The College School, an independent co-ed Preschool - 8th grade school of 235 students in St. Louis, Missouri, seeks a Lower Division Head to lead both their Reggio Emilia-inspired Early Childhood Program (ages three - Kindergarten) and their experiential education-focused Early Elementary Program (1st - 3rd grades). The Lower Division Head reports to the Head of School, serves on the leadership team, and works closely with the Upper Division Head. This individual is responsible for all curricular and non-curricular development and activities, involving approximately 115 students and 16 faculty in the lower division to create a dynamic, positive learning environment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Lower Division Head will:
Maintain congruence between the school’s board-approved mission statement and all activities of the division.
Act as the educational leader of the division, responsible for its day-to-day operation.
Coach faculty through observation, evaluation, growth goals, and opportunities for professional development.
Support teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and assessment.
Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring and retention, and the assignment of faculty.
Ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school’s operation.
Strive for unity, harmony, and cooperation through tact, helpfulness, respect, and the recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each teacher.
Maintain the annual budget for the division.
In coordination with the Upper Division Head, develop instructional and co-curricular schedules.
Function as the chief articulator of the division’s programs, expectations, and behavioral guidelines while being visibly present throughout the school and its various gatherings.
Be knowledgeable and able to share advances and trends in pedagogy and education.
Review and evaluate the academic programs, including for horizontal and vertical curricular flow, in collaboration with the Director of Equity and Inclusion.
Be aware of the various needs of the school community, and work closely with the Director of Student Support and School Counselor to monitor and develop plans for meeting student behavioral and academic needs.
Conduct regular meetings with faculty that will deal both with routine school matters and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
Oversee the process for production and review of standards-based report cards each semester.
Maintain a comprehensive calendar of school events and keep the entire school community informed of various school programs, activities, and grade level off campus trips.
Develop close relationships with TCS families and actively seek resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise.
Assist in the admission process through presentations and review of applicants for enrollment as requested by the Director of Admissions.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in education or school administration preferred
5 – 7 years of classroom teaching experience
Minimum 2 years experience as an administrative or faculty leader, preferably in independent schools
Collaborative and relational style built on active solicitation of input and excellent listening skills
Dynamic instructional leader with a solid understanding of the developmental and curricular needs of early childhood and elementary school students
Strong written and oral communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Strategic thinker and empathetic problem solver
Knowledge of and commitment to diversity and inclusion practices
Applications should include:
A detailed resume or CV
A cover letter expressing interest in this position
Please email all application materials to: email@example.com
The College School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against a job applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information, or any other protected status. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.