Bosque School seeks an experienced educator to lead its upper school beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year. Successful candidates will bring wisdom, insight, vision, strength and warmth to the position. The Upper School Head reports directly to the Head of School and works closely with the school’s senior leadership teams, an upper school team of thoughtful and experienced deans, and passionate and committed faculty.
Now in its twenty third year, Bosque School is a vibrant learning community in which teachers are honored as educational leaders and students are believed to have enormous intellectual and creative capacity. The school has a strong commitment to an academically challenging curriculum that includes comprehensive arts education, field-based environmental education, and community-wide service learning. We seek a school leader committed to progressive, inquiry-based education, diversity and equity work, and – most of all – young people ages 13-18.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
Experience in a leadership position at the upper school level
Insightful understanding of the developmental needs of young people ages 13-18
Knowledge of best practices regarding upper school curricula and pedagogy
Compassion and empathy for young people and their families
Commitment to ongoing creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues while also able to make difficult decisions
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
Capacity to inspire commitment to a long-term vision while also juggling the day-to-day logistics and challenges of leading a division
Commitment to helping young people develop internal motivation to do what is right and good versus simply following a set of rules
Additional Salary Information: Dependent upon experience
About Bosque School
Founded in 1994 and located on a 45-acre site in the bosque in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bosque School values integrity, community and scholarship. Our progressive curriculum is designed to support a lifelong learning mindset through challenge and inquiry. Through the Bosque Environmental Monitoring Program, our students host thousands of peers from around the state as they are trained on-site to collect scientific data for use by researchers at the University of New Mexico. A dynamic Service Learning program develops student leadership skills. Ongoing teacher growth is facilitated by the Sofia Center for Professional Development, like BEMP and our student service program, an expression of the school's commitment to public-private partnership in our community. Currently, we serve about 485 students in grades six through twelve. There are over 50 full-time faculty members with more than half of them holding advanced degrees. The average class size is 18 and the average student:faculty ratio is 9:1.