Director of Studies/Curriculum, Division Head/Principal
4 Year Degree
About seventy-five minutes southwest of Boston sits a distinguished New England preparatory school currently celebrating its quasquicentennial yet simultaneously embracing a vision for curricular innovation often associated with schools founded in this century. Pomfret School, a boarding school located on 500 rolling acres in Northeastern Connecticut, has for the last five years worked diligently to define and implement a modern learning environment—one that is student-centered and attuned to contemporary teaching and learning research—while continuing to honor the best of its rich heritage. Recently, the school implemented a strategic plan, created an innovation institute, and rolled out several bold changes under the tenure of the institute’s inaugural director.
An exciting chapter two awaits the Pomfret community and the next Director of the Grauer Institute for Excellence and Innovation. The school seeks a visionary, empathetic, and inspiring curriculum innovator and change agent, who, with the supportive leadership of the head of school and in partnership with the dean of academics, will continue to redefine the entire arc of student learning. The director will be provided with on-campus housing and participate as a full member of the Pomfret community. Along with a supportive leadership team, the next director will have a chance to make a lasting impact on independent school education not just at Pomfret, but nationwide. This position reports to the head of school and starts July 1, 2019.
Post Date: October 11, 2018 Application Deadline: December 3, 2018 Decision Announced: End of January Start Date: July 1, 2019 (or earlier if mutually agreeable)
Collaborative Leadership and Change Management:
In close partnership with the head of school and the dean of academics, develop, implement, and evaluate student learning experiences, assessment methods, and curricular paths within existing classes, new courses, as well as co-curricular and extra-curricular programs.
Inspire, collaborate with, and support various academic leaders, including department chairs, directors, deans, and professional development coordinators, to explore, implement, and assess innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
Keep issues related to innovation, curriculum and pedagogy at the forefront of the conversations at Pomfret.
Develop a comprehensive approach to professional growth and adult learning, by not only planning and coordinating internal offerings, but also identifying and supporting participation at external conferences and workshops.
Play a leading role in determining the professional development initiatives that meet the developmental needs of faculty and the institution.
Develop and implement innovative practices in learning, teaching, character education, and wellness that continue to move students toward the Vision of the Pomfret Graduate.
External Partnerships, Research, and Development:
Pursue and establish meaningful collaborative partnerships with institutes of higher learning, corporations, government and NGO’s, other independent schools, community partners, and industry leaders.
Plan, organize, and execute research in the field of innovation and education, both in partnership with others and independently on behalf of the school.
Contribute to journals, speak at professional conferences, and actively participate in professional associations related to education and innovation.
POMFRET SCHOOL IS LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES WHO CAN DEMONSTRATE
Multiple years of experience as a classroom teacher
Experience proposing, piloting, expanding, and reimagining teaching and learning programs and courses, and an ability to measure outcomes to demonstrate success
Deep understanding of contemporary research and professional growth programs related to designing and implementing innovative independent school high school teaching and learning practices
An ability to create differentiated opportunities for administrators, teachers, and students to participate as design partners of new innovation models, and not simply be consumers of those models
An innovative mindset with expertise in school change management, and extended professional development in areas of education, leadership, and innovation
Immersion in diversity work—both in training and in implementation—and a commitment to fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms
Skillfulness at delivering presentations, sharing updates, and facilitating discussions related to the institute with board members, senior leadership, prospective families and donors, and fellow school leaders at external conferences
Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, which is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree is highly desirable
Leadership and Personal Qualities:
Inspirational leadership and ideas that appeal to a dynamic and diverse faculty body, complemented by a willingness to “walk the innovation walk” on the ground
Empathy, warmth, and authentic collegiality to faculty members across the innovation spectrum
A sense of urgency for effecting institutional change, balanced with a judicious understanding that successful innovation at a boarding school requires establishing lasting peer-to-peer relationships
Excellent communication, organizational, and project management skills, along with a collaborative, cooperative, and patient mindset
A passion for education in and out of the classroom
Candidates must submit an online application, which includes a resume / CV, cover letter, reference list, and educational philosophy statement in response to a specific prompt.
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About Pomfret School
Pomfret School is an independent coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for 355 students in grades 9 through 12 and postgraduates. Set on a beautiful 500-acre campus in Northeastern Connecticut and brought to life by an exceptional faculty, Pomfret offers a challenging and rewarding experience for students from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Through an engaging process of learning and leading, a commitment to service beyond self, and numerous opportunities for personal growth in academic, athletic, artistic, and residential settings, students emerge as ethical and active citizens of the world. With a clear mission, Pomfret School cultivates a healthy interdependence of mind, body, and spirit in its students as it prepares them for college and to lead and learn in a diverse and increasingly interconnected society.
Pomfret School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law in administration of its employment, enrollment, or educational policies, tuition assistance programs or other administered programs.