Director of the Lower School – Information for Posting
February 5, 2019
Characteristics and Qualifications
Hackley School seeks an experienced and inspirational leader in its next Director of the Lower School. The successful candidate will:
Demonstrate a genuine warmth and affection for students and elementary education
Be highly collaborative, both with colleagues and parents
Lead with energy, empathy, and joy
Possess a demonstrated record of faculty and curricular leadership, bringing best practices in elementary education to a K-12 setting
Demonstrate cultural competence and a commitment to ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts
Develop, implement, and express a compelling vision for Hackley’s Lower School
Represent the Lower School as its public face and chief spokesperson, celebrating its people, values, and Hackley’s school culture
Have earned a graduate degree in a related field.
The Director of Lower School reports directly to the Head of School and supervises the following positions: Lead teachers K-4, Assistant teachers K-4, Literacy Coordinator, and Lower School Office Administrative Assistant.
In addition, the Director and relevant department chairs jointly supervise the following positions: Art teacher (1-4), Lower School Librarian (K-4), Math Coordinator (K-4), Music teachers (K-4), Science teacher (1-4), Spanish teacher (3-4), Physical Education teachers (K-4), and Technology teacher (K-4) and Lower School psychologist.
Selected specific responsibilities include the following:
Maintain congruency between the Lower School and Hackley’s mission and values
Serve as the educational leader of the Lower School, fully responsible for the day-to-day operations
Develop a vision for Hackley’s Lower School that aligns with efforts elsewhere and that affirms the school’s single-campus K-12 structure
Function as the chief spokesperson for the Lower School, its programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information
Set the tone for adult-student and adult-adult relationships through modeling positive daily interactions and the mediation of any conflicts
Provide leadership related to the refinement, continued development, and alignment of curriculum and assessments
Partner with the Admissions Office in the recruitment, selection, and yielding of mission-appropriate students
Lead Lower School faculty meetings that promote professional growth, create transparency and build community, and advance operational and strategic goals
Engage parents as partners through regular communication, programming, coffees, orientations, and meetings
Recruit, hire, and evaluate Lower School faculty, including assistant teachers and specials teachers
Participate in Assistant Head/Division Director meetings and Leadership Team meetings to report on matters relating to the Lower School, as well as the entire school
Partner with the Director of Auxiliary Programs to ensure the smooth implementation of the Extended Day and Clubs programs
Engage with and assist with Board of Trustees matters as needed, including writing board reports and attending board meetings
Hackley is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity in community and does not discriminate on the basis of color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Hackley is a nonsectarian coeducational K-12 independent school located in Tarrytown, NY, 20 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River. Founding as a boarding school in 1899, Hackley enrolls 835 day students in grades Kindergarten through Grade 12, and 30 five-day boarding students in Grades 9 -12. With close to 40% of our faculty residing on campus, Hackley combines the community cohesion of a boarding school with the stimulation of a day school in close proximity to one of the great cities of the world.
Additional Salary Information: TBD
About Hackley School
Located on a 285-acre woodland campus in Tarrytown, NY, Hackley School is a K-12 coeducational day and five-day boarding school. Visitors are drawn to the beauty of Hackley’s historic Quad, yet the School’s facilities – library , Upper School classrooms, athletics fields and cross country trails opened within the last year, and recently added Lower School, Middle School and Science facilities on a gracefully designed campus – rival those of nationally known boarding schools.
For 113 years, Hackley has welcomed all with the words carved over the entry: “Enter here to be and find a friend.” The warmth of Hackley’s community enables both challenge and nurture, giving students the means to set and attain high personal goals. Supporting student achievement in rigorous academics, arts, athletics, and community service, Hackley honors commitment and strength of character, with a mission statement that underscores the importance of these values: “Hackley challenges students to grow in character, scholarship, and accomplishment, to offer unreserved effort, and to learn from our community’s varying perspectives and backgrounds.”
By committing energy, time, and imagination to serving ...the needs of people beyond Hackley, students experience the satisfaction of helping others and gain appreciation for the complexity and concerns of the larger community. A Hackley education prepares students to think and act with care and effectiveness both in college and beyond. Hackley is also a member of Round Square. For more information on Round Square at Hackley visit www.hackleyschool.org/roundsquare