Sheridan School seeks an experienced, dynamic educational leader as its Assistant Head of School to start in July 2024. This is an exciting time to join the Sheridan community, as the School nears its centennial, begins work on a new strategic plan, and launches a campus renovation. A senior administrator reporting to the Head of School, the Assistant Head of School is an institutional and instructional leader with a background in and passion for progressive education with a social justice lens.
The Assistant Head ensures fidelity to the School’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging; leads the Student Support Team; works with the Director of Curriculum & Instruction and division heads to support curricular alignment across grades and programs; supports the development of systems that will ensure smooth day-to-day operations; and serves as a strategic thought partner to the Head of School. Direct reports are likely to include the Director of Experiential Education, Assistant Director of DEIJB, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Director of Student Support, and Counselor. This is an exceptional opportunity to join the leadership team in a forward-thinking school with an unwavering commitment to a progressive model of individualized, student-centered education and a passion for building a more peaceful and equitable world.
Professional Qualifications • Deep appreciation and affection for the joys of a K-8 community; the heart of a teacher who celebrates and nurtures the development of Lower and Middle School children; • Understanding of evolving best practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the support of a progressive pedagogy with a strong diversity and social justice lens; • Personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and belonging and the requisite skills to support a diverse student body and faculty and to facilitate critical conversations in the design of ever more inclusive culture, curriculum, and programs; • The ability to develop and articulate vision and strategy and the tactical skills to manage the systems and processes necessary to implement program growth; and • Experience leading and managing adults in a complex program or organization.
Sheridan is an independent, co-educational, K-8 school located in northwest Washington, DC, offering a progressive, concept-based curriculum that promotes social justice and utilizes Reading and Writing Workshop, Math in Focus and Responsive Classroom. Each grade has about 25 students in one homeroom with two teachers. Departmental classes are taught in smaller sections outside of the homeroom by content specialists.
Sheridan strives to create a diverse and equitable learning environment, and we are fully committed to fostering our multicultural community. About 25% of our 225 students are from traditionally underrepresented groups and we are eager to consider teacher candidates from diverse backgrounds. Sheridan values continued professional growth, offering fully-funded faculty development opportunities and a mentoring program for new faculty. More information about Sheridan is available at www.sheridanschool.org.
Sheridan School does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other category protected by law. EOE.