamic vision, leadership, development, and management as they oversee the day-to-day activities of CCA, working with the pastor, staff, and church in supporting, coordinating, and fulfilling the mission of the church.

Reports to: Senior Pastor

Status: Full Time, Exempt              

Effective Date: June 1, 2024

Essential Functions

  • Fosters a positive learning environment for children ages two years-elementary age that is developmentally appropriate and promotes the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual development of children.
  • Implements policies and procedures to maintain a safe and inclusive learning environment in line with Texas Minimum Standards for Childcare Centers, the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools, and the Couts UMC Ministry Safe Policy
  • Manages and leads staff, including hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating staff.
  • Leads the school with the Christian theology and values of Couts United Methodist Church.
  • Clearly communicates the expectations and goals to the staff, teachers, parents, and community communicates the expectations and goals to the staff, teachers, and parents.
  • Develops and implements strategic plans, in collaboration with the CCA Board, to ensure the school’s mission and goals are met.
  • Oversees curriculum development and ensures adherence to current educational standards.
  • Stays updated on current trends in education administration and implements best practices.

Other Responsibilities

  • Works collaboratively with the Assistant Director to oversee the day-to-day activities and interactions with CCA staff, students, and parents.
  • Manages the budget and works with the church Business Administrator to manage tuition payments and allocate resources effectively.
  • Works collaboratively with the CCA Board concerning school matters, including budget and staffing.
  • Communicates to the Finance Committee, Administrative Council, and the congregation matters related to CCA, including, but not limited to, events and goals.
  • Helps raise funds beyond the school operating budget for CCA projects.
  • Supports the mission and ministry of Couts United Methodist Church.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Meets the state-required qualifications for Childcare Director, including current CPR and first aid certification.
  • Enjoys working with children ages two years and up and their parents.
  • Is physically and emotionally equipped to work with young children, including the ability to lift 20-25 lbs.
  • Is an active member of a local church, preferably United Methodist.
  • Ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including parents, students, and community members.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Anticipates and meets deadlines.
  • Knowledge of various computer tools: Microsoft Office, social media, ability to learn custom software.

Core Competencies:

  • Mission Ownership: Demonstrates understanding, support, and commitment to the mission, vision, values, and beliefs of Couts UMC and Couts Christian Academy and consistently behaves in a manner congruent with them.
  • Spiritual Maturity: Shows strong personal depth and spiritual grounding; demonstrates integrity by living as a disciple of Jesus Christ; seen by others as trustworthy and authentic; nurtures a deepening spiritual life; seeks the wisdom and guidance of appropriate mentors; is able to articulate a clear and consistent Wesleyan/United Methodist theology.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with people at all levels of the school including children, parents, community and congregation members; builds appropriate rapport; maintains appropriate boundaries; considers the impact of his/her actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact; is approachable; avoids communication/relationship triangles.
  • Attention to Detail: Consistently attends to the many small pieces which must be assembled into an organized whole; follows up on missing or out of balance items including student files required for licensing; resolves unanswered questions needed to address a problem; keeps the larger picture in mind while tending to the smallest of details.
  • Compassion and Care: Exudes a natural sense of care for the well-being of others; responds with empathy to the life circumstances of others; communicates a sense of support in his or her very presence; demonstrates appropriate and boundaried expressions of care.
  • Hiring and Staffing: Identifies new talent; attracts and hires the best people; clearly defines the essential functions and core competencies of a role before hiring; is not afraid of selecting strong people; does not discriminate in hiring practices; seeks to strengthen the team through the addition of diversity.
  • Supervising Work: Is good at establishing clear expectations and setting clear direction; sets stretching objectives; distributes the workload appropriately; provides regular and ongoing feedback about performance; proactively deals with substandard performance; engages disciplinary processes in a timely manner.
  • Teambuilding: Blends people into teams when appropriate; leads the team successfully through difficulties and challenges, including conflict, diversity and inclusion issues within the team; creates strong morale and spirit in his/her team; shares wins and successes; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging and pride in the team.

How to Apply

Email a resume to Rev. Holly Dittrich at
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 817-454-0060


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