Grizzlies Preparatory Charter School serves approximately 350 young men in grades 5-8.  Located in downtown Memphis, Grizzlies Prep is the only charter school in the nation affiliated with an NBA team.  Throughout its nine-year history, Grizzlies Prep has typically received a Level 5 rating—the highest possible—for student learning outcomes.

Our mission: Educating young men grades 5-8, Grizzlies Prep prepares all students to excel academically and demonstrate integrity.  Within a rigorous and disciplined middle school, students become equipped for success in high school, college, and life.  

Position Overview

Grizzlies Preparatory Charter School seeks a Head of School to lead the school community with a determination to achieve the highest standards of excellence.  The Head of School is responsible for all aspects of school performance.  He/she reports to and is evaluated by the Board of Directors.  The Head of School will begin no later than July 2021; it is possible, but not necessary, to begin during the 2020-21 school year.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversee, evaluate, and remain accountable for all aspects of school operations.
  • Focus attention most closely on developing a school culture defined by academic press and care.
  • Foster a school community that holds fast to our core values—responsibility, integrity, courage, commitment, grit, excellence—and exhibits high expectations for student success.
  • Make wise personnel determinations to form the highest-performing team possible.  
  • Hold staff accountable to high standards of excellence while providing high-quality development and coaching to help them meet these standards.
  • Carefully monitor school performance to enhance areas of strength and improve areas of weakness.   
  • Communicate regularly and transparently with faculty, staff, students, parents, and the Board.
  • Make all decisions based on what is best for students; articulate a clear process for determining what is best for students.


  • Enthusiasm for the compelling mission of Grizzlies Preparatory Charter School
  • Previous success and deep commitment to improving academic achievement for urban youth 
  • At least two years of experience leading adults towards high performance levels
  • Sincere care for the well-being of students, families, and staff
  • Ability to build trusting relationships with staff, students, and parents
  • Personal drive and energy needed to sustain challenging work over the long haul 
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Utmost personal and professional integrity
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited four-year institution; advanced degree preferred

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to david@davidsonhillconsulting.com.