Director of Computer Science
Brooks School, North Andover, MA
The Director of Computer Science reports to the Associate Head for Academic Affairs and will have the responsibility for developing a computer science program from the ground up, with a special skills focus on coding. Expertise in the subfield of artificial intelligence as it relates to education will prove important. Prioritizing diversity and belonging in computer science coursework will be essential; Brooks School’s ongoing commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution necessitates a focus on culturally responsive education and the integration of critical consciousness in the curriculum.
As a result of a substantial gift in support of this initiative, the school is poised to develop an additional signature program with a goal of broadening and deepening the curricular, extra-curricular, Winter Term, and internship opportunities in computer science for our students over the next five years. The Director of Computer Science will be excited about the many aspects of this position: building a robust computer science curricular and extra-curricular program, teaching computer science to secondary school students, exploring opportunities within and outside the school for students to put that learning into practice, and promoting this program to prospective students and families considering Brooks. The role will require an innovative spirit, collaborative nature, and infectious enthusiasm for the subject matter – all vital to growing computer science at Brooks in ways that increase both access and participation for all of our students in their many identities. The school is incredibly excited to be moving in this direction and seeks candidates who are both similarly enthused about the opportunity and fully equipped with the expertise needed to develop a first-class program at our school.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND KEY OBJECTIVES:
- Works in partnership with the Academic Affairs team to develop, amend and implement computer science elective courses for students in a progressive model.
- Teaches up to four computer science course sections.
- Teaches a Winter Term computer science offering.
- Develops a computer science afternoon program offering that runs one of three seasons each year. Faculty advisor for related student-run clubs and spearheads hackathon type initiatives.
- Works externally to develop additional computer science summer internship opportunities for our students within the framework of our existing internship program.
- Works with the admission office to promote our computer science program and meet with prospective students and families interested in this subject matter.
- Serves on the faculty weekend and evening duty team, which involves working with students in our residential and student activities programs.
- Explores the possibility of a summer program on our campus for middle-school aged students
- Will engage and pursue DEI professional development and assist in forwarding the school’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution. Serves as a role model to promote a positive, productive, and inclusive work environment.
- Attend conferences, build networks of educational professionals, seek professional development appropriate to job demands, and participate in professional organizations as necessary.
- Deep experience and expertise in computer science work within and outside of educational institutions, with particular skill proficiency in coding and knowledge in the subfield of artificial intelligence. Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.
- An expert-level command of multiple coding languages and a capacity to share and transfer that command with and to students.
- A passion for computer science that excites both the student seeking these opportunities, along with those who discover them while at our school – experienced and novice students alike.
- A demonstrated ability to build and establish programs in ways that gain momentum and generate excitement over time.
- A capacity to communicate clearly to different audiences – students, colleagues, parent, guardians, alumni, alumnae, and prospective families.
- A positive and infectious outlook and spirit as it pertains to the many ways in which computer science might reach our students in mission-driven and furthering ways.
- An enthusiasm for high school students and for working with colleagues in ways that contribute to student growth in and out of the classroom.
- Experience as a successful self-starter and an ability to work on one’s own in ways that do not require daily management and oversight.
All candidates must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree. A Master’s Degree is preferred. In addition, candidates should have ten or more years of experience working in computer science in either or both educational or corporate settings.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties are normally performed in an indoor environment. The noise level in the work environment in usually moderate.
- Occasional lifting, bending and climbing stairs
- Frequent talking, listening, walking, sitting and standing
- Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks and functions in a fast-paced working environment
There will be occasional need to travel on behalf of the school, but this will not be a primary component of the position.
APPLICATION AND POSITION INFORMATION:
Brooks School believes that realizing a mission aimed at providing the most meaningful educational experience its students will have in their lives requires intentional work to build and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion for all members of our predominantly residential school. As such, we seek a diverse candidate pool that includes those who are traditionally underrepresented and less familiar with boarding school life.
All interested candidates should submit the following materials by email with attachments to Nina Hanlon, Assistant Head of School: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cover letter expressing why you are interested in Brooks and this opportunity
- A current resume
- Three professional references and their contact information
The school will make any offer of employment contingent upon a candidate being authorized to work in the United States, and successfully completing criminal offender record (CORI) and sexual offender record (SORI) background checks.
At Brooks School, we seek to provide the most meaningful educational experience our students will have in their lives.
Brooks School strives to be an anti-racist school, understanding that this work is continuous and is central to our role as an educational institution. Racism and other forms of systemic oppression are deeply rooted in all institutional and societal structures: We condemn institutional racism and white supremacy in all forms, including those that exist at Brooks. As a community that values each member’s sense of belonging, our goal is to foster an inclusive environment in which everyone can live, work and learn free from prejudice, discrimination and marginalization. While we recognize that racism occurs both intentionally and unintentionally and is often a result of unconscious bias, we also know that its presence hinders our ability to provide the most meaningful educational experience our students will have in their lives. Therefore, at Brooks School we are united in the fight to identify, acknowledge and dismantle systems of oppression and inequality. In order to do this work effectively, we will draw on our foundation: strong community, core values, and commitment to care, support and growth of every member of the community.
Brooks School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, disability or religion in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, financial aid and loan programs, athletic programs and other school administered programs and activities.