The Chapin School seeks its next Head of Upper School, to commence July 2020.
The Head of the Upper School shapes and oversees the Upper School program, providing instructional and organizational leadership to the faculty. In collaboration with the Class Deans and Advisors, the Head of Upper School monitors the academic and personal growth of each student. The Upper School Head sustains a vibrant learning community that supports the School’s mission by cultivating the capacity of the faculty, and by building relationships with students and their parents. Serving as a member of the Division Heads Group and the Administrative Team, the Head of Upper School reports directly to the Head of School.
The Chapin School, founded in 1901, is an independent, all-girls day school in New York City currently serving 802 students K–12. Chapin’s signature Focus Forward strategic plan, which guided our work for more than a decade, intensified Chapin’s historic commitment to offering the most challenging academic curriculum while also teaching the social, emotional and other skills that will set the stage for its students’ success in this century. Chapin’s institutional priorities continue to be imbued with the spirit of Focus Forward. We have fine-tuned our articulation of the School’s purpose as we approach the third decade of the 21st century. A forward-focused learning community whose symbol is a wheel will never cease to strive toward achieving its vision of cultivating in girls the skills and attributes that will allow them to be brave for themselves and for others.
UNDER ONE ROOF
Chapin’s single building provides a unified learning environment under one roof for all students, the 128 faculty members who teach them and the 85 staff members who support all other aspects of school life. An ambitious construction project to be completed in 2020 will feature an entire floor dedicated to the arts and a gymnasium with suspended running track—all with spectacular views of our urban location. The Hayot Center for Innovation, to open in 2020, will provide our entire learning community the opportunity to extend our commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry-based investigations and explorations, deepening students’ interests through experimentation, invention and the development of out-of-the-box solutions to complex issues. Our vibrant, inspiring and welcoming new spaces will further our commitment to a forward-focused learning environment that enables all students to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century to the best of their abilities. With these exciting new spaces as a canvas, we renew our pledge to develop curriculum and pedagogy that reflect current research and best practices, always placing each student at the center of her own learning.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates should submit by October 25, 2019, an application package including the following our Executive Assistant to the Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org:
A cover letter describing interest in and qualifications for the position.
A current résumé.
A statement of educational philosophy and other supporting materials (e.g., articles, speeches, etc.) that could be useful to the Search Committee.
A separate document with the names, professional positions, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references. (We will notify candidates before contacting references.)
Please see Chapin's position specification here: https://www.chapin.edu/about/employment-opportunities/current-openings
QUALIFICATIONS & QUALITIES
Significant leadership experience and exceptional supervisory skills are required. The ideal candidate must also possess:
Dedication to professional growth, reflective practice and a growth mindset;
A strong background in curriculum, assessment, technology integration, interdisciplinary programming and the development of best practices in pedagogy;
An active commitment to excellence in all academic programs with a focus on the education of girls and young women;
Demonstrated leadership success in carrying out school-wide initiatives;
Exceptional speaking and writing skills;
An active commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
A desire to build community and facilitate meaningful learning experiences for students;
The ability to inspire and motivate through a clear articulation of vision;
Collaboration and flexibility with colleagues and school leadership team; and
Exceptional interpersonal skills—warm, engaging, and highly motivated.
About The Chapin School
The Chapin School is an independent, all-girls day school in New York City serving nearly 800 students K–12. Founded in 1901, Chapin prepares a diverse and talented community of young women to thrive and lead in a global society through its dedication to academic excellence, personal integrity and community responsibility. Chapin cultivates in each student a love of learning, independent thinking, emotional resilience and a dedication to serving others.
Chapin’s Focus Forward strategic plan, which has guided our work since 2010, has intensified Chapin’s historic commitment to offering the most challenging academic curriculum while also teaching the social, emotional, and other life skills that will set the stage for its students’ success in this century. Focus Forward is a commitment to strengthening teaching and learning; culture, community, and global awareness; character, ethics, and emotional well-being; and financial sustainability.
Specifically, at the heart of Focus Forward is a two-part commitment: to a learning environment that enables all students to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century to the best of their abilities, and to classroom teachi...ng that both meets the highest standards of academic excellence and is tailored to each student’s interests and potential. As part of our pledge to enhance our curriculum and pedagogy to reflect research and best practices, we place each student at the center of her own learning. Student-driven inquiry sets the stage for enduring understanding. Likewise, a commitment on the part of students and educators alike to a growth mindset ensures that for all students understanding key concepts in all disciplines is possible. Inextricably linked to our academic program are efforts that support the emotional health and well-being of our students.
Chapin's Commitment to Diversity
Chapin is committed to diversity in its culture, curriculum and program. Believing that an equitable, inclusive community is essential to learning, Chapin actively seeks families, faculty and staff who bring a range of experiences to the school. Chapin embraces and respects differences in age, ethnicity, gender, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class. Expecting and requiring respect for others are hallmarks of our educational process.