The Spence School seeks an accomplished educator to develop and lead a K-12 interdisciplinary program with environmental studies at its heart. This 12-month position, reporting to the Director of Teaching and Learning, represents an opportunity to create program in a brand new facility, including a teaching kitchen, greenhouse and garden. The person in this role will answer the call of our Long Range Plan, which challenges us to: (1) develop faculty agency for environmental studies, (2) foster learning across and within departments, disciplines and divisions, and (3) promote creativity and innovation in learning.
Create programming that allows the school to further our studies in environmental studies and deepen our collective responsibilities toward our planet
Lead faculty in delving into an interdisciplinary understanding of complex systems by creatively integrating subject-specific learning
Manage the facility classroom, greenhouse and garden spaces for academic programming
Oversee curricular review, refinement and continuity
Work closely with K-12 faculty to design age-appropriate curricula
Develop systems for bringing the outside world inside, for teaching and learning
Purposefully expand our connections outside of Spence, taking full advantage of the NYC community and beyond.
Purposefully cultivate connections within Spence
Represent the program to all constituents, at admission and outreach events, support the program’s commitment to sustainability, ecology and interdisciplinary learning, and serve on school-wide committees
Serve as liaison between the department and senior school leadership
Engage, advocate for and learn from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and foster equity, and inclusion within the department and the school
Manage routine department business
Serve as an intellectual and teaching resource
Design professional development as needed for faculty support of the program
Foster and sustain collaboration within teaching teams
Manage the program budget
Serve as the lead teacher for programs in the new facility
Has experience in interdisciplinary work and is able to plan and implement K-12 curricula
Has experience in greenhouses and gardens
Exhibits a positive way of being, as a leader and community member, in all school contexts
Finds joy in working with children, adults, and in school life; is kind and possesses a healthy sense of humor, play and fun
Supports Spence’s mission and commitment to equity and inclusion
Shows an appreciation for the craft of teaching, along with a passion for and knowledge of ecology
Possesses emotional intelligence and action-orientation
Has led the development and implementation of innovative program design
Demonstrates skills in communications and interpersonal relations within and across multiple constituencies
Holds advanced degree or equivalent experience
Spence is committed to an equitable program and a diverse faculty and student body. We therefore actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds.
The Spence School, founded in 1892, is an independent school for girls and young women with an enrollment of 750 students in Grades K–12.
Spence is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.