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Middle School Head

  • 19 Nov 2021 9:23 AM
    Message # 12137677

    San Francisco Friends School, a school educating students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 in the Quaker tradition, is seeking a devoted and inspired Middle School Head to join the community in July 2022. The next Middle School Head will have the exciting opportunity to step into this role alongside the incoming Head of School, Pankti Sevak.

    San Francisco Friends School (SFFS) serves approximately 440 total students with almost equal distribution across the Lower and Middle School divisions. SFFS is both a young school, in the middle of its second decade, and part of a 325-year tradition of Friends education. SFFS foregrounds excellence in academics and character.

    Teachers, coaches, and advisors at SFFS design and facilitate constructivist, hands-on student experiences across all disciplines (math, science, humanities, the arts). A 9 year integrated service curriculum as well as thoughtful reflection is at the center of SFFS pedagogy. The school’s Academic Philosophy is purpose driven: SFFS makes use of the best of Quaker educational traditions, as well as current research in psychology and neuroscience. The school’s program is academically rigorous, intellectually engaging, action-oriented, and affirming of the spirit of each child. Along the way the program seizes every opportunity to use San Francisco and its communities as a classroom. 

    As one of the school’s key administrators, the Middle School Head has the privilege and responsibility to lead a faculty in progressive education that includes essential skills in the service of deepening students’ connection to a greater purpose. A premium is placed on collegial and supportive relationships across all constituent groups (administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and students). Spirit-led decision-making and a grounding in Quaker values guide discussion, program, and policy-setting. 

    The Middle School Head actively and personally engages in students’ school experience, whether taking part in a 6th grade simulation of an Egyptian funeral or judging a 7th grade debate. Alongside colleagues, they are committed to fortifying a program that celebrates the middle school journey. The Middle School Head is highly collaborative and serves as the instructional leader of the division. An effective communicator, the division head exhibits specific knowledge of content and pedagogy. The role also includes support for teachers in both grade level and departmental cohorts, ongoing engagement with parents, and myriad outward-facing programs and events. Courageous in the face of complexity, the Middle School Head leads by example.

    Adam Peichert andDoreen Oleson fromRG175 are assisting San Francisco Friends School with this important search. A full position statement will be availablehere soon. 

    Applications (including a Letter of Interest, Resume, Personal Statement,and List of References) are now being accepted. All initial inquiries and nominations will be strictly confidential and references will not be contacted without permission.

    Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the consultants directly at adam.peichert@rg175.com and doreenoleson@gmail.com with any questions.

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