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Job Type:
Full Time
Apply To:
Judy Sheridan
610-640-4150 x 2360
Upper School
Grade Levels:
Job Description:

Delaware Valley Friends School seeks outstanding candidates for the opening of Upper School Director, to begin August 2019. This is a new, 12-month position reporting to the Head of School resulting from the reorganization of duties. Ideal candidates will have a deep understanding of and experience serving students who learn differently. Candidates should also have a demonstrated commitment to serving students from diverse backgrounds and have engaged in training in cultural awareness. Previous experience in Friends schools is preferred. Candidates with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

The School:

Delaware Valley Friends School is a national leader educating bright students (grades 3-12) with reading, writing, and other learning differences. Students receive a comprehensive, research-based, college preparatory curriculum, individualized instruction, cutting-edge assistive technologies, and successful college placement, with an emphasis on metacognition and self-advocacy within a community based on Quaker values. DVFS is the first school program in the region accredited by both the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the International Multi-sensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) - the leaders in multi-sensory structured language instruction.

Delaware Valley Friends School values the strength inherent in a diverse community. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, age, disability or marital status in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or in hiring, use of volunteers or board membership. Instead, DVFS actively seeks to enhance its community through admissions and hiring practices that encourage a diverse candidate pool.

Established in 1986, the school attracts students from across the region. Located on the Philadelphia Main Line, in Paoli, Pennsylvania, the school is 45 minutes by train from Center City.



  • Serves as the educational leader of the upper school division
  • Guides upper school faculty in matters of classroom management, pedagogy, and school procedures.
  • Supports upper school students in all aspects of their academic program, in consultation with the Associate Head of School & Academic Dean
  • Oversees student affairs in the upper school division, in partnership with the Dean of Students
  • Liaises with upper school parents and with students’ therapists as appropriate
  • Collaborates with the Associate Head of School & Academic Dean on the development of upper school academic offerings and the schedule
  • Acts as the primary evaluator of division faculty in partnership with the associate head and other academic administrators
  • Makes recommendations to hire and, when necessary, terminate faculty, and plays a leadership role in such processes
  • Works in conjunction with the associate head and other division leaders to orient new teachers and other staff to the school
  • Clerks upper school division meetings
  • Serves on the Admissions Committee
  • Serves on the Academic Leadership Committee
  • In consultation with the CFO, maintains and helps establish budgets related to division work
  • Continually engages with students, parents, and other constituencies through events and programs of the school, developing and leading such events when appropriate
  • Engages in ongoing professional development relevant to the position
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School
  • Supports the School and its mission, maintaining a high degree of professionalism at all times




Applicant Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in a relevant discipline is preferred
  • At least 5-7 years working in a school environment, including significant time as a classroom teacher; previous administrative and managerial experience is preferred
  • Deep understanding of students who learn differently and the ability to support faculty in meeting each student’s needs
  • Orton-Gillingham or IMSLEC certification preferred
  • High demonstrated emotional intelligence and the ability to be both a leader and collaborator
  • Exhibit a growth-oriented mindset; flexibility; a high degree of interpersonal competence
  • A strong draw to serving an institution with the mission of Friends education
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting work in diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Facility with technology

Applicants should supply the following materials:

Please send letters of intent and resumes to Upper School Director Search, c/o Judy Sheridan, Assistant to the Head, No phone calls or other emails, please. Applicant review will commence immediately, and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. DVFS offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.


Job Posting Expiration Date: 02/24/2019
Non-discriminatory Statement:
Position Level:
Upper School
School Name:  Delaware Valley Friends School
Street Address: 19 East Central Avenue
City: Paoli
State: PA
Zip Code: 19301
Country: USA
Phone: 610-640-4150
Fax: 610-296-9970
Head of School: Kirk Smothers
Founding Date: 1986
Day / Boarding: Day Only
Age / Grade Levels: 3-12
Enrollment Size:
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Admissions Contact: Kathy Barry
Admissions Email:

03/05/2018 19 East Central Avenue
Paoli, PA 19301

Country: USA
19 East Central Avenue
Paoli, PA 19301

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