The Baldwin School is seeking a dynamic, collaborative leader to serve as its Director of Lower School, to start on July 1, 2019.
Founded in 1888, the mission of the Baldwin School is to develop talented girls into confident young women with vision, global understanding, and the competency to make significant and enduring contributions to the world. The School nurtures students’ passion for intellectual rigor in academics, creativity in the arts, and competition in athletics, forming women capable of leading their generation while living balanced lives. The new Director of Lower School will be instrumental in inspiring a division that fulfills this mission and advances a forward-looking program that prioritizes interdisciplinary and project-based learning, tailored for girls. She or he will report directly to the Head of School and is a member of the School’s senior leadership team.
As leader of the Lower School, the Director will be responsible for advancing the academic, programmatic, administrative, and cultural health of our pre-Kindergarten through grade 5 classes. She or he will provide vision and direction to the Lower School Faculty, oversee daily operations and programs for the division, and guide the overall curriculum and pedagogical practice in the Lower School. As a key member of Baldwin’s eleven-person leadership team, the Director of Lower School works with fellow administrators to shape and implement school-wide strategic objectives that reflect Baldwin’s mission and values; embrace its core culture of collaboration, community, and inclusivity; and ensure innovative practices thrive throughout the three divisions. Together with our Assistant Head of School and Department Chairs, the Director manages the professional development of our Lower School faculty, recruiting, supervising, and mentoring over twenty-five talented educators. She or he provides leadership and direction for the Lower School with the support of three direct reports including the Assistant Director of Lower School, the after-school “Cubs Club” program coordinator for the Lower School, and an administrative assistant.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced, committed educator, with a proven record of leadership, who is excited by the opportunity to inspire and shape a division of exceptional educators dedicated to providing an unparalleled educational experience to our Lower School students.
In addition, she/he will:
Embrace and model The Baldwin School’s mission and core values;
Work effectively with all constituencies, cultivating a strong sense of community and culture;
Foster a diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment, for students, faculty, staff, and families;
Demonstrate transparency, sensitivity, integrity and respect for others;
Promote innovation, creativity, and best pedagogical practices as related to our academics, co-curricular programs, and use of educational technology;
Have extensive knowledge of girls’ developmental and educational needs;
Be skilled in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating, and retaining talented teachers;
Help shape our future community by actively engaging in all aspects of our admissions process;
Be an effective, dynamic communicator and have exceptional relationship-building skills;
Lead by effectively balancing collaboration and decisiveness, with the best interest of our students always in mind;
Be an approachable and accessible administrator who listens well, displays a genuine interest in others, and builds authentic relationships;
Be an enthusiastic, highly visible community member who actively engages in the life of the School by being present in the classrooms, after-school programs, and campus events.
The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, at least ten years of progressive leadership experience, and a dedication to continuous personal and professional growth. She or he should be highly committed to all-girls education.
For additional information, please visit our website www.baldwinschool.org
About The Baldwin School
Founded in 1888, The Baldwin School is an independent college preparatory school, developing talented girls into confident young women with vision, global understanding and the competency to make significant and enduring contributions to the world. The School nurtures our students’ passion for intellectual rigor in academics, creativity in the arts and competition in athletics, forming women capable of leading their generation while living balanced lives. In a nurturing atmosphere that reflects socioeconomic, ethnic and religious diversity, our girls strive to develop scholarship, leadership and citizenship within a community that emphasizes ethical integrity and independence of thought.