At Town School, our vibrant community of faculty and staff values teaching, loves learning, finds joy in working together, and takes pride in leading boys’ education for a complex and unknown future. Town School for Boys is a K-8 all boys' independent school located in San Francisco with approximately 400 students and a faculty:student ratio of 1:11. Our diverse faculty and staff can be characterized by their warmth, collegiality, and dedication to our mission, philosophy and core values. At Town, learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.
Town School for Boys seeks a dynamic educator with strong teaching experience, a knowledge of child development and proven leadership skills to be the Lower School Head of the kindergarten through fourth grade division. Significant administrative experience is preferable but not a prerequisite.
A candidate should have a strong knowledge of academic and social development of kindergarten through fourth grade boys. He or she must be highly organized, have excellent verbal and writing skills, understand current education pedagogy, and excel at working with all constituents of the school community. The Lower School Head serves as the leader of the division and should be able to articulate and implement the school’s vision. Ideal candidates have demonstrable commitment to diversity and equity, as well as the interest and skills to partner in leadership around this work. The Lower School Head should love the joys and challenges of working with boys in these grades.
Overall responsibility for the K- 4, a 228 student division. The Lower School Head, Upper School Head, Director of Community Building and Inclusion, Chief Financial Officer, Athletics Director, Director of Teaching, Learning & Innovation, Director of Admission, Director of the New Teacher Institute, and Head of School, function as a cohesive senior administrative leadership team. In each division, heads are responsible for: curriculum; supervision, evaluation and professional development of faculty; personal and academic welfare of students, including the coordination of student programs and services, student evaluation and assessment, and scheduling; administration of school-wide policies; and parent education/relations. Division Heads work in close partnership with other members of the senior administrative team and other directors (library, technology integration, etc.) throughout the school. The Lower School Head also serves on the Academic Administration Team with the Head of School, Upper School Head, Director of New Teacher Institute, and the Director of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. Division Heads have 12-month contracts.
Additional specific responsibilities are outlined below:
Foster faculty morale and collaboration
Oversee all curriculum, curriculum development, and implementation of new academic programs in Lower School division within and across grades
Oversee supervision, evaluation, and professional development of faculty; coach, advise, and support faculty
Manage Lower School general, supply, and book budgets
Support new faculty in first two years; regular meetings, observations
Oversee and edit Lower School reports; attend parent conferences on student progress (as needed)
Meet and plan regularly with student support teams: Director of Learning Services, Lower School Social Emotional Learning Teacher, School Counselor
Collaborate with Upper School Division Head and Director of Teaching, Learning & Innovation to coordinate and lead division and all-faculty meetings
Collaborate with Director of New Teacher Institute who supervises Resident Teachers to support Head Teachers as mentors
Manage hiring processes
Coordinate faculty and grade-level schedules in conjunction with scheduling team
Communicate weekly newsletter for faculty and staff
Visit classrooms, connect, and interact on a daily basis with Lower School students
Organize and supervise all reporting and grading
Oversee Lower School discipline and parent/teacher communications around student behavior and character development
Lead grade-level individual meetings on students
Collaborate to support LS Assemblies
Connect parents to the mission of the school
Educate parents on topics related to child development, academic and social/emotional learning (Curriculum Night, Grade Level Coffees, etc.)
Partner with parents to support the growth of every Lower School boy; address parent concerns as they arise
Assist Director of Admission with all aspects of Lower School admissions including LS Open House, screenings of applicants, parent admission meetings, preschool visits, reading all LS admission applications, LS admission committee meetings, and yield events
Participate in all-school administrative planning and events
Interact with other departments including Advancement, After School Programs, Library, Athletics and Business
Interact with Board of Trustees as invited by Head of School
Desired Qualifications and Skills include:
Educational leader with 5-7 years of teaching and a minimum of 3 years of administrative experience focused on PreK-4
Bachelor’s degree; with a Master’s degree in Education or Administration preferred
Demonstrated commitment to social justice & creation of an inclusive & equitable community
Dedicated to progressive tenets and 21st-century thinking, reflecting current research in pedagogy and innovative curricular design
Experienced in supervision and coaching of faculty
The vision, flexibility, energy, patience, adaptability and sense of humor to lead successfully and cultivate growth
Demonstrated strength in oral and written communication skills
Experience with and knowledge of programs including: Math in Focus, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Next Generation Science Standards, California Teaching Standards, California Common Core Standards, ERB CTP IV
A minimum of standard business hours Monday – Friday.
Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as necessary
About Town School for Boys
Since its founding in 1939, Town School for Boys has specialized in educating, nurturing, and celebrating boys. Town provides a rich, challenging, and rigorous educational experience that directly serves the distinctive learning styles, energy levels, and developmental needs of boys in grades K-8. The school cultivates integrity, sensitivity, empathy, and respect in its boys; values diversity, equity, and inclusion; and prepares students to become productive citizens of a constantly evolving world. Town’s faculty and staff are dedicated to advancing the school’s mission, philosophy and core values. Distinguishing features of Town School include its engaging curricula, warm faculty and staff, supportive parent network, and the diversity of interests and backgrounds represented in its student and alumni bodies.