The Girls’ Middle School - Assistant Head of School
Imagine a school where each day is alive with learning, creativity, and a spirit of adventure. Since its founding in 1998, The Girls’ Middle School (GMS) has been committed to progressive education and innovative programming, meeting the needs of a wide range of middle school students who make up our vibrant, inclusive community. Our project-based curriculum encourages creative problem solving, collaborative teamwork, and independent thought. GMS educates girls during a pivotal time in their lives. Students develop self-knowledge, confidence, and leadership skills supported by a staff highly attuned to fostering their emotional and social growth. GMS encourages students to find their voices, take risks, and become self-reliant.
GMS is a joyful, inclusive, and respectful community of students and adults. All of our staff are strongly aligned with our mission and core values of supporting a diverse and equitable school environment where our students can discover their strengths and find their voice. The program encourages inquiry, welcomes diverse opinions, honors risk taking, and lets the middle school years serve as a springboard for a rich love of learning. Learn more about GMS: www.girlsms.org.
GMS celebrates different perspectives coming together in community. We are committed to broadening the diversity, in all dimensions, of our faculty and staff. We know that diversity enriches us by bringing to GMS new experiences, views, and knowledge about the world.
As a key member of the Executive Management Team, the Assistant Head of School works collaboratively with the Head of School and all GMS stakeholders to support all constituencies in the school community. They serve as one of the leading authorities on the School’s progressive, inclusive, educational pedagogies and ensure that the School is fulfilling our mission, philosophy and diversity objectives.
The AHoS focuses on the leadership of the day-to-day operations of the school, the curricular program, and faculty. The major responsibilities of the AHoS are:
Partner with members of the Executive Management Team to lead strategic decision-making, financing and operational planning for GMS
Accountable for the Academic Program, Curriculum, and Educational Leadership of the school
Partner closely with the Director of Student Services and Teaching and Learning Facilitator on day-to-day activities, creating and refining processes and policies to provide enriched experiential programs of teaching and learning;
Oversee implementation of special auxiliary programs such as Intersession, Entrepreneurial, travel events
Responsible for recruitment, hiring, supervision, retention and mentorship of all faculty
In collaboration with the Human Resources Manager and associate committees, promote and maintain faculty and staff engagement and goal setting
Head the individual, grade level and subject level evaluation, assessment and accreditation processes
Create and provide ongoing management for the Teaching Schedule, Daily Schedule, and Academic Calendar
Compose and ensure delivery of continuous Parent communications: Program Updates, Back-to-School Night, Admissions Open House, weekly schedules; work with the Communications Director to distribute communications in english and spanish formats
Advocate and act as a spokesperson for the GMS mission, program, and teachers
Qualifications and Qualities Sought
Inspiring, articulate, creative, patient leader who leads by example
Commitment to experiential, project-based learning, narrative assessment, and other progressive pedagogies
Experience in an independent school management role preferred
Focus on bolstering girls to discover their strengths and find their voices
Creative problem solver and visionary thinker
Strong communications skills (both written and verbal); ability to communicate well with varied audiences
Collaborative, inclusive leadership style
Commitment to diverse, equitable, and inclusive school practices
For those interested in applying
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