SUMMARY: The Masters School seeks a Director of CITYterm; this is a twelve-month, administrative position that commences in July 2017. This role will report to the Dean of Faculty, with regular access to the Head of School. Salary is competitive and dependent on qualifications and experience. Compensation includes on-campus housing. Interested candidates should send a letter of application, a resume, an educational statement and at least three references to email@example.com.
The Director of CITYterm oversees the academic, residential, operational and financial dimensions of the program. Ideal candidates for this position will be drawn to CITYterm’s progressive pedagogical approach and will relish the opportunity to collaborate with the program’s dynamic faculty to create transformational learning experiences for students. This role offers the unique chance to lead all aspects of an independent school, just on a smaller scale. In collaboration with senior leadership and various offices at The Masters School, the CITYterm Director is responsible for holistic oversight of the program and for the short and long term success of CITYterm.
In addition to maintaining CITYterm’s reputation as a trailblazer in the experience-based semester school world, the ideal Director serves as a thought leader at The Masters School, supporting the broader school in introducing and adopting student-centered learning initiatives. The Director will work closely with the Masters School administration, including the Dean of Faculty and the Head of School, to ensure that CITYterm and the broader school maintain a strong, productive relationship.
The role includes, but is not limited to the following responsibilities:
Student Experience & Curriculum
Leads the students and faculty in developing and maintaining a group culture that is inclusive and equitable
Oversees the curriculum and course offerings, including the Urban Core and other offerings
Actively supports curricular innovation in the Urban Core by collaborating with the faculty to design and lead new projects/curriculum
Fosters a student culture and residential approach that includes clear expectations and policies surrounding student behavior; ensure policies are communicated to parents, students, teacher and sending schools
Oversees academic reporting to partner schools, students and families
Participates in an academic advisory system
Teaches in the Urban Core (as schedule allows)
Acts as a dorm parent, 1-2 nights on duty per week, including weekends
Works closely with the Dean of Faculty to determine the structure, roles and responsibilities of the CITYterm faculty
Builds and cultivates a positive, collaborative team culture; monitors the educational, physical, social and psychological needs of the members of the school community and to develop plans for meeting these needs
Recruits, selects and enrolls 60 students each year
Manages the financial aid process and determine need-based awards
Builds ongoing relationships and communication with sending schools, current and former parents and alumni/ae community
Maintains relationships with alumni
Plans events in New York City and in regional hubs
Supports the gathering of accurate contact info
Collaborates with The Masters School communications team to ensure strong digital and print marketing
Works with the Masters School development office to reach annual fund goals of $90K+
Budget & Financial Management
Manages the $250,000+ operating budget
SKILLS and CHARACTERISTICS:
A demonstrated ability to lead and inspire teachers, including direct experience as a supervisor
Administrative experience and/or a proven capacity to design and implement programs or initiatives
Experience working with or teaching students, particularly in independent, college preparatory, or like-kind school settings
Experience working in a residential or boarding setting
A commitment to student-centered, transformational learning and an understanding of progressive, constructivist pedagogies.
Superior communication and organizational skills
Experience working in and creating diverse, inclusive communities (preferred)
A willingness to collaborate, pitch in as needed, and participate in the life of the school
Energy, flexibility and a sense of humor
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND and WORK EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree (minimum)
Master’s degree (preferred)
10+ years of work experience
Prior experience in independent schools, preferably in senior administration
Driver’s License required
About CITYterm at the Masters School:
CITYterm is a residential semester program founded in 1996 for 11th and 12th graders in high school. CITYterm students engage in an interdisciplinary and experience-based curriculum that focuses on New York City. In addition to math, language and/or science, all CITYterm students participate in the Urban Core, an honors level curriculum that focuses exclusively on New York City. CITYterm faculty members work to collaboratively design and teach the Urban Core as a three-credit, interdisciplinary course that blends history, literature and the urban environment. Students engage in Urban Core studies six-days a week. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays students are typically in Dobbs Ferry engaged in seminar-style classes and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays students use New York City as their classroom.
Experience-based: At CITYterm we believe that the most profound learning takes place when it is rooted in experience. Students spend every other day in New York City linking their classroom work to the endless array of opportunities available.
Interdisciplinary: With a shared text of New York City, CITYterm's three-credit Urban Core curriculum is fully interdisciplinary. CITYterm's faculty works together to teach the Urban Core as a unified whole, creating an interconnectedness between literature, history and urban environments.
Authentic: Learning at CITYterm is based on authentic experience and assessment. Whether a presentation of housing plans to New York architects, or a round table discussion with an author, final assessments put students in real life settings. Students experience the authentic success of hard work coupled with a deeper understanding of the limitations of solutions to issues in the real world.
Student-centered: CITYterm is student-centered, as our students are empowered to see themselves as the authors of their own learning experiences. Through regular feedback from both faculty and peers, our curriculum moves towards increased academic independence, ultimately affording students more and more opportunities to design their own learning processes and products.
Learn more about CITYterm at cityterm.org. Learn more about The Masters School at mastersny.org.
This position announcement is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job title and the education and skills required. This is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that are required or may be required in the future.
Background Screening: The Masters School conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The Masters School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Masters School (www.mastersny.org) is a premier coed day and boarding school that engages 5th – 12th grade students with a challenging academic program in a welcoming learning environment. Located on 96 picturesque acres overlooking the Hudson River, The Masters School community takes advantage of both its access to the tri-state area plus its proximity to the rich cultural and educational mag...net that is New York City. Both day and boarding students benefit from the resources, diversity and activities of Masters' 7-day campus and accessible, talented faculty and staff. From its exceptional academics, outstanding visual and performing arts, to championship athletic teams, the Masters learning experience prepares students for success in college, career and life.