UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL NEW YORK, NEW YORK JUNIOR SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL Effective August 2020
MISSION Under the auspices of the United Nations and guided by its ideals, UNIS provides an inclusive and diverse learning environment in which rigorous international programs foster academic excellence, innovation, creativity and cross cultural communication to educate and inspire its students to become an active force in shaping a better world: peaceful, compassionate and sustainable.
THE SCHOOL The United Nations International School (UNIS) was established in 1947 by a group of United Nations parents to provide an international education for their children, while preserving their diverse cultural heritages. What began as a nursery school for 20 children quickly grew, adding grades, students and faculty. The first 12th grade class graduated in 1964. Today, UNIS enrolls 1600 students on two campuses, one in Queens housing K-8 and one in Manhattan housing K-12. At the 9th grade level, UNIS Queens students may automatically transfer to the Manhattan Campus. UNIS is chartered by the New York Board of Regents as an independent, not-for profit school and is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).
THE CURRICULUM From the earliest years, the social, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional and physical needs and interests of UNIS students are central to the curriculum, so that the classroom becomes a world in which acquisition conceptual understanding and the acquisition of skills goes hand in hand with freedom to create and explore. The integrated learning that characterizes school life in the early grades is developed and diversified in the intermediate years, whereby a rigorous, but flexible and broad basis for learning is maintained, enabling students to embrace the acquisition of knowledge, the development of competencies and attitudes and their complex application across the disciplines. As students move to the high school, the focus in the curriculum shifts from a more interdisciplinary focus to academic specialization, in recognition of the subject- based knowledge and understandings that are required for the UNIS Diploma, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and Certificates and college admissions. Students study across a broad and balanced range of subjects including languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics, technology, the arts, and physical education, drawing on content from educational cultures across the world. Tutorial House students (grades 9-12, 520 students) are provided with intellectually challenging learning experiences, enabling them to examine the central ideas of an issue, question and share ideas and knowledge, and use higher-order critical thinking skills to solve and construct new meanings and understandings. When students graduate from UNIS, they leave with a genuine understanding of global interdependence and a respect for differences, both cultural and academic. Their education has equipped them with a sense of academic responsibility and independence and encouraged them to be responsible, informed and caring members of society. Each year students apply to over 200 universities in North America, Europe and Asia with impressive success. From the University of Bristol (UK) to Brown, Harvard to Hofstra, the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands to McGill in Canada, UNIS students, armed with the power of their UNIS/IB education, find the doors to the world’s most respected universities open to them. One hundred percent of UNIS graduates enter college within a year of graduation. In recent years between 75-80 percent of the graduates enrolled in colleges in the United States.
STUDENT COMMUNITY The UNIS student body is among the most diverse in the world, representing 130 countries and speaking 92 mother tongues. Having daily contact with students from every part of the globe, UNIS students gain a sophisticated and mature cultural understanding. In an atmosphere where individuality is encouraged, students and families maintain their cultural heritage and values. Students gain historic and contemporary knowledge and an understanding of the world by interacting with teachers from around the globe. The average attrition rate over the past five years is 10 percent, and over 60 percent of the graduating class has been enrolled for six or more years. Nearly one third of the graduating class has been at UNIS since Kindergarten. While UNIS is an inclusive school providing differentiated instruction, the admissions committee looks for students who can follow the program of study, are socially mature, intellectually curious, and whose parents are supportive of the School's mission. Last year, 628 students applied for 277 places and 74 percent of the students who were offered admission enrolled.
FACULTY The highly diverse UNIS faculty is chosen for their subject mastery, for their belief in the school’s mission, and for their enjoyment of teaching and learning. They respond to the needs of a vibrant international community of learners by designing coursework that meets the needs of individual students. One half of the teaching staff at UNIS has UN-arranged G-4 Visas for faculty and their families. The faculty and staff represent over 85 countries and approximately 80 percent have taught abroad and speak two or more languages. Ninety-six percent of faculty members hold advanced degrees and 40 percent have been at UNIS for 10 or more years.
THE POSITION The position requires an educational leader, with a highly developed level of interpersonal empathy. The successful candidate will be able to navigate complex cultures, and demonstrate an international mind-set. He/she will bring a rich experience with national and international curricular frameworks. Personal attributes expected include self- motivation, the ability to think both strategically and tactically, and the flexibility to successfully work within a diverse and demanding school environment.
