The Upper School Director provides leadership and support to the students and faculty of the Upper School. As a member of the school's leadership team, the Upper School Directors is responsible for developing an engaging and rich Upper School program and culture within the context of a dynamic Junior Kindergarten - 12th grade environment.
CIS is a charming, growing school of 378, Jr K-12, located in a mid-sized city halfway between the major metropolitan areas of St. Louis and Kansas City. Columbia is home to the flagship University of Missouri, and so offers all the amenities of a college town—and a populace that values education, cultural opportunities, award-winning restaurants, and collegiate athletics.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Increase enrollment and retention in a young Upper School by envisioning and articulating a distinctive high school culture and experience.
Participate as a member of the school’s leadership team in support of the school’s mission.
Serve as the academic leader for the Upper School by
supervising, evaluating, and supporting the Upper School faculty.
Be an active, visible, and friendly presence in all areas of Upper School life and foster social-emotional wellness.
Promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in all facets of the school.
Promote the strengths of the division to prospective parents in group presentations and individual discussions at admissions events.
Listen actively to individual and collective faculty concerns and seek solutions; listen and respond substantively to student concerns on a timely basis.
Develop and lead the Upper School advisory program.
Communicate with parents through weekly updates in the CIS newsletter and other publications.
Provide support and coaching to Upper School faculty through individual mentoring, faculty meetings, and professional development.
Interview and hire classroom teachers as part of the hiring committee and in conjunction with the Head of School.
Coordinate the day-to-day operations of the Upper School (scheduling, counseling students, extracurricular activities, social activities, etc.).
Oversee the Upper School budget.
Advise the Upper School Student Council.
Communicate with faculty on a weekly basis through the Upper School Broadcast document and share the Student Concern List twice a month.
Examine and update the Upper School handbook on an annual basis.
Oversee and enforce all aspects of the student disciplinary process: Discipline Committee meetings as well as communication and documentation.
Attend bi-monthly department meetings.
Facilitate semi-monthly faculty meetings.
Direct the accurate and timely maintenance of student records and transcripts.
Work with the Learning Coach to implement student accommodation plans.
Plan and lead all division transition activities.
Review material related to, and participate in, admissions meetings and meet all applicants.
Collaborate with the Admissions Director on the development of new initiatives that address the transition of students and families between divisions.
Coordinate the program and calendar of all standardized testing for students, including scheduling test dates, registering students, arranging for special prep sessions, administering the tests, and providing pre- and post-test counseling.
Develop the extensive summary reports on student progress on standardized testing to the school community as appropriate.
Oversee the various student award programs and ceremonies as well as graduation.
Coordinate all-school assemblies with Upper School faculty and students.
Serve as an administrator on-duty for school-wide functions in addition to Upper School activities.
Participate in the Fellows Program reviewing applicant materials and selecting Fellows.
Work with faculty to design and facilitate annual Intersession program.
Attend critical meetings related to the wider school community (Parent Association meetings, development activities, athletic competitions, etc.).
Assess curricular offerings on an annual basis and design master schedule in coordination with the Middle School Director.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Three to five years of experience in an independent school with some administrative duties.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit in a single pdf a letter of interest that explains why you would succeed in this position, a resume, and three to five references via email to Head of School Jeff Walkington, email@example.com. Include "Upper School Director" in the subject line. Columbia Independent School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Columbia Independent School
Columbia Independent School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school of 378 students in junior kindergarten through grade twelve, located in mid-Missouri near the University of Missouri, Stephens College, and Columbia College. Founded in 1998, CIS seeks to foster superior academic, artistic, athletic, and social growth for each of its students. Students come from a variety of socio-economic, religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds from Columbia and the surrounding area, as well as foreign countries. Columbia Independent School is a member of National Association of Independent Schools, ISACS, National Association for College Admission Counseling, The College Board, Educational Records Bureau, and National Honor Society.
Columbia Independent School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.