Job Title: Head of Upper School Reports to: Head of School FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Summary: The Head of Upper School is a member of the senior administrative team, shapes the culture and spirit of the division, leads student life, and must connect with young people. The Head of Upper School works closely with teachers and administrators in the areas of academics, advising, college counseling, discipline, faculty development and evaluation, and counseling. S/he leads the consistent operation of the Upper School, and orchestrates the success and wellness of students.
Serve as the educational and administrative leader of the Upper School, responsible for its day-to-day operation, including managing the budget, maintaining accurate student records, coordinating events, and serving as a professional development resource around best practices in support of the school’s vision
Balance a focus on faculty development (pedagogy, curriculum, culture) with one on the student experience (connection, communication, culture)
Collaborate with the other division heads and the head of school to create a coherent and unified student experience across all divisions
Oversee the development and implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in grades 7 – 12
Provide clear and frequent communication with parents/guardians, colleagues, and students
Promote high standards and expectations for academic performance, faculty and student leadership, personal integrity, and community responsibility
Observe, evaluate, and supervise all Upper School faculty and administration
Collaborate with the Head of School and the Lower/Middle School Head in the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty
Maintain the budget for the division
Actively celebrate the school community by attending concerts, games, plays, etc.
Promote and foster diversity by helping to create an environment that respects individual differences and the particular abilities and strengths of each student and teacher
Supervise and support the Director of College Counseling in delivering a highly individualized program of post-secondary planning based on self-awareness and growth, culminating in best choice/best fit goals
Ensure compliance with accreditation process and standards
Foster high ethical standards, integrity, and respect for colleagues, alumni/ae, parents, and students throughout the admissions process.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to maintain professionalism and tact in high-stress situations.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Five or more years of successful classroom experience teaching at the Upper School level.
Academic leadership experience and or student life leadership.
A proven commitment to the development of young people as individual learners
A track record of collaboration with colleagues.
Physical Requirements with or without accommodations:
Required to stand, walk, talk, reach, sit, hear, handle and perform repetitive motions of the hands/wrist.
Must be able to lift or move up to 40 pounds at times.
Application Requirements and Process: Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
A cover letter
A resume or C.V.
A statement of educational philosophy
Three professional references: names, titles, emails, and phone numbers (Permission will be asked to contact.)
About The New School
About The New School
The New School is a coeducational, independent school with 440 students from toddler age
through grade twelve. The School’s mission is to empower each student through a wellrounded experience and inspire a love of lifelong learning. Its spacious 25-acre campus is
located in beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas, which is also home to the University of
Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas is the hub for several Fortune 500 companies including
Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt Trucking. This growing community has a wellregarded
national reputation as a vibrant arts community, which features the worldrenown
Crystal Bridges Museum.
The newest facilities completed in 2017 are a three-story academic center (5th - 12th grade), innovation center and athletic center. Future phases include an athletic field and other athletic facility development, arts pavilion, expansion to dining and a future upper school building. In 2014, the School concluded an expansion project which included a new 350-seat
auditorium, 12 new spacious preschool classrooms, an expansive creative play center and
gross motor center, increased and renovated space for all programs.