The School at Columbia University is seeking a division director for grades 6–8. The person will work with the head of school and other key administrators to ensure the success of teachers and welfare of students who attend the middle-year grades in an innovate independent school in New York City. The person will be a role model and leader for the middle division of The School at Columbia.
The successful candidate must be devoted to the education of young people; comfortable working in a family-centered environment; and committed to collaborative working relationships with teachers, other administrators, and The School community.
Administration: Participate in the recruitment, hiring, and ongoing evaluation of teachers; promote excellent teaching; attend to the ongoing needs of teachers and grade-level teams; work as part of the leadership team; keep track of the progress and needs of students, including preparing them for high school, addressing social and academic needs, and maintaining correspondence related to academic progress and conduct with families. Represent The School at local, regional, national, and international events as determined in conjunction with the head of school. Pursue professional development opportunities; attend conferences and professional meetings in order to remain current with academic trends, emerging pedagogy, available technology, and diversity and inclusion issues that may affect The School. Supervise standardized academic testing; oversee teacher report-writing and parent conferences; coordinate student screening, testing, and support services with a child support team for academic and social development, which includes a psychologist, learning support staff, high school placement coordinators, a school social worker, and interns.
Curriculum: Oversee the implementation of an innovative, rigorous integrated curriculum, ensuring that mission drives curricular decisions. Ensure that students are well prepared for high school options. The curricular focus at The School includes gender sexuality education and social justice. With the academic leadership team and faculty members, evaluate, advise on, and support development of an inclusive and multicultural curriculum across all three divisions. Ensure horizontal and vertical alignment of the curriculum. Coordinate alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment with faculty.
Community: Support diversity, team building, and cohesiveness among key stakeholders at The School. Plan and implement a leadership role for the oldest students in The School and determine how to creatively balance growing freedoms through to high school. Work in collaboration with the Parents Association.
Leadership: Maintain congruency between The School’s mission and all activities of the division. Serve as the educational leader for the middle division, responsible for day-to-day operations. Maintain the budget for the division. Function as the chief voice of the middle division’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed. Be a visible presence in all areas of The School. Coordinate yearlong professional development for the faculty along with a team of teachers, based on The School’s four values:
Community: Build and foster community, partnerships, and understanding within The School and with school partners
Collaboration: Work with community members on curriculum and parent shares, family engagement events, powerful parenting coffees, etc.
Diversity: Provide strategic leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion
Innovation: Help teachers and students consider innovation in teaching and curriculum through professional development and goal setting
Perform other duties as assigned by the head of school
Minimum 8 years’ experience
Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree in education or school administration preferred
Columbia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer— race/gender/disability/veteran
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
Internal Number: 985-12324
About The School@Columbia University
The School at Columbia University is an independent K-8 school founded in 2003 with the goal of providing an excellent education to a diverse student body. Our intentional school culture embraces shared beliefs across disciplines and grades, which underlie important values expressed through everyday behaviors and visible symbols throughout our community:
Collaboration: Encouraging creative problem-solving in dynamic groups where outcomes are not always predictable, but ultimately greater than any individual perspective could envision.
Community: Promoting inclusivity, facilitating open communication, and providing clear expectations to all members of the community to ensure a healthy, productive environment, inside and outside the school.
Diversity: Reveling in an environment of myriad learning experiences that address important aspects of diversity, including identity development, anti-bias skills, and the idea that difference is better.
Innovation: Taking thoughtful risks grounded in current research, putting new technologies to work in classrooms, and always seeking new approaches to learning to provide a meaningful 21st-century education to all students.