Upper School Division Head

Administrator / Full-Time

The Chestnut Hill School, Chestnut Hill, MA

Position Summary – The Division Head is the educational and administrative leader of the Upper School division (Grades 4-6) with responsibility for the students, faculty, programs, and parent relations. The Division Head will have the opportunity to help shape an exciting and creative future for the program while building upon a tradition of success and excellence. 

This is a 12-month position, starting July 1, 2024.

The Division Head will have the following responsibilities: 

Mission and Leadership

  • Co-create, support, and implement a vision for the division that speaks to the school’s overall mission and vision. while working collaboratively with the school’s leadership team to establish and execute broader institutional goals.
  • Make recommendations to the Associate Head of Teaching & Learning regarding hiring and retention, the assignment of faculty, the general programs, activities, and concerns of the division.
  • Promote a safe school climate, support learning, and emphasize character development.
  • Communicate proactively with students, parents, faculty, and staff.
  • Ensure a smooth student and family transition between divisions, as well as from grade level to grade level.
  • Commit to being visible and accessible to all, including faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and visitors to campus.

Operational

  • Conduct regular meetings with Upper School faculty that address routine school matters and explore issues of educational and philosophical interest and concern.
  • Coach Upper School faculty through observation, evaluation, growth goals, and opportunities for professional development in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
  • Build trusting relationships with faculty and staff, identifying their needs and strengths and supporting their work.
  • Interview and recommend prospective teaching candidates to the Associate Head.
  • Ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school’s operation.

Students

  • Join the Student Success Team to be aware of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the upper school students and develop plans for meeting their needs.  
  • Oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
  • Center the best interests of students in every decision and interaction and become immersed in student life and get to know students well.
  • Follow child safety and reporting requirements in the case of suspected child abuse or neglect.
  • Review class placement at the end of the year to maintain healthy and balanced classrooms.
  • Teach a leadership seminar for Grade 5 students once a week

Next-School Placement Process 

  • Oversee all aspects of Grade 6 Placement, as well as any students applying out in Grades 4 and 5, including meeting with families and coordinating application logistics 
  • Foster positive working relationships with ongoing schools 
  • Oversee coordination of all ERB testing: Milestones, CTP, and ISEE in Grades 3-6

Admissions

  • Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
  • Collaborate with the enrollment management team on admissions and retention of mission-appropriate students.
  • Share the school’s philosophy and practice with prospective families.

Other Duties or Responsibilities

  • Perform other duties as assigned 
  • Regularly attend conferences and other professional development events to remain current with industry trends and best practices.
  • Facilitate parent education programs.
  • Work with the advancement team on areas of fundraising that directly impact the division.
  • Assist in the planning and presentation of school assemblies and programs.
  • Attend appropriate school functions, including evening and weekend events.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education preferred or previous school administration experience
  • 5 – 10 years experience as a lead teacher (including teaching experience in the upper school division)
  • Possess a strong understanding of the developmental needs of elementary-aged students
  • Proven success working collaboratively in educational leadership

The Chestnut Hill School

Chestnut Hill, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary
Day
All Gender