The Division Head of High School/French American Program Director is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to the Head of School. His/her role is to lead and manage the High School in partnership with our Division Head of High School/ International and IB Program Director Assistant Head of school to develop its full potential, delivering excellence in the areas of student learning, student and staff well-being, international mindset, organization, as well as quality safety and security learning environment.
The Division Head of High School/French American Program manages a team of administrative and mid-managers to ensure the best possible teaching and learning practices, organization, planning, communication, marketing, and budgeting.
This position will lead the Division in partnership with the Division Head of High School/IB Diploma and International Program Director Assistant Head of school, in accordance with FASNY’s one-page Guiding Statements:
Definition of learning
Mindset for learning
Student learner profile attributes
Responsibilities as the Co-Division Head of High School:
Main role and responsibilities ensuring accountability + reporting line :
Work closely with the Co-Division Head/IB Diploma and International Program Director as well as all Corporate Heads (double reporting) listed as Finance & HR; Buildings and Facilities; ICT; Admissions; Communication and Marketing; Development; Enrichment when applicable.
Manage the High school administrative and Well-Being Team, in partnership with the Assistant Head of school.
Manage Heads of Department (HODs) and Leader of learning (LL) to direct, support, coach, and empower teachers and students’ success.
Collaborate with College Counsellors and librarians.
Ensure excellent partnership with parents and stakeholders.
Reporting and accountability: see Organization Chart.
2. Administration, Planning, communication, and budget
Organize, set and supervise the administration of the French American Track Division: safety, security, organization and TT, learning structures, well-being of staff and students
Set and revise the Handbooks (staff; students & parents handbooks)
Organize, implement and supervise effective teaching hour structure for teachers and class allocation for the French American track and Bac français-OIB
Supervise P&L departmental budgets, in partnership with the Assistant Head of school.
Manage P&L High school Division budget, in partnership with the Assistant Head of school.
Leading and participating in meetings and ceremonies; student assemblies; student governance; “conseils de classe”; parents evenings; college counselor meetings; teacher reps meetings; PTA meetings; open-houses; graduations; special events, etc.
Ensure regular communication & marketing reports for the Division; ensure an excellent partnership with parents and stakeholders.
Attending meetings and conferences such as:
Attend weekly Academic Cabinet meetings as well as SLT meetings.
Participate as an active member of the Admissions Committee.
Attend annual AEFE, OIB, NYSAIS, and occasionally other important school peer group conferences (IB, ECIS, CIS, NAIS, etcetera)
French Ministry of Education (“Education nationale”/ B.O. / A.E.F.E.) :
Prepare and write the annual “rentrée” Projet d’établissement for the needs of the French Ministry of Education
Supervise/oversee the registration process for all French National Education exams (brevets, bacs, etc.)
Read and communicate AEFE / B.O. information and respond to surveys and report)
3.Academic and student’s learning management
Oversee curriculum for MS and HS in the French-American track to ensure vertical consistency.
Lead, coach, and supervise our Heads of Departments on :
Curriculum, sequencing of knowledge, skills, and understanding.
Co-lead teacher’s appraisal system with Division Heads and Head of school.
Cultivate an environment of high expectations for quality teaching and students; set the tone and build a positive work environment for staff, faculty, and students.
Manage hiring and staffing processes in collaboration with Heads of department, Middle School Head, and Head of School.
Mentor new faculty in conjunction with the Head of Department to reflect on data from previous external examinations.
Finally yet importantly…. be a learner!
Related to contract:
He or she is expected to be at work as of the school’s opening each day at 7:30 am and to work the hours reasonably necessary to advance or complete ongoing tasks and projects needed to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the High School.
He or she is expected to attend—often in the evenings—and help prepare or oversee the preparation of all major school events as a participant or attendee, such as Parent-Teacher Conferences, Back-to-School BBQ, Homecoming events, Open Houses, Back-To-School Night, Dances, Conseils de Classe, Graduation, etc.
Like any administrator at FASNY, the Co-Division Head of High School is expected to teach up to one or two classes per week, and/or act as a substitute as needed.
DESIRED QUALITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS:
The successful candidate will possess many of the following experiences and skills:
The ability to lead, support, and inspire faculty, balancing a culture of creativity and collaboration with consistent feedback, structure, and support.
A record of accomplishment of exceptional results in an independent school.
Excellent community-outreach and relationship-building skills.
Extensive knowledge of curriculum development.
Ability to create and sustain positive, ambitious school culture among staff and students
Ability to develop teachers- mentor, provide feedback and constructive criticism, corrective action, coaching, and discipline if necessary.
The ability to foster a culture of both academic rigor and a commitment to student well-being, including an understanding of a wide range of learner needs.
Excellent communication skills– clear, direct communication with tact and professionalism.
Classroom experience and division leadership experience are strongly preferred.
Highly organized and attentive-to-detail.
The position offers a competitive salary along with a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, FSA, 403B, life and disability insurance, PTO, etcetera.
Please email cover letter and resume with Division Head of High School/French American Program Director in the subject line to [email protected]
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
About French American School of NY
The French American School of New York (FASNY) is an international, independent, coeducational day school providing a global education to approximately 800 students in nursery through grade 12.
Founded in 1980 as a 17-student preschool, FASNY has evolved to become a premier bilingual and international N-12 day school with global reach. Our dedicated staff of teachers and administrators is committed to creating an environment that is nurturing yet challenging, one that encourages students to flourish intellectually, emotionally, and ethically. Our goal is to have a faculty and staff whose diversity reflects as closely as possible to the student body. The school is now seeking an innovative, creative, and dynamic educator to lead the school forward in the next phase of its development. This position will focus largely on working with faculty and leading them forward in adopting inclusive pedagogies and curricula. FASNY will provide a strategic framework through which the director can build the school’s infrastructure for meaningful inclusion of all its members.