Grace Church School’s mission of fostering academic excellence, ethical values, and an inclusive community anchors our program and informs our pedagogy and curriculum, preparing our students to lead meaningful and productive lives. The school nurtures and educates the whole child, understanding that our humanity comprises mind, body, heart, and spirit. We celebrate our differences, respect our diversity, and embrace our shared human experience.
About the Position
Grace Church School seeks a Middle School Head who demonstrates qualities of excellent leadership, including the ability to: communicate clearly with a broad range of constituencies; demonstrate multicultural competency; develop curriculum and advise teachers in its effective implementation; cultivate trust among colleagues; and handle difficult conversations with as much ease as possible, listening with an open mind and providing firm and fair guidance when needed. He or she should be flexible and discreet, possess a sense of humor, an aura of joy, have a well-developed toolkit for managing discipline situations and for inspiring students to be their best, and take a “hands on” approach to learning--be it in the classroom, dining room, or hallways. The person should believe in attending to the learning process ahead of the product, balancing students’ emotional, social, and academic development. Caring, confident, and critical when necessary, he or she should create a safe haven where students can trust that they will receive age-appropriate guidance to navigate teachable moments when problems occur. The person should be able to work effectively under pressure and within time constraints while maintaining an optimistic and growth-oriented mindset. Lastly, they should feel in their bones that Middle School students are special.
This position reports to the head of school. Its specific duties include but are not limited to:
Providing administrative oversight of the Middle School, which includes: managing the faculty, organizing classes, monitoring curriculum, hiring substitutes, advising the MS Student Council, supervising the production of report cards, monitoring the scheduling of field trips, working with the Assistant Head to develop academic schedules, create class rosters, and oversee electives and Flex Time activities;
Organizing specific day-to-day schedules (e.g., Photo Day, the Book Swap, Assemblies, Emergency drills, MS Morning Duty);
Teach classes in areas of expertise;
Conduct classroom observations of teachers with an eye towards commending them on strengths and coaching them on how to improve;
Lead the hiring team for all open Middle School positions, facilitating the process with an understanding of school policies and best practices around equity and fairness;
Lead all Middle School faculty meetings;
Monitor lunch for the 7th and 8th grade;
Attend Middle School Chapel services;
Set and maintain standards for appropriate Middle School conduct;
Work with the advisors and counselor to monitor the academic, social, and emotional progress of every student in the division;
Serve on the JK–8 Guidance Committee;
Serve on the following school-wide committees: Administrative Council; Education Policies Committee; Education Committee of the Board; and Academic Admin team;
Interview and assess applicants to the Middle School, working closely with the Admissions team;
Produce regular, formal group communications for Parents in the Middle School Division;
Work seamlessly with faculty in all divisions, understanding how to advocate for the priorities of one division with an understanding of the needs and priorities of the whole school.
The school seeks an educator with Middle School teaching experience in an independent school. The person should have an advanced degree and some administrative experience.
Interested applicants can apply by submitting a résumé and cover letter through the employment page of our school website.
Our Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism:
Grace Church School seeks to provide its students with an outstanding education and with the desire to use it to make the world a better place. Every facet of our work is enhanced by the diversity and strength of our community. We believe that equity and inclusion are not only hallmarks of a just society, but also virtues essential to sound learning. And so, Grace seeks to recognize and honor the unique gifts of its students, families, faculty, and staff—and the cultures, beliefs, values, and experiences that have shaped them—striving always to cultivate mutual understanding, humility, respect, and kindness.
But inclusion is not enough and equity is an impossibility if we cannot name, acknowledge, and oppose the forces of racism and all forms of bias, hate, and fear that exist in our society and that seek to diminish so many in our midst. Knowing this, we commit ourselves to the work of anti-racism and to the cause of justice: that all students may find in Grace a home, may learn from Grace their precious worth, and may hear from Grace a call to serve the common good and the dignity of humanity.