Pine Cobble School, an independent school in Williamstown, Massachusetts, seeks an assistant head of school beginning in the 2017-18 school year. Our ideal candidate is in equal parts Minerva McGonagall from Hogwarts, Miss Frizzle from the Magic School Bus, and Saint-Exupery’s Little Prince. In other words, we’re looking for someone who is wise, capable, and insightful; able to bring the world to life in new ways; and dedicated to recognizing, protecting, and nurturing beauty and goodness. A touch of magic doesn’t hurt, either.
This individual will play a major role in the day-to-day life of faculty and students, while working toward a longer-term vision. Working closely with the head of school and the dean of teaching and learning, the assistant head of school will:
Set a positive tone, ensuring smooth functioning of the school while maintaining a friendly, supportive, and constructive atmosphere for all.
Identify new ways of creating a just, inclusive, and equitable school community.
Strengthen ties between all stakeholders and serve as a primary contact for families, including during school events (back-to-school events, parents’ night, conferences, parent previews, and more) and on an as-needed basis.
Deepen learning by overseeing co-curricular and extracurricular programming — electives, field trips, capstone projects, visiting lectures, assemblies, student-led conferences, beyond-the classroom experiences, and special community days (including science day, math day, and language day).
Bring out students’ best by developing and implementing a thoughtful, scaffolded leadership training program for students and by integrating our character education program in age-appropriate and age-resonant ways.
Maintain the highest teaching standards; oversee professional development; provide regular feedback to faculty throughout the year, with bi-annual written evaluations.
Manage the nitty-gritty; set agendas for all faculty meetings and conferences, and manage scheduling, faculty responsibilities, advisor program, and classroom budgets.
Make forward-thinking decisions around both space use and thoughtful, purposeful technology use.
Ensure optimal student engagement, by making regular classroom visits and providing faculty support as needed.
Ensure that school rules and expectations are clear, consistent, and just. Serve as students’ and parents’ primary contact for all discipline-related issues.
Assist in running our summer programs.
Teach at least one class.
Be involved with special project work, including long range planning; accreditation process; recruitment/ development work; board committee and initiatives.
Assist the head of school in internal and external matters; represent the Head of School when necessary at meetings and events.
This job is for you if you:
Have robust leadership experience in a student-centered educational environment — ideally in an entrepreneurial setting where students, teachers, and administrators are encouraged to think outside the box.
Have a proven track record and outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
Feel a strong personal alignment with Pine Cobble School’s mission and core values, as well as a deep commitment to social/emotional learning.
Can work with children across all ages; experience with adolescents strongly preferred.
Work brilliantly with a variety of stakeholders -- children of all ages, families, faculty, administrators, board members, and community stakeholders.
Are committed to justice, inclusiveness, and equity in all aspects of school life and the world at large.
Are honest and ethical with a deep sense of personal integrity.
Are fearless about jumping in wherever you’re needed.
Advanced degree preferred. A commitment to equity and justice, and to amplifying historically marginalized voices, a must. Please send a resume, cover letter, and statement of purpose to Christy Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org by or before June 18th. References will be required.
Pine Cobble School is an independent day school, preschool through ninth grade.
Founded in 1937, Pine Cobble School is an independent day school, Pre-K through 9, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. We offer an outstanding education, and we actively foster creativity, curiosity, hard work, community, and laughter. We have a 20+ acre campus, weekly skiing/skating in winter, and a healthy lunch program that you’ll have to see to believe. For more information please see our website: www.pinecobble.org