Founded in 1884, Brearley’s mission has long combined outstanding academics with an insistence on a larger purpose: a passionate exchange of ideas within the School’s walls that would prepare girls of adventurous intellect and diverse backgrounds to put their knowledge and habits of mind and character to meaningful use beyond.
A center of intellectual exuberance, the School offers an extraordinary program to girls from across and beyond New York City, attracts and develops a dynamic and committed faculty, who, along with a talented staff, instill in Brearley students a love of learning, an ability to think critically and creatively, a deep curiosity about the world and a pioneering spirit. (Click here to view the Brearley School Mission Statement.)
Opening Doors, A Strategic Vision for Brearley directs the School to address the dual—and seemingly dueling—themes we must consider today in providing a world-class education for girls: how to reconcile time-tested models with path-breaking innovation; the importance of instilling values—integrity and generosity of spirit—alongside intellectual passion and academic excellence; that an individual realizes her greatest potential when she challenges and understands herself fully as a person and as an active participant in a larger place and purpose; that girls—their educational requirements and their capacity for leadership—are both equal and special. (Click here to view Opening Doors.)
Among the hallmarks of Brearley is the belief that our students are best served by faculty who teach in more than one Division. We believe that in this way teachers best come to know students as unique individuals over time and have the keenest appreciation for the scope, sequence and coherence of the curriculum. Our faculty finds an ever-renewing source of inspiration in the liberal arts—always with an eye to encouraging their students to go beyond the familiar and to find a sense of joy and balance in pursuits from the intellectual to the artistic, from athletics to leadership. The recent addition of a second academic building (590 East 83rd Street opened in September 2019) offers students, faculty and staff the opportunity to live the Brearley experience in an even more thoughtful and balanced manner.
Brearley’s Upper School, with 244 students, aims to help each girl develop a sense of self as she masters new academic, social, emotional and physical skills. The School’s Counseling and Wellness Department and the Equity and Community Engagement Office support this important work. In addition, the program asks students to take on responsibility for themselves that is appropriately and progressively greater each year. Upper School Students, with the support of advisors, lead a robust extracurricular program, including 32 clubs and associations, in addition to athletic teams and arts groups. They also lead the day-long Belonging at Brearley, in partnership with the Equity and Community Engagement Office, with the goal of enhancing our community culture so that all students and families feel a strong sense of belonging. These programs, in tandem with other initiatives in social-emotional learning and sexuality health education, have helped the School to deliver, at all levels, on the full promise of a Brearley education. (Click here to view the School’s General Catalogue, Viewbook and Roadmap to Equity for 2019-2020.)
The Head of Upper School Student Life maintains the School’s commitment to providing a healthy and inclusive environment for its Upper School students that supports their intellectual and personal development. This position is appointed by and reports to the Head of School.
Articulating a clear vision for Upper School culture that nurtures the intellectual, social and emotional development of students in Classes IX-XII.
Working collaboratively with Upper School faculty, administrators and staff to foster the mission of the school and to implement Opening Doors, A Strategic Vision for Brearley. (Click here to view Opening Doors.)
Managing the daily operations of the Division, including leadership of Grade Heads and Advisors, communication with parents and leadership of Council on Disciplinary Action.
Acting as a highly visible role model who personifies a school culture that values respect for self and others, intellectual adventurousness, equity and inclusion, the passionate exchange of ideas, resiliency and generosity.
Forming relationships with students in the Division so as to appreciate and support the unique and lively contributions of each individual.
Supporting and evaluating upper school teachers and administrators.
Promoting complementary programs in equity and inclusion, counseling and wellness, service learning and extracurricular activities within the division.
Partnering with a dynamic and diverse team of administrators to lead the institution.
The strong candidate will find great joy in working with upper school students and have a deep interest in girls’ education, adolescent wellness, and equity and inclusion. S/he will also have significant experience and demonstrated success at the secondary school level teaching, leading programs, collaborating with colleagues and working closely with parents. S/he will be open-minded, inspiring, patient and skilled at listening, speaking, writing and supervising colleagues. Humor, creativity, energy, cultural competence, organization and the ability to bring out the best in others are essential. A bachelor’s degree is required: advanced degree preferred.
Candidates should send a resume, letter of interest and at least three current references to Maria Duckett, Director of Special Projects and Research Initiatives, at email@example.com no later than November 22, 2019.
Additional Salary Information: A competitive compensation package, commensurate with level of experience.
About The Brearley School
The Brearley School, an independent school for girls, was founded in 1884 to provide its students with a college-preparatory education equal in rigor to that of boys, and, in the words of the mission statement today, to prepare them for “active responsible citizenship in a democratic society.” Within a highly articulated 13-year curriculum, and with a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, teaching methods are varied, flexible and pragmatic, taking into account individual patterns of development and ways of learning. The School’s program is designed to challenge eager, able students intellectually, and to give each one the opportunity to gain competence, self-reliance and self-knowledge through academic achievement as well as experience in the visual and performing arts, sports, community service and a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
Brearley’s K-12 enrollment is divided into Lower School, Middle School and Upper School, and consists of about 747 students from throughout the New York metropolitan area who represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and points of view.