Wakefield School seeks candidates for Head of the Upper School with demonstrated distinction in teaching and administration, a passionate commitment to the education of adolescents, and strong academic credentials. A predisposition compatible with Wakefield’s commitment to the liberal arts and fostering ethical, capable, and articulate citizens is essential. Reporting to the Head of School, the Head of the Upper School is a member of the senior leadership team.
The Head of the Upper School has overall responsibility for division-level curriculum and leadership as well as faculty support and supervision. He or she partners with the Director of Student Life and the Director of Student Services to provide robust student and parent programs for the division, which serves 160 students in grades nine through twelve. Responsibilities include hiring Upper School faculty, serving on the Admission and Academic Committees, and collaborating with senior leadership team members on overall school management. Additionally, the Head of the Upper School teaches at least one elective or course per trimester.
Wakefield School is an independent, college-preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through grade 12 engaging in a rigorous and inspiring liberal arts curriculum. Our ambitious vision is to foster capable, ethical, articulate citizens who seek the challenge, make a difference, and live an extraordinary life, each in his or her own way.
Please send cover letter, resume, one-page statement of educational philosophy, and references to:
Langdon H. Johnston
Executive Assistant to Head of School
PO BOX 107
The Plains, VA 20198
or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please write “Head of Upper School” in the subject line.)
No phone calls, please.
The ideal candidate will have significant teaching experience, an advanced degree, independent school experience, and strong interpersonal and written communication skills. Special consideration will be given to candidates who bring a leadership style that embraces and models a passionate and energetic commitment to the school’s vision and an ability to tap that energy in others. Preferred candidates will demonstrate a knowledge of and commitment to a dynamic and innovative liberal arts education, and must be able to both clearly articulate an approach to building and sustaining an inclusive community of faculty and families, and to further develop a curriculum that honors the liberal arts in the context of modern learning. Additionally, candidates should be well-versed in current trends in educational technology and pedagogical practices, exhibiting evidence of continuous learning and professional development.
About Wakefield School
Wakefield School is an independent, college-preparatory school in The Plains, Virginia, whose primary goal is to provide a rigorous, liberal arts education. We believe that such an education trains the intellect while fostering self-discipline, independence, creativity, and curiosity. We encourage students at every level to think about and with the knowledge they are working to master. Finally, we aim to cultivate strong and ethical character through guidance in and out of the classroom committed to training the spirit as well as the mind. This concept is embodied in the School's motto, Virtus et Sapientia, or "Virtue and Wisdom."