Germantown Friends School seeks a highly dynamic, experienced educator who can lead the Middle School and help shape its future. Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Division Director must ensure that the work of the division is consonant with the school’s mission, the Head of School’s vision, and the school’s strategic initiatives. As such, the Division Director must champion and describe the divisional program, aligning it deliberately with mission, vision, and strategic initiatives. In doing so, the Division Director will work closely with the Director of Academic Program, Department Heads, and faculty to achieve the major goals related to curriculum and pedagogy. The Division Director must also function as the public face of the division, communicating clearly, knowledgeably, and regularly with all constituencies. As part of a leadership team at an Early Childhood through 12th grade school, the Division Director must be an effective collaborator with all academic and non-academic leaders in supporting the work of all divisions and school operations. This position will begin in July 2020.
Function as the chief articulator of middle school philosophy, program, and expectations, to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed consistent with their individual roles.
Serve as the leader of the middle school in
shaping and articulating a compelling academic and extracurricular vision of the division’s objectives and values.
ensuring that all curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular offerings promote and support student growth, agency, and the pursuit of individual truth, and
ensuring the well-being of the students by knowing each of them and advocating on their behalf.
Work collaboratively with division faculty and department heads to foster the mission of the school and support and nurture its’ students.
Observe, support, and guide faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum.
Work collaboratively with relevant administrators in mentoring and evaluating division faculty.
Provide guidance to the 6,7, and 8th grade deans.
Work with the school psychologist, and learning specialist to ensure the academic success and emotional well-being of the students.
Review and adjust as necessary practices related to parent-teacher conferences, student guidance, and student support.
Communicate with parents, effectively and in a timely manner, to resolve issues or concerns about student progress, performance, or behavior, school policies, curricula, and programs.
Work collaboratively with the Parents Association in furthering their work and in supporting the school community.
Oversee the yearly calendar as it relates to middle school functions and make adjustments as necessary.
Keep the school community informed of various middle school programs and activities, plan social events that sustain and celebrate the middle school students and community.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the middle school; ensure that all student records are accurately and adequately maintained.
Assist in the admissions process in evaluating applicants for enrollment.
Be a visible presence in all areas of the school.
Demonstrate an openness to Quaker education and decision-making process.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
These responsibilities may be changed or modified at the discretion of the Head of School.
Superb written and oral communication skills that will capture and effectively communicate the school’s mission to all constituencies and enrich the school’s culture.
Superior interpersonal skills are required.
The ability to engage effectively with students, parents, faculty and other members of the community in a way reflective of the school’s culture.
The ability to project professional excellence, leadership capability, discretion, judgment and personal integrity.
Charisma, wit, intelligence, empathy, humor, and equanimity are also essential personal characteristics.
Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in educational field required.
Minimum 10 years prior experience as a teacher and/or administrator, preferably in a middle school setting.
Proven record of excellence in teaching and learning.
Compensation and benefits are competitive and commensurate with level of experience.
Employment is subject to satisfactory completion of reference checks and proper clearances, as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Letter of interest, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and references should be emailed.
Germantown Friends School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. People demonstrating a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in education are encouraged to apply. For more information about the school, please visit our website at www.germantownfriends.org.
About Germantown Friends School
Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school, serving early childhood through 12th grade. Located in northwest Philadelphia, the school is home to a vibrant intellectual community, located in a historic neighborhood, serving a diverse school community, with a robust educational program that is grounded in Quaker principles. For more information about the school, visit www.germantownfriends.org