About seventy-five minutes southwest of Boston sits a distinguished New England preparatory school currently celebrating its quasquicentennial yet simultaneously embracing a vision for curricular innovation often associated with schools founded in this century. Pomfret School, a boarding school located on 500 rolling acres in Northeastern Connecticut, has for the last five years worked diligently to define and implement a modern learning environment—one that is student-centered and attuned to contemporary teaching and learning research—while continuing to honor the best of its rich heritage. Recently, the school implemented a strategic plan, created an innovation institute, and rolled out several bold changes under the tenure of the institute’s inaugural director.
An exciting chapter two awaits the Pomfret community and the next Director of the Grauer Institute for Excellence and Innovation. The school seeks a visionary, empathetic, and inspiring curriculum innovator and change agent, who, with the supportive leadership of the head of school and in partnership with the dean of academics, will continue to redefine the entire arc of student learning. The director will be provided with on-campus housing and participate as a full member of the Pomfret community. Along with a supportive leadership team, the next director will have a chance to make a lasting impact on independent school education not just at Pomfret, but nationwide. This position reports to the head of school and starts July 1, 2019.
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Start Date: July 1, 2019 (or earlier if mutually agreeable)
Multiple years of experience as a classroom teacher
Experience proposing, piloting, expanding, and reimagining teaching and learning programs and courses, and an ability to measure outcomes to demonstrate success
Deep understanding of contemporary research and professional growth programs related to designing and implementing innovative independent school high school teaching and learning practices
An ability to create differentiated opportunities for administrators, teachers, and students to participate as design partners of new innovation models, and not simply be consumers of those models
An innovative mindset with expertise in school change management, and extended professional development in areas of education, leadership, and innovation
Immersion in diversity work—both in training and in implementation—and a commitment to fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms
Skillfulness at delivering presentations, sharing updates, and facilitating discussions related to the institute with board members, senior leadership, prospective families and donors, and fellow school leaders at external conferences
Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, which is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree is highly desirable
Leadership and Personal Qualities:
Inspirational leadership and ideas that appeal to a dynamic and diverse faculty body, complemented by a willingness to “walk the innovation walk” on the ground
Empathy, warmth, and authentic collegiality to faculty members across the innovation spectrum
A sense of urgency for effecting institutional change, balanced with a judicious understanding that successful innovation at a boarding school requires establishing lasting peer-to-peer relationships
Excellent communication, organizational, and project management skills, along with a collaborative, cooperative, and patient mindset
A passion for education in and out of the classroom
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: high-level position with a direct report structure to the Head of School
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