Sayre School seeks a dedicated, supportive, engaging educator for the position of Head of Upper School. The Upper School Head reports to the Head of School and is a member of the Leadership Team. Sayre’s Upper School (US) is the preeminent college preparatory program in the Bluegrass and the Head of Upper School oversees all facets of a 9th-12th grade program of 260 students with 28 faculty and staff members, that includes the Dean of Students, College Counselors, and the US Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator.
The Upper School features signature programs in public speaking, life skills (the Don Jacobs Sr. Seminars), and the ability to earn diploma distinctions in Global Studies, Environmental Sustainability and the Creative Arts. With the recent adoption of a new strategic plan, Vision 2030, the Upper School Head will assume a central role in the implementation and execution of key goals which include the development of an increasingly innovative, flexible and experiential curriculum, the continued enhancement to diversity, equity and inclusion programming and the elevation of health and social-emotional well-being initiatives.
The next Upper School Head will join an educational community where joyful, articulate, and self-confident students are guided and nurtured by dedicated and passionate faculty and staff committed to the social, emotional and intellectual growth of each child. Our students participate in a wide range of co-curricular activities and sports programs (18 teams for boys and girls). Through student government, Service in Society (a philanthropy elective), KYA and KUNA, leadership, advocacy and service attributes are cultivated and reinforced.
Sayre School is committed to equity and justice, and aspires to be a community in which every member feels engaged, heard, and valued. We embrace the contributions of all members of our community as we foster a culture of respect. Sharing perspectives and experiences beyond our own boundaries through exploration, introspection, and civil discourse is integral to our mission of creating an inclusive learning environment.
At the heart of our success lie the strong relationships between faculty and staff, and students and their parents. We all share the same goal of providing the best educational and social experience for our students as we prepare them to thrive in life beyond Sayre.
Qualified candidates will possess a master’s degree in a relevant field, strong leadership and communication skills, knowledge and experience of best practice in curriculum and pedagogy, a willingness to maintain a visible presence in the daily life of the school, an enthusiasm for engaging with students, faculty and parents, and a desire to work with a dynamic leadership team that values candor, commitment and humor.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter expressing their interest and qualifications for the position, a resume with supporting material including an educational philosophy statement, and a list of three references including contact information (References will not be contacted without the candidate’s knowledge). All material should be sent electronically to Stephen Manella, Head of School, at [email protected] with the subject line “Upper School Search”.
Sayre School actively seeks qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents who will make a positive contribution to school life. Sayre School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial affiliation or any other characteristic protected by law. Sayre School values a diverse community and complies with all applicable laws regarding nondiscrimination.
About Sayre School
Established in 1854, Sayre School is an independent PS through 12th grade college preparatory co-educational school located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. A second campus, comprising a 50-acre athletic complex and farm, is several miles outside of town.