Allendale Columbia (AC), a diverse, co-educational, college prep independent school serving over 420 students in Nursery through Grade 12, seeks an experienced, dynamic educator and a curious learner to join a team of professionals responsible for innovative, authentic, and student-centered programming. AC has enjoyed six consecutive years of enrollment growth as a thriving, diverse community of learners who engage locally and internationally to create opportunities to design, imagine, learn, and make a positive impact. Reporting directly to the Head of School and a vital member of the school’s Leadership Team, the Head of Upper School is responsible for leading, inspiring, supporting, and hiring a talented team of approximately 25 faculty and staff. The Head of Upper School is also responsible for creating a culture of collaboration and kindness for our Upper School students and their families to enjoy.
A successful new Head of Upper School at AC will be:
A community builder who can create a clear vision and forward-thinking direction for the Upper School based on a thorough knowledge of best practices, a growth mindset, strategic thinking, and high energy;
An academic thought leader with a finger on the pulse of the latest thinking and best practices;
A warm, compassionate, and thoughtful leader who puts students at the center of every decision;
A leader with a track record of fostering a happy and thriving Upper School environment;
An engaging, calm, visible, and inspiring leader;
An excellent communicator, in all forms, both with students and adults;
An educator dedicated to creating and embracing meaningful connections with parents;
A leader who demonstrates the ability to think and act strategically in equal parts;
An educator who demonstrates a sense of humor; and
An advocate for the Upper School while working collaboratively with the school’s Leadership Team to establish and execute broader institutional goals.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically, as separate documents (preferably PDFs), the following materials:
Formal cover letter of application stating desire to apply
Statement of leadership philosophy
At least three references, including name, title, relationship with candidate, phone number, and email address for each
Please send the above documents to Lynne Toomey, Executive Assistant to the Head of School, at email@example.com with Head of Upper School in the subject line. Please do not send a fax or a paper copy. For more information, please visit www.allendalecolumbia.org.
At least five years of experience working with Upper School students, preferably in a leadership role.
Have a Master’s degree or higher in education or school leadership
Have proven success at working collaboratively in educational leadership
Be a natural leader and self-starter, and thrive in a creative role that has room to be defined by the person filling it
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About Allendale Columbia School
Now well into its second century, Allendale Columbia is a leading independent co-ed college prep school for students in nursery through grade 12. Here, learning goes far beyond books and tests. We have the freedom to dig deeper so students can question more, discuss, debate, and question again. As a result, our students develop critical thinking skills and become effective problem solvers. Our faculty members use their independence and experience to connect knowledge to real life so our students can make more sense of the world–and their place in it. It all adds up to a different school of thought: high expectations and relevant experiences that prepare students to succeed in a global community. Visit the school’s 33-acre campus at 519 Allens Creek Road in Rochester, New York or website at www.AllendaleColumbia.org.