The IDEAL School of Manhattan is seeking a talented, collaborative, and creative Head of Upper School to lead all aspects of our Upper School (Grades 6-12) program. The successful candidate will support the development of an inclusive learning community where all students are challenged, supported, and inspired to achieve academic and personal excellence within the context of a small and nurturing educational community where all children and adults are encouraged to bring their whole selves to the table.
This candidate will bring to IDEAL broad and deep experience in academics and in the social and emotional development of young people in Grades 6-12 and be prepared to collaborate with faculty and staff to promote the overall academic, emotional, and social success of all students. The successful candidate will be a strong communicator, able to partner effectively with families and faculty to build and develop our Upper School program and to promote the mission of the school internally and externally.
Guided at all times by the mission and in collaboration with the Head of School and other members of the administrative team, foster the growth, development, and next steps of IDEAL’s Middle and High Schools
Communicate effectively, consistently, and transparently to promote the work of the Upper School to all constituencies--to families, faculty, students, administration, and prospective families--and create a culture that embraces dialogue and ongoing growth and celebrates the work of the school and its students internally and externally
Know all students and provide collaborative oversight for each Upper School student’s individual progress and social-emotional development
Oversee all aspects of student life, including but not limited to the programming of assemblies; the coordination and scheduling of student-led clubs, STEAM, and arts activities; and the development and implementation of service learning and leadership programs appropriate for Middle and High School students
Oversee the APEX Program (sports) and other after-school activities
Continue the development of the Upper School social justice curriculum and commitment to anti-bias instruction in coordination with the Director of Diversity and Community
Support a positive culture that fosters the positive identity development of students and ensures that all in the community can bring their entire identity to the table
Serve as a primary point of contact for all Middle and High school students, faculty, and families and facilitate positive communication among all constituencies
Support, guide, supervise, and evaluate all Upper School faculty and staff members in their daily work to challenge, nurture, and inspire students
Develop and implement protocols and practices to nurture a spirit of professionalism and a culture of professional growth among faculty and staff
Make recommendations to the Head of School on the hiring and retention of Upper School faculty, therapists, and staff
Work with Upper School students, faculty, and staff to articulate the essential skills and qualities all Upper School students will graduate with and develop shared practices and pedagogy around the development of these skills
Create an intentional curriculum review and articulation process and continue to develop and articulate curriculum and programs that support the development of Middle and High School students within an inclusive community
Supervise the creation of the schedule in collaboration with faculty, therapists, and other staff members to ensure that we have appropriate courses for our students and a schedule that promotes an intentional, mission-appropriate pedagogy
Represent and promote the work of the Upper School in administrative team meetings
Represent and promote the Upper School in all admissions and community events and serve on the admissions committee
Maintain compliance with all NY State education laws
Oversee the CSE process in Upper School
Teach one class in the area of your academic specialty
Other duties as assigned
Essential Qualities and Qualifications
An unwavering commitment to guiding the growth of an inclusive and diverse community and culture
A creative, flexible, team player who is able to think outside the box and contribute positively to the growth of the school
A collaborative problem solver who intervenes to resolve conflicts
Excellence in operations and implementation as well as vision
A growth mindset and a passion for supporting the growth of all community members
Transparency and quick follow up
A sense of humor
Master’s Degree or higher preferred
The IDEAL School of Manhattan is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities for all qualified employees and job applicants and to making all employment decisions without unlawful discrimination as to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, marital status, familial status, actual or perceived status as a victim of domestic violence, caregiver status, gender identity or expression, military status, veteran status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training and development, promotion, demotion, discipline, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.
About The IDEAL School of Manhattan
The IDEAL School is an independent K - 12th grade school that offers a rigorous, individualized academic program. Our team-teaching model, small class sizes, and low student-teacher ratios allow us to differentiate instruction based on individual strengths, interests, and abilities. The curriculum challenges students by promoting high academic achievement and social and emotional growth. With an emphasis on creative arts and a unique elective program, we offer enrichment and support through classes such as world languages, chess, musical theater, and media production. Our philosophy of inclusion instills students with respect for differences and develops empathy, social responsibility, and world stewardship.