Columbia Independent School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school of 371 students in junior kindergarten through grade twelve, located in the central Missouri city of Columbia, population 120,000+. Founded in 1998, CIS seeks to foster superior academic, artistic, athletic, and social growth for each of its students.
The faculty and staff at CIS create a learning environment where students receive personalized, quality instruction and guidance throughout their academic journey. Students are engaged with a strong liberal arts curriculum with a global perspective, which includes courses in the fine arts and foreign languages including Latin, Spanish, French and Mandarin. In addition, the Center for Inspiration, Innovation, and Investigation enhances a student’s natural curiosity through hands-on experiences that build problem solving and collaboration skills. CIS has the unique opportunity to bring students together at all grade levels through cross-divisional class projects, assemblies and socials, and all-school community events.
About the Position
Columbia Independent School Search Committee seeks an experienced, innovative educator who embraces the school’s mission, who appreciates its core values and who can help build and realize a vision for the school’s future.
The specific qualities and traits most sought include the following:
Hands-on, open and personable
A person who likes children and understands today’s learners
Clear, collaborative decision maker
A leader who possesses business acumen and who is comfortable in raising funds
Decisive, yet respectful of differing points of view
An ethical person of integrity
An excellent judge of talent in the recruitment and hiring process
About Columbia, Missouri
Columbia Independent School is located in Columbia, Missouri. This quintessential college town is home to the University of Missouri, Stephens College and Columbia College. Columbia is unusual in that it enjoys remarkable economic stability due to careful planning, steady growth, and a very favorable mix of leading employers in education, insurance administration and healthcare. A relatively low cost of living and the availability of diverse, affordable housing options further enhance the economic appeal of Columbia. Columbia is a sports-minded town with excellent venues for both athletes and spectators.
Joggers, walkers and bikers enjoy the many parks and trails in Columbia, including the MKT nature/fitness trail. The trail is directly accessible from downtown Columbia and connects with the Katy Trail State Park, a 185 mile rails-to-trails conversion that stretches across the state along the scenic Missouri River. Additional opportunities for outdoor recreation, including camping, boating, fishing, hiking and hunting, are available within an hour’s drive from Columbia. Columbia boasts a vibrant downtown, home to a growing arts community, varied music venues, an independent film theater, and many unique dining and shopping opportunities. Columbia is also home to various music and film festivals and is in close proximity to St. Louis and Kansas City.
Whether it’s economic prosperity, quality of life or cultural amenities – Columbia is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the nation.
How to Apply
Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following documents by November 16, 2019:
EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact Joan Beauregard or Doug Cummings for this document)
Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
Personal Statement or Statement of Educational Philosophy
A list of five or more references with contact information (name, relationship to candidate and contact information – phone and email addresses)
Up to three letters of reference (optional)
Application materials are to be sent in a single Word document or PDF.
Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:
Columbia Independent School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school of 350 students in junior kindergarten through grade twelve, located in mid-Missouri near the University of Missouri, Stephens College, and Columbia College. Founded in 1998, CIS seeks to foster superior academic, artistic, athletic, and social growth for each of its students. Students come from a variety of socio-economic, religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds from Columbia and the surrounding area, as well as foreign countries such as China, Germany, Republic of Georgia, and South Korea. Columbia Independent School is a member of National Association of Independent Schools, ISACS, National Association for College Admission Counseling, The College Board, Educational Records Bureau, and National Honor Society.
Columbia Independent School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.