Job Title: Lower School Director
Status: Full-Time, Exempt, Year-round
Start Date: July 1, 2017
Presidio Hill School is an independent, progressive school serving 220 students enrolled in transitional kindergarten to 8th grade. The lower school has approximately 125 students and 20 faculty members, grades TK-5.
Established in 1918, Presidio Hill School is the oldest continuously operating progressive school in California. In keeping with that 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. Guided by an expert 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 service 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 School seeks an outstanding, progressive Lower School Director with successful experience teaching a range of elementary school grades and supervising elementary grade teachers. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of progressive education, multicultural curricula, child development, the professional development of teachers, and the deep work of an ethical and diverse community. The Lower School Director will be responsible for leading an innovative, integrated program that is experiential, project-based, interdisciplinary, and uses the surrounding city and neighborhood as laboratories for learning.
The position requires both a broad vision and attention to detail. Candidates should be well versed in progressive pedagogical approaches and comfortable working in collaborative environments. Candidates should also have demonstrated a commitment to addressing issues of equity, belonging, and privilege, within and outside the classroom. A passion for working with children ages 4-11 and their parents/guardians, a commitment to lifelong learning, and a sense of humor are essential.
- Administer, supervise, develop, and support all aspects of academic and student life in the Lower School
- Oversee and communicate policies and procedures pertaining to the Lower School
- Maintain a safe and joyful environment that supports the highest quality of teaching and learning
- Recruit, hire, train, support, supervise, and evaluate Lower School faculty and staff
- In collaboration with the Assistant Head of School/Middle School Director, synchronize the lower and middle school programs
- With Learning Specialists, develop age-appropriate social-emotional learning and health/human development curriculum
- Plan and lead faculty meetings and student assemblies
- Plan and coordinate meetings for parents/guardians, students, and other constituents of the PHS community
- Coordinate academic events/showcases
- Serve as the administrative coordinator of the School’s newly created Center for Progressive Education
- Serve on the administrative council
- Oversee the maintenance of student records
- Supervise and coordinate the preparation of home reports for parents/guardians
- Participate in the admissions process for families applying to the Lower School, attend tours as appropriate, interview prospective students and parents/guardians (on occasion), consult with the Admission Committee
- Oversee the review and development of schedules and curricula for grades TK through 5
- Participate in planning the School calendar
- On a rotational basis, supervise Lower School lunch and recess
- Perform various tasks from time to time as requested by the Head of School