Start Date: Jul 1, 2020 Salary: Commensurate with experience
About the School A leader in progressive education for more than 100 years, the Bank Street School for Children provides students, from nursery through 8th grade, an education that engages their natural curiosity, nurtures critical thinking, and helps to develop a sense of community and social responsibility. Through a teaching approach that is fundamentally hands-on and child-centered, Bank Street students develop the courage and confidence to think independently, work collaboratively, understand themselves and others more deeply, and possess the compassion to make meaning of the world around them.
General Position Description The Upper School (Grades 5-8) Division Head is a key member of the School for Children leadership team reporting to the Head of School and working closely with the Associate Dean of Children’s Programs. The Upper School Division Head is the educational leader of a growing division of approximately 160 students and oversees all matters pertaining to children, faculty, and families. The Upper School Division Head is responsible for overseeing curriculum, instruction, assessment, school culture and discipline, faculty development, supervision and evaluation, hiring, and operations. The Upper School Division Head is a ten-month position.
Essential Responsibilities To function as the chief articulator of Upper School program, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all members of the community are fully informed To support teachers in the development, refinement, and articulation of appropriate age level curriculum consistent with Bank Street’s progressive pedagogy To oversee and support the High School exmissions process, directly supervising and collaborating with the Director of High School Exmissions To lead with a personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice To support, develop, supervise, and evaluate teachers and teaching teams To ensure timeliness and effectiveness of student assessment and reporting To understand the developmental, physical, social, and psychological needs of Upper School-aged children and to work collaboratively with learning specialists and classroom teachers to meet these needs To conduct regular division meetings with faculty which will deal both with routine school matters and lead to ongoing, sustained, and systematic improvement of practice To oversee hiring processes for Upper School faculty/staff To oversee and develop the Upper School budget in collaboration with the Director of Finance and other members of the leadership team, prioritizing spending in line with school goals and programmatic needs. To establish positive and collaborative relationships with Upper School students and parents/guardians To support children and teachers in responding to behavioral challenges in positive, instructive, and impactful ways, guided by the principles of Restorative Practices To oversee the Upper School assembly program To communicate effectively and in a timely manner with all constituents To participate in the Upper School admissions process To perform other duties as needed by the Division and/or assigned by the Head of School
A Masters degree in Education Deep knowledge of, commitment to, and experience with progressive education and schooling Extensive teaching and leadership experience at the middle school level, ideally grades 5-8 A successful track record supporting adult growth and development, preferably in the role of team leader, instructional coach, Division Head, or the equivalent Broad experience in curriculum development Experience supporting diverse learners and their families Strong written and oral communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills Warmth, humor, flexibility, and optimism Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs. In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
About Bank Street School for Children
Bank Street School for Children is a coeducational, independent progressive school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan serving students from Nursery through Grade 8. It is a working model of Bank Street College's approach to teaching and learning.