The Park School seeks a Lower Division Head to begin July 1, 2021. The Lower Division Head is a member of the School’s senior administrative team providing focused, strategic leadership to Park’s Lower Division. The Lower Division consists of PreK - Grade 4 serving approximately 300 students and roughly 50 faculty. The Lower Division Head works closely with the Assistant Head of School for Academics and Program and the Upper Division Head to support and strengthen Park’s robust PreK-Grade 8 program. Park’s Lower Division is a vibrant community of eager and joyful learners and passionate and dedicated educators. With so much still to be determined, 2021-22 promises to be a year complete with challenges and opportunities as Park and the world navigates through the evolving impact of COVID-19 focused on building community, enhancing program, and prioritizing health and safety. The Lower Division Head will play a leadership role as the School works to accomplish the goals of Park’s recently released Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Implementation Plan.
Founded in 1888, Park is a leading PreK - Grade 8 independent school located on a 34-acre campus in Brookline, Massachusetts. We are a close-knit community that benefits from a diverse body of approximately 545 students and more than 140 passionate faculty and staff. Our community is distinguished by genuine and warm relationships between students, teachers, and families and by small class sizes at all levels.
Park is committed to being a diverse, metropolitan, co-educational, day school. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, or family composition. Central to our mission is an appreciation of similarities and differences of perspective and the interdependence of all people. As a family school, our community is one in which the dignity of each child, teacher, and parent is respected.
Roles & Responsibilities
Oversee the day-to-day operation of the Lower Division in support of Lower Division students, faculty, staff, and families
In partnership with the Assistant Head of School for Academics and Program, lead the implementation of Park’s 2018 Strategic Plan as it pertains to the Lower Division
In partnership with the Assistant Head of School for Academics and Program, manage the hiring process for Lower Division faculty seeking to build a diverse, equity-minded, and student-centered faculty
In partnership with the Assistant Head of Academics and Program, execute the Lower Division faculty supervision and evaluation process
In partnership with the Assistant Head of School for Academics and Program & the Director of Instructional Practice, determine and implement best in class instructional practices
In partnership with the Assistant Head of School of Academics & Program and Upper Division Head, coordinate the faculty, staff, and administration professional growth and development program
In partnership with the Assistant Head of School for Academic and Program and Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, ensure that Park’s hiring and retention practices foster a culture of equity and inclusion and allow Park to retain an excellent and energized faculty
In partnership with the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Assistant Head for Academics and Program, ensure that Park’s Lower Division curriculum demonstrates a purposeful and effective antiracist approach and that Park’s Lower Division instructional practices demonstrate the best in culturally responsive teaching
In partnership with the Lower Division Assistant Head, Upper Division Head, School Counselor, and Psychologist, support and maintain the Upper Division SEL curriculum
In partnership with Lower Division Assistant Head and Lower Division faculty create and sustain an effective approach to student behavior management
In partnership with the Director of Academic Support and Assistant Head of School for Academics & Program, work to ensure that a range of diverse learners is served by Lower Division curriculum, instruction, and faculty
In partnership with the Head of School and Director of Marketing & Communications, clearly define and communicate the academic and instructional vision of the Lower Division to internal and external constituency groups
In partnership with the Director of Admission, works to support the work of the Admission Office as it pertains to recruitment, assessment, and enrollment of prospective Lower Division students and families
In partnership with the Directors of Secondary School Counseling, works to retain Lower Division students and support Lower Division students entertaining a move to another school
In partnership with the Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations and other operational leaders manage the Lower Division budget, essential services, and Lower Division facilities
Supervise the Lower Division faculty
Supervise the Lower Division Assistant Head
Supervise the Lower Division After School Program Director and Lower Division After School Program
Serve on the senior administrative team and the School’s emergency response team
Lead specific initiatives as determined by the Head of School
An advanced degree and a minimum of five years of administrative experience leading curricular and instructional change
Experience as a division head preferred
Demonstrated depth of knowledge and skill regarding student-centered curriculum and pedagogy, applied learning, social-emotional learning, project-based instruction, and competency-based teaching and learning
Demonstrated dedication to multiculturalism, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in school settings with a record of accomplishment
Strategic thinking skills with a record of accomplishment in the implementation of change initiatives within progressive, student-centered schools
Community building skill set and the capacity and an interest in working with a broad spectrum of professional learners
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, allowing one to work effectively with colleagues, parents, and students
Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking
A desire to work with colleagues, students, and parents in a Pre-K - 8 school environment
Ability to work collegially with multiple constituencies
Strong organizational skills
A good sense of humor
A growth mindset
Expected Hours of Work
A full-time exempt position that requires occasional evening and weekend work and requires active engagement in the life of the School community
Some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be required
Please visit Park’s career page to complete an application and upload your resume, cover letter, leadership/philosophy statement, and the names of three to five references including two present or past supervisors.
The Park School welcomes candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching and learning.
The Park School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or family composition or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment, education, admission, financial aid, and other policies and programs.
About The Park School
The Park School is a PreK to Grade 8 independent school in Brookline, MA dedicated to excellence in education. The cornerstone of Park's program is academic excellence, combining both high standards of scholarship and the encouragement of each child to develop to his or her greatest potential. Our school community fosters a nurturing environment in which children develop curiosity, express creativity, appreciate the value of hard work and discipline, and experience the joy of learning. Park's faculty encourages each student to strive for intellectual, physical and moral growth and to become contributing members of the community.
Park is committed to being a metropolitan, co-educational day school of diverse races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds. Central to its mission is an appreciation of similarities and differences of perspective and the interdependence of all people. As a family school, Park is a community in which the dignity of each child, teacher, and parent is respected.