Presidio Hill School is an independent, progressive school located in the Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco and serves a diverse population of 220 students in transitional kindergarten to 8th grade, with a faculty and staff of approximately 45 people. The lower school, grades TK-5, has approximately 125 students and 20 faculty members.Established in 1918 by artist-educator-activists Helen Salz and Flora Arnstein, Presidio Hill School is the oldest continuously operating progressive school in California, with a mission and history connected to social justice. Our vibrant, diverse, and supportive community continues to emphasize community and justice and encourages students to develop self-awareness, personal character, resilience, and an understanding of their role as stewards of the planet and citizens of the world.
Presidio Hill offers its students a challenging, project-based curriculum that attends to their intellectual and social-emotional needs and prepares them to be agents of positive social change. Learning at PHS is collaborative and active. We place great value on the arts as both an academic discipline and an essential element of a meaningful life. Situated on the edge of the Presidio, our school takes full and frequent advantage of the park’s 1,500 acres; whether they are studying science, art, social studies,or literature, the Presidio is a rich and vital “classroom” to our students.
Presidio Hill School strives to maintain a faculty and staff that reflects the broad range of diversity in the San Francisco Bay Area. Invested in the growth, happiness, and preparation of our teachers, we provide generous support for their professional development.
Our new Lower School Director will have demonstrated passion and experience teaching and working with a school community that explicitly strives to be inclusive.
Primary Responsibilities for Lower School Director:
Establish and maintain a positive and professional relationship with faculty, students, school personnel, and parents/guardians
Administer, supervise, develop, and support all aspects of academic and student life in the lower school
Maintain an environment that supports the highest quality of teaching and learning while ensuring safety and joyfulness
Recruit, hire, train, support, supervise, and evaluate LS faculty and staff
Meet regularly with lead teachers, assistant teachers, apprentices and the administrative team
Manage and communicate policies and procedures pertaining to the lower school
Serve on the School’s administrative council
In collaboration with the Assistant Head of School/Middle School Director, synchronize the lower and middle school programs
Oversee the maintenance of student records
Supervise and coordinate the preparation of reports for parents/guardians in accordance with the established policies of the School
Participate in the Lower School admissions process, attend tours as appropriate, interview prospective students and parents (on occasion), consult with the Admissions Committee
Plan and coordinate meetings (group and individual) for parents/guardians, students, and other constituents of the PHS community
Oversee the review and development of curriculum and schedules for grades TK through 5 and work on articulation of Lower School curriculum with other PHS programs, specifically Middle School and Afterschool programs
With School Counselor and Learning Specialists, develop age-appropriate Social-Emotional Learning and Health and Human Development curriculum
Participate in planning the annual school calendar
On a rotational basis, supervise lower school lunch, recess and curbside drop-off/pick-up
Plan and lead regularly scheduled faculty meetings and student assemblies
Coordinate academic events/showcases
Serve as the administrative liaison with the Department of Education at the University of San Francisco to coordinate the placement and mentorship of two teacher apprentices who serve full-time at PHS
Perform various reasonable tasks from time to time as requested by the Head of School
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to Stephanie Kastner, Assistant to Head of School, at email@example.com.
Skills, Qualifications, and Experience
The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills as well as a depth of experience teaching in a range of elementary school grades and supervising/supporting elementary grade teachers. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of progressive pedagogy and multicultural education, child development, the professional development of teachers, and the building of an ethical and diverse community. Working collaboratively with all members of the school community, the Lower School Director will be an essential member of our leadership team, responsible for overseeing an innovative, integrated, progressive program that stretches students intellectually and emotionally.
Candidates should be well-versed in progressive pedagogical approaches and comfortable working in collaborative environments. They should also have a demonstrated a commitment to addressing issues of equity, belonging, and privilege, within and outside the classroom.
In addition, the Lower Director will possess:
Experience working in a multicultural environment
Knowledge of Progressive Education
Demonstrated commitment to the mission and core values of Presidio Hill School
5 years+ teaching experience in elementary school
Leadership experience in supervision and professional development
Good humor, energy, and strategic vision
Highly effective organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
Technological savvy, ideally including a working knowledge of FileMaker databases, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Suite. Willingness and ability to learn new software as necessary.
A Bachelor’s degree. A graduate degree or degree-in-progress related to education, or educational leadership, is desirable.
About Presidio Hill School
Presidio Hill School is an independent, progressive school serving 220 students enrolled in transitional kindergarten to 8th grade.
Established in 1918, Presidio Hill School is the oldest continuously operating progressive school in California; we will celebrate our 100th anniversary in the upcoming 2017/2018 school year! In keeping with this heritage, Presidio Hill continues to offer its students a challenging, project-based curriculum that prepares them for the future by attending to their developmental needs and by equipping them with tools and skills to be agents of social change. Guided by a skilled and caring faculty, students learn to be confident and curious, to be creative problem solvers and independent, critical thinkers. Learning is collaborative and active.
Our vibrant, diverse, and supportive community allows students to explore their unique voices, traits, and talents; our emphasis on the importance of community and justice encourages students to develop self-awareness, personal character, resilience, and an understanding of their role as stewards of the planet and citizens of the world.