As part of an international network of schools, we are committed to a set of principles shared by all Sacred Heart schools. Known as the "Goals and Criteria,” these principles articulate the core components of a Sacred Heart education, and charge our community with a unified educational mission. At the heart of our philosophy is the belief that each child possesses unique gifts. Our job is to unearth those gifts, nurture them, and empower each child of the Sacred Heart to share those gifts with the global community. Convent of the Sacred Heart is committed to building a community that is anti-racist, anti-bias, fair, inclusive, and welcoming to everyone and seeks candidates who connect to our Mission and Goals.
Lower School Head Teacher Full Time Beginning Late August 2021
Convent of the Sacred Heart, PK-12 Catholic independent school for girls located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, seeks a Lower School Head Teacher beginning late August 2021.
Reports to: Head of the Lower School FLSA: Exempt Date Posted: February 17, 2021
Masters Degree, Elementary Education preferred
Minimum of two years experience teaching elementary school children
Solid understanding of child development, including cognitive, social, and emotional development
Passion for working with elementary school students
Knowledge of, appreciation for, and demonstrated commitment to anti-racist, anti-bias education, multicultural teaching, and culturally responsive pedagogy
Effective oral and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills, specifically the ability to work effectively on a team with other head and associate teachers
Experience in teaching with technology, especially Google, Zoom, Seesaw, and Smartboard
Ability and willingness to adapt to changing circumstances (comfortability with both teaching in-person and virtually)
Maintain congruence between the school and the mission as articulated in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart schools
Provide a warm and inviting classroom community that promotes a positive and productive learning environment in which each student feels a sense of belonging
Commit to addressing social justice, diversity, equity, and anti-racist, anti-bias education in the curriculum through lessons, actions, and discussions, as well as programs such as Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance)
Develop, plan, and teach social studies, math, reading, and writing lessons: Experience with Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance), Singapore Math, Fundations, Fountas & Pinnell, and Writer’s Workshop preferred
Differentiate instruction to support group and individual learning, and provide extra support and enrichment as needed
Select and utilize texts, posters, resources, and language that represent a wide range of identities in daily lessons
Implement classroom management strategies to monitor student behavior
Collaborate effectively with grade-level team members by meeting regularly, sharing resources, and maintaining strong communication
Utilize technology where appropriate when teaching and planning lessons
Plan field trips to enhance the curriculum
Collaborate with specialty teachers, as well as math and reading specialists, to plan and integrate thematic units of study across the curriculum
Work with grade-level team members and the Lower School Dean of Academics & Faculty Development to maintain ongoing curriculum maps and to further develop the curriculum
Identify and respond to individual student’s academic and social-emotional needs in collaboration with the Support Services Team
Meet monthly with the Head of Lower School and Lower School Psychologist to discuss each student’s academic, social, and emotional growth
Monitor student progress to determine the effectiveness of interventions
Maintain accurate, detailed records of student progress, parent communication, and lessons
Communicate effectively with parents on a regular basis through meetings, phone calls, emails, parent teacher conferences, and progress reports
Maintain an informational class webpage for the purpose of disseminating information to parents
Perform assigned, ongoing scheduled responsibilities with care (roof duty, lunch duty, dismissal, etc.)
Attend and participate actively in division and whole school faculty meetings
An equal opportunity employer, Sacred Heart seeks to hire outstanding and diverse faculty who work together harmoniously toward the common mission of the school.
Internal Number: 1236
About Convent of the Sacred Heart
The Convent of the Sacred Heart is New York City’s oldest independent school for girls, established in 1881 by the Society of the Sacred Heart. Part of a worldwide network of over 150 schools committed to the mission of Sacred Heart education, the school is housed in two landmark buildings on 91st Street and Fifth Avenue. Since its inception, Convent of the Sacred Heart has been governed by a strong commitment to the education of the whole child, addressing her intellectual, spiritual, social, and emotional development.
Convent of the Sacred Heart is an equal opportunity employer. As an equal opportunity employer, Sacred Heart seeks to hire outstanding and diverse faculty who work together harmoniously toward the common mission of the school.