The Chapin School seeks an outstanding educator to become the Assistant Head of School beginning July 1, 2021.
The Assistant Head of School is responsible for the running of day-to-day operations of grades one through eight, including management and organization of academic programs and student life. The Assistant Head of School reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the school’s administrative team.
About Chapin School Chapin is a 215-student Pre-K through eighth grade co-educational school in Princeton, New Jersey. About to celebrate its 90th year, the school has an excellent academic reputation and outstanding secondary school placement record.
Chapin School’s Mission Chapin is dedicated to the belief that lifelong habits of the mind and heart are formed in the elementary and middle school years. Chapin provides a richly textured education that inspires academic achievement and builds strength of character. Within a diverse, caring and supportive community, we prepare our students to meet the future with skill, confidence, determination and generosity of spirit.
Chapin School’s Philosophy We believe that students learn best in a supportive, encouraging, and diverse community. Chapin shares a commitment to each child's academic, emotional, ethical, creative, physical, and social development. In small classes that promote active learning, dedicated faculty create environments where critical thinking, effective communication, creativity and curiosity flourish. Encountering challenges that lead to success, students develop a positive sense of self. A strong commitment to Chapin's five virtues (respect, responsibility, honesty, kindness, and perseverance) fosters an environment for character development that complements our rigorous academic programs.
Responsibilities of the Assistant Head of School
Demonstrate a belief in and commitment to an inclusive, equitable, and diverse school community.
Cultivate opportunities for students to create, explore, and take intellectual risks.
Inspire, support, evaluate, and provide feedback to faculty.
Guide the faculty recruitment and hiring process and coordinate orientation and mentoring for new faculty.
Collaborate with the Director of Curriculum to implement a school-wide curriculum grounded in inquiry-based learning.
Oversee professional development programs, including designing and coordinating all-school in-service days.
Promote and expand a culture of environmental stewardship throughout the school.
Work with the School Counselor and the Dean of Student Life to promote student wellness and enhance the school-wide Character Program.
Collaborating with Department Chairs, develop the yearly schedule of classes, and standardized testing.
Communicate clearly and engage proactively with parents and students.
Work closely with the Director of Admission and Enrollment in all admission initiatives.
Working with the Director of Finance, develop and monitor the instructional budget.
A visible presence in the daily life of the school and an active participant at major school functions and events.
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Leadership and Personal Qualities
Ideally, the Assistant Head of School will possess the following personal qualities:
An enthusiasm that energizes a love of learning throughout the community.
Models the five virtues of the school community.
A pedagogy grounded in inquiry-based and experiential learning.
A forward-thinking and reflective leader; a visionary thinker who brings innovative ideas to life.
A personal commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
The ability to motivate students and teachers to meet high expectations.
Create an atmosphere that motivates students and teachers and enhances success for all.
Integrity and good moral character; warmth and patience; positivity; emotional intelligence; and a sense of humor.
Respect and love for children and how they learn, develop, and grow.
A master’s degree is required.
Teaching experience in a Lower or Middle School.
Experience in a school leadership position. Curriculum and administrative leadership preferred, including mentoring, coaching, and team building.
Ability to organize and manage in a school setting using effective communication skills (written and oral).
Values and promotes the use of technology throughout all curricular areas, including STEAM, digital citizenship, and design process thinking.
Cover letter describing your interest in the position
List of five professional references
Statement of Educational Philosophy
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The Chapin School of Princeton New Jersey, a co-ed three-year-old through eighth grade school dedicated to the belief that lifelong habits of the mind and heart are formed in the elementary and middle school years. Chapin provides a richly textured education that inspires academic achievement and builds strength of character. Highlighting the five virtues of good character; Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Kindness, and Perseverance; these values are interwoven into the whole community at Chapin making it a warm and supportive community for all.