Briarwood Presbyterian Church PCA in Birmingham, AL, is prayerfully searching for a committed Christian leader to serve as Superintendent of Briarwood Christian School. Our 1900 student, K – 12 school ministry is committed to providing a Christ-centered environment and education based on academic excellence through exemplary leaders who will challenge and inspire each student to know Christ and make Him known in every sphere of life. Our Superintendent must possess an exemplary commitment to our Savior, His Word and His Church in order to effectively lead and shepherd our faculty to embrace the mission of our school.
Interested individuals should submit the following:
- Current Resume
- Testimony/Statement of Faith
- Brief Statement of Philosophy of Christian Education
- Ability to obtain at least five references upon request
Send completed application packet to:
or mail to:
BCS Superintendent Transition Team
2200 Briarwood Way
Birmingham, AL 35243
- Must be a mature evangelical Christian who agrees with the school’s Statement of Faith and whose lifestyle is consistent with the school’s Declaration of Moral Integrity.
- Must be or become a member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, having a history of active membership in a local evangelical church.
- Must be able to articulate a deep understanding of a Biblically informed philosophy of Christian education from a Reformed perspective consistent with the Westminster Standards.
- Must have a minimum of an earned Masters degree from an accredited college/university.
- The qualified candidate will have substantial executive level administrative experience and will possess strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as experience in working effectively on teams of Christian professionals in meeting high academic and spiritual standards and goals.
- The Superintendent must be a Christian with the ability and desire to articulate their testimony to the wider Christian community in Birmingham and represent Briarwood Christian School and its mission as a ministry of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, while being a highly visible skilled advocate for Christian Education in the local community.
- The Superintendent must be a visionary, results oriented individual with a demonstrated ability to manage a culturally diverse population by promoting theological and missional unity.
- The Superintendent must be technologically literate and globally aware with a passion to engage, empower, prepare and educate students for the 21st century and global economy as well as anticipate technological progress and its use in the classroom and in life.
- The leader of BCS will provide innovative and forward thinking solutions that include improving student achievement, developing positive relationships with parents, and attracting, retaining and motivating high performing quality employees.
- The Superintendent must be a problem solver with fiscal oversight experience to address financial issues in a church-based Christian school and possess a committed desire to lead resource/development initiatives.
- The Superintendent must possess strong interpersonal skills that enable collaboration and consensus building in securing the necessary political and financial support for both the short and long-term goals of BCS.
- The Superintendent must be able to translate a record of successful experience managing an organization to building an effective administrative team for fiscal matters and human resources. The administrative team is expected to place service to students as the primary focus, to encourage parental involvement, to set and achieve goals that have a broad base of support and to be accountable for those outcomes.
- The Superintendent must also have an understanding of the development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum and any state and federal laws relevant to private school education.
- Must be a Christian with the ability to articulate beliefs.
- Must understand governance policies and organizational expectations.
- Must be visionary and a forward thinker to provide innovative solutions.
- Must have fiscal management experience.
- Must be a highly skilled communicator to advocate and represent BCS.
- Must maintain cooperative relationships with all BCS stakeholders, including parent organizations, the business community, and non-profits.
- Must have a clear understanding of diverse groups, including students, parents, and community.
Scope of Responsibilities:
This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, knowledge, or abilities associated with this position, but is intended to accurately reflect the principal job elements.
- Provide spiritual leadership, instruction and be a Godly role model for students, staff, parents and the community.
- Provide overall leadership and direction for the planning implementation and management of the educational, extracurricular, athletic and operational programs of BCS.
- Focus BCS priorities on improving academic achievement for all students and high standards of excellence; identify and implement BCS policies and standards for student achievement and ways of measuring the progress of students; foster increased parental involvement in student learning and achievement; ensure effective use and equitable allocation and accountability for money and other resources.
- Provide overall leadership and direction in the development and administration of the BCS budget as the fiscal plan for the implementation of BCS goals and objectives in accordance with the current board policies.
- Establish priority goals and objectives in concert with the oversight of the Director of Board Directed Ministries through cooperative efforts and consensus building initiatives with the BCS Board of Directors and staff, while providing continuous evaluation of progress towards achievement of goals and objectives.
- Develop effective communications with local pastors and churches to enhance the relationships between BCS and local faith-based communities and non-profits.
- Provide leadership and direction for the planning, implementation, and management of the educational and operational programs of BCS.
- Make recommendations to the Board of Directors on matters of policy; develop administrative regulations and processes to implement requirements and policies of the BCS board.
- Organize BCS in conformity with appropriate BCS board policies and regulations, and direct administrative staff in such a way as to best serve the school community and its students.
- Conduct long and short-range studies and project future needs of BCS.
- Direct the development of agendas for meetings of the BCS board; attend board meetings; make recommendations to the board and support the deliberations of the board.
- Represent BCS and communicate with other administrators, personnel, students, parents, other school districts, public and private agencies, community organizations, the media and the public; resolve issues and conflicts, and exchange information; provide oversight for an effective public relations program consistent with Briarwood Presbyterian Church policies on media communication.
- Promote effective communication and build strategic partnerships among local agencies and the community to achieve a common vision to meet BCS goals; maintain a public presence and media contact.
- Direct the preparation and maintenance of a variety of narrative and statistical reports and records, special studies, research projects, investigations, and correspondence related to assigned activities and personnel; provide background and information materials for meetings with the Board of Directors.
- Perform other duties as may be specified by law or the policies and regulations of the Board of Directors.
- Maintain accreditation with appropriate Christian and secular organizations.
- A strong commitment to excellence while avoiding elitism as well as fiscal responsibility while making the BCS educational ministry as accessible as possible.
The Superintendent of Briarwood Christian School is to provide spiritual, visionary, and strategic leadership enabling the school, under the oversight of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, to fulfill its mission by providing a comprehensive ministry of Christian education committed to leading each student to a Gospel-based, saving relationship with Christ defined by a Christian world and life view.
The Superintendent reports to the Director of the Board Directed ministries of Briarwood Presbyterian Church through the Briarwood Christian School Board.
Seven Key Characteristics
- Spiritual Leader – As a committed Christian, the Superintendent will pastorally lead Briarwood Christian School with a Reformed world and life view, as well as a Christ-exalting lifestyle that is fully engaged in the life and ministry of Briarwood Presbyterian Church. The superintendent is expected to focus upon the spiritual development of the BCS community by influencing and intentionally shepherding the school staff, administration, faculty, and students.
- Developmental Leader – The Superintendent will provide directional leadership through strategic initiatives by providing a comprehensive 360-degree leadership style. Specifically, the Superintendent will oversee the development of the senior staff as a team of leaders who are maturing in their personal walk with Christ and who are growing together as a team to implement the BCS mission and values.
- Servant Leader – As a servant leader, the Superintendent is expected to lead with humility marked by a confidence in the exalted Christ, promote and rejoice in the success and possess a relentless desire to further the spiritual vitality and blessing of the Lord throughout the BCS community.
- Strategic Leader – As a directional leader, the Superintendent knows the mission of the school and is unalterably committed to achieving it. As a strategic leader, the Superintendent, by prayerfully seeking Godly wisdom will have the ability to identify and implement strategies that will achieve the mission through effective goal setting, planning and managerial oversight of the senior staff/team of leaders.
- Relational Leader – The BCS Superintendent must not only know the mission of the school and how to strategically achieve it, but must have a passion and desire to know the people personally to understand how to shepherd, equip, inspire and unify them while maximizing their relationship with Christ and each other.
- Tactical Leader – The Superintendent will ensure the proper management of BCS by developing with the senior staff/team of leaders a Board confirmed infrastructure consistent with the mission of the school, while also maximizing its assets and resources. In addition, the Superintendent will devise and initiate processes for planning and goal setting accompanied by a personnel performance evaluation system that facilitates personal and professional development.
- Education Leader – The BCS Superintendent is foundationally committed to a comprehensive view of Christian education consistent with the inerrancy and sufficiency of God’s Word, and fully embracing Reformed theology as distilled in the Westminster Standards. This educational enterprise is to be delivered through a highly developed faculty supported by a resourced administrative staff, which is designed to promote in the life of each student a Christian world and life view that informs a Christ-centered lifestyle. This educational leadership will make full use of technology that is consistent with the mission; curriculum consistent with a Biblically-framed world and life view; and a pedagogy consistent with the desired educational outcomes. Finally, educational leadership speaks to the mind, through the heart so that each student will have an informed mind for Christ motivated by a heart for Christ –“constrained by the love of Christ.”
Spiritual and Lifestyle Requirements:
Briarwood employees are to conduct themselves in private and in public consistent with the doctrinal and lifestyle standards of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Briarwood Christian School and as stated in church and school contracts, agreements, and handbooks and manuals.
Briarwood Christian School is a Christian ministry of Briarwood Presbyterian Church representing Jesus Christ throughout the local community. As a ministry of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Briarwood employees are called to minister to students and parents. Because every subject is integrated with biblical truth, there is no secular/sacred division in the work that teachers and school staff perform. Consequently, Briarwood requires its employees to be born-again Christians who live their lives as Christian role models and to integrate biblical truth in everything they teach and do. Briarwood employees will conduct themselves in a way that will not raise questions regarding their Christian testimonies. A Christian lifestyle should reflect the biblical perspective of integrity and of appropriate personal and family relationships, business conduct, and moral behavior. An employee is expected to demonstrate a teachable spirit, an ability to share love for others, and a willingness to live contentedly under authority.
Briarwood expects all of its employees and volunteers to model the same Christian values and lifestyle that it seeks to inculcate in its students. Employees must be able to declare (a) that they have not engaged in, (b) that they are not engaging in, (c) that they will not engage in, and d) that they will not condone or advocate in personal, teaching or professional standards during the term of their employment or volunteering: any marriage relationship, civil union, or other union replicating marriage, other than between one man and one woman, or inappropriate sexual conduct. Inappropriate conduct includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as the following: heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning (one’s gender or sexual orientation), other aberrant sexual activity or other sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites, and sexual abuse or improprieties toward minors as defined by Scripture and federal or state law. They must understand and agree that this position is firmly rooted in the inerrant and infallible Word of God as expressed in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Example applicable verses include but are not limited to Hebrews 13:4; Luke 6:40; Romans 1:21–27; Romans 10:9–10; I Timothy 4:12, and 1 Corinthians 6:9–20.