Assistant Head of School for Curriculum & Program, Director of Upper School
Glen Urquhart School, Beverly, MA
About Us: Glen Urquhart School (GUS), is an independent, coeducational day school for students in Pre-K through grade eight. Located 45 minutes north of Boston in Beverly Farms, GUS was founded in 1977 with an experiential, place-based philosophy that integrates all subjects and creates opportunities for students to be passionate in their pursuit of knowledge.
The Position: We seek an experienced professional to serve as Assistant Head of School for Curriculum + Program, Director of Upper School. The Assistant Head has chief responsibility for oversight of the School program for grades 5-8 and implementation of the vision to be a progressive, place and theme-based, child-centered school, and leads the K-8 GUS faculty in the creation and administration of curriculum, pedagogy, support, and all other matters related to the educational program. The position may include teaching responsibilities as needed. The Assistant Head sits on the Administrative Team and reports to the Head of School. This is a twelve-month, year round position with benefits.
Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Working with the Director of Lower School in leading the faculty in the creation and administration of activities related to the program in grades 5-8 of the School.
- Leading the GUS faculty in the creation and administration of curriculum, pedagogy, support, and all other matters related to the educational program
- Lead the Curriculum and Assessment Committees in collaboration with the DIrector of Instruction and Director of Lower School, overseeing all aspects of curriculum development, assessment, and implementation in K-8
- Oversee implementation of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategic plan and lead the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, in collaboration with the Director of Lower School
- Collaborate with the Director of Lower School in the development and assessment of programming related to all aspects of student life + school culture, academic + social-emotional support, and community + service learning in grades K-8
- Taking part in upper school grade level team meetings
- Leading upper school division meetings
- Nurturing the academic, artistic, athletic, social, and emotional development of GUS students
- Supporting the implementation of the curriculum
- Monitoring student progress
- Reviewing teacher comments, including the proofreading process
- Addressing concerns about student progress, in collaboration with teachers, counselors, learning specialists, administrators, and parents
- Assisting in the Secondary School Application Process
- Overseeing student conduct
- Maintaining student conduct consistent with GUS’s mission and One Rule
- Monitoring students’ adherence to established rules and policies
- Monitoring student attendance
- Responding to behavior issues and meeting with individual teachers and students (and their parents, if necessary)
- Communicating with parents on an individual and group basis as needed
- Responding in a timely manner to phone calls and emails about individual students
- Writing periodic letters to all parents
- Articulating and addressing the philosophy and content of the GUS educational program to parents and other constituents, through written communication and in public forums
- Addressing parent questions or issues that cannot be addressed by faculty or staff
- Representing the school program at admissions open houses, panels, and coffees
- Writing pieces for publication and/or presenting at conferences
- Overseeing Faculty
- Collaborating with the Head of School, Director of Lower School, and Director of Instruction on all areas of faculty evaluation and professional development
- Collaborating with the Head of School, Director of Lower School, and Director of Instruction on faculty and staff hiring
- Collaborating with Director of Instruction and Director of Lower School on new faculty/staff orientation, mentoring, and ongoing support
- Collaborating with the Board of Trustees regarding issues of school program, professional development, and strategic planning
- Attending all Board meetings, and committee meetings as appropriate
Qualifications: At GUS, we recognize that there are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. When reviewing applications we take a broad look at the experience of each applicant in order to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. That said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:
- A minimum of five years teaching experience is required, preferably in grades 5-8.
- A master’s degree.
- At Glen Urquhart, we seek teachers who believe in differentiated and developmentally-aligned models of teaching and learning; understand the importance of instructional technology; and are attuned to the social and emotional growth of students. Teacher certification is not required.
Salary to be determined based on experience and qualifications. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references with the subject line “Assistant Head of School/Upper” to email@example.com.
Equal Opportunity Employer: Glen Urquhart School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic background, age, disability, or military service in its hiring, employment or other programs and activities.