New Canaan Country School, a co-ed, independent day school for approximately 600 students in Pre-K (ages 3 & 4) through Grade 9 that aims to form the foundation for happy and healthy adults who make a positive contribution to the world, seeks a Director of Studies. The Director of Studies serves as an academic leader of the school, working in concert with division heads and department chairs. The Director of Studies oversees the academic curriculum of the school, championing the philosophy and mission of the school and driving programs that ensure the continuing leadership of the school in the region and in the larger context of pre-K through Grade 9 schools. The Director of Studies reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the senior leadership team.
For more than 100 years, New Canaan Country School has embraced— enthusiastically and joyfully— the concept of childhood and the notion that by focusing on the “key 12 years,” ages three through 15, it can provide the essential foundation each child needs for academic, creative, moral and physical development. At the center of Country School’s approach is a belief that rigorous academics can be taught in creative, collaborative and dynamic ways. For students, this approach piques natural curiosity, inspires joy in learning, and elicits the unique, personal strengths of each child. Students progress confidently with the skills necessary to secure success at Country School, in the country's most selective secondary schools and colleges, and beyond. Inclusion, fostering a sense of belonging and close student-teacher rapport are at the heart of our program. The low student/teacher ratio ensures that each student benefits from individual attention in and out of the classroom. The school is mission-driven and embodies its commitment to excellence in academics, character-focused education, athletics, and the arts.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of Studies will:
Oversee the curriculum to ensure student success and the excellence of all academic programs at the school, identify challenges and opportunities, and spearhead new and innovative program
Ensure horizontal and vertical alignment of the curriculum, including seeking opportunities for integration
Manage daily operation of academic operations: o Coordinate alignment of parent reporting, and academic standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment with faculty and instructional leaders o Develop the school's daily academic schedule o Oversee the process of maintaining academic records on all students o Actively participate in the development and coordination of the school's co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. o Chair department chair/division head curriculum committee meetings o Manage and lead the professional development program for all faculty o Partner with Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to build cultural competency within the curriculum
Establish and manage programs for the orientation of new teachers, for in-service training of all teachers, and for the evaluation of classroom teachers
Oversee accreditation processes related to curriculum
Oversee the Apprentice Teacher Training Program and its directors
An educational philosophy consistent with the mission of the school
Visionary curricular thinking
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to bring people together, to inspire and to work effectively with all stakeholders, including administration, faculty, families, students, and program facilitators
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong work ethic and high level of integrity
Deep understanding of child development and pedagogy
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in education preferred
New Canaan Country School is an equal opportunity employer. Decisions related to hiring, compensation, conditions or privileges of employment and termination are made in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal laws. These decisions are made without regard to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or ancestry, or disability.
To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and a statement of educational philosophy to Aaron Cooper, Head of School, at: dirofstudies@countryschool.
About New Canaan Country School
New Canaan Country School is a private, independent day school serving children from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 9. Located just west of the village of New Canaan, NCCS serves families from many surrounding towns. Founded in 1916, the school has combined a deep belief in tradition and the educational value of fundamental skills with an ongoing commitment to creative teaching and continuous self-evaluation. The result is a dynamic school environment in which elementary and middle school children from all over Fairfield and Westchester counties thrive. Throughout its history, NCCS has emphasized the value of childhood and the role of hands-on experience in learning. Teachers blend an outstanding academic program with an appreciation for patience, simplicity, and the power of imagination. The long-standing tradition of parent support and involvement continues to be a vital element of the School. The character and accomplishments of alumni provide powerful testimony to the success of the school’s approach. Country School is fully enrolled and fosters the socioeconomic diversity of its student body through a generous financial aid program. It has a well-earned reputation as an outst...anding day school, sending its graduates to many of the most selective secondary schools in the nation.
The mission of New Canaan Country School is to guide students to reach their intellectual, creative, moral, and physical potential. We value the imagination and curiosity of children and respect childhood as an integral part of life. Our teachers set high academic standards and challenge students to question, to think, to collaborate, and to act with integrity. The school works in partnership with families to teach personal, social, and environmental responsibility and to create a community that honors diversity and our common humanity. New Canaan Country School inspires students to be lifelong learners with the courage and confidence to make a positive contribution to the world.