Division Head/Principal, Early Childhood, Elementary Teacher
Summary Fessenden’s Head of Lower School serves as a Senior Team administrator and reports to the Head of School and Assistant Head of School. The Head of Lower School oversees the students, faculty, and programs for Pre-K through grade four; a fun, joyful, and inclusive division of the School. The overarching goals of this position are: to carry out the mission of the school; to work with students and parents as they experience the Lower School; to support faculty in their various roles with students; and to lead and implement the Lower School program. The Head of Lower School must display a passion for elementary education and foster a love for learning, a commitment to character development, and a celebration of boys and boys’ education amongst students, staff, and parents.
Serve as a member of the School’s Senior Administrative Team, Administrative Council, and PK-9
Meet regularly with administrative and program leaders to coordinate the full Lower School program
Manage the Lower School budget and approve expenditures for departments and faculty members
Coordinate with Lower School classroom teachers and specialists including arts, physical education, Spanish, and library to develop the program
Coordinate with school psychologist, counselor, and Director of Learning Resources on student referrals, and manage action steps to support students and families
Facilitate student classroom placement
Assist with Lower School scheduling
Support the School’s mission: The Fessenden School cultivates each boy’s talents and develops in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.
Faculty and Staff Responsibilities
Observe, supervise, and evaluate faculty and staff through Folio
Work with Assistant Head of School to hire and retain a diverse faculty as well as in supporting and developing all Lower School faculty members
Lead Lower School faculty meetings
Meet regularly with individual faculty and mentor new faculty
Collaborate with PK-9 academic team, Department Chairs and Directors, and the Director of Equity and Inclusion to assure a comprehensive, cohesive, multicultural Lower School curriculum
Oversee with fellow administrators the implementation of the Lower School curriculum
Professional Development Responsibilities
Model for colleagues Fessenden’s professional development best practices
Design and implement cultural competency education programs for Lower School faculty
Collaborate with the Assistant Head of School to oversee professional development for Lower School faculty
Attend all Lower School admissions events
Help facilitate group admissions events in Pre-K, K, and Grade 4
Welcome new families and oversee their transitions to the School
Oversee Extended Day Program (EDP)
Oversee grade level activities and all Lower School events
Coordinate Lower School service learning opportunities with parent coordinators
Promote communication among parents, students, and faculty
Actively engage with students and faculty in classrooms and other program spaces
Five years of independent school experience
Warmth, enthusiasm, and a love for elementary education
A demonstrated commitment to diversity and multicultural education
An open, collaborative, and supportive work style
Integrity, a strong work ethic, and demonstrated leadership ability
Discretion and the ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters discreetly
Frequent talking, listening, walking, sitting and standing
Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks and function in a fast-paced working environment
The Fessenden School believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, conditions, and privileges of employment.
The Fessenden School encourages applications from candidates with diverse or minority backgrounds.
The Fessenden School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
How to Apply Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Lindy Gruen, Director of Administrative and Strategic Affairs, email@example.com (no phone calls, please) by Friday, January 17, 2020.
About The Fessenden School
The Fessenden School
250 Waltham Street, West Newton, Massachusetts 02465
The Fessenden School (525 students, Pre-K through 9th Grade) located ten miles west of Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest all boys, junior boarding school in the country.
The Fessenden School’s mission is to cultivate each boy's talents and develop in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.
For more than 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind. Faculty programs include ongoing professional development relating to the education of boys, cultural competency, project-based learning, academic technology, and differentiated learning.