William Penn Charter School is a Quaker, coeducational, pre-K through 12 independent school in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia. Established in 1689 by William Penn and members of the Religious Society of Friends, we are guided by core principles—community, integrity, equality—and a commitment to excellence in academics, arts and athletics. Please take the opportunity to learn more About Us.
William Penn Charter School is seeking a Director of Upper School to begin July 1, 2019. The Director of Upper School is responsible for implementing the mission of the school within the Upper School, grades 9 - 12. Overseeing the day-to-day operations of Penn Charter Upper School, the director leads learning and teaching for approximately 460 students and 80 faculty within an Upper School curriculum that is vigorous, rich and college preparatory. The next Director will be part of a leadership team to oversee the continued implementation of the school’s strategic vision in the Upper School focusing on excellence, innovation and collaboration within the educational program (academics, arts and athletics).
Areas of responsibility: Oversee all aspects of the administration of the Upper School with the Upper School leadership team; administer the daily scheduled routine of the division in conjunction with the directors of the other schools; oversee the work of students and teachers with appropriate and necessary communication; oversee handling of disciplinary and other issues that involve people in their school; maintain effective communications with parents and students; interview applicants for admissions and make recommendations to the director of admissions; oversee the educational program in conjunction with the department chairs group, assistant head and academic dean; see that Upper School issues are coordinated with the other divisions through work with the school directors group; participate in faculty evaluation efforts with the coordination of the assistant head and academic dean; interview candidates for Upper School teaching positions. The director Upper School will also teach the equivalent of one course each school year.
Key relationships: Reports to the assistant head of school; works with the assistant head and the school directors group, head of school, larger administrative team, Upper School leadership team, department chairs, parent community heads, student leadership groups, appropriate support personnel, faculty as a whole, student body.
The successful candidate will have an advanced degree and 7-10 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, preferably some in Upper School. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in education, ability to lead and manage change, excellent interpersonal skills, flexible and creative thinking, and the ability to facilitate collaboration. Familiarity with the testimonies and practices of Quakerism is also desirable.