Lower School Division Head
Bancroft School, Worcester, MA
Bancroft School is a PreK – Grade 12 independent day school located in Worcester, Massachusetts — an energized city with a rich history and a bright future in which the school is deeply invested. Founded in 1900, the school’s 30-acre campus is in a residential neighborhood north of downtown. The school’s 400+ students come from 63 cities and towns across central Massachusetts and represent a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences that contribute to our distinctive and diverse learning environment. The school has a $15 million annual operating budget, raises over $400,000 in annual support, and maintains an endowment valued at $28 million.
The school is committed to cultivating a community that embraces diversity and an inclusive campus in which each individual is safe, known, and valued. Bancroft students develop deep connections in the community and form lasting relationships with faculty, coaches, and peers. Each child’s individual learning style and interests guide their explorations into core academic subjects, arts, sports, and co-curricular activities.
The Lower School Division Head serves a central role in the school’s leadership and daily administration. This position reports to the Head of School and is charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all curricular and non-curricular programs involving students, faculty, and staff in the Lower School (PreK – Grade 5).
The Head of the Lower School:
- Ensures that the school’s mission is reflected in all programs and activities
- Serves as the academic, cultural, and operational leader of the Lower School
- Oversees the academic, social, and emotional well-being of Lower School students in PreK – Grade 5 in coordination with the Lower School Coordinator and PreK – Grade 8 School Counselor
- Ensures the academic program is innovative, flexible, culturally responsive, and student-centered.
- Manages for student discipline
- Oversees communication between the school and parents and meets with parents about issues of mutual concern
- Partners with the Head of School to recruit, hire, evaluate, and retain exceptional Lower School faculty and staff
- Collaborates with colleagues to ensure a consistent and cohesive PreK – Grade 12 program
- Collaborates with the Director of Enrollment in the enrollment and retention of Lower School students
- Serves as a member of the school’s administrative team
- Monitors spending and budget
- Evaluates and mentors Lower School faculty & staff
Opportunities and Challenges (September 2022)
- The next Head of Lower School will work closely with the Head of School, Assistant Head of School, Director of Admission, and Upper and Middle School Heads to tell our story of excellence within the community and with prospective families.
- Through the Learning Laboratory model, students engage in active learning experiences and develop self-advocacy and agency; continued professional development for faculty, articulation of the central skills and habits of mind, and faculty coaching will ensure that the Learning Laboratory model is employed consistently and comprehensively throughout the Lower School.
- The incoming Head of Lower School will play a central role in hiring and coaching faculty who are committed to teaching in a student-centered environment, can contribute to co-curricular programming, and have demonstrated a personal and professional commitment to cultural competence.
- There are opportunities to further capitalize on the PK- Grade 12 continuum that the school affords, building continuity of experience for students and parents who transition between divisions.
- Implementation of the founding principles and the pillars of the school’s strategic plan, BluePrint125.
- The ideal candidate has the ability to thoughtfully support a student body which has quickly increased in racial/ethnic, neuro, gender and socioeconomic diversity. This individual should be committed to developing an environment focused on inclusion and belonging, and implementing practices that lead to a more equitable, restorative, anti-biased and anti-racist school environment.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current resume, and five (5) professional references with contact information and the candidate’s relationship to each reference by October 15, 2022 to Samuel S. Richards, Educational Directions at firstname.lastname@example.org.