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Current Openings

  1. Director of Finance (posted 11/5)
  2. Middle School Principal (posted 10/7)
  3. Executive Director, the National Center for the Development of Boys (posted 5/7)
  1. No positions available at this time.

Nestled in an up-and-coming Southern city, McCallie School offers competitive compensation and an appealing benefits package within a collegial school community.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and transcript, as well as additional information (e.g., background check authorization, letters of recommendation, philosophy of education) when requested. Most positions are announced in late winter and early spring.

Position Overview: The McCallie School, an outstanding independent day/boarding school serving 935 boys in 6th-12th grades, is conducting a search for an energetic and experienced business professional to serve as Director of Finance. Occupying a 120-acre campus on the side of Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, TN, McCallie currently functions with a $36 million annual operating budget and a $125 million endowment. In addition, several capital improvement projects are currently underway on the campus, including the construction of a $14 million state-of-the-art science classroom building.

The Director of Finance reports to the Associate Headmaster for Business Administration. The Director of Finance supervises the personnel and processes in the Business Office, including Student Billing, Payroll, Accounts Payable, Human Resources, and Cash Receipts/Disbursements. The Business Office serves as a strategic partner to other departments of the School, working to ensure the overall financial strength of McCallie.

McCallie is currently engaged in a school-wide strategic planning process led by its Board of Trustees. The Director of Finance must be a collaborative partner with the School administration in the development and operational execution of the new strategic plan.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Lead the day-to-day operation of the Business Office and supervise team members.
  • Administer all accounting operations, ensuring compliance with applicable requirements and comportment with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Oversee maintenance of all accounting records and ledgers.
  • Develop, review and modify policies and procedures related to accounting processes, software platforms, and internal accounting controls.
  • Manage the annual audit engagement with the School’s independent public accountant.
  • Oversee the cash management process, monitoring the sources and uses of all cash.
  • Coordinate and participate in the development of the annual operating budget, cash flow projections, capital budgets, and long-range planning forecasts.
  • Maintain approved budget records and provide department heads with monthly reporting on budget requirements, management, and controls.
  • Assist with the creation, implementation, and evaluation of activities designed to achieve the financial goals of the strategic plan.
  • Partner with other division heads to assist with ongoing efforts to improve operational efficiency and manage controllable expenses.
  • Ensure compliance with Human Resources regulations and requirements.
  • Oversee administration of employee benefit plans (retirement plans, health plans, etc.), including plan audits and related governmental filings.
  • Maintain and provide information necessary to effectively manage the financial assets of the School, including endowments, trusts, and debt instruments.
  • Assist the Headmaster and Associate Headmaster in providing timely analysis relating to financial policy decisions.
  • Research and recommend risk mitigation strategies, including assessment of appropriate levels of insurance coverage.
  • Experienced accounting/finance professional and team-oriented leader with a minimum of 5-8 years of experience in successfully managing diverse teams.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or related field. Advanced degree in business preferred. CPA or related credential is necessary.
  • Strong background in finance, budgeting, investing, human resources, and cash management, with solid understanding of non-profit accounting.
  • Collaborative leadership style, with proven ability to support, coach, motivate, and inspire team members to create a positive working environment.
  • Management skills necessary to identify opportunities for improved efficiencies in operational processes and to manage changes resulting from implementation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to improve communication between staff levels and departments throughout the organization.
  • Superior technology skills and facility with Excel. Experience with Blackbaud Financial Edge software is desired.
  • Knowledge of independent school culture.
  • A fit for the mission and values of McCallie.
McCallie provides a competitive compensation and benefits package. McCallie is an equal opportunity employer.

It is anticipated that the start date for the Director of Finance will be January 1, 2016. The School will accept resumes through Friday, November 27, and anticipates interviewing selected finalists in early December. Interested candidates should submit a letter of introduction and resume to the Associate Headmaster for Business Administration, Marcus Rafiee, c/o Theda Griffin at tgriffin@mccallie.org.



Position Overview:

The McCallie School, an outstanding independent day and boarding school serving 935 boys in 6th-12th grade, is conducting a national search to find a dynamic and experienced educator to lead its Middle School (6th-8th grades). The Middle School has over 30 dedicated educators to teach the 260 students in our state-of-the-art building. The Middle School Principal oversees the day-to-day operations, including a rigorous, student-centered academic program; a competitive, comprehensive athletic program; an excellent fine arts program of music, art, and drama; and a thriving afternoon enrichment program with a strong community service component. The Principal works closely with Assistant Headmaster and Academic Dean in the professional growth of the Middle School faculty and takes part in the yearly review process which includes classroom observations.

