The Lower School Director oversees a division of students from Junior Kindergarten to fifth grade, reports directly to the Head of School, and sits on the Directors Academic Group, which is the decision-making committee for school's educational program from Junior Kindergarten through Senior Year.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
- Create a genuine connection with students, parent, teachers, and fellow administrators to maintain a sense of community in the division and the school
- Provide a warm, safe, and nurturing environment that celebrates boys and their development as learners and individuals
- Embrace the division as a learning and human community and lead it as an organization
- Be a very visible presence in the division
- Partner with the Head of School and Admissions team to maintain strong enrollment and articulate the value of a University School education
- Promote an ongoing conversation about teaching and learning, about parenting children in a changing world, and foster meaningful change in the division’s educational program
DESIRED QUALITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS
The successful candidate for Lower School Director will:
Hold an advanced degree and a demonstrated history of collaboration and leadership
Have experience teaching in a lower school
Appreciate “theme-centered learning”—with social studies as the core of an integrated curriculum, informed by child development, global awareness, and hands-on experience
Be an approachable and trusted education with a deep appreciation for children’s education
Be an articulate communicator and public speaker, be champion of the division in Admissions and the broader community
Be a role model for humanity and humility, for character and empathy
About University School
Type of School: Junior Kindergarten-12th grade, 860 students, all boys, day
Since its founding in 1890, University School has established itself as one of the pre-eminent all-boys independent schools in the country. Guided by a mission to “inspire boys of promise to become young men who lead and serve,” US is deeply committed to the well-being of boys and prides itself on being a supportive, diverse and inclusive community where “each boy is known and loved.” The school’s motto of Responsibility, Loyalty, Consideration is honored, respected, and prominent in the daily life of all members of the school community.
University School currently enrolls 860 students in grades K-12 on two campuses, Shaker Heights (K-8) and Hunting Valley (9-12 on 221 acres), 5.5 miles apart and East of downtown Cleveland. A new Junior Kindergarten program will be launched in the fall of 2018. The campuses are extremely attractive and well maintained with a broad array of indoor and outdoor learning spaces ideally suited to the needs of boys. The faculty of University School numbers 137, 118 of whom have master's degrees, 12 have doctorate degrees, three have J.D.s, a...nd one has a M.D.
University School believes that students learn their most formative and enduring lessons through exposure to and experience with a broad range of perspectives. The school recruits and supports faculty whose backgrounds and training bring local, national, and international perspectives to the school. US admits and supports students who represent economically, culturally, and racially diverse communities within Northeast Ohio. $4.5 million of need-based financial assistance is awarded annually. Students have broad ranging opportunities to explore their talents and develop their skills in new contexts, in academics, athletics, and the arts. Each student is encouraged to discover both his responsibility to others and his purpose in the world.
Over the past 128 years, University School has been led by a dedicated, loyal, and generous Board of Trustees, most of whom are alumni. The school enjoys truly superb facilities created largely by a culture of philanthropy that has been consistently cultivated since the school’s founding. With an operating budget of $28 million and an endowment of $88 million, University School enjoys excellent financial health.