The Croft School is a new independent school in Jamaica Plain, MA. Our school will open to 20 Pre-Kindergarten students in 20 Kindergarten students in Fall 2020. Over time, the school will grow into a Pre-K through Grade 6 school serving approximately 160 students.
The Croft School provides a child-centered program with an emphasis on personalized academics, purposeful play, and hands-on learning for its students. It also delivers a unique parent-oriented experience to its families. Our school environment is tight-knit, friendly, and joyous. We intend to enroll a diverse student population supported by our Customized Tuition Solutions approach and model. Our school facility, located near Forest Hills station, is currently under construction and will be completed by Summer 2020.
The Croft School in Boston will build upon the foundation and acclaimed success of its sister school, also called The Croft School, in Providence, Rhode Island.
The Croft School is seeking an exceptional Founding Head of School. The Founding Head of School will be managed by and work in close partnership with Co-Founder Scott Given, who also serves as the Head of School of The Croft School in Providence, RI.
The Head of School will lead and oversee day-to-day programming at The Croft School and serve as the primary liaison to all of the school’s families.
Among other responsibilities, the Head of School will:
Ensure the student program, including all curriculum and instruction, is executed with excellence and in alignment with the school’s ambitious goals;
Establish a positive, fun, relationship-driven school-wide culture — for students, for families, and for our school team;
Hold our team accountable to an educational approach that is innovative, balanced, and genuinely personalized, meeting each child’s interests and needs;
Hire, manage and coach all of the school’s classroom teachers;
Develop close, trusting relationships with all of the school’s families and students; and
Cultivate enrollment interest in the school among local families and, in partnership with others, support the admissions process.
The Head of School will not have primary responsibility over the school’s financial management or marketing; these functions will be led by other members of the team.
The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial team leader who continually seeks out ways in which the school can “raise the bar” and innovate beyond its existing level of high performance. The candidate most qualified for this role is likely to have had experience as the leader of — or on a leadership team at — a high-performing charter, independent, or otherwise autonomous school.
Qualifications and Qualities
3+ years of leadership team experience in a high-performing school setting (can include experience as a teacher-leader)
Expertise in early elementary education, particularly in the domains of student-centered and results-driven curriculum and pedagogy; project-based learning and play-oriented learning; and the development and oversight of a joyous, welcoming school environment
Top-tier managerial and coaching skills, sharpened through direct oversight of other teachers and educators
An entrepreneurial spirit coupled with an ambitious work ethic, as well as a natural desire to go above and beyond to serve students and their families in both expected and unexpected ways.
Outstanding communication and collaboration skills, inclusive of empathy for others, thoughtful listening, team-orientation, and enthusiasm for being part of a small, close-knit team.
Self-reflectiveness, humility, and an eagerness to continually improve one’s practice.
A strong desire to remain in this role for 7+ years.
A Master’s Degree is preferred. A Bachelor’s Degree and current authorization to work in the United States are required.
Additional Salary Information: The Croft School offers compensation which is competitive with other local independent and public school opportunities. As an equal opportunity employer, The Croft School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.