The Associate Head of Middle School (AHoMS) reports to the Head of Middle School and serves as a member of the Middle School leadership team and student support team. The AHoMS will collaborate with the Head of Middle School to oversee the academic, social, and emotional progress of the 200+ students during these critical years in a young person’s life. The AHoMS will actively embrace and act upon the school’s commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable teaching and learning community and will commit to ensuring that every student in the division feels welcomed, heard, and appreciated.
The AHoMS should have an understanding of the developmental needs of adolescent girls and the desire to hold students to high standards while supporting and nurturing their growth. The AHoMS should have high energy, enthusiasm, and a sense of humor, and model lifelong learning and a commitment to professional growth. It is important that candidates be confident problem solvers, yet flexible and willing to see situations from all sides. The AHoMS should be comfortable having challenging conversations not only with students, but also with their parents. The AHoMS should be a strong student advocate, but able to maintain appropriate boundaries with the students in the division. The AHoMS should be highly organized, detail-oriented, and a strong communicator, as they will be primarily responsible for managing student activities and assisting the Head of Middle School with the implementation of longer-term goals.
Responsibilities assigned to the Associate Head of Middle School include, but are not limited to:
Working closely with the Head of Middle School (HoMS) to achieve the school’s and HoMS’s vision and goals for the division; helping to assess progress towards these goals throughout the school year.
Working with the HoMS, counseling office, school nurse, learning specialists, and deans to address the academic and social-emotional needs of Middle School students.
Collaborating with the HoMS, deans, and Director of Diversity and Equity to create and implement policies and programs that support all students of color attending Nightingale.
Collaborating with learning specialists to see that learning needs of individual students are addressed.
Coordinating extracurricular programming in the Middle School, including managing the logistics and communication of assemblies, clubs, and special programming.
Crafting and sending Middle School “Week Ahead” email to students, sharing announcements and community time details for the upcoming week.
Organizing and managing grade-wide trips (in consultation with class deans) and assisting with logistics for individual class field trips.
Participating in the Middle School community time planning team, collaboratively building programming that brings shared goals to life and taking a leadership role in executing logistics and follow-up.
With the MS leadership team, participating in mandatory and ongoing professional development, especially on topics of identity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Attending dean and advising team meetings
Filling in as an advisor as needed.
Working with the HoMS to evaluate existing policies with an equity lens and develop education around the new Middle School Bias Reporting Protocol.
Collaborating with the HoMS on creating and enforcing disciplinary policies.
Alongside class deans, building, coordinating and communicating the logistics of new student orientation.
Assisting the HoMS with proofreading and editing student progress reports and reviewing schedules.
Coordinating end-of-year events alongside HoMS and class deans
Assisting with the process of students applying out to other schools.
Serving on the Middle School admissions committee.
Maintaining contact with parents on issues relating to their children.
Participating in parent education panels and coffees.
Teaching one course in the Middle School.
Acting as primary point person in division in head’s absence.
All interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to The Nightingale-Bamford School website. Please specify for Associate Head of Middle School Position.
The Nightingale-Bamford School
Founded by two bold, visionary entrepreneurs in 1920, The Nightingale-Bamford School mission is to inspire girls to go beyond barriers. Tied to this mission is a broader vision of students who are joyful learners who have the intellectual depth and courage to be critical thinkers, compassionate citizens, and agents of their own lives. Nightingale educates girls’ minds and hearts and, in so doing, infuses their lives with meaningful relationships, teaching them to value difference as a means of growth, and empowering them to question the status quo with confidence, empathy, resilience and reason.
Nightingale’s commitment to social justice requires that all community members engage actively and thoughtfully in work around diversity, equity and inclusion. We actively encourage applications from candidates with broad and diverse backgrounds.
There are currently 679 students enrolled in the school. Average class size is 12, student to faculty ratio is 6:1. The school is located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan near many museums and Central Park. Students come from throughout New York City, Westchester, and New Jersey.
Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the policy of the School to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military status, marital status, familial status, caregiver status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The School’s employment practices and decisions adhere to the principles of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity.
This commitment to equal opportunity applies to and is reflected in all School activities, including, but not limited to, recruiting, interviewing, hiring, staffing, training, promotions, compensation practices, employee benefits, social programs, discipline, and termination of employment. The School maintains zero tolerance for violations of this policy and expects all employees to abide by and support this policy without reservation.
About The Nightingale-Bamford School
Founded in 1920, Nightingale-Bamford is an independent school for girls, enrolling 679 students from Kindergarten through Class XII. The schoolhouse consistes of 97,000 square feet with a regulation-size gymnasium, auditorium with computerized sound and lighting systems, state-of-the-art science laboratories, computer rooms and library technology. The school is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools.Full-time faculty members:92 Average tenure at Nightingale: 11 years