The Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Teachers College Columbia University is seeking an accomplished educator to serve as a Co-Director of the Klingenstein Summer Institute (KSI), a two-week professional learning experience for early career teachers in independent and international schools. This position represents an opportunity to work in collaboration with other exceptional Independent School educators in ways that many KSI faculty have described as their own best professional learning experience.
The Klingenstein Summer Institute Co-Director is one of two co-directors who, reporting to the Director of the Klingenstein Center, oversees the Summer Institute. Since two people share the role of Co-Director, the duties and responsibilities of the position encompass the roles of both individuals. The great majority of these roles and responsibilities are performed by both Co-Directors. Traditionally, the Co-Director also serves as a co-lead teacher in an academic discipline of focus and a co-facilitator in the diversity strand for the Summer Institute. The Co-Director of the Summer Institute collaborates directly with and reports to the Director of the Klingenstein Center.
Please submit the following materials by October 15, 2019. Note that, as per university policy, candidates must hold an advanced degree to be considered for this position as KSI participants are earning graduate credits through this program that could be applied towards an advanced degree:
Cover letter answering the following questions:
Why you are interested in the position?
What are one or two areas of strength that you bring to this work?
In what ways will this work help you grow as an educator-leader?
Resume or C.V.
List of references, at least one of whom must be a current supervisor, with their contact information.
In one document, please share the following: (1) an anonymized sample of written feedback you have provided a colleague or student, and (2) EITHER a sample agenda or learning session/class you have designed (for students or adults) with a brief statement of purpose or philosophy informing the design OR a brief example (no longer than one page double spaced) of a strategic learning initiative at your school in which you have played a key role.
The Klingenstein Center and Teachers College Columbia University are committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are therefore especially encouraged to apply.
Traits, Practices, and Qualifications
Employs a deep understanding of education to identify relevant, creative ways to highlight the Institute’s program, people and distinctive mission and approach in order to serve participants effectively
Collaborative, creative, possess a sense of humor, and able to connect authentically with others
Communicates effectively with participants and faculty in all situations; leans into difficult conversations
Demonstrated cultural competency
Excellent verbal, writing and editing skills
Is decisive after soliciting and processing feedback
Practices respectful listener
Holds a holistic vision while able to attend to programmatic detail and deadlines
Models informed, research-driven practices as a classroom teacher and school or program leader
Promotes leadership as the work of continually growing capacity in self and others
Practiced in leading faculty teams and designing for adult learning
Has at least eight years of teaching experience, an advanced degree, and is able to reside on the host campus while the Institute is in session
Is currently employed in an independent school
The ideal candidate:
Exhibits a positive way of being, as a teacher, leader, and community member
Finds resonance with and is passionate about the Klingenstein Summer Institute’s purpose, philosophy, and practices
Finds joy in working with adult learners on the art, science, and culturally inclusive practices of teaching
Stays informed through own practice and professional learning regarding most effective practices in education
Seeks collegial collaboration and feedback as a means to improve the team and herself/himself/themselves
Demonstrates dedication to anti-bias and equity work in schools
Demonstrates a passion for being in a professional learning community
Demonstrates ability to foster sustained collaboration and professional growth within a team
Is committed to professional growth and reinvention
Teaching and Learning
Serves as co-lead teacher in one discipline group and as co-facilitator in one diversity group during the Institute; Co-designs curriculum with discipline co-lead
“Coaches the coaches”: provides thought partnership and guidance as lead teachers work to coach and mentor KSI participants
Works in close collaboration with the Director of the Klingenstein Center to provide feedback to and evaluate current Lead Teachers
Leads new Lead Faculty orientation in the weeks and days prior to the Summer Institute
Evaluates past Summer Institutes and proposes future changes
Works with the Director of the Klingenstein Center to review curricula and program events
Collaborate with lead teachers on KSI Diversity curriculum
Maintain a pulse on discipline group curricula and their alignment with the rest of the Institute’s programming to ensure a cohesive, dynamic learning experience for participants overall
Designs and documents the schedule for the program, assignments, and program responsibilities and requirements
Draws on the host institution’s location and assets to enhance KSI programming
Hiring and Admissions
Works in close collaboration with the Director of the Klingenstein Center to hire new Lead Teachers
Coordinates with members of the Klingenstein Center team and KSI faculty to participate in the Institute admissions process with an eye towards convening a diverse and inclusive learning community
Communicates with the Director of the Klingenstein Center and the other Summer Institute Co-Director throughout the calendar year to discuss and plan the following summer’s Institute
Communicates regularly with Lead Teachers to share information about the upcoming Summer Institute
Communicates regularly during the Summer Institute with the Director of the Klingenstein Center
Facilitation, Collaboration, and Stewardship
Serves as the point person for Lead Teachers, participants, and guest presenters during the Summer Institute
Coordinates and facilitates regular Lead Teacher meetings throughout the Summer Institute
Communicates with the host site’s Summer Programs Director to secure facilities and on-site staff assistance
Solicits and evaluates feedback from participants and Institute faculty on a regular basis
Troubleshoots issues (program, personnel, participant-based) throughout the Summer Institute
Represents the Summer Institute in public forums throughout the year
About Klingenstein Center Teachers College Columbia University
The Klingenstein Center is the premier professional learning program for independent and international school educator-leaders. From our beginning in 1977, we understood that continuous professional growth positively impacts student learning and leads to thriving students and schools. Today, our nearly 4,000 alumni lead, create, design, and innovate in education across the globe. We design and provide degree programs, non-degree programs, and workshops that support educators to learn to lead in organizations at every stage of their professional journey.