SCHOOL Nestled among five mountain ranges in the heart of the Wood River Valley, Community School is an independent pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade college preparatory school of 390 students.
MISSION From our campus to the wilderness, Community School’s mission is to inspire students to think critically, engage confidently, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives.
We seek to accomplish this mission through six guiding principles, which include: Using student inquiry and the application of critical thinking as our primary learning modalities; developing and facilitating students’ personal interests and passions; using the whole environment to promote a global perspective; creating inclusive learning environments; instilling a love of nature and environmental stewardship; encouraging students to seek new challenges and to push beyond their comfortable limits.
The Upper School is comprised of diverse formative experiences in the classroom, on the playing fields, on stage, in the Residence Hall, and in the backcountry. We are committed to a invigorated and experiential college preparatory education, and we embrace diverse teaching and learning styles to both support and foster the academic success of all students. We also strive for a culture of mutual respect and trust between teachers and students, which creates an environment that is open, accepting, and curious.
POSITION The Upper School Head is the primary administrator for grades nine through twelve. The position is part of the senior leadership team of the school, which works collaboratively on behalf of the school community.
The Upper School division consists of an experienced faculty and staff of approximately 22 professionals working with approximately 160 students in grades nine through twelve, with both a significant day population and a small, but growing, Residential Program. The school seeks an experienced and inspirational educator to become the next Upper School Head starting on July 1, 2018.
Oversee and evaluate all Upper School instructional and co-curricular programs in accordance with the school mission and goals.
Hire, develop, and support an outstanding and experienced faculty.
Facilitate a progressive faculty evaluation process, with the Teaching and Learning Coordinator.
Manage the Upper School budget.
Communicate actively and constructively with parents regarding Upper School programs and student progress.
Represent the Upper School to external constituents and the greater Wood River Valley community.
Promote creative and meaningful synergies between divisions and departments to maximize the experience of the faculty and students.
Support, nurture, challenge, and inspire the Upper School and greater school communities, while having fun and maintaining a sense of humor.
Uphold and manage the policies and procedures of the school as outlined in the school’s Student-Parent Handbook and in context of the school’s Community Standard.
Effectively communicate Community School’s emphasis on academic achievement, its extensive Outdoor Program, arts, athletics, service learning, Sun Valley Ski Academy and Residential Programs, along with the close relationship between faculty and students.
Provide administrative support, oversight, and lead the continued maturation of unique Upper School programs, such as: The Sun Valley Ski Academy, the Outdoor Leadership Academy, the Creative Arts Academy, the College Counseling Program, and the Residential Program.
Understand and embrace the unique culture of a small independent school in a small mountain resort town.
Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should:
Have extensive experience in the roles of an upper school administrator, teacher, and advisor and/or coach, with a demonstrated passion for working with high school age students.
Have demonstrated strong and effective communication skills, expertise in program development, scheduling, personnel management, and knowledge of current pedagogical research as it relates to upper school students.
Hold a Bachelor’s degree.
Demonstrate a willingness to live in a small, vibrant resort community in the Rocky Mountains.
Please send an electronic cover letter, statement of educational philosophy, resumé, and at least three letters of reference by Dec. 1, 2017 to:
Community School Sam Herrick Attn: Upper School Head Search email@example.com
Community School seeks qualified applicants and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion/spirituality, nationality or any other group.
Since its inception in 1973, Community School in Sun Valley has inspired its students to think critically, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives. The school serves more than 390 day and boarding students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. Close student-faculty relationships and experiential, project-centered learning define the school’s distinctive educational experience.