Dean of Innovative & Inclusive Pedagogy

Administrator / Full-Time

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA

Walnut Hill School for the Arts seeks a Dean of Innovative & Inclusive Pedagogy starting in July 2024. This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate looking to join Walnut Hill as the School embarks on an ambitious five-year Strategic Plan where curriculum and pedagogy will be thoughtfully assessed among many other dimensions of the School. Once completed, the Strategic Plan will position Walnut Hill as the preeminent high school for the arts in the world and a nexus point for arts education and the development of young artists.

The Dean of Innovative and Inclusive Pedagogy is a key member of the Teaching and Learning Leadership Team (TLL) and serves as an expert and resource for teaching pedagogy and professional development through innovative practices, Culturally Responsive Teaching, multicultural curriculum, and anti-racist policies and practices.

The Dean serves as a thought partner with the Assistant Head of School to advance educational operations by collaborating on high-level problem solving and solution-based responsiveness to crises and challenges. The Dean also works closely with the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging to connect climate and community with curriculum in order to prepare our students to engage in and contribute to the world community through the arts.

This is a full-time, 12-month, position reporting to the Assistant Head of School. Though not required, the position is encouraged to be a part of the boarding community, adding to and gaining from the programs and relationships that emerge from the boarding experience.

Visit or the Walnut Hill Online Career Center to view the full overview of this exciting opportunity and explore the School’s five Strategic Priorities.

Core Qualifications

  • BA degree required; MA or equivalent experience preferred in a relevant field of study such as education, instructional design, ethnic studies, or social justice;
  • 5+ years’ experience teaching at the secondary or post-secondary school level or in a professional setting, and a track record of increasing leadership responsibilities;
  • Strong knowledge of Culturally Responsive Teaching practices and other asset-based pedagogies in order to support faculty and departments in implementing these practices through observation and constructive feedback;
  • Demonstrated track record of embracing innovative teaching practices at the high school level;
  • Strong operations management and supervisory skills including solutions-based problem solving and the ability to navigate competing priorities;
  • Ability to listen deeply, build trust, and communicate clearly and effectively to a range of constituents;
  • Strong relational, communicative, and collaborative leadership skills and demonstrated experience working with, supporting, and providing accountability for administrative colleagues and faculty;
  • Orientation to think, lead, and act at both the strategic and operational levels and the ability to manage both the details and the larger picture in a highly collaborative and reflective community;
  • Ability to thrive and take initiative in a fast-paced, dynamic boarding school environment;
  • A team builder, educator, and mentor who calls individuals into the work, supports their development, and deploys them aligned to their strengths and roles and responsibilities;
  • Ability to actively support the School community in building a shared understanding of systemic inequity throughout school operations, policies and programs;
  • Ability to handle sensitive information with discretion;
  • Possess a growth mindset open to receive and model constructive feedback and use it to positively impact faculty, staff, and students; and
  • Comfort with technology and willingness to adopt new technologies as needed.

Preferred Skills and Attributes

  • Experience with faculty and course evaluation rubrics;
  • Experience in norm-setting and change management and the desire and grow and adapt during the adoption and completion of Walnut Hill’s Strategic Plan;
  • Enthusiasm for working in schools and a passion for the arts;
  • Appreciation of the strength, creativity, accomplishments, and challenges of adolescence;
  • A strong eye for talent and the ability to contribute to the recruitment and retention of a diverse and aligned faculty and staff;
  • Experience with, or interest in, working with international students and families and how to assist faculty in introducing multicultural topics to students not from the United States;
  • Ability to find the connection points between concepts perceived to being incompatible with one another; and
  • Fluency in a language other than English.

To Apply:

This search is being managed by Carney, Sandoe & Associates (CS&A).

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to contact the consultants in confidence. Candidates will ultimately need to submit the following materials as separate PDF documents:

  • A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position;
  • A current résumé;
  • An educational philosophy statement describing how innovative and inclusive pedagogies would advance Walnut Hill;
  • A list of five professional references with name, relationship, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission);

Send as separate PDF or word documents with your name in the document name (eg: Flewelling resume, Flewelling cover) to:

Chaya Keefe

Search Consultant

Heather Flewelling

Search Consultant

Benefits: Walnut Hill School for the Arts offers a competitive benefit package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life/Disability Insurance, up to 7% Matching Retirement Contribution through TIAA, Meals in the Dining Hall, Fitness Center Access, Tickets to Performances, on-campus housing, and Professional Development Opportunities. Learn more about Walnut Hill on our website and come join our community!

Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Natick, MA
High School, Post Graduate
Boarding, Day
All Gender