Head of Upper School
Rocky Hill Country Day School seeks an experienced Head of Upper School.
Founded in 1934, Rocky Hill Country Day School is an independent, coeducational, non-denominational, college preparatory day school in East Greenwich, RI made up of 300 students in preschool through grade 12. Rocky Hill Country Day focuses on innovative teaching and an interactive, project-based educational experience to ensure that RHCD students grow to become navigators, critical thinkers, citizens, and communicators, who are innovative, self-aware, ethical, and globally-minded.
Our diverse student body is made up of domestic and international students, and our small school community allows for individualized instruction and creates a familial setting throughout campus. Located on 84 acres overlooking Narragansett Bay, Rocky Hill Country Day School’s stunning campus fosters exploration and discovery for students in all divisions. Rocky Hill Country Day School graduates are bold learners, prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.
Rocky Hill Country Day School’s Head of Upper School will value and embrace the School’s mission and serve as an ambassador of its programs and pedagogy, overseeing their continuing evolution. The Head of Upper School reports to the Head of School.
- Serve as the educational and administrative leader of the Upper School, responsible for its day-to-day operation, including managing the budget, maintaining accurate student records, coordinating events, and serving as a professional development resource around best practices in support of the School’s vision
- Balance a focus on faculty development (pedagogy, curriculum, culture) with one on the student experience (connection, communication, culture)
- Collaborate with the other Division Heads and the Head of School to create a coherent and unified student experience across all divisions
- Oversee the development and implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in grades 9-12
- Provide clear and frequent communication with parents/guardians, colleagues, and Upper School students
- Promote high standards and expectations for academic performance, faculty and student leadership, personal integrity, and community responsibility
- Observe, evaluate, and supervise all Upper School faculty
- Collaborate with the Head of School and the Lower and Middle School Division Heads in the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty
- Actively celebrate the school community by attending concerts, games, plays, etc.
- Promote and foster diversity by helping to create an environment that respects individual differences and the particular abilities and strengths of each student and teacher
- Work with the Director of Counseling and Wellness, the Director of College Counseling, and the Director of Athletics to coordinate all Upper School programs and co-curriculars
- Supervise and support the Director of College Counseling in delivering a highly individualized program of post-secondary planning based on self-awareness and growth, culminating in best choice/best fit goals
- Oversee an effective and transparent student discipline program in the restorative justice model in conjunction with the Dean of Student Life
- Oversee the Registrar in creating the schedule, and timely distribution of grades and comments
- Work with various school personnel to plan and conduct new faculty, new family, and new student orientations
- Serve as an integral liaison with the Admission Office, assisting in the admission process, visiting feeder schools, and promoting the school through various publications and appearances
- Teach one Upper School course (negotiable)
- Perform other duties as assigned by, and in support of, the Head of School
REQUIREMENTS AND ATTRIBUTES
- Collaborative leadership style and desire to partner with administrators, teachers, students, and staff to advance the School
- Experience with project based learning (PBL) and competency based education
- A champion for students, providing encouragement and guidance in and out of the classroom
- Commitment to attending school functions (including evenings and weekends) in order to build relationships with school stakeholders and build word-of-mouth advocates
- Strong management skills including attention to detail, facility with data, creative problem solving, and solid organizational skills
- Effective, timely, and articulate communicator
- Creative and energetic leader of the School’s programs and philosophies, helping to lead the School in the fulfillment of its vision
- A model of collegiality, respect, and integrity
- Familiar with and knowledgeable of best practices and trends in pedagogy and educational technology
- Fluency in Veracross software beneficial
- 2-5 years of experience in similar position
- Masters degree preferred
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: Diane Rich, Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rocky Hill Country Day School is an equal opportunity employer. Rocky Hill Country Day does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, handicap or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admission, financial aid, employment, educational policies or other school programs.