PHOENIX COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL (www.pcds.org), founded in 1961, sits on 40 acres in beautiful Paradise Valley, Arizona, nestled between Scottsdale and Phoenix, two cities with boundless opportunities and spectacular climate. The school serves 750 students, grades PK-12, organized into three divisions. PCDS prepares promising students to become responsible leaders and lifelong learners through an education that emphasizes intellectual engagement, independence, collaboration, creativity, and integrity…a mission that is very evident in the daily life of the school.
Recognized as one of the top independent schools in the Southwest, PCDS is a community that engenders strong loyalty and is appreciated as a happy place to learn and to work. Upper School faculty members speak openly of strong division collegiality and their commitment to students. The division is proud of its ability to educate the whole child and the attention it pays to character and leadership development. The strong student-teacher bond is a valuable aspect of the PCDS Upper School student experience, and there is a commitment to student engagement in the classroom.
PCDS seeks a dynamic, innovative, experienced educational leader to lead the Upper School, a division of 40+ faculty and staff members and 280 students in grades 9-12, beginning July 2019. The new Head of Upper School will serve as a member of the administrative team, report directly to the Head of School, and work closely with the other Division Heads and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction to ensure a strong and cohesive Upper School program. The Head of Upper School also enjoys the partnership of a dynamic team of educators, including a Dean of Faculty, Dean of Students, and Academic Dean.
The opportunity to be the next Head of Upper School at PCDS is an opportunity to build upon and enhance a program that has been strengthened under current leadership. Faculty members feel personally and professionally supported, communication with parents is strong, and students are very positive about their experience. The next Head of Upper School will have the opportunity to play an integral role in advancing efforts to ensure scope and sequence of the Upper School curriculum, support curricular alignment with the Middle School, and work with the other divisional leaders to strengthen student transitions between divisions. Additionally, the Head of Upper School will join a dynamic, collaborative, supportive, good-humored, and intelligent administrative team.
PCDS’s next Head of Upper School will possess an unmistakable passion for high school education, as well as strong administrative and high school teaching experience. The successful candidate will be a confident, energetic, flexible, and good-natured leader who:
Will enthusiastically embrace the PCDS mission and its community
Is aligned with PCDS’s commitment to an educational program focused on student engagement, possessing the curricular expertise to support faculty professional growth
Effectively leads balancing collaboration and decisiveness
Will be a joyful, visible, and accessible presence in the upper school who engages positively with students
Has a successful track record leading and supporting faculty
Can deftly manage and appropriately support parents
Utilizes technology well
Is inspiring, open to new ideas, and has a sense of humor
Is fair, firm, and consistent
All inquiries will be treated confidentially. Please send a resume, letter of interest, and a personal statement / statement of educational philosophy to: EmployeeResources@pcds.org
About Phoenix Country Day School
PCDS is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, religion, age, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, creed, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.