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 Head of Upper School (Grades 7th-9th). The Head of Upper School oversees the day-to-day operations of the Division, assesses curriculum and its alignment, and ensures the Upper School program promotes academic inquiry, character development, leadership, and above all, instills a love of learning within students so that they are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Head of Upper School 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
Working closely with the Head of School, members of the Senior Leadership Team, faculty, students, and parents, the Head of Upper School will:
Promote the Upper School’s commitment to high academic standards and social/emotional learning
Ensure Upper School curriculum is rooted in best practices and aligned both vertically and horizontally
Support faculty professional development, particularly in regards to best practices around differentiated instruction and diversity, equity, and inclusion
In conjunction with the Director of Secondary School Counseling, maintain successful relationships with secondary schools
Nurture and cultivate an excellent faculty with a growth mindset
The next Head of Upper School will seek to pursue these objectives:
Continue to foster and enhance a culture of academic inquiry, integrity, and character education
Enhance and further develop the Advisory and Life Skills programs in collaboration with Upper School faculty
Further develop and implement consistent procedures and policies to address disciplinary issues
Work with incoming Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to promote issues of inclusion, privilege, and cultural competency
Serve as an expert resource to parents in regards to adolescent development
Build productive relationships with parents, students, and faculty to unite the division behind shared goals
Strong candidates will have knowledge of and experience in the following areas, as well as demonstrate the below personal attributes:
An educational philosophy consistent with the mission of the school
Prior leadership and/or administrative experience
Strong proficiency creating and implementing curriculum that meets the unique academic, social, and emotional needs of 12-15 year olds
Deep understanding of best practices in adolescent development and ability to utilize that knowledge in their work throughout the school community
Interest in and ability to collaborate with colleagues and parents
Serve as a positive role model for students
Strong interpersonal communication skills and highly developed emotional intelligence
Love of working with 12 to 15 year olds
Demonstrated experience in fostering an inclusive community
Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize
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 Educator’s Ally at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 23rd.
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