Westtown School is currently seeking an innovative director for our community service and service-learning program, “Service Network”. The Service Network Director will collaborate to set the vision for the program and help to make service an essential part of the school community. In addition, the Service Network Director seeks to engage students in service as a reflection of our Quaker values. Reporting to the Dean of Students, this part-time position will begin in August 2021.
Westtown School is an independent, co-educational, Quaker pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Westtown offers state-of-the-art facilities where our committed faculty and staff inspire and prepare our students to be stewards and leaders of a better world.
Currently, the Service Network program has three components:
A co-curricular in which students engage in community service at partner sites in our neighboring communities;
A graduation service requirement;
Service opportunities for the school community on weekends and as part of special grade-level or division-wide events.
We are seeking someone with visionary and collaborative skills to design and implement a self-study process with the goal of making the Service Network program more mission-aligned with the school’s ABAR work. The Director will develop and lead programming where service becomes an expression of the school’s solidarity with marginalized individuals and communities and in which service is used to teach social justice and allyship.
As Westtown strives to fulfill our commitment to being an anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) school, we are seeking culturally competent candidates with a demonstrated commitment to and ongoing professional development in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, which is evidenced in their personal and professional interactions, curriculum, and pedagogy.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Beginning in the fall of 2021, partner closely with the Dean of Students and the Upper School leadership team to design and implement a self-study process with the goal of recommending changes to the Service Network program by June of 2022 for implementation by September of 2021;
Lead three seasons of the Service Network co-curricular with daily activities on and off campus, Monday through Friday during the co-curricular time;
Partner with class advisors, the residential program directors, and the Upper School Equity and Inclusion Coordinator to develop service projects on weekends and as part of division-wide activities and events;
Oversee the graduation service requirement (Note - this has been on hold since 2020 due to the pandemic and may or may not be reinstituted in the fall of 2021);
Serve on the Student Life Leadership Team;
Clerk the Faculty Service Committee.
BA or BS degree required;
Experience building and maintaining community partnerships;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
Experience evaluating and restructuring service-oriented programs;
The ability to skillfully manage and prioritize multiple projects;
Experience working in an educational environment at the high school level, with experience in independent or boarding schools a plus;
A deep commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices;
Strong leadership skills as well as demonstrated competency in the areas of allyship and social justice;
A strong character with a team-oriented spirit, and the ability to connect meaningfully with students throughout our diverse community;
Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s Quaker values.
Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.
Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.