Ability to oversee the development of a program and curriculum
Strong ability to create and implement systems in an efficient and productive manner
Capacity to plan, organize and execute ideas on a micro and macro level
Knowledge and understanding of traditional curriculum benchmarks while integrating innovation in the classroom
Some admissions experience in New York City market
Review on an ongoing basis current programs and policies with an eye towards enhancing and growing existing systems
Duties related to faculty:
Formalize procedures for recruiting, screening, and hiring new faculty and administrators and developing teams as the school evolves and grows.
Establish programs for the orientation of new teachers and administrators, in-service training, and the evaluation of classroom teachers, to ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies.
Hold regular meetings of the faculty and staff to ensure that the policies of the co-founders and executive team are understood and followed.
Incorporate into faculty meetings routine school matters and the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
Observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum.
Serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, issues with students, and general school procedures.
Encourage and supervise the professional development of the faculty.
Establish disciplinary policies and standards of conduct and ensure that faculty consistently implements these policies and standards.
Monitor curriculum, assessment, and reporting to parents.
Ensure report cards to parents are well-written and paint a complete picture of the student.
Oversee and direct the activities of the sponsors of various student organizations and activities, and faculty committees.
Act as the educational leader of the school, responsible for its day-to-day operation; direct the activities of the school’s instructional and non-instructional staff in the performance of their duties.
Duties related to administration:
Serve as a member of the executive team and provide a strong voice in the strategic future of the school, directly reporting to the school’s two co-founders, CEO and COO.
Maintain ongoing communication with the CEO/COO and keep them informed of general programs, activities, and operations.
Participate in the design phase of the new school location (opening Fall 2018).
Supervise all programs of the school (academic, social/emotional, athletic, and extracurricular).
Act as the Admissions Director in the first few years (recruitment of students, marketing, outreach, events, applicant evaluations and interviews, compiling statistics related to applications and enrollment, and decisions and notifications).
Maintain congruence between the school’s mission/philosophy and all curriculum and activities of school.
Provide an orderly, structured environment in which learning can take place, a school climate which is supportive and reflects high morale.
Prepare for and conduct periodic program evaluations.
Communicate program and curriculum highlights to the parent body and the larger community.
Function as the chief articulator of the school’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed consistent with their individual roles.
Attend conferences and bring innovative ideas and programs to the school.
Work with the executive team and faculty in the articulation of the school mission, department goals, course objectives, materials, methods and means of assessment. Represent the school to all of its constituents including parents, students, neighborhood, feeder schools, business community, faculty, and staff.
Be aware of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of the school community and develop plans for meeting these needs.
Carry out established school policies; review those policies and make changes as needed.
Oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs of the school; assist in the planning and presentation of school assemblies and programs; assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events; keep the entire school community informed of various school programs and activities.
Provide for the academic guidance of students; maintain complete academic records on all students; oversee the grading and reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
Be responsible for establishing guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; maintain student discipline consonant with school policies; monitor students’ adherence to established school rules; maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship.
Prepare a master school class schedule and assign teachers and students to classes and other responsibilities.
Background and Experience:
Experience as a Nursery School Director, Lower School Director, Middle School Director or Head of School
Minimum of 10 years in the field of education
Working knowledge of setting and managing a budget
Experience speaking to groups promoting an organization
Some experience managing organizations or highly involved projects
Some experience in marketing and communications
Preferably an educator who has worked in NYC Independent Schools
Efficient in identifying and solving problems and promoting a culture of collaboration
Comfortable and confident in leadership role
Strong public speaking and presentation skills
Ability to think through the lens of innovation and design
Flexible and adaptable
Interest in working as an essential member of a small team; eagerness and ability to roll up sleeves and comfortably wear multiple hats
Ability to improve and enhance projects or ideas
Driven and focused, with a strong ability to complete tasks and meet deadlines
Comfort in thinking outside the box and engaging in education innovation projects
Ability to navigate against competing interests and ideas
About Portfolio School
Informed by research from institutions such as Stanford and MIT, Portfolio School is a K-5 independent school in New York City that redefines what is possible in education, actively engaging students in intellectual inquiry and creative design. The school currently serves children grades K-5, and is growing year-by-year to become a K-12.
Immersed in collaborative, interdisciplinary project-based learning, high quality academics, and thoughtful self-reflection, students delve into the sciences and humanities, literature and math, technology and the arts, not just as memorizers, but as thinkers and creators.
Engaging in deep learning with curiosity and passion, Portfolio students develop the abilities, insights, and qualities of character needed to thrive in the ever changing, technological, entrepreneurial and global world which they will inherit.