Military School Job Openings

Location: Waynesboro, VA
February 12, 2024
Starting: ASAP

Title: Commandant (Dean of Students) – position begins 1 JULY 2024 or earlier

Fishburne Military School (FMS), the oldest and smallest all-male military boarding school in Virginia, seeks a new

Commandant (Dean of Students) to bring a fresh approach to its barracks life program comprising all barracks operations, cadet conduct, nurses’ station, and cadet activities within the Corps of Cadets in grades 9 – 12. FMS serves young men in grades 6 – 12 with an optimal enrollment between 150 – 175 cadets. Day students comprise one quarter of the student body. This is a senior administrative position at FMS and reports to the president. The commandant is the administrator most responsible for the supervision, welfare, and conduct of the Corps of Cadets comprising over 100 cadets is grades 9 – 12. The commandant is the primary administrator for the Cadet Regulation Manual governing barracks operations, disciplinary actions, leave approvals, and other routine actions. The commandant ensures the smooth operation of the TAC Office which operates 24/7 when cadets are in residence and serves as the hub of the campus for not just employees and cadets, but also parents and visitors. Conducts oversight of cadet activities ensuring robust weekend offerings. The commandant directs the specialized onboarding process for all new cadets known as “rooks”. In conjunction with the Academic Dean and President develops the daily/weekend schedules and duty rotations to utilize employees in campus supervision. On matters of cadet leadership, promotions, and discipline convenes boards of both cadets and faculty as needed and actively mentors and empowers cadet leadership. Works closely with the Senior Army Instructor on these matters. Serves as Commandant of a four-week summer program of approximately 60 cadets. In addition to cadets, the commandant spends considerable time interacting with parents as boys learn to negotiate cadet life or experience discipline issues. The Commandant directs a staff of approximately one dozen TAC NCOs / Officers and nurses both full and part-time in 24/7 operations when cadets are in residence. TAC Officers typically have prior military experience.

As a boarding school, broad participation in the life of the school is an expectation to build relationships with cadets and employees to be successful in the role. Participation in weeknight and weekend duty rotations is expected. The nature of this position has “on call” qualities. Occasional transportation of cadets in school vehicles is a requirement. Teaching one class to high school students is negotiable. The position comes with the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Virginia Militia (honorary). Uniforms are provided at no expense. If a veteran, the commandant may wear their appropriate service uniform and rank.

The ideal candidate possesses an undergraduate degree (masters preferred) and is a mid-career professional with significant experience in a traditional boarding school or military boarding school. Prior military service as a senior NCO or officer is desirable but not essential. Experience using Google Suite and Blackbaud education software is a plus. Compensation and benefits are consistent with other small boarding schools. Housing is a possibility. Interested persons should send a letter of interest and resume to Colonel Randal E. Brown (VA), President at

Fishburne Military School:________________________________________________________________

Located in downtown Waynesboro, Virginia, in the bucolic Shenandoah Valley 30 minutes from Charlottesville, Fishburne Military School is a private non-profit non-sectarian boarding school for boys in grades 6 – 12. Fishburne is the oldest military boarding school in Virginia (1879) and the board is committed to its small scale and all male mission. When founded, FMS was modeled after nearby Virginia Military Institute and Fishburne’s iconic barracks quadrangle reflects this. As a non- sectarian school, FMS hosts Army JROTC which is part of US Army Cadet Command, and its department is rated an honor unit of distinction. FMS is accredited by VAIS and a member of NAIS and TABS.

Fishburne embraces its new brand … We see what’s great in you . The cadet body is comprised of a core of young men with an affinity for the military and a desire to get an early start on this career. Along with this group are many other boys who were overlooked in their previous settings and not growing to their potential. With its small scale, structure, and focus on relationships; Fishburne excels at enabling its cadets to reach their full potential. FMS has a conventional college prep curriculum, but one which is evolving in new and exciting ways. Required athletics/physical training produce not just resilient young men but several each year who go on to play collegiate sports. Most FMS graduates will go on to civilian higher education. A significant number each year do matriculate to one of the US Service Academies, military colleges, or obtain valuable ROTC scholarships. Some boys may elect military enlistment or technical training before pursuing college or a career.

FMS is a small close-knit community that feels like family and this is certainly true of the employees. Most FMS administrators, faculty, and staff are dedicated educators without military experience. The personnel of the Army JROTC Department and Commandant’s Office possess military backgrounds and direct the Corps of Cadets. Fishburne offers a wonderful opportunity for a true professional with heart to join this team as its new Commandant.