Upper School Principal: The Upper School Principal reports to the Head of School and is charged with comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty in the Upper School. As the division’s educational leader, the principal is afforded a high degree of autonomy, while partnering closely with other senior administrators, including the principals of the Lower and Middle Schools, to further school-wide initiatives. Within a collaborative culture based on Quaker decision-making, the principal provides the Upper School’s primary voice regarding expectations for students, faculty, and staff, oversees the development and implementation of curriculum, supervises teachers and the teaching process, and reviews and evaluates academic and co-curricular programs. The Upper School Principal makes recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring and retention of division faculty and staff, and supervises the Dean of Students, Dean of Academics, Director of College Counseling, Upper School faculty, academic department chairs, and Upper School office staff. In partnership with these and other colleagues, the principal attends to both daily school matters and issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern among the faculty, oversees the academic guidance of students and the methods and standards used by teachers to measure student achievement, and establishes and maintains community standards in both the academic and residential life of the Upper School. As a school and as a community, Westtown proceeds from a spiritual center, and the Upper School community relies on its principal to provide visible leadership in this regard, and to work in a compassionate and collaborative way towards the resolution of all challenges, both routine and unique.
• An advanced degree, at least seven years teaching experience, and at least five years administrative experience;
• Demonstrated track record of leadership and change management; • Demonstrated understanding of opportunities and challenges in independent schools; • Demonstrated success supervising and supporting teachers and other professional staff;
• Commitment to building and sustaining an inclusive community and a program which reflects diverse cultures and perspectives;
• Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s values;
• Experience in a residential program, ideally, or strong appreciation of the value of a residential program and a demonstrated understanding of its opportunities and challenges;
• Collegial, collaborative, and supportive management style;
• Appreciation and robust support for Quaker education and Quaker spirituality;
• Excellent judgment, with an ability to respond to urgent and crisis situations calmly;
• Excellent communication skills, initiative and follow-through;
• Diplomacy, tact, and discretion with confidential information.
Timeline and Process: Westtown has named an Interim Upper School Principal for the 2019- 2020 year, and the School aims to conduct its search for a permanent Upper School Principal both thoroughly and briskly, with the goal of naming the appointee by January 2020, for a start date in the summer of 2020.
Westtown welcomes diverse candidates and encourages them to apply. Westtown does not discriminate in hiring, and the school is committed to fostering an inclusive community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices.