Head of School

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) is seeking a dynamic educator to lead a dedicated faculty, staff, student body, and community. Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, PVPA serves 400 students in grades 7-12 who come from over 60 cities and towns. Our mission is to offer students intensive exposure to the performing arts within the context of an excellent college preparatory curriculum. With a track record of twenty years of proven success, the school provides its students with a supportive and challenging academic environment responsive to multiple learning styles, emphasizing learning through the arts and integrating creative and critical thinking throughout the curriculum. At PVPA, committed educators with a wide range of experience and expertise collaborate to create programming attentive to diversity and social justice. Our school, which boasts a 6000 sq. ft. performance space for active programs in theater, music, and dance, helps students develop confidence, creativity, and the broad intellectual skills and experiences necessary to succeed in the college of their choice.

The Head of School of PVPA is an instructional, operational and strategic leader with vision and creative energy who works to create and enhance a culture of achievement and respect where high expectations and results are the norm. The Head of School will work effectively with all stakeholders in our school community including students, faculty, staff, parents, the Board of Trustees, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Charter School Association, state legislators, and the regional community. PVPA provides a safe, inclusive environment where students can be themselves. Maintaining the school’s positive social climate will be one of the leader’s responsibilities. Personal qualities will include integrity, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, strong management abilities, financial acumen, deep understanding of curriculum and assessment, a commitment to shared leadership and collaborative decision-making, and a personal style that engenders trust and respect. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to a rigorous arts education.

Essential Leadership Responsibilities


  • Supervises the preparation and implementation of the Strategic Action Plan aligned to the mission and values of the school
  • Responsible for the recruiting, screening, hiring and training of a highly qualified faculty and staff and develops effective staff members through an ongoing mentoring, professional development, and evaluation process
  • Develops systems that set clear expectations for positive student behavior and promote the social-emotional well-being of all students, maintains high standards of student conduct, and enforces discipline as necessary, according to due process for students
  • Maintains a school environment with safe and functional spaces and adequate resources (technology, library) that meet the current and anticipated needs of the school
  • Ensures smooth running of daily school operations, including managing crises effectively, and maintaining the overall safety and security of staff and students
  • Develops and supervises the school budget in collaboration with the CFO and the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees to maximize the use of available resources
  • Submits records, reports and plans as required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to maintain the school’s charter
  • Supports a culture of giving within the PVPA community, develops the annual fund, and helps establish fundraising goals


  • Articulates a coordinated instructional vision by providing leadership in developing, implementing, and evaluating a school curriculum which focuses on high standards of student achievement in academics and the arts
  • Ensures that teachers are working effectively as individuals and collaboratively in professional learning communities, departments, and grade-level teams to continually improve teaching practice and vertically align a developmentally appropriate, standards-based, and differentiated curriculum
  • Shows a commitment to culturally responsive and inclusive practice resulting in equitable outcomes for all students
  • Supports a continuous improvement cycle that uses multiple forms of data (internal benchmarks, state mandated testing, student work samples and/or portfolios) to reach school-wide improvement goals, identify and address areas of improvement, and celebrate success
  • Works collaboratively with the Director of Academic Support to ensure that the needs of diverse learners, including English Language Learners and those with disabilities, are met by identifying resources and developing effective programming

School Culture and Community

  • Promotes the PVPA vision and mission within the school community and to the broader community throughout the region
  • Fosters a climate that promotes, values, and supports diversity of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, economic status, physical dis/ability, and sexual orientation throughout the school community
  • Maintains a climate of intellectual diversity, debate, and inquiry among staff, students, and parents

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Master’s degree or higher in educational administration, curriculum and instruction, or a closely-related field
  • Valid Massachusetts Principal Licensure or eligible to obtain
  • Demonstrated successful leadership in a senior administrative position in a charter, public or private school (Three years minimum)
  • Teaching experience, preferably in secondary education

Supervised By: 

PVPA Board of Trustees


2017-2018 School Year

Application Instructions: 

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, résumé, the names of three references, a statement of educational philosophy, and proof of licensure to hosjobsearch@pvpa.org or mail to:

Marleen Conner
15 Mulligan Drive
South Hadley MA 01075

Candidate review will begin on February 13, 2017. No phone calls please.

The Board of Trustees of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) subscribes to the fullest extent to the principle of the dignity of all people and of their labors and will take action to ensure that any individual within PVPA who is responsible for hiring and/or personnel supervision understands that applicants are employed, assigned and promoted without regard to their race, creed, color, age, gender identity or gender expression, veteran status, disability, national origin or sexual orientation. Every available opportunity will be taken in order to assure that each applicant for a position is selected on the basis of qualifications, merit and ability.