School President

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School
Joplin, Missouri
Salary commensurate with experience + benefits
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The Board of Trustees of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School invites applications from passionate, visionary, and inspiring leaders for the position of School President.  Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (TJ) provides a classical liberal arts education to hundreds of students in grades Pre-K through 12. Located in Joplin, Missouri, TJ serves a diverse student population made up of students from dozens of communities in the wider four-states region.


Thomas Jefferson was founded in 1993 by a group of Joplin parents who were determined to give their children an exceptional educational experience that would prepare them for success in college and in life.  The founders determined the best way to help children reach their full potential was through a classical liberal arts education with a Western civilization focus, delivered in a highly supportive, mission-driven environment.

In late fall 1992, the founders set out to create Thomas Jefferson, forging a Mission Statement and Honor Code to guide students, faculty, administrators, and parents.  The founders chose the school’s name with care and intentionality, and developed the curriculum based on time-tested programs at some of the nation’s most successful independent schools.



As the Board seeks its next School President, it recognizes the need for a dynamic, operationally strong leader who is passionate about educating students and being a part of the TJ community, while ensuring faithfulness to the founding Mission.  The School President will lead and mentor a robust senior leadership team consisting of a Head of School, Business Manager, Retention and Recruitment Director, Director of Development, Director of Communications and Technology, and Plant Manager. 

Please see the Position Specifications for a detailed description of the opportunity.  If the direct link doesn’t work in this advertisement, please go to our website at and click on Open Positions and Higher Education. 



EFL Associates (, an executive search firm, is assisting Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School with its search for this important leadership position.  All calls and inquiries should be made through the search firm. Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence and candidates will remain confidential until the final stage of the search, at which time the express permission of finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public. 

Application Process

  • STEP 2:  Send us your letter of interest and résumé or curriculum vitae:
  • Send in PDF format please
  • Send to
  • Email subject line should read “TJIDS – School President”

Key Dates

  • Application deadline is August 26, 2022
  • Semi-Finalist Interviews are tentatively scheduled for October 4-5, 2022
  • Campus Interviews are tentatively scheduled for late October 2022
  • The desired start date is early to mid-2023 but is negotiable


Confidential Inquiries

Steve Waldron, JD

Managing Director, Higher Education Practice

816-945-5423 (direct) 

Application Questions & Nominations

If you would like to provide a nomination, please email all pertinent information (including an email address and phone number of the nominee) to:

Edith Ketay

Project Manager

816-831-4001 (direct)






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