In 2013, Stuart received a $50,000 E.E. Ford grant focused on developing a network of support for girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We raised an additional $200,000 in outside donor funding, which allowed us to begin an expansive STEM program for girls. On April 8, 2017, Stuart hosted the culminating event of our 2013 grant proposal - #LEADLIKEAGIRL™: A Conference for Risk-Takers and Changemakers. With over 800 attendees, we far exceeded our expectations in attendance, content, and impact. The conference drew 85 speakers (including 30 high school students). It included over 50 workshops and panels, STEM Talks based on original research by high school students, as well as a Business Fair. Speakers and attendees came from up and down the eastern seaboard, the Midwest, and even as far away as California.
We have currently hosted two additional #LEADLIKEAGIRL™ Conferences and broadened the scope of our work by establishing The National Center for Girls’ Leadership at Stuart (NCGLS). We believe that the question that must drive us, moving forward, is not just “What do girls need to persist and excel in the STEM fields?” but rather, “What do girls need to lead?” While girls academically outperform their male counterparts (as measured by grades) throughout their elementary and secondary years, they still remain underrepresented in top leadership positions in STEM as well as in other fields. We believe girls need a sisterhood of support, locally and globally, to develop the skills and confidence necessary to close that gap.
According to the Pew Research Center, women currently represent nearly 60% of the college-educated, entry level workforce, over 50% of the American labor force and hold 52% of all professional-level positions in America. Yet, across all professional positions, women comprise less than 15% of executive officers, less than 9% of top earners, and less than 5% serve as Fortune 500 CEOs. In a broad range of fields, women’s presence in top leadership positions – as equity law partners, medical school deans, and corporate executive officers – remains at only 10-20 percent. For women of color, the numbers are even worse. Less than 12% occupy managerial and professional positions. Only about 3% hold board seats of Fortune 500 companies, and less than one-third of Fortune 500 companies have any women of color as board directors.
The National Center for Girls’ Leadership at Stuart (NCGLS) wants to change those statistics. The Center supports and empowers the next generation of female leaders through research, professional programming, and the development of innovative curriculum. Under the NCGLS umbrella, Stuart offers our annual #LEADLIKEAGIRL™ Conference as well as an annual Women in Leadership speaker series. We also offer dedicated leadership courses within our academic programming: Leadership Theory and Ethics, Leadership and Personal Development, and Applied Leadership. Upon completion of these courses, a leadership practicum/independent study junior year, and a final thesis presentation senior year, students earn a Leadership Endorsement (minor) on their high school transcript.
In order to support our future female leaders we are keenly interested in hiring a Director for the Center who will further develop the course work, experiences, collaborations and connections necessary to ensure the success of all our Stuart girls. We are seeking a Director for the National Center for Girls’ Leadership at Stuart who can:
Teach all leadership curriculum for students grade 4th - 11th to gather feedback and data on our leadership curriculum.
Oversee the NCGLS Advisory Board, including organizing quarterly meeting, executing action items and identifying prospective leaders.
Position Stuart as a national leader in girls’ education by speaker on girls’ leadership, writing for various publications and through strategic partnerships.
Partner with Admissions Office to leverage Stuart’s NCGLS to attract and retrain mission appropriate young women for enrollment in all divisions.
Actively co-direct the #LEADLIKEAGIRL Conference at Stuart.
Provide training for teachers to develop an intentional leadership curriculum that builds upon itself, JK through grade 12.
Design and teach sustainable leadership courses across divisions that highlight the intersection of spirituality, wellness, and social identity including all middle and upper school leadership courses
Develop a framework for a Digital Leadership Portfolio that allows each Stuart girl to document her course work, experiences, and reflections related to leadership throughout her years at Stuart.
Oversee the Leadership Endorsement including teaching courses and developing leadership experiences for students.
Work with Stuart faculty, staff and Director of Auxiliary Programs to create and execute summer leadership courses and camps to increase enrollment at Stuart beginning with summer 2020.
Develop and run a minimum of two leadership offerings for Extended Day program per trimester.
Partner with Development to secure financial resources through private philanthropy.
Work with Division Heads and the Director of Service Learning and Campus Ministry to develop national and global signature leadership experiences for Stuart girls.
Create and maintain a NCGLS database of internships and professional experiences for our students to develop greater expertise in and exposure to fields where women are traditionally underrepresented.
Expand NCGLS website resources and research for access by parents, educators and students.Forge partnerships with other all-girl schools, colleges, universities, and nonprofits to expand the Stuart curricula and extend students’ educational experiences.
Identify and secure speakers for Women in Leadership Speaker Series; execute Women in Leadership Speaker Series annual event.
Represent the National Center for Girls’ Leadership at Stuart all alumnae, current and prospective parents, and cultivation events.
Facilitate engagement with the NJ Conference for Women and other external partners.
Organize and award NCGLS Scholarship program, to be launched for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.
Partner with the #LEADLIKEAGIRL Conference Coordinator to execute the #LEADLIKEAGIRL conference including identifying, recruiting and organizing speakers and panels.
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Women have made great strides over the past three decades, but there is a palpable need for their continued ascent. Stuart intends to take the lead. Our newly approved Capital Campaign includes a commitment to raising $1,200,000 in funding for the National Center for Girls’ Leadership at Stuart over the next three years. Between our Capital Campaign efforts and our growing number of corporate conference sponsors we are well-poised for success.
A Master of Education, or Ph.D. in leadership, curriculum, marketing or related field Experience teaching Leadership course work Experience in Diversity Leadership and Inclusion training Conference Development/Execution Superior interpersonal and collaboration skills Excellent writing skills Management experience