The Chapin School seeks a visionary educator who is passionate about shaping and supporting a dynamic learning environment in our Lower School, Grades K-3.
Ideal candidates for Associate Head of Lower School are inspiring and reflective instructional leaders eager to work closely with the Head of Lower School to build a program that facilitates meaningful learning experiences for students. They are dedicated to nurturing a diverse, inclusive community; demonstrate both flexibility and the ability to work within a highly collaborative structure, to ensure excellence in academic and co-curricular programs; advance thoughtful curricular innovation and alignment; facilitate faculty learning, growth, and collaboration both in and out of the classroom; and engage in parent education and outreach.
Support the Head of Lower School in ensuring meaningful, student-centered experiences informed by current research and best practices.
Work with faculty to develop, coordinate, and deliver an integrated and inquiry-based curriculum.
Provide direct support in faculty hiring, mentoring, and evaluating.
Collaborate to design the Lower School schedule so that it serves the aims of the program.
Collaborate with the Head of Lower School, Learning Resources Team, and Lower School Counselor to support all students' academic, social, and emotional success.
Communicate the School’s mission, philosophy, core values, and program to parents and prospective families to audiences large and small through curriculum nights, professional development workshops, and individual meetings.
Partner with the Head of Lower School and classroom teachers to support and coordinate ongoing family communications.
Work with the Head of Lower School to design, develop, and facilitate program reviews and initiatives.
We seek, ideally, an Associate Head of Lower School who has:
A master’s degree in education or related field;
At least 5 years of teaching experience;
Dedication to professional growth, reflective practice, and a growth mindset;
A commitment to diversity and inclusion;
Demonstrated leadership success in carrying out grade-level or school-identified initiatives;
Exceptional interpersonal skills—warm, engaging, and highly motivated;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Submit your cover letter and résumé to the following dedicated email address, indicating you learned of the position through NAIS: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Chapin School
The Chapin School is an independent, all-girls day school in New York City serving nearly 800 students K–12. Founded in 1901, Chapin prepares a diverse and talented community of young women to thrive and lead in a global society through its dedication to academic excellence, personal integrity and community responsibility. Chapin cultivates in each student a love of learning, independent thinking, emotional resilience and a dedication to serving others.
Chapin’s Focus Forward strategic plan, which has guided our work since 2010, has intensified Chapin’s historic commitment to offering the most challenging academic curriculum while also teaching the social, emotional, and other life skills that will set the stage for its students’ success in this century. Focus Forward is a commitment to strengthening teaching and learning; culture, community, and global awareness; character, ethics, and emotional well-being; and financial sustainability.
Specifically, at the heart of Focus Forward is a two-part commitment: to a learning environment that enables all students to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century to the best of their abilities, and to classroom teachi...ng that both meets the highest standards of academic excellence and is tailored to each student’s interests and potential. As part of our pledge to enhance our curriculum and pedagogy to reflect research and best practices, we place each student at the center of her own learning. Student-driven inquiry sets the stage for enduring understanding. Likewise, a commitment on the part of students and educators alike to a growth mindset ensures that for all students understanding key concepts in all disciplines is possible. Inextricably linked to our academic program are efforts that support the emotional health and well-being of our students.
Chapin's Commitment to Diversity
Chapin is committed to diversity in its culture, curriculum and program. Believing that an equitable, inclusive community is essential to learning, Chapin actively seeks families, faculty and staff who bring a range of experiences to the school. Chapin embraces and respects differences in age, ethnicity, gender, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class. Expecting and requiring respect for others are hallmarks of our educational process.