The Middle School Principal reports to the Assistant Headmaster and is an active member of the school’s senior administrative team.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Oversee day-to-day operation of the middle school.
  • Work with Headmaster and Assistant Headmaster on school-wide issues.
  • Work with the Middle School Administrative team to generate ideas, create initiatives and to provide implementation.
  • Work with grade level team leaders to coordinate/plan activities & events.
  • Work with Academic Dean and Department Heads on curricular issues.
  • Work with Admissions to enroll the best possible students
  • Work with prospective students and parents for Admissions.
  • Coordinate with the Assistant Headmaster and Headmaster with faculty recruitment and staffing.
  • Observe and evaluate faculty and staff.
  • Oversee middle school budget.
  • Assist with creating course schedules for students and teachers.
  • Oversee building maintenance issues.
  • Administer discipline system.
  • Collaborate with Girls Preparatory School, our sister school, on coordinate programs (plays, music, social events, community service)
  • Attend committees that meet on regular basis:
    • Counseling
    • Administrative Council
    • Department Heads
    • GPS-McCallie Steering Committee
    • Middle/Upper School Team
  • Create a nurturing, spiritual environment that supports and encourages boys to:
    • strive for excellence;
    • seek truth;
    • live honorably;
    • act responsibly; and
    • help others.
Characteristics Sought:
  • Expertise and experience working with middle school boys.
  • A belief that spirituality is an important component in developing young men.
  • A passion for working with boys, and an understanding for the unique ways that boys learn and develop.
  • Strong communication skills, including written and presentation.
  • Proven leadership skills, including the ability to collaborate well.
  • Effective planning and management skills.
  • An innovative, growth-mindset approach to teaching and learning.
  • The desire and ability to work with a motivated faculty.
  • A fit for the mission and values of McCallie.
The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree or higher, significant experience working with middle school students, and extensive administrative experience.

The school will provide a competitive compensation and benefits package. It is anticipated that the start date for the Middle School Principal will be June 1, 2016. The school will accept resumes through Friday, November 6, 2015. The school expects to invite a small number of candidates to spend a day on campus meeting with a variety of students, faculty and administrators. It is anticipated that the appointment will be made by late November.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of introduction and resume to Assistant Headmaster, Kenneth Sholl, ℅ Kathy Posey at kposey@mccallie.org.



The search for an executive director for this newly announced endeavor, the National Center for the Development of Boys (NCDB), is underway. The job desciption is below:

Position Overview:
The Executive Director of the National Center for the Development of Boys serves to plan, coordinate, implement and advance the work of the center. The scope of the work may include, but is not limited to, developing and implementing the center’s agenda, research, programs and publications; attracting and engaging with outstanding educators, mentors and thought-leaders with expertise and experience in the development of boys, and connecting them to the efforts of the center; serving as a spokesperson for the center; managing the operations of the center; and securing necessary resources to advance its mission and work. The Executive Director reports to the center’s Board of Trustees.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Review, curate and compile existing research on the development and education of boys and young men from early childhood through early adulthood.
  • Leverage the location and resources of McCallie as a living laboratory of boys and faculty to conduct research and gain insights into practices for educating and developing boys.
  • Share with and market to the broader public the work and mission of the center and the needs of boys and young men.
  • Devise, design and implement programs, workshops, seminars and other events that help to equip parents, educators and others who work with boys with research-based strategies and best practices for raising and educating boys.
  • Prepare and produce articles, publications, videos and other materials to be shared with the broader public about the education and development of boys.
  • Identify, recruit and coordinate the work of Fellows: a small number of outstanding educators, mentors, researchers and thought-leaders on the education and development of boys.
  • Oversee the center’s operations, broadly defined and including, but not limited to, its logistics, budgets, and staff.
  • Secure necessary resources, including volunteer and philanthropic support.
  • Implement the policies and direction of the center’s Board of Trustees.
Characteristics Sought:
  • Expertise and experience in studying and working with boys and young men.
  • A passion and belief that boys and young men need to be better understood and provided with opportunities that bring out their very best.
  • A national reputation and network of colleagues who have an interest in the learning and development of boys.
  • Strong communication skills, including in writing and presentation.
  • Proven leadership skills, including the ability to collaborate well.
  • Effective planning and management skills.

Other Information:
The center will provide a competitive compensation and benefits package. It is anticipated that candidates will be considered during the summer of 2015, with a likely start date for the Executive Director in the late summer or early fall of 2015.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of introduction and resume to Lee Burns, Headmaster, The McCallie School, 500 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404

No positions available at this time.
If no jobs are currently listed but you are interested in inquiring about a job or providing your resume for future consideration, please contact the following people:

  • Upper School faculty
    Kathy Posey
    Assistant to the Upper School Head

  • Middle School faculty
    Janet Best
    Middle School Administrative Assistant

  • Physical Plant
    Shannon Sewell
    Physical Plant Director

  • School Administration
    Theda Griffin
    Assistant to the Headmaster

McCallie is an equal opportunity employer.

School Information

McCallie is an All-Boys Private Boarding School and Day School, a Christian-based College Prep School.

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