he Carroll School is seeking a terrific communicator who is a student-focused administrator to lead an exceptional team of middle school professionals who are dedicated to serving each child in their classroom, the division, and the school. Located in Waltham, Lincoln, and Wayland, Massachusetts, Carroll is a dynamic independent day school that serves 440 students from grades 1-9, who have been diagnosed with specific learning difficulties in reading and writing, such as dyslexia. Carroll believes dyslexia allows children to see the world differently, and they’ve created an entire curriculum, teaching mindset, and community to support each child’s unique perspective. At Carroll, the overarching promise is to “Give Each Child What They Most Need” and this rings true every day, where the focus is on each student. In an effort to address the greatest need of each child, Carroll recognizes that diversity and inclusivity are essential to a child’s learning experience. The school welcomes candidates who add to the diversity of the community and demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in their work. This is a well-organized, high performing organization that is both casual and intense while being deeply passionate about their transformative work with students, families and teachers.
The Middle School, located on the Lincoln campus with 239 students in Grades 6 – 8 and a faculty of 83 teachers and tutors, is the largest division in the school. The MS Division Head reports directly to the Head of School and works closely with functional leaders including the Assistant Head of School, the Director of Enrollment & Marketing, and the directors of information and academic technology, advancement, facilities, human resources, and finance. As a senior administrator, the MS Division Head serves on both the lead administrative team and the lead academic team. The MS Division Head holds primary responsibility for the MS academic leadership team, all MS teachers, and the safety, well-being and learning of all MS students. The MS Division Head leads the division in partnership with a Curriculum Director, Director of Counseling, Nurse Manager, Director of Athletics, and six content area Department Heads. There are grade-level teams for sixth, seventh, and eighth, that meet regularly to review student progress and to ensure curricular coherence between grade levels.
The MS Division Head collaborates to oversee and manage the annual planning, the day to day operations of the division, and serves as a shepherd, problem solver, and lead team builder. In this role, the MS Division Head is an important conduit between and among parents, students, and faculty. The MS Division Head has overall responsibility for monitoring student progress from year-to-year in the Carroll curriculum. The MS Division Head works with the Head of School to hire, support, and retain the best possible faculty for the School. Carroll School offers an exceptional program that gets amazing results. Along with the day-to-day work, Carroll School is engaged in professional development opportunities offering teacher training, workshops, and a Master’s program (for more information look here). Carroll is also pioneering an individualized, computer-based training program designed to strengthen particular cognitive skills and their underlying neurological pathways. Targeted Cognitive Intervention (TCI) has been developed to get to the underlying causes of a child’s specific learning challenges and strengthens brain circuits that promote effective and efficient learning.
Opportunities and Responsibilities for the next Middle School Division Head:
Understand the Carroll School student profile: strengths and weaknesses, and appropriate instructional or strategic techniques, services, or program modifications ? Chair the Behavior Review Committee and play a significant role in student discipline
Stay informed regarding academic, social, and emotional issues that may affect student performance or behavior
Oversee duties such as morning welcome, recess, lunch, and afternoon carpool
Collaborate with outside professionals working with students
Work with teaching team, counselors, Speech & Language Pathologists, and others, as necessary, to respond to concerns of the teachers, parents, evaluators, and/or students
Be available to students to receive feedback about their school experience, problem solve and help them advocate for what they need
Approve arrangements for overnights and field trips that occur in the division
Collaborate with the Head of School and Department Heads to hire teachers for openings within the division, organize new faculty support systems and evaluate teacher performance, and work collaboratively with the Director of Human Resources on all personnel matters
Assist with the development and review of Professional Development Plans for all faculty
Cultivate, lead and respond to the culture of the Division, ensuring developmentally appropriate experiences for each student
Lead MS Division Faculty Meetings; attend grade level team meetings and team leader meetings to help problem solve as needed.
Overall Leadership & Communication:
?Work collaboratively to uphold the mission of the school
Partner with the Head of School to ensure focus on “Giving Each Child what They Most Need” throughout the Middle School
Demonstrate a strong commitment to multicultural and inclusive practice in all aspects of the role and the division
Serve as a member of the Administrative Communication Team (ACT) and communicate to faculty regarding information coming from ACT
Act as chief organizer of the division, attending team meetings, chairing division meetings, scheduling events and scheduling regular parent meetings
Develop and implement plans for each new year in accordance with overall institutional objectives
Act as divisional crisis manager coordinating appropriate personnel including the nurse, counselor and/or other key support systems
Work closely with and support the activities of all other school leaders and functional directors to ensure their success. This includes directors of enrollment, marketing, equity & inclusion, advancement, information technology, and facilities
Serve on the admission committee and consult on admission decisions
Assume primary responsibility for the condition and working environment of teaching spaces within the division
Attend events in support of family involvement in Carroll such as new parent dinners, parent grade dinners and Parent Association initiatives
Work cooperatively with the Head of School, and the Lower & Upper School Division Heads, and all functional directors to ensure that all operations are coordinated and efficient across all three campuses.
Qualities of the Ideal Candidate:
Carroll School seeks an educational leader who enjoys working with students who look at the world differently and has a desire to collaborate with like-minded professionals. This person should enjoy supporting families and helping students develop their unique abilities and skills to successfully take on high school, college, and beyond. The administrative team, faculty and staff at Carroll are deeply committed to serving their students, families and each other in a high performing environment with a remarkable focus on collaboration and teamwork.
The team seeks an individual who has some, if not all, of the following:
A Bachelor’s Degree; though an advanced degree is preferred
Exceptional organizational, problem-solving and communication skills
Experience in the field of learning differences is preferred,
including knowledge and understanding of dyslexia/language-based learning disabilities and/or special education
5-10 years of experience in education and proven success as an administrator
A track record of contributing to creating a diverse, culturally responsive school environment
Candidates are strongly encouraged to explore the Carroll School website
Application Process: Carroll School has engaged Educational Directions to assist with the search. Nominations can be made, and all interested candidates can inquire, in confidence to both:
Sam Richards – firstname.lastname@example.org Jerry Larson – email@example.com
Candidates are encouraged to start the application process as soon as possible. We ask that candidates submit as Word documents or PDF files:
Letter of Interest specifically stating your interest in Carroll School and the opportunity
Resume with at least five (5) references including email, phone and relationship to the candidate (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s knowledge)
Brief personal statement which might include your philosophy of education and leadership
Any additional information you believe would be of interest to the search committee
The process might include several conversations with the search consultants and a video conference interview.
This will be a fast-moving search with completed applications due by the end of October, first-round interviews in November, finalist visits to the school and an appointment in December 2019.
Application completed by Friday, October 25, 2019
Candidates notified of their status by Friday, November 1, 2019
Semifinalist interviews November 4 – 20, 2019
Finalists on-campus interviews December 4 – 18, 2019
Finalists will be expected to undergo a third-party background check and the appointed candidate will be subject to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts mandated background checks.
Carroll School reserves the right to accelerate the search process for exceptional candidates.
Carroll School is an equal opportunity employer that offers competitive salary and benefits, including a strong professional development program.
Carroll School and Educational Directions do not discriminate against qualified applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, national or ethnic origin, sexual identity, religion, age, or physical disability.
About The Carroll School
Located in Waltham, Lincoln, and Wayland Massachusetts, Carroll School is a dynamic independent day school that serves 440 students from grades 1-9, who have been diagnosed with specific learning difficulties in reading and writing, such as Dyslexia.