Executive Director of the Campus School and Early Learning Center


Carlow University invites applications for the Executive Director of the Campus School and Early Learning Center (“Executive Director”).  Qualified candidates should demonstrate the ability to serve as a dynamic leader who will manage the transition into a larger 21st century learning space essential for the growth of the Campus School and Early Learning Center. 

The Executive will be responsible for articulating the strategic vision for the future direction of The Campus School and Early Learning Center, endorsing the mission and values of Carlow University, and building on the heritage and strengths of the institution to provide a challenging and supportive learning environment that focuses on the total development of the child.  

The ideal candidate for the position of Executive Director should possess a proven record of experience with navigating the politics of leading a school as well as excellent strategic thinking and conceptual skills that facilitate planning and results.  With confirmed success in fostering an environment with a deep care for children and families, the Executive Director must possess strong technology skills and evidence of innovative educational practices as well as a strong commitment to advocacy for and professional development of faculty and staff. 

The Campus School is a Catholic, independent, laboratory school for preschool through grade eight. In addition, a Montessori school for 3, 4, and 5 years olds is offered. The Early Learning Center is licensed by the Pa. Department of Human Services and holds NAEYC and 4-STAR Keystone STAR accreditations.    

Carlow University is a comprehensive Catholic University located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1929 by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow is situated in a culturally rich and diverse urban setting.  Carlow is recognized for educating traditional students and adult learners for a lifetime of ethical leadership and service. 


  • Focus on student achievement, curriculum, accountability, instructional leadership and other needs essential for the academic success of the school.   
  •  Provide strategic direction to teachers and staff in the children’s programs to ensure that long and short-range planning, capital, resources, and operations are undertaken in an effective and efficient manner and in keeping with the goals established by the University.   
  •  Oversee the day to day operations and management of the Campus School and ELC including marketing, financial management, employee relations and program planning and assessment.      
  • Provide leadership for curricular design and renewal to include embedded assessment practices.    
  • Review and interpret student achievement data to reinforce and facilitate an institution-wide culture of assessment and data-driven instruction.  
  • Build trust and effective working relationships with teachers, students, parents, and community leaders.  
  • Assume a leadership role in the professional development for teachers and staff, including collaborating on the design and implementation of relevant development sessions.  Mentor, observe, evaluate, and promote the professional growth of all teachers.   
  • Serve as liaison with University Department of Education and facilitate the integration of pre-service teacher candidates into the Campus School.   
  • Oversee University students in the settings of:      
    •  Work study  
    •  Informal observations from all departments 
    •  Field experience and Practicum for students from the School of Education 
    •  Student teaching partnerships  
    •  Action research on teaching and learning   
  • Serve as the official communicator to the Board, faculty, staff, students, parents, donors, Sisters of Mercy, Diocese of Pittsburgh, and any other segments of the community as needed.   
  • Demonstrate and reflect an understanding of and a commitment to the mission and core values of University and the Sisters of Mercy. 


  • Advanced Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision or related Education field required.  
  • At least five (5) years of experience in educational leadership required.  Experience in an independent school and experience in an elementary school setting are preferred.  Teaching experienced in an independent, preferably lab school, is strongly preferred. 
  • Knowledge of related Federal, State and Local laws and regulatory practices governing academic programming and accreditation required.   
  • Demonstrated ability in building relationships internally and externally required.  Direct fundraising experience strongly preferred.   
  • Commitment to multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion and awareness of needs of diverse learners is required. 
  • A high degree of emotional intelligence and a demonstrated financial acumen as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


Carlow University employees commit themselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct.  They commit to act with integrity, treat others with respect and dignity, carefully steward the University's resources, avoid conflicts of interest or commitment, maintain confidentiality, and to comply with legal and professional obligations.  

Send cover letter and resume to HR2@carlow.edu.  

Carlow University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strive for a campus that reflects our urban setting and is inclusive of underrepresented groups to enhance our University community.  

Full/Part/FT&PT: Full-time - exempt
Department: Academic Affairs/The Campus School of Carlow University
Contact Name/Title: Search Committee
Contact Address:
Contact Email Address: HR2@carlow.edu