The Assistant Head of Upper School is responsible for building community among students by setting a tone of respect and promoting behavioral responsibility and personal integrity. The Assistant Head of Upper School has oversight of all discipline matters for approximately 280 students in grades 9-12. The Assistant Head of Upper School will meet regularly with the Head of Upper School, the School Counselor and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion to discuss student issues. The Assistant Head of Upper School will stand in for Head of Upper School in her/his absence and will perform other duties as assigned by the Head of Upper School, in addition to teaching one course. Qualified applicants should have three to five years of experience in the classroom (or the equivalent in another educational setting), as well as leadership experience.
Student Discipline and Conduct
investigates behavioral infractions and communicates with advisors and parents
convenes the Student Faculty Advisory Committee and the Academic Integrity Committee
familiarizes students, staff, and parents with the disciplinary procedures
maintains discipline records
reviews and updates guidelines outlined in the Upper School Student Handbook in conjunction with the Student Faculty Advisory Committee, the Upper School Faculty, and the Administration
Student Records and Guidance
compiles an annual discipline and attendance report and presents to faculty for review of practices and procedures, and as needed, proposes changes
hears and acts on attendance problems
establishes and maintains procedures for the transition of students entering and leaving the school
sits on guidance team with Dean of Student Life, School Counselor, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Head of Upper School
meets with parents, school psychologist, and learning specialists to determine student needs in response to psycho-educational evaluations, medical leaves, and doctor notes
plans and supervises all emergency preparedness programs including fire and lock-down drills
manages Upper School student course registration, drop/add process, and review
interviews, evaluates, and participates in the hiring process of new staff members
evaluates and supports faculty in the determination of goals to improve performance
coordinates and supports Upper School new teacher cohort in learning about school culture, advisory responsibilities, report writing
prepares weekly email communication for US faculty with US Division Head
assists in the communication between the school and the parent community
assists in the development and presentation of parent information and conference evening programs
attends Parent Association meetings with Upper School Head
powerful backbone in adhering to policy and responding humanely to community needs
strong leadership skills
excellent and timely communication abilities
strong follow-through and documentation abilities
sense of humor
thoughtful and competent in inclusion and diversity
patient, even-tempered disposition and flexibility
Bachelors Degree, Masters strongly preferred
Interested candidates must submit completed Friends Seminary Employment Application, a Cover Letter, Resume, Statement of Educational Philosophy, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Friends Seminary actively promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion in all programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, and hiring. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.
About Friends Seminary
Friends Seminary educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, under the care of the New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Through instruction and example, students follow their curiosity and exercise their imaginations as they develop as scholars, artists and athletes. In a community that cultivates the intellect through keen observation, critical thinking and coherent expression, we strive to respond to one another, valuing the single voice as well as the effort to reach consensus. The disciplines of silence, study and service provide the matrix for growth: silence opens us to change; study helps us to know the world; service challenges us to put our values into practice. At Friends Seminary, education occurs within the context of the Quaker belief in the Inner Light – that of God in every person. "Guided by the ideals of integrity, peace, equality and simplicity, and by our commitment to diversity, we do more than prepare students for the world that is: we help them bring about the world that ought to be."*
* This last sentence is adapted from Faith and Practice: The Book of Discipline of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (1974).
Adopted January 2006