Title: Assistant Head of Lower School for Academics
Reports to: Head of Lower School
The Assistant Head of Lower School for Academics will serve as an integral member of the Lower School Leadership Team and support the Lower School and its place within the context of the entire school. BFS aspires to reflect Quaker testimonies such as equality, simplicity, and peace through our curriculum and in our work together as educators. We seek a passionate and collaborative leader to join our strong, thoughtful, and dynamic faculty; to sustain our outstanding program; and to imagine and bring new perspectives to our work. The Assistant Head of Lower School for Academics will work closely with and support the Lower School Head as specified below or as assigned by the Lower School Head.
- A Master’s Degree and 5 years of teaching experience is required.
- Candidates should have a record of past leadership activities, which may include grade level leadership or leadership on select committees.
- Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of inclusive teaching practices and multi-cultural educational experiences and value varied instructional methods.
- An ideal candidate will have a warm and caring personality, listen to a variety of perspectives, facilitate decision making, be highly motivated and responsible, and have a sense of humor.
- This person will have strong organizational skills and the ability to communicate effectively with all constituents both verbally and in writing.
- This position follows a faculty employment calendar with 3 weeks of additional work in the summer.
- Ensures that the mission of the school is implemented across LS curricula.
- Works closely with division head to develop and implement goals for the division and assess progress in achieving divisional goals throughout the school year.
- Helps plan and lead division-wide faculty meetings.
- Evaluates and supports the development and alignment of curriculum at each grade level and across the span of the Lower School.
- Provides support and coaching for teachers in the areas of curriculum delivery, instructional practices, and assessment.
- Maintains direct communication with learning specialists (for example, benchmark work and assessment measures).
- Coordinates with the Pre and Middle School, the Department Chairs, Director of Service Learning, Director of Equity and Inclusion, and Director of Quaker Life to maintain cross-divisional/department communication and curricular alignment.
- Facilitates the hiring and selection process for new associate teachers by collecting and screening resumes, conducting interviews, checking references, and pairing teaching partners.
- Supports associate teachers in their programs and professional development, plans and conducts regular meetings with associate teachers, provides in-house PD, conducts three-way meetings with head and associate teacher pairings, and oversees the evaluation process of associate teachers.
- Observes all new associate teachers, arranges for informal and formal observations, and oversees mentorship program.
- Supports associate teachers in securing teaching positions after they complete their associate teaching experience at BFS.
- Works closely with the division head to screen resumes, observe model lessons, interview and select head teacher and specialist candidates.
- Attends job fairs and events as a BFS representative to conduct initial interviews of potential candidates.
- Conducts head teacher observations and evaluations as assigned by the division head.
- Observes classrooms formally and informally.
- Seeks out suitable professional development opportunities for faculty throughout the year. Registers faculty for PD, follows-up on PD experiences, encourages and facilitates in-house faculty presentations and workshops, and maintains a cohesive faculty professional development plan.
- Supports specialty teachers.
- Meets with individual teachers to listen, strategize, affirm, and encourage.
- Assists the Head of Lower School in supporting faculty to fully understand age appropriate, developmentally-sound expectations for the children’s activities during the school day.
- Serves as a critical member of the LS Learning Team.
- Assists with classroom projects as needed.
- Attends class field trips and in-house events that showcase student work.
- Engages in positive conflict resolution and discipline as needed.
- Coordinates parent education and curriculum events (LS Curriculum Night(s), LS Specialist Night, Math Coffee Hours, Literacy Coffee Hours, Science, Health...).
- Plans information sessions for in-house families and key grade levels.
- Presents and shares information at parent meetings.
- Meets with parents to answer curricular questions, monitors and discerns parental concern, and advises parents on how to get the assistance they are seeking.
- Assists the Enrollment Office by conducting tours for prospective parents.
Student Teachers and Guest Educators
- Maintains relationships with teaching institutions (Kingsborough College, Bank Street) and facilitates placements.
- Hosts teachers and administrators from peer schools
- Orders classroom books and additional supplies as needed.
- Reconciles monthly billing.
- Coordinates budget lines with LS Head.
Programs and Special Events
- Oversees coordination of Clearpool and Nature’s Classroom trips with campsite directors, BFS faculty, and nursing office.
- Arranges for special guest performances (Latinx/Hispanic singers and dancers, Chinese Dancers, Native American classroom presentations, UNICEF speaker…).
- Assists in providing regular updates to Lower School Families.
- Oversees classroom and speciality teacher communications (online posts).
- Supports report writing process.
Interested candidates for this position should send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com