Far Hills Country Day School seeks a Director of Lower School (PreK-Grade 4)
General Purpose and Function:
The Director of the Lower School (DLS) reports to the Head of School (HOS) and is a member of the School Leadership Team (SLT). The DLS leads a Lower School of about 170 students in PreK–Grade 4, so that they may achieve success in the modern world through academic excellence and character development. In partnership with the Director of Teaching & Learning (DLT), the DLS hires and trains new Lower School faculty and supervises and evaluates the 25+ Lower School faculty/staff members through a performance-based evaluation system. The DLS manages the Lower School programs and policies, administers the Lower School budget, and with the DLT, the DLS the Lower School curriculum. Working with the Director of Admission and the Admission Committee, the DLS supports the admission of students who best match the criteria for admission to Far Hills. The DLS supports the dynamic mission of the school by supporting the school’s strategic priorities, communicating effectively and working collaboratively with all constituencies.
Oversee the daily operations and decorum of the Lower School, while remaining a visible presence in all areas of the School
Promote the school’s mission, by collaborating with the Director of the Upper School (DUS) and DTL and communicating with all constituencies regarding Lower School activities that affect the community at large
Meet regularly with the HOS and serve on the School Leadership Team
As necessary, meet with school constituents and participate in activities outside of the school day
With the HOS and DTL, attract and retain the best Lower School faculty for the mission of the school.
With the DUS and the DTL, oversee the hiring and coordination of substitute teachers
On a daily basis, supervise the Lower School faculty and staff
With the DTL, conduct annual reviews of the faculty through a performance-based evaluation system
With the DUS and DTL, organize and run the orientation program for new faculty
With the HOS, DUS, and DTL, develop and oversee annual professional development for the faculty
In partnership with relevant stakeholders, develop, implement, and oversee the academic and extracurricular programs within the framework of the School’s mission and goals
With the Director of Information Technology and the DTL, plan for and support the use if instructional technology in the Lower School
Produce, manage, and account for the Lower School budget
Attend to all major Lower School disciplinary matters involving students
Review the Lower School schedule and approve class assignments
Support Admission for Pre K–Grade 5
Serve on the Admissions Committee
Meet with admission families
Read applications and thoroughly review each candidate
Review and ensure the accuracy of transcripts
A profound belief in and desire to live the Far Hills Country Day School mission
Experience with school administrative systems, procedures, and practices
Experience working with or teaching elementary school students
Knowledge of current educational research, best practices, and early childhood school pedagogy
The ability to work with and lead a wide range of individuals
Exceptional communication and organizational skills
Initiative and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively
Core proficiency with technologies, including Google Suite.
Embodiment and demonstration of Far Hills Mission Skills (teamwork, creativity, ethics, resilience, curiosity, time management)
Advanced degree required
Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in school administration and working with elementary-aged children
About Far Hills Country Day School
Far Hills Country Day School is a PreK - 8th grade independent school located in Central New Jersey approximately 1 hour from New York City. The school enrollment is 375 - 400. 90 faculty and staff serve the students and families of the Far Hills Country Day School community.
During the 2014 - 2015 school year, Head of School Tom Woelper introduced the “one school” philosophy and the concept of “real rigor.” One school is the conceptual framework for the organizational, programmatic, and curricular changes going forward. It
is an intentional, Mission-driven, collaborative, integrated, learning community — of students, faculty, staff, and parents — connected across grade levels by a coherent, consistent approach to teaching and learning. Real rigor mines the confluence between academic and life skills so that students learn how to learn. Real rigor also speaks to accountability.
Our faculty and staff are the heart and soul of our school. They come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and their diverse interests and talents create a vibrant professional climate where their work is more than a mere job. All of our faculty and staff share a passion for helping childre...n learn and grow. We seek employees who view learning as a life-long pursuit, embrace a child-centered approach to teaching, and who celebrate community.