REPORTING The Assistant Principal reports to the Junior School Principal.
In partnership with the Junior School Principal, the successful Assistant Principal candidate:
Understands and can articulate the school’s Mission and Guiding Principles to students, faculty, families, staff, and the public outside the school Promotes the Junior School’s educational philosophy, initiatives, and the development and sustainability of a collective and vibrant junior school community Demonstrates an understanding of what is required to develop small, supportive, professional learning communities Encourages and designs opportunities for collaborative decision-making among faculty, students, families, and staff Encourages and creates opportunities for healthy critique Engages enthusiastically with and responds positively to the needs of students, faculty, families, and staff Supports the principal in all his/her responsibilities and for the on-going improvement of the school in optimizing the learning of all students Is responsible for the smooth running of the school in the Principal’s absence, including daily communication to teachers Supports the principal to place students in appropriate grades, homerooms, classes and other programs, and in such support systems as determined appropriate by teachers, and following up on the progress of those students who have been referred Helps coordinate security and safety procedures Supports the Principal to direct, supervise, and evaluate and appraise faculty and staff in accordance with the standards, ?policies and practices of the School Helps enrollment by meeting with prospective parents, reviewing student applications, and helping make student admissions and placement recommendations to the Director of ?Admissions Promotes the Language enhancement options for Modern Languages
Duties and Responsibilities: Student Support and Success Meet with homeroom teachers and counselors who need additional support regarding students of concern academically, emotionally, socially or behaviorally Meet with students, teachers, and parents for students with academic, emotional, and behavioral concerns Lead communication with parents regarding positive behavior strategies Gather and analyze data relating to student academic achievement (reading running records, report card grades, MAP, summative assessment outliers) Gather and analyze data of students in ACS (Academic Classroom Support) and ELL (English Language Learners) in the push-in and pull-out program Work with Curriculum Director and Technology teachers to organize schedules and resources for MAP testing Disaggregate and review MAP data after testing Meet weekly with the referral team to oversee support for all JS students with academic and/or social emotional concerns Enforce attendance rules
Faculty and Staff Goal setting and observation of teachers Evaluate teachers and learning materials to determine areas where improvement is needed First point of contact for teachers regarding difficulties with other faculty, parents, and general concerns Meet weekly with all grade level teams regarding curriculum alignment and assessment, disseminating and further explanation of information from the Team Leader meeting Create and manage annual schedule for all JS teachers, homeroom and specialist Analyze needs for schedule changes for following year driven by curricula, staffing, space needs of the JS Assist Junior School Principal in the recruiting and selection of all JS faculty
Teaching Assistants Responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring all JS Teaching Assistants Manage the observation and goal setting process Provide supervision, support, and guidance for the Teaching Assistants
Playground Supervisors Responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring all JS Playground Supervisors Provide supervision, support, and problem solving as required
Curriculum and Pastoral Care Responsive Classroom - arrange and facilitate Professional Development for homeroom and specialist teachers Ensure implementation of Responsive Classroom is in place in Junior School Meet with Director of Teaching and Learning, Curriculum Specialist and JS Principal to oversee changes and implementation of curriculum in Junior School Work closely with Curriculum Specialists to ensure the implementation of the curriculum Assist in presentation of curriculum information to parents (curriculum evenings, parent coffees,1-1 meetings with parents)
Other duties and responsibilities Coordinating use of school facilities for day-to-day activities and special events Developing and maintaining school safety procedures Ordering and approving equipment and supply orders Supervising grounds and facilities maintenance Walking the hallways and checking in on teachers and classrooms Responding to emails from teachers, parents and community members
Education, Work Experience, and Skills Requirements
M.A. or M.Ed. in administration and supervision, curriculum and instruction, education, or a related field Experience in a leadership role, preferably in an international, multilingual setting Excellent leadership, interpersonal, communication skills Teaching experience in an elementary school, preferably in an international, multilingual setting Knowledge of current research in education, administration and supervision, Experience evaluating and appraising teachers in an international schoolEffective management of conflict in the workplace An ability to uphold rules and regulations Flexibility to work in different environments, including but not limited to: classrooms, offices, buses, field trips, parent-teacher-faculty meetings, and official functions
About United Nations International School
United Nations International School is a K-12 co-educational, independent international school of 1,500 students with campuses in Manhattan and Queens, New York.