Job Description The Director of the Middle and Upper School Divisions reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the Senior Administrative Cabinet. The Director has responsibility for the daily operations of the middle and upper school divisions including management of personnel, programs, the student learning experience, parent partnership, and community relations. The Director collaborates closely with other senior administrators, including the Head of School, Associate Head of School for Institutional Advancement, the Associate Head of School for Curriculum and Operations, the Chief Financial Officer, and the Director of Teacher Learning on developing and implementing a vision for school learning and life that is reflective of Wooster School’s Purpose, Promise, and Belief statements.
Desired Skills and Dispositions
Leadership The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to lead effectively in the complex worlds of the middle and/or upper school. The ability to create relationships with students, teachers, and parents, while leading by example, making difficult decisions, and promoting a shared vision of a community of learners, will be key to the success of our next MS/US Division Director.
Love of Teenagers The years between fifth and twelfth grades are arguably the most important in the social, emotional, intellectual, and identity development of any person. Students need adults who make them feel that they belong and are valued as individuals, and that they have responsibilities to themselves and others. The successful candidate has the ability to connect meaningfully with students, and the skills and dispositions to lead other adults in nurturing this kind of environment for all students. Finally, our successful candidate is fulfilled in doing the work, and makes it fun.
Curiosity and Passion for Teaching and Learning At Wooster School we hire for community members who have an abiding passion for teaching and learning, an insatiable curiosity about their areas of expertise, and as Richard DuFour once wrote, “a persistent disquiet with the status quo.” Our teachers and learners eagerly embrace the reality that advances in brain science are challenging us to rethink past practices and create new best practices. The successful candidate is a teacher and learner, will be eager to be in learning environments, and always thinking about these things because it is a part of her/his nature.
Team membership and collaboration A successful senior leader at Wooster School loves to collaborate with colleagues and understands that when we combine our strengths around a shared vision of school we get to be a part of something very special -- every day. Team membership and collaboration also mean recognizing when being an effective follower is preferable to leading. Every leader at Wooster is the proverbial “swiss army knife” in terms of their approach to supporting each other, and the community, in getting the job done.
Founded in 1926, Wooster School, a co-educational, 3-12, college preparatory day school with an enrollment of approximately 375 students, is located in Danbury, Connecticut. Wooster School is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, National Association of Episcopal Schools, and the National Association of Independent Schools.
Wooster School stands on a firm foundation of teaching, learning, and community values built over a long history as a leading independent day school. While our community traditions of self-help and relationship building have long been recognized as strengths, our commitment to innovative approaches to thinking, skill-building, and the development of dispositions has made Wooster a leading regional school of choice for families who recognize that learning how to think, to learn, and to create relationships are the key to the success and fulfillment of our students in college and beyond. With a talented and energized faculty and staff, focused and decisive Board of Trustees, and committed families Wooster school is charting a course as a thought leader and difference-maker in the independent school world.
Salary & Benefits This is a full-time, twelve-month administrative position. Salary is very competitive with local independent schools. Wooster is an equal opportunity employer. In addition to a competitive salary, employees receive retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance benefits.
Interested candidates should email our Assistant to the Head of School, Charlotte Wood at email@example.com regarding their interest and qualifications for the position.