The Pennington School seeks a Head of Middle School, who is responsible for the creation, evaluation and strategic planning of the middle school experience for students and faculty, in a way that meets the mission and vision of the School. Reporting to the Headmaster as a member of the administrative Leadership Team, the Head of Middle School is responsible for setting the proper tone, establishing a middle school culture, and providing meaningful pathways in which faculty and students alike are able and willing to become their better selves and pursue individual excellence.
The Head of Middle School acts in a supervisory role to the Middle School faculty to ensure individual student growth in academic and non-academic programs. The Head of Middle School supervises the Middle School faculty, including the Middle School Dean of Students and grade-level Class Deans, to ensure the academic curriculum is one that best meets student needs and prepares them for high school. The Head of Middle School is also responsible for encouraging teachers to seek professional development opportunities that meet their needs and professional goals.
Dedicated to educating a diverse student population for nearly two centuries, we are one of America’s oldest private schools. Our 54-acre suburban campus is located in the heart of Pennington, NJ, midway between New York City and Philadelphia. Our campus consists of academic buildings with classrooms that have been updated as of 2016 with state-of-the-art learning and technology tools; three student residential buildings with eighty dormitory rooms; sports facilities that include an aquatic center with an indoor pool, wellness center, numerous sports fields, artificial turf field, track, and outdoor tennis courts; a campus center with a snack bar and school store; and a full health center. In addition, our arts and academic spaces are home to a “black box” theater, a Makerspace fully equipped with tools for engineering, and more.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for oversight of the Middle School’s academic program
Oversees Middle School’s advisory program
Supervise and evaluate the middle school faculty and staff and provide constructive feedback as well as professional growth opportunities
Maintain healthy, welcoming, open, collaborative school environment for students, faculty, staff and families.
Reviews and creates middle school curriculum and programming
Develops and manages middle school budget; responsible for the business of Middle School
With the help of the Dean of Faculty, responsible for hiring middle school faculty
Assists with academic and non-academic middle school faculty assignments
Works alongside the Middle School Dean of Students on major discipline cases
Facilitates Middle School faculty meetings
Constructs and implements annual Middle School schedule to meet faculty and student needs
Facilitate semi-annual student reviews
Serves as the link to the administrative team and Upper School and departmental Leadership
Maintains Middle School text contained in the annual Student/Parent Handbook
Provides annual summary to the Board of Trustees
Participates in the Middle School admission process: conducts information sessions; makes admission decisions; attends all admission events
Works closely with fellow administrators to coordinate efforts with regard to events, programs, and experiences
Ensures facilities are conducive to learning
Administers and evaluates math placement tests for incoming students
Performs other duties as assigned by and in support of the Headmaster
Meets with parents, as necessary, to resolve issues
Collaborate with key stakeholders (including administration and faculty) to ensure that key programs are aligned with TPS strategic priorities
Oversee use of the campus and all facilities for Middle School programs and collaborate with key School administrators on prioritization
Develop and oversee a clearly defined risk-management plan for Middle School
Work in conjunction with Human Resources to ensure proper compliance, including the recruitment, hiring, training, and development of Middle School faculty and staff
Ensure knowledge of and compliance with all regulatory policies, rules, and guidelines for Middle School programs
Support the School’s mission and culture
Requirements and Qualifications:
Graduate degree in education or school leadership is required
Minimum of 10 years independent school teaching experience.
Possess an appreciation and understanding for the developmental age and stage of middle school development
Have the ability to evaluate and support faculty professional development
Familiarity with Veracross, Schoology
Attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills
Good sense of humor
Strong leadership abilities, management and organizational skills
Coursework in/knowledge of risk management required
Teach one or two classes
Speak at public events (especially community, parent association, and prospective family meetings).
The Pennington School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This position is full-time, twelve (12) months per year, exempt from overtime, and eligible for all benefits afforded to full-time Pennington School employees.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, salary requirements and three professional references by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Pennington School
The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational day-boarding school with 525 students in grades 6–12, and a faculty and staff of approximately 150. The Pennington School is committed to developing individual excellence in all of its students.
The School’s 54-acre campus is ideally situated near Princeton, NJ, just 40 miles from Philadelphia, PA and 60 miles from New York City.