LREI’s lower school principal will be a visionary guide for our diverse community of faculty and students as the division continues to grow and evolve. The six years that students spend in our lower division represent a period of significant growth and development. Our nurturing, supportive lower school sets the stage for LREI’s progressive program and the principal is the chief spokesperson for the school during this essential time in a child’s and family’s life. Our lower school principal will work with our faculty to cultivate opportunities for students and teachers to build community, inspire creativity, foster citizenship, and summon courage.
The principal’s specific responsibilities will be to:
Lead the lower school in a manner consistent with LREI’s mission.
Work in concert with the students, faculty, administration, and families to foster the continued growth and development of the lower school’s progressive program and equity and social justice mission.
Direct the division’s day-to-day operations.
Communicate the lower school’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information to all constituencies including students, faculty, administration, and parents.
Conduct regular meetings with faculty (individually and in groups) concerning routine school matters as well as the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational and philosophical interest and growth.
Supervise, observe, and collaborate with the faculty in the design and implementation of the lower school’s program.
Oversee the coordination and assist in the planning and presentation of school assemblies and other related initiatives, and maintain a comprehensive calendar of school events.
Oversee the reporting of student growth and achievement to families and maintain divisional records for each child.
Respond to the cognitive, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of the school community and develop plans for meeting these needs, working with internal and external supports.
Cultivate and maintain a safe and inclusive school culture of mutual respect.
Maintain a visible and positive presence in all areas of the school.
In consultation with the faculty and the head of school, be responsible for the hiring, assignment, and retention of faculty as part of the annual evaluation/observation process.
Assist in the admission process for the recruitment of prospective students.
Support the school and its administrative leadership team.
Communicate with, and perform other duties as assigned by, the head of school.
Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School is an equal opportunity employer. LREI is a member of NAIS, NYSAIS, the GUILD, ISAAGNY, and PEN. LREI’s Staff Association is affiliated with the UFT.
About Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI)
A leader in progressive education since 1921, LREI teaches children to be independent thinkers who work together to solve complex problems. Students graduate from our diverse community as active participants in our democratic society, with the creativity, integrity, and courage to bring meaningful change to the world.