The Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) is a non-profit, voluntary membership association of 95 accredited and candidate schools that share compatible philosophies and goals. Established in 1973, VAIS is an affiliate of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and a member of the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) and the NAIS Commission on Accreditation. The diverse membership includes single-gender, co-ed, boarding, day, and military schools, and schools that serve students with specific learning differences. A wide range of professional development opportunities are offered by the Association. The path to membership in VAIS is through accreditation.
The VAIS evaluation and accreditation program stimulates continued school improvement and serves as a primary means of connectivity and support between VAIS and its 95 member schools. The Director of Accreditation is a thought leader in this process and has the opportunity to help shape evaluation protocol and policies. In collaboration with the Accreditation Committee, the Director of Accreditation guides the Committee’s review of schools, and works with the Accreditation Committee Chair to set the broader agenda of initiating response to the ever-changing educational landscape. Having a keen understanding of the diversity of VAIS member schools is critical to this role in order to understand how the accreditation process can be customized to stimulate continued improvement in the individual schools and in support of the Association’s mission to promote educational, ethical, and professional excellence.
Leading and overseeing all aspects of VAIS accreditation:
Scheduling all accreditation-related visits and meetings.
Coordinating and guiding the work of the Accreditation Committee and keeping an accurate record of its proceedings.
Ensuring that accreditation records are maintained and secured in perpetuity.
Identifying visiting team leaders and securing their engagement for each visit.
Identifying personnel needs for the visiting team and working with the Assistant Director of Accreditation to secure their participation.
Overseeing the utilization of digital portals (Google Site) for all visit and Accreditation Committee materials.
Ensuring school compliance with VAIS requirements; monitoring school response to visiting team reports following the evaluation visit.
Leading accreditation training workshops and ensuring that support materials are kept updated.
Attending visits at schools for planning and/or evaluation. [Extensive travel required.]
Providing necessary communication to schools regarding accreditation.
Designing the accreditation components of the VAIS website (candidate database and resources).
Monitoring the evaluation process to evaluate if it is functioning as intended.
Working closely with other accrediting agencies in dual accreditation visits, ensuring that VAIS Standards for Membership are upheld.
Helping to ensure that VAIS remains recognized as an accrediting body by both VCPE and NAIS.
Vetting potential schools for membership and guiding them through the application process.
Proposing and managing a budget related to all accreditation-related functions.
Representing VAIS in meeting with Directors of Accreditation from other associations and participating in related training.
Remaining familiar with state and federal policies governing P-12 education in general and specifically those related to independent education.
Interpreting policies, procedures, and statistical data related to accreditation.
Working with the Executive Director to guide the Association towards accomplishing its strategic goals.
Advocating the value of VAIS accreditation.
Supporting VAIS professional development offerings by monitoring and sharing with the Director of Professional Development those needs identified in visiting team reports.
Attending VAIS professional development events as available to network with possible visiting team participants and build knowledge of issues and trends related to independent education.
Administrative experience in independent schools; equivalent experience in accreditation may substitute.
Proficient use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, video-conferencing, and the Google Suite.
Highly detail-oriented with effective time management and organizational skills.
Excellent written communication skills.
Ability to deliver engaging and highly effective training.
Responsive and service-oriented.
Creative problem solver.
Self-starter with flexibility to work late hours as necessary during accreditation visits.
A creative and consummate team player.
VAIS is an equal opportunity employer. VAIS and its member schools comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding discrimination in admissions and employment. Applications from all qualified individuals for whom the position might be appropriate are welcomed. Salary and benefits will be based on experience and will be within the range of many school administrative positions.
Interested candidates should submit the following in PDF format by email to
The Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW) is an association of 78 independent, non-profit schools serving nearly 30,000 students in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. These schools – elementary, secondary, day, boarding urban and rural – are as diverse as the communities they serve. Founded in 1951 and headquartered in Washington, DC, AISGW is a resour...ce for both our member schools and families seeking to learn more about independent education.
The Mission of AISGW states that the association “advances the collective interests of member schools in the national capital region by promoting high professional standards and exemplary practices, encouraging cooperative endeavors, enhancing member schools’ standing and safeguarding their independence.