Country Day’s Upper School enrolls approximately 300 students in grades 9-12. There are 40 faculty and administrators in the Upper School. The Upper School student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1, and the average class size is 14. The Head of Upper School reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the senior administrative team for the entire school serving approximately 870 students, early childhood (18 months) – grade 12. The Head of Upper School serves as the primary point of contact for the entire school when the Head of School is not available and oversees several all-school related projects and functions.
The CCDS Upper School is housed in a facility built in 2000 and includes classrooms, laboratories, art studios, a makerspace, administrative offices, bookstore, and a commons area. Upper School students also use the entire 62-acre campus, which includes a media center (library), 530-seat theater, a large amphitheater, music and vocal rooms, dining facility, two gymnasiums, pool, track, tennis courts and numerous outdoor recreation areas and sports fields.
The Upper School curriculum is designed to prepare students to successfully continue their education at the college level with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and applying knowledge to new situations. Faculty members are organized into school-wide academic departments offering students the opportunity to learn in an optimal teaching environment with an integrated, spiraling curriculum for early learners through grade 12. Students in grades 5-12 are equipped with tablet PC’s, and the school is internationally known for its innovation in technology.
Country Day is in the early stages of implementing a five-year strategic plan: Country Day FORWARD. Innovative Learning and Teaching, Global Engagement, and Environmental Commitment are the three pillars of the plan, which is supported by a new fundraising initiative called Blue and White Triumphant.
Duties and Responsibilities: The Head of Upper School will:
• Commit to the mission, character virtues, and code of conduct of the school.
• Act as the educational leader of the Upper School, responsible for its daily operation with an emphasis on high academic standards.
• Direct activities of instructional and non-instructional staff in the division.
• Work with the Head of the School, divisional leaders, faculty, and staff to implement the school’s strategic plan, Country Day FORWARD.
• Review and evaluate the division’s academic program and lead the curriculum committee to ensure program is properly aligned for vertical and horizontal articulation, based upon the school’s mission as well as divisional and departmental goals.
• Set and maintain the division’s budget with emphasis on most effective and efficient use of divisional resources, and oversee the maintenance of the division’s facility.
• Clearly set and articulate the division’s philosophy of education, direction of strategy and expectations for conduct to all stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students and parents.
• Be a visible presence in the Upper School, other divisions, and community with an appreciation for a full calendar of activities.
• Lead division’s co-curricular, extra-curricular, and support services programs.
• Work closely with school’s enrollment and development offices to advance the needs of the school’s growth, as measured by strong Upper School enrollment, retention, and fundraising goals.
• Provide support to faculty and staff in their pursuit of professional growth and development endeavors in all stages of their varied professional careers.
• Manage and support the demands, concerns, and ideas of an involved and engaged parent community, with an appreciation of and respect for the expectations of parents for their children’s academic and personal development.
• Work with the Head of the School to find and retain the teaching faculty who will best “know and nurture” our students with student-centered and whole-child approaches to education.
• Analyze and interpret educational data and use that data to make programmatic changes and enhancements in curricular and co-curricular programs.
• Assume Head of School responsibilities as needed and other projects, functions, and duties as assigned.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
Cincinnati Country Day School, established in 1926, is a private, co-educational, independent, college preparatory school serving children from early childhood (18 months) to grade 12. The school is located in Indian Hill on a beautiful 62-acre campus with more than 850 students from 36 public school districts and 60 zip codes.