Grace Church School’s mission of fostering academic excellence, ethical values, and an inclusive community anchors our program and informs our pedagogy and curriculum, preparing our students to lead meaningful and productive lives. The school nurtures and educates the whole child, understanding that our humanity comprises mind, body, heart, and spirit. We celebrate our differences, respect our diversity, and embrace our shared human experience.
About the Position
Grace Church School seeks to hire a Lower School Division Head to begin July 1, 2021. The ideal candidate will be an experienced educator who demonstrates qualities of excellent leadership, including the ability to: communicate clearly with a broad range of constituencies; demonstrate multicultural and anti-racist competencies; develop curriculum and advise teachers in its effective implementation; cultivate trust among colleagues; and handle difficult conversations with as much ease as possible, listening with an open mind and providing firm and fair guidance when needed. The LS Division Head should be flexible and discreet, approach their work with joy, have a well-developed toolkit for managing disciplinary situations and for inspiring students to be their best, and take a “hands on” approach to learning–whether in the classroom, dining room, hallways, or play yard. The candidate should believe in attending to the learning process ahead of the product, balancing students’ emotional, social, and academic development. Caring, confident, and critical when necessary, the LS Division Head should create a safe haven where students can trust that they will receive age-appropriate guidance to navigate teachable moments when problems occur. The person should be able to work effectively under pressure and within time constraints while maintaining an optimistic and growth-oriented mindset. Lastly, candidates should feel in their bones that Lower School students are special.
This position reports to the head of school. Its specific duties include but are not limited to:
Providing administrative oversight of the Lower School (Grades 2–4). This includes managing and supporting the faculty, monitoring curriculum, hiring substitutes, and supervising the production of report cards;
Teaching two academic classes (reading preferred);
Conducting classroom observations of teachers with an expertise in constructive feedback and coaching;
Leading the hiring team for all open Lower School positions, facilitating the process with an understanding of school policies and best practices around equity, fairness, and anti-bias;
Leading all Lower School faculty meetings;
Monitoring LS lunch;
Attending Lower School Chapel services;
Setting and maintaining standards for appropriate Lower School conduct;
Getting to know the students in the division and working with the faculty and counselor to monitor and encourage their academic, social, and emotional growth;
Serving on the JK–8 Guidance Committee;
Serving on the following school-wide committees: Administrative Council; Education Policies Committee; Education Committee of the Board; Diversity Council; and Academic Admin team;
Interviewing and assessing applicants to the Lower School, working closely with the Admissions team;
Working to support and advance the institutional commitment to equity, belonging, and anti-racism;
Producing regular, formal group communications for Parents in the Lower School Division;
Working seamlessly with faculty in all divisions, understanding how to advocate for the priorities of one division with an understanding of the needs and priorities of the whole school.
The school seeks an educator with Lower School teaching experience in an independent school. The person should have an advanced degree and some administrative experience.
Interested applicants can apply by submitting a résumé and cover letter through the employment page of our school website.
Grace During a Time of Covid
Grace is presently operating in a hybrid model (interested candidates can view our detailed plans for our approach to being open). Initial interviews for this position will take place via Zoom.
Our Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism:
Grace Church School seeks to provide its students with an outstanding education and with the desire to use it to make the world a better place. Every facet of our work is enhanced by the diversity and strength of our community. We believe that equity and inclusion are not only hallmarks of a just society, but also virtues essential to sound learning. And so, Grace seeks to recognize and honor the unique gifts of its students, families, faculty, and staff—and the cultures, beliefs, values, and experiences that have shaped them—striving always to cultivate mutual understanding, humility, respect, and kindness.
But inclusion is not enough and equity is an impossibility if we cannot name, acknowledge, and oppose the forces of racism and all forms of bias, hate, and fear that exist in our society and that seek to diminish so many in our midst. Knowing this, we commit ourselves to the work of anti-racism and to the cause of justice: that all students may find in Grace a home, may learn from Grace their precious worth, and may hear from Grace a call to serve the common good and the dignity of humanity.