Director of the Hope Graham Program
Bancroft School, Worcester, MA
Start Date: July/August 2024
About Bancroft School
Through active, inquiry-based learning and challenging experiences, Bancroft School empowers students in grades PreK to 12 with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make a difference in their community and the world. Guided by outstanding teachers, curious learners engage with one another and celebrate the strengths and lived experiences of each individual. Bancroft School seeks to be the first choice for students and families seeking to own their journey to mastery and independence in an inclusive campus where each individual is safe, known, and valued.
Established in 2011, the Hope Graham Program (HGP) at Bancroft School serves approximately 40 students in grades 2-8 with average to advanced cognitive abilities who present with diagnosed language-based learning differences. HGP is a program that provides students with the tools and support to be able to take advantage of a Bancroft School education in a fully inclusive environment.
Bancroft is located in Worcester, Massachusetts — a thriving city with a rich history and a bright future in which the school is deeply invested. Founded in 1900, Bancroft’s 30-acre campus is in a residential neighborhood just north of downtown. Our 430 students from 63 cities and towns around central Massachusetts represent a variety of different backgrounds that contribute to a unique and diverse learning environment.
In January of 2020, the school unveiled a 5-year strategic plan, BluePrint125 — a product of extensive internal investigation and collaborative discussion among the School’s many constituents. In recent years, the School has made significant investments in campus upgrades to improve energy efficiency, air quality, and public safety. Other major campus enhancements have included the creation of flexible, multi-functional learning spaces in the areas of performing arts, athletics, and technology.
The Director of the Hope Graham Program is responsible for daily operations including teacher supervision, curriculum oversight, professional development and training, and family partnership. The Director of HGP is experienced and knowledgeable about language based learning differences and the techniques and strategies for success with teaching these students. Further, the Director of HGP:
- Collaborates closely with admissions regarding the screening and enrollment of HGP students.
- Maintains daily oversight of HGP teachers, Speech and Language Pathologists, and independent Orton-Gillingham contract tutors.
- Oversees and manages the program budget.
- Leads hiring of HGP teachers and contracted tutors, including interviews, visits, feedback, reference checking and making the final recommendation to the Head of School.
- Works collaboratively with the Lower, Middle, and Upper School Heads to ensure alignment of program, services, and philosophies.
- Works closely with Coordinator of Tier III Academic Support and Director of Academic Support in the Upper School regarding transition of HGP students into the Upper School.
- Creates Learning profiles for all HGP students.
- Manages grants and entitlements for Bancroft.
- Provides direct service as needed to support the program.
- Reports to the Head of Lower School with a dotted line to the Head of School.
- The position is a 10 month position – school year plus two weeks before school begins and two weeks after it ends. Further, the Director will have a block of flexible summer hours for planning, working with HGP families, and supporting Admission.
The Hope Graham Program provides a unique opportunity to create an environment that celebrates students as they evolve as learners and citizens. As HGP continues to expand enrollment, this administrator will create a clear vision for the future of the program and will market and promote the program internally and externally. They will advocate for students and educate the community about learning differences and the variety of ways to engage children.
The Director will work closely with all teachers and administrators to develop and implement best strategies and recommendations for students and to provide professional development for non-HGP teachers. Further, they will work with the administrative leadership to develop an action plan for the future of students as they progress through the program.
- Collaborative problem solver with excellent communication skills to interact effectively with diverse stakeholders.
- Flexible consensus builder, who is willing to listen and be open-minded with each student’s educational team.
- Dedication to fostering a positive and enriching learning environment for LBLD students and their teachers.
- Flexibility to handle various challenges and adapt to changing educational needs.
- Sound judgment in making decisions for the benefit of the Hope Graham Program and the school community.
- Advanced degree in educational leadership or related field.
- Certified Orton-Gillingham Practitioner
- Prior teaching experience in an LBLD setting.
- Prior instructional leadership and/or administrative experience preferred.
- Knowledge of and experience in curriculum development, instructional methodology, and professional development, particularly in the area of LBLD learners.
- Ability to manage budgets, evaluate staff, and implement strategic plans.
- Understanding of diverse learning needs and the ability to create an inclusive environment for students, employees, and families.
Bancroft is committed to cultivating and sustaining a community that embraces difference and welcomes candidates who will add to the racial and cultural diversity of our community. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit, in one email and as individual documents, the following materials by March 4, 2024:
- A cover letter expressing interest in the position,
- A current resume,
- A one-page statement of educational and leadership philosophy and practice, and
- A list of five professional references including name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission).
Please email application materials to:
Executive Assistant to the Head of School