The Browning School is a K-12 boys school located on 62nd Street in midtown Manhattan, New York. Founded by scholar and teacher John A. Browning, The Browning School has been a leader in fostering the intellectual and personal growth of boys and young men since 1888. Serving roughly 400 students in kindergarten through grade 12, Browning strives to combine the best of a traditional prep school environment and curriculum with imaginative teaching and a strong value system – all in a boy-focused setting.
MISSION STATEMENT AND VALUES The Browning School fosters growth of courageous and compassionate men of intellect and integrity who aspire to contribute meaningfully to our world.
The Browning gentleman develops amid a community that upholds these values…
HONESTY We speak the truth, act with integrity, and take responsibility for our actions.
DIGNITY We honor and celebrate the dignity of all people and support the power of a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community.
CURIOSITY We encourage and celebrate open-minded inquiry about our world and the perspectives of those around us.
PURPOSE We believe that education encourages exploration and discovery in pursuit of meaning and enduring fulfillment.
DIVERSITY STATEMENT The Browning School strives to create a diverse community in which all members are safe, respected and valued. We believe that in actively promoting a diverse learning environment, we are fostering intellectual, social, and emotional growth for all. Recognizing and pursuing diversity, however, are not enough; we seek to transcend mere tolerance of differences and aspire to a celebration of the varied appearances, abilities, perspectives, and values that characterize our community.
BROWNING PHILOSOPHY OF LEARNING Boys come to Browning to be known, challenged, and inspired. When a boy’s capacities and aspirations are known and understood by his teachers, that boy can be guided, year after year, to take increasing ownership of his learning. He will develop the disposition not only to respond to others’ questions, but also the ability to craft questions of his own, questions that will drive his class’s process of inquiry. Through this activity, the boys are likewise challenged to ask similar searching questions of themselves. It is through this questioning that they come to understand their identities as intellectual and moral agents, and recognize the opportunities they have to develop and refine their senses of self and character. In reflecting upon the bigger, essential questions that arise from their self-examination and academic work alike, Browning boys are inspired to seek a deeper level of understanding and to build a sense of purpose that will engage their passions and skills in the service of the world beyond themselves.
POSITION DESCRIPTION Browning is conducting a search for a Head of Upper School to begin July 1, 2023. The Head of Upper School is a senior administrator and reports to the Head of School. The salary range for this position is $210,000 to $240,000.
Key Responsibilities The Head of Upper School promotes the social, emotional, and intellectual growth of the Upper School students and faculty within the school setting. As a curriculum leader and supervisor for the faculty, the Head of Upper School ensures the Browning programs are academically aligned and invigorating to the mind and character. The Head of Upper School works closely with the faculty to set and achieve the goals of the division, brings together the parent community to sustain effective partnerships in the service of the boys, and mentors boys to meet the mission of The Browning School. The duties of the position include:
Supervising the Upper School faculty and developing the initiatives of the division
Serving on the Administrative Team
Meeting regularly with the Head of School to strategize, extend, and receive guidance and maintain shared understanding of the division’s experience Initiating curriculum development in partnership with the Director of Teaching and Learning
Creating relationships with families as the primary connector among the various constituents of Browning--boys, teachers, advisors, and parents
Overseeing the behavior system based on the Browning Code of Conduct in partnership with the Upper School Dean of Student of Life
Supporting students and teachers in developing learning and health and wellness plans for boys when needed, in coordination with the counseling and learning support team
Supporting students and teachers in upholding the core values of our mission by partnering with the Director of Equitable Practices and Social Impact to create programming
Leading divisional meetings
Overseeing the quarterly reporting of grades to boys and families
Coordinating with the Upper School Dean of Student Life to develop advising, assembly, and extracurricular programing
Working closely with the Admission and Enrollment team on recruitment and retention
Heartily contributing to the community by attending myriad events and championing the people who make Browning the school it is
Key Competencies In general, successful members of the Browning faculty are:
Champions of boys -- They believe in and love the expansive potential in boys.
Relationship-oriented -- They actively build meaningful relationships with students and families.
Purpose-driven -- They are inquiry-minded, curious, and resourceful in finding solutions and growth opportunities.
Justice-seeking -- They seek to address students and their needs with an equity-oriented and antiracist lens and engage in the deep work of equity in the classroom and school community.
Can-do collaborators -- They seek collaboration and listen deeply to others, and they believe that a can-do attitude allows a team to accomplish more.
Opportunities & Challenges The next Head of Upper School will inherit a dynamic division credited with a history of loving boys and deftly navigating a complex and unpredictable few years of pandemic learning. The students are energetic and talented, and they are eager to connect with peers and adults alike. The faculty are warm, inviting, and deeply committed to their disciplines, pedagogy, and relationships with the boys. After some years of leadership transitions within the division, Browning is seeking a relationship-centered leader with adaptive leadership skills who will embrace a strong division and keep it steady while also valuing the variability of leading a division during a period of spatial and student expansion. Specifically, the next Head of Upper School must embrace the following opportunities and challenges:
Creating relationships with families after a prolonged period of transition, complexity, and change during a pandemic
Guiding a boys’ school in the 21st century toward a modern sense of masculinity
Offering vision combined with a visible work ethic to a community of students and faculty who value relationships and participate with an “all-hands-on-deck” mentality
Managing the transition into a new facility (September 2024)
Developing a distinct divisional identity that is mission-driven and offers unique programmatic elements, as represented by our Modern Masculinities courses, in conjunction with the Upper School Dean of Student Life
Participating in the recruitment, hiring, and training of a diverse faculty during a period of expansion
Growing both the enrollment of the division with the Admission team and the academic program with the Director of Teaching and Learning
Partnering with the Director of Teaching and Learning to further implement
Browning’s Target-focused teaching model in the division
Initiating clear structures that develop the flourishing of the mind, the formation of character, and examination of identity for the boys within a school known for academic rigor coupled with a spectrum of learning needs
Becoming an engaged leader, in conjunction with Browning colleagues, amid the larger independent school community in NYC and the International Boys’ Schools Coalition
Most importantly, loving Browning as a diverse community of learners where each boy is valued, known, and challenged
Those interested in the position should send their cover letter, résumé, and statement of educational philosophy to Ms. Danielle Passno, Assistant Head of School / Director of Teaching and Learning, at email@example.com with the subject line “Head of Upper School.”
The Browning School fosters growth of courageous and compassionate men of intellect and integrity who aspire to contribute meaningfully to our world. The Browning gentleman develops amid a community that upholds our core values: honesty, dignity, curiosity and purpose. We speak the truth, act with integrity and take responsibility for our actions. We honor and celebrate the dignity of all people and support the power of a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community. We encourage and celebrate open-minded inquiry about our world and the perspectives of those around us. We believe that education encourages exploration and discovery in pursuit of meaning and enduring fulfillment.
The Browning School strives to create a diverse community in which all members are safe, respected, and valued. We believe that in actively promoting a diverse learning environment, we are fostering intellectual, social, and emotional growth for all. Recognizing and pursuing diversity, however, are not enough; we seek to transcend mere tolerance of difference and aspire to a celebration of the varied appearances, abilities, perspectives, and values that characterize our community.