A vibrant and visionary place to learn and grow, Kent Place School seeks a Director of the Primary School to begin July 1, 2022. Kent Place — an independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory day school for girls in Grades K–12 with a coeducational preschool — educates and empowers the next generation of leaders. Kent Place demonstrates its commitment to providing lifelong learning experiences for students, faculty, and staff, within and beyond the school, through its signature programs, such as Global Learning, the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School, the Girls’ Leadership Institute, Economic and Financial Literacy, and STEM.
The Director of the Primary School is the lead administrator for Junior Pre-K to Grade 5, a division of approximately 200 students and 40 faculty and staff. The Director of the Primary School has overall responsibility for curriculum, faculty support and supervision, and student and parent programs for the division. The successful candidate will report to the Head of School and to the Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning and be a member of the Leadership Team. Characteristics of the Director of the Primary School include being a champion for girls’ education, a confident decision maker, culturally competent, and a skilled communicator. The full job description is available here
Opportunities and Challenges:
Cultivate a Sense of Wonder: The next Director will inspire, support, and nurture the curiosity and joy that young children bring to their early encounters with school. The Director will have a passion for creating and sustaining immersive and exciting learning environments and will celebrate the work of the adults who each day bring the magic of learning to life.
Bring Pedagogical Expertise: The Director will lead a Primary School faculty that is seasoned, well regarded, and prepared for healthy dialogue on best instructional practices from early childhood to Grade 5. The faculty will expect a leader to share research, explain rationale, and provide support as teachers expand their practices and repertoires.
Develop and Diversify Faculty: The Director will steward the newly revised professional growth and evaluation system, which includes a growth trajectory around pedagogical skill as well as community engagement and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The Director will elevate the sense of accomplishment and expertise in the division. The Director will also seek to hire and support a more diverse faculty to mirror the diverse student body.
Strengthen Academic Vision: The Primary School curriculum incorporates a number of strong programs, among them Readers and Writers Workshop; elements of Singapore Math aligned with the mathematical proficiencies defined by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; STEM-based competencies; a signature World Languages program, in which the youngest learners are exposed to French and Spanish through Grade 5; and a whole-child approach that respects each young student’s potential. Recognizing the abundance of good ideas and possible paths to follow, the next Director will strengthen, clarify, and articulate the division’s vision and priorities and focus attention on agreed-upon goals.
Build Strong Parent Partnerships: The Director will enjoy engaging and building trust with parents, seeking to achieve the right balance between parent interaction with the school and allowing parents to learn and understand their child’s experiences as she progresses developmentally from early childhood through the upper elementary years. Designing and delivering programming for parents and inviting them in to understand and celebrate students’ growth will be essential responsibilities.
Encourage Collaboration: The Academic Leadership Team thinks deeply about the student experience across three divisions and joins Head of School Jennifer Galambos in considering long-term goals as well as responding to immediate concerns. The next Director will advocate for the Primary School while remaining open to and supportive of the specific needs of the other divisions. High performing and fast paced, this team welcomes a Director of the Primary School who will embrace its collaborative spirit.
Distribute Leadership: The Director will support and articulate the work of the division’s leadership team and mentor teachers by delegating responsibilities, providing opportunities for leadership and professional growth, and clarifying roles and responsibilities. By encouraging collaboration, visiting classrooms, and knowing the strengths of the team, the Director will foster camaraderie and adult learning. Be a Presence: The Director will be a visible presence in the life of the school and form strong relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents.
To Apply: Interested candidates should submit electronically, in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials:
• A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position
• A current résumé
Selected candidates will also be asked to provide the following:
• A writing sample, such as an educational philosophy statement, blog post, or speech
• A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without a candidate’s permission)
Candidates are invited to contact our search consultants in confidence and to submit a cover letter and résumé to:
John Faubert, Senior Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Whitaker, Senior Consultant email@example.com
Kent Place School is an equal opportunity employer. We seek candidates who support the development of a school community that is culturally competent, a working environment that is affirming and inclusive, where each member feels safe and valued, as described in our Diversity Statement