The Assistant Head of School is a senior level administrator, serving on the Administrative Team and reporting directly to the Head of School. While the Head of School is responsible for providing institutional direction, articulating mission and defining purpose, the Assistant Head is primarily responsible for the quality of the day-to-day program. In addition to a broad responsibility for supporting the Head in his/her leadership of the entire school, the Assistant Head takes the lead in matters related to student life, experiential programs, and day-to-day school operations.
To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Head of School Greg Bamford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To articulate and promote the school’s mission and philosophy, and to sustain and enhance the school’s climate and culture, involving school staff and families in support of the school’s mission, vision, and values.
- To manage the day-to-day program on campus with an eye on operational and educational quality.
- To supervise and support faculty and staff in the execution of the day-to-day program.
- To be an active and visible presence in school hallways, classrooms, fields and gathering areas during structured and unstructured times.
- Advise Head on all school-wide policies, programs and best practices.
- To act as Head of School in the Head’s absence and communicate with the Head about any special situations occurring at the school.
- Attend all Board level meetings as advised by Head and to interact effectively with the Board.
- To serve on Financial Aid and Admissions Committees.
- Initiating difficult, private conversations with the Head of School with the goal of continually improving the quality of school leadership, including the mandate to deliver challenging feedback when appropriate, communicate faculty, student, and/or community frustrations when they arise, and help the Head of School to develop his/her thinking to the greatest possible extent before making final decisions.
- Respond to daily needs of Head.
- To perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
- To advance the school’s mission of fostering community.
- Ensure the success of the school’s Community Life Council, Tuesday/Thursday Gathering, Social Committee, clubs, and Intramural programs.
- Coordinate weekly community meetings.
- To promote the lived ideal of the school’s 7 Character Traits by all members of the community.
- To take leadership of matters related to student discipline and follow-through related with correspondence and record-keeping.
- To support the faculty and staff with student discipline and provide the supervision needed to ensure consistent enforcement of school norms, both on and off campus.
- To assist the Head of School in evaluating faculty in their success building school culture, school community, and the consistent embodiment of shared norms.
- To coordinate supervision of the campus during unstructured times, including Fresh Air and lunch supervision.
- Monitor student growth and progress, including monitoring student concern and probation contracts.
- Maintain the student handbook and inform families of its policies.
- To collaborate with the Director of Social-Emotional Learning in developing student programming, supporting students, and monitoring student progress.
- Communicate as needed with families regarding students’ academic and social well being, work with families to address emerging academic and social issues, facilitate parent conferences, and maintain records relating to parent conferences.
- Attend weekly Team (High School and Middle School) Meetings.
- Coordinate supervision at after-school events.
- Manage budget for student life.
- To keep the Head fully informed on student issues and all other relevant matters pertaining to student and community life.
- Lead the development and execution of the school’s experiential programs, including Wilderness/Orientation, Intensive Weeks, SLO, May Term, and overnight expedition trips during fall and spring terms.
- To develop a scope and sequence for learning outcomes of May Term, in partnership with the Academic Dean.
- Evaluate and manage faculty in their execution of experiential programs, including both educational quality and adherence to safety and risk management protocols.
- Develop and maintain May Term core docs.
- Coordinate travel logistics as needed.
- Assistant Head collaborates closely with the Head of School for all staffing related to the school’s delivery of experiential programs, and is responsible for hiring field educators contracted on a temporary basis.
- Manage budget for experiential programs.
- Prepare and implement school-wide risk management and emergency response protocols.
- Ensure adherence to best practices in risk management, both on and off campus.
- To prepare and edit, with the head's supervision, the Parent/Student and Employee Handbooks and the School Emergency Response Plan.
- Serve as staff liaison to the board’s Risk Management Committee.
- Coordinate regular fire drills and lockdown drills.
- Ensure accurate and consistent attendance taking so that the school and parents are aware of the presence (or absence) of students at all time.