Germantown Academy, located in the Philadelphia suburb of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Head of School, beginning July 1, 2021. Founded in 1759, Germantown Academy is a non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory school of more than 1,150 students in Grades PK-12, on a campus of 126 acres. A talented faculty of 187 teachers pursue a developmentally appropriate and challenging curriculum geared toward educating the whole child, including extensive extracurricular, artistic, and athletic offerings.
At Germantown Academy, we are committed to creating a learning environment that is as diverse as the broader, global world of which we are a part. We value this diversity because it makes us a stronger community, enriches our thinking and helps us to develop our collaborative spirit.
Candidates must exhibit an appreciation of, sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds.
The Assistant Head of School reports to the Head of School. Salary and benefits are highly competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition, 100% tuition remission is available for a total of two children who qualify for admission and for whom space is available.
Germantown Academy inspires students to be: Independent in Thought, Confident in Expression, Compassionate in Spirit, Collaborative in Action and Honorable in Deed.
The PreK-12 Assistant Head of School at GA is a new position for the school and prioritizes program and faculty development. We are searching for a collaborative, consensus-seeking educational leader who builds relationships first; listens well; actively solicits input and asks powerful questions; communicates with inspiration and clarity; and effectively delegates and empowers colleagues.
Qualified candidates will have extensive experience in building and developing curriculum and programs, with expertise in several of the following areas: 21st century skills and innovative programs; experiential learning; ed-tech; DEI; strategic planning; faculty professional development; research-based teaching and learning strategies.
Partners with the Head of School in the fulfillment of the school's Mission, Civility Pledge, Equity & Inclusion Action Plan, and Strategic Vision.
Becomes a highly visible community leader who works closely with the Head to oversee the wellbeing of the school and school community.
Serves as an educational leader to manage daily school life and to develop and implement strategic initiatives.
Advises the Head on matters related to curriculum, academic programming, and academic personnel.
Manages the accreditation processes of the school.
Participates in all meetings of the Board of Trustees and some subcommittees; may assume co-leadership of certain Board subcommittees.
Speaks publicly about school programs and policies and represents the Head and school as needed.
Serves on the Heads of Schools Committee, One School Management Committee, Equity & Inclusion Leadership Team, and other groups as needed.
Leads the school-wide curriculum committee (One School Learning Committee).
Academic Program Development and Oversight
Ensures congruency between and among the school's Mission, Civility Pledge, Equity & Inclusion Action Plan, Strategic Vision, and all academic programming.
Supervises curriculum integrity, alignment, and articulation, and facilitates collaboration and instruction across all three divisions of the school in collaboration with the Division Heads and Academic Department Heads.
Leads the articulation, documentation, publication, and review of a comprehensive, coherent PK-12 curriculum.
Works with Division Heads and other appropriate faculty and administrators to ensure a smooth transition for students between divisions.
Oversees the program and development of new and expanded offerings in the school-wide department of Innovation & Special Programs (e.g. ed-tech initiatives, maker spaces, nature programs).
Stays abreast of educational trends and supports best practices in curriculum and pedagogy, based on current research on teaching and learning.
Faculty and Professional Development
Serves as the director and coordinator of faculty professional development and faculty growth and renewal.
Establishes programs for the orientation of new teachers, for in-service training of all teachers, and for the evaluation of classroom teachers, to ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school operation.
Oversees the annual budget and application processes for graduate work, summer grants, and school-wide professional development as well as the nomination processes for annual faculty/staff/admin awards and recognition.
Oversees the annual Faculty Staff Survey and appropriate follow-up discussions and presentations.
Oversees the Pennsylvania Act 48 and Teacher Induction programs.
Teaches one section of an academic class in an area of expertise and interest in Grades 6-12.
A minimum of a master’s degree is required;
A minimum of 5 years of successful senior administrative experience as a school leader;
Significant experience with and knowledge of students, their developmental needs, and PreK-12 curriculum;
Outstanding teaching credentials and the ability to teach one course;
Demonstrated experience as a strategic, forward-thinking, innovative academic leader;
Flexibility, imagination, and outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
To apply for the position, please assemble a portfolio including the following information:
detailed letter of interest
undergraduate and graduate transcripts
a contact list of at least 3 references, including at least one current supervisor
Germantown Academy, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. The Academy, founded in 1759, is a non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory school of more than 1,100 students in Grades PK-12, located in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia on a campus of 126 acres. At Germantown Academy, we are committed to creating a learning environment that is as diverse as the broader, global world of which we are a part. We value this diversity because it makes us a stronger community, enriches our thinking and helps us to develop our collaborative spirit.