Forsyth School is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Upper Division Director, beginning July 1, 2019. Forsyth School is an age 3 – Grade 6, co-ed independent school of 365 students in St. Louis, MO. Our campus is bordered by Washington University and Forest Park, one of the largest city parks in the nation and home to many of the city’s great cultural institutions. Forsyth’s unique facilities, six stately former residences, all built in the 1920s and 30s, have been transformed into classrooms and community spaces. These nurturing, intimate spaces, and excellent teaching have made challenge and high expectations for students the center of Forsyth’s ethos since its origin nearly 60 years ago. Teamwork, innovation, and collaboration are at the heart of the School’s success.
The Upper School is made up of approximately 180 students in Grades 3 – 6. Sixteen talented classroom teachers and ten science, arts, foreign language and physical education specialists, who are shared with the Lower School, teach, mentor, and guide our students in the Upper School.
Love of children, teachers, parents, and school life
Integrity, maturity, good judgment, and ability to make informed decisions
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Mentoring skill, warmth, energy, courage, humor, and imagination
At least 10 years of elementary teaching experience
Preferably a graduate degree
Commitment to diversity
Knowledge of child development and elementary curriculum
Understanding of and ability to guide parents
Successful school leadership experience
Ability to work collaboratively with students, parents, administrators and faculty members
To be a visible presence in all areas of the School; to work toward resolution of problems as they arise.
To maintain congruency between the School’s mission statement and all activities of the division.
To act as the educational leader of the division, responsible for its day-to-day operations; to direct the division’s faculty and assigned non-instructional staff in their duties.
To function as the chief spokesperson for the division’s programs, expectations and behavioral guidelines.
To observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty; to ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school operation; to ensure compliance with legal requirements and to maintain the educational standards established by ISACS.
To collaborate with the Lower Division Director in the development of the curriculum and programs and the professional development of the faculty.
To provide a school climate which is supportive and which reflects high morale; to strive for unity, harmony, and cooperation through tact, helpfulness, respect and the recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each teacher.
To be aware of the educational, physical, social and emotional needs of the members of the school community and to develop plans for meeting those needs.
To oversee faculty committees in cooperation with the Lower Division Director.
To make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring, retention and assignment of faculty.
To conduct regular meetings with faculty which deal with both routine school matters and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational interest.
To oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities of the division; to assist in the planning and presentation of school assemblies and programs; to assist in maintaining the school calendar; to keep the entire school community informed of various school programs and activities.
To provide for the academic guidance of students and their parents; to maintain complete academic records on all students; to oversee the grading and report of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
To assist the sixth graders and their families in making the transition to secondary school and to serve as the school’s chief liaison with those secondary schools.
To be responsible for establishing guidelines for proper student conduct; to maintain student discipline consonant with school policies; to maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship.
To assist in the admission process.
To support the school and its leadership.
To perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
This is a full time, twelve-month position. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. Please send a letter of interest, resume, and personal statement--by email only--to Dan Hildebrand (firstname.lastname@example.org), Head of School.
About Forsyth School
Forsyth School is a co-ed independent day school for children age 3 through Grade 6.