The Brearley School, an independent girls’ school serving over 700 students K-XII, seeks candidates for the position of Head of the Physical Education Department.
The Physical Education Department prepares students for a lifetime of meaningful movement by enhancing motor skills and fitness and fostering psychosocial development. Its program runs from Kindergarten to Class XII and includes not only a traditional physical education component but also dance, gymnastics, aquatics as well as courses for older students in health and wellness and CPR/First Aid. In addition, the department oversees a variety of events that are central to the life of the school, including Mountain Day, Field Day and Red/White competitions. Its faculty also coach in the Athletics program.
The Head of the Department is an excellent teacher of physical education. Strong communication skills are essential, as is experience in leading, motivating and engaging groups of people. The Head will know how to promote collegiality through enthusiasm, compassion, humor, and respect for diverse approaches and points of view. Efficiency and the ability to organize are essential qualities, as are kindness and reliability.
A bachelor’s degree in physical education and at least five years of teaching experience are required.
Administrative duties include:
Facilitating and guiding the department’s review and development of its curriculum;
Providing support to the members of the department, according to their needs, in areas regarding curriculum development, teaching strategies, collegial relations, evaluation and counseling of students;
Managing departmental business, including ordering equipment and record-keeping, in particular, PE grades and comments
Supervising the hiring of new teachers; mentoring new teachers and teachers taking on new responsibilities;
Organizing and executing plans for major PE events in collaboration with the department and school staff and administration; ensuring transportation and booking facilities, anticipating rain or other contingencies;
Assigning teaching duties in consultation with the members of the department and the Assistant Head of School for Academic Life;
Evaluating department members in accordance with the school’s evaluation process
Meeting with other department heads and administrators with the expectation that the Head will represent the opinions of the department to the school leadership and to the larger community; meeting regularly with the Assistant Head of School for Academic Life.
Founded in 1884, the school is a center of intellectual exuberance, attracting students from across and beyond New York City. Its mission has long combined outstanding academics with an insistence on larger purpose: we seek to prepare our students for principled engagement in the world.
Brearley teachers love to teach students who love to learn. They have the wisdom and skill to spark in students the ability to think critically and creatively. We count on our faculty to maintain an atmosphere of honesty and genuine respect for the thoughts of others. We actively seek to build, nurture and sustain a diverse faculty and student body.
Interested candidates may apply for this position by sending a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brearley School is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to hiring exceptional, dedicated teachers of diverse backgrounds. We consider qualified individuals for employment with the School regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other state or federally protected classification.
About The Brearley School
The Brearley School, an independent school for girls, was founded in 1884 to provide its students with a college-preparatory education equal in rigor to that of boys, and, in the words of the mission statement today, to prepare them for “active responsible citizenship in a democratic society.” Within a highly articulated 13-year curriculum, and with a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, teaching methods are varied, flexible and pragmatic, taking into account individual patterns of development and ways of learning. The School’s program is designed to challenge eager, able students intellectually, and to give each one the opportunity to gain competence, self-reliance and self-knowledge through academic achievement as well as experience in the visual and performing arts, sports, community service and a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
Brearley’s K-12 enrollment is divided into Lower School, Middle School and Upper School, and consists of about 690 students from throughout the New York metropolitan area who represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and points of view.