Germantown Academy, located in the Philadelphia suburb of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Head of Upper School, beginning July 1, 2020. Founded in 1759, Germantown Academy is a non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory school of more than 1,150 students in Grades PK-12, on a campus of 126 acres. The Upper School, housed in a 10 year-old facility with outstanding resources, comprises approximately 560 students in Grades 9-12. A talented faculty of 75 teachers pursue a developmentally appropriate and challenging curriculum geared toward educating the whole child, including extensive extracurricular, artistic, and athletic offerings.
The Head of Upper School reports to the Head of School. Salary and benefits are highly competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition, 100% tuition remission is available for a total of two children who qualify for admission and for whom space is available.
Germantown Academy inspires students to be: Independent in Thought, Confident in Expression, Compassionate in Spirit, Collaborative in Action and Honorable in Deed.
Run daily operations and decorum of Upper School and the development and implementation of the social emotional, academic and extracurricular programs within the framework of the school’s mission statement and goals.
Develop a vision and identity for the Upper School which is developmentally appropriate and which fits into the sequence of the broader PK-12 community.
Supervise the hiring process within the division.
Provide supervision and evaluation of department heads, House Heads, faculty and staff within the division.
Meet regularly with department heads regarding the curriculum and oversee the academic life of the division.
Meet regularly with the House Heads to manage the daily life of the school, oversee the House System, keep tabs on student matters, and plan student life events.
Facilitate regular group and individual faculty meetings with meaningful, productive agendas which further the needs of the school and the professional needs of Upper School teachers.
Develop positive relationships with students, faculty, parents, and the administration, which includes having a working knowledge of every student’s academic and extracurricular program and social and emotional health, fostering partnership with parents, and developing collegiality among faculty.
Handle all major disciplinary matters involving students.
Work, in consultation with the Head of School, with current Upper School administrators to evaluate the existing administrative structure and to develop and enhance it as needed to lead, manage, and carry out the division’s needs.
Create and oversee Upper School budgeting, including professional development.
Oversee the division’s facilities, and work with the Director of Facilities to make sure needs are met.
Be a visible presence in all areas of school life.
Meet regularly with the Head of School to keep him abreast of all relevant student, faculty, and parent concerns within Upper School. The Head of Upper School will also work with the Head of School to develop, monitor, and revise the academic program, and follow through on divisional and institutional goals.
Consult with the Head of School regarding the hiring needs within the division to determine the needs of the division. The Head of Upper School will then coordinate with his or her department heads regarding the search process.
Coordinate with the Head of School and the Director of Faculty Professional Development regarding the professional development opportunities within the school as well as opportunities outside of school, the management of faculty and staff issues, and faculty evaluation.
Serve on the following committees: Heads of Schools, One School Learning, One School Committee, divisional Admission, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team, and other division or ad hoc committees as relevant or required. The Head of Upper School is also expected to attend all Board of Trustee meetings.
Collaborate with the Lower and Middle School Heads to develop and implement a school-wide educational vision and program.
Approach the work at hand with a one-school, collaborative perspective, seeking to communicate effectively and proactively with all constituencies regarding divisional activities that may affect the community at large.
Work collaboratively and proactively with members of the broader administration, including the Business Office, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Parents’ Committee representatives, Facilities, and the One School Committee to serve the mission and goals of the school.
A minimum of a master’s degree is required;
3-5 years of successful senior administrative experience as a school leader;
Significant experience with and knowledge of Upper School students, their developmental needs, and Upper School curriculum;
Outstanding teaching credentials and the ability to teach one course in the Upper School;
Demonstrated experience as an academic leader;
Flexibility, imagination, and outstanding communication skills.
To apply for the position, please assemble a portfolio including the following information:
detailed letter of interest
undergraduate and graduate transcripts
a contact list of at least 3 references, including at least one current supervisor
Germantown Academy, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. The Academy, founded in 1759, is a non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory school of more than 1,100 students in Grades PK-12, located in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia on a campus of 126 acres. At Germantown Academy, we are committed to creating a learning environment that is as diverse as the broader, global world of which we are a part. We value this diversity because it makes us a stronger community, enriches our thinking and helps us to develop our collaborative spirit.