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Decatur Heritage Christian Academy (Decatur, AL) is seeking to hire an Upper School Principal for the upcoming school year. First and foremost, this qualified and proven leader will have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have a deep knowledge and love for Christian education.  It is important that the next principal is skilled at building relationships with all constituencies, demonstrates positive and motivational leadership, values collaboration and open dialogue, skilled in written and spoken communication, organized, hard-working, innovative, and a person of integrity.

DHCA is a growing Christian school filled with talented teachers and staff serving 335 students in grades K-12. It is a school characterized by a loving community of families, academic and athletic accomplishment, and a tangible enthusiasm about the continued success and burgeoning growth of the school. Located in beautiful north Alabama along the Tennessee River, Decatur is a family friendly community located 25 minutes from Huntsville, the largest city in the state and within a day's trip to major hub cities in the south and southeast. Rated as one of the nation’s fastest growing areas and lowest costs of living, Decatur is rich with opportunity and blessed with a high quality of life.

Requirements and Standards

  • Professes Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

  • An active member in good standing in a church whose beliefs are consistent with the Statement of Faith of Decatur Heritage Christian Academy.

  • Displays commitment and excitement about the mission and vision of Decatur Heritage Christian Academy.

  • Demonstrates a Christian lifestyle in all aspects of his/her life.

  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills and works well with others.

  • Clear and effective written and oral communication skills

  • Organized and detail-oriented

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in school administration, preferably as a principal.


  • Work collaboratively and collegially with the Head of School, Lower School Principal, and Dean of Students & Student Activities as part of the Executive Leadership team in the following areas: Curriculum, Organizational Policies, Budgeting, Accreditation, Strategic Planning,  Staff Recruitment/Hiring, Admissions Support, Community Relations.

  • Observe, establish, and initiate professional growth and development plans and opportunities for upper school faculty.

  • Organize and lead Professional Learning Communities in partnership with the Lower School Principal.

  • Lead the decision-making process regarding the academic placement, retention, and probation of upper school students.

  • Assist in parent conferences as needed to support the work of the administrative team, guidance counselor and/or faculty. 

  • Develop and oversee all policies and procedures that pertain to, but are not limited to, the running of the daily educational programs of the school.

  • Work in conjunction with the Executive Leadership team to create a seamless and cohesive kindergarten to twelfth grade academic program that integrates a Biblical worldview.

  • Work in conjunction with the Executive Leadership team to create a seamless and cohesive kindergarten to twelfth grade academic program that advances the school’s commitment to excellence in education.

You may send a resume or your questions to Steve Hall, Head of School (

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