Friends Community School (FCS) is a progressive co-ed Quaker K-8 day school serving a diverse student body from the greater Washington, D.C. area. FCS offers a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity, and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage. Faculty and staff are highly engaged and enjoy flexibility, autonomy, and creativity. FCS’s LEED-certified building is situated on 17 acres surrounded by Greenbelt National Park, nine minutes from the University of Maryland, College Park, and thirty minutes from Washington, D.C.
FCS seeks a Head of Lower School (Grades Kindergarten-Grade 4)who possesses a deep understanding of child development and progressive pedagogy, a commitment to diversity and inclusion and a demonstration of cultural competency, and an appreciation of Quakerism and Quaker values. The successful candidate is devoted to the School’s mission and program and possesses vision and imagination to advance the Lower School program and curriculum.
The Head of Lower School reports to the Head of School and is a member of the senior administrative team. The division head is charged with the oversight of curricular activities involving students, the supervision of instructional and support personnel, and the day-to-day operation of a division with 135 students. The Head of Lower School should be knowledgeable of Responsive Classroom and have experience with inquiry-based and project-based learning.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Maintain congruence between the school’s mission statement and all activities of the division.
Articulate the division’s programs, instructional and learning expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to all constituencies.
Review and evaluate the academic program, including horizontal and vertical alignment.
Observe, supervise, and evaluate the faculty.
Stay current with research related to play, child development, innovation, and progressive pedagogy.
Monitor the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of students in the division, and develop plans for meeting those needs.
Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty.
Ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school’s operation.
Conduct regular meetings with faculty that both address routine school matters and stimulate an exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
Maintain complete academic records on all students and manage the division's schedule.
Oversee the grading and reporting standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
Keep the Head of School informed of the general program, activities, and events of the division.
Assist in the admission process for assessing, interviewing, and evaluating applicants for enrollment.
Maintain a comprehensive calendar of school events and keep the entire school community informed of various divisional programs and activities.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in education or school administration preferred
A minimum of 5 to 7 years of experience as an early childhood or elementary classroom teacher
Proven success at working collaboratively in educational leadership
Dynamic instructional leader with a solid understanding of the developmental and curricular needs of children
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Excellent organizational and presentation skills
Technologically knowledgeable and skilled
Professional development in diversity, equity, and inclusion or multicultural education and experience working with a diverse population of children and adults
Possess joy, a growth mindset, and a sense of humor
FCS provides a competitive salary and benefits, including leadership and professional development opportunities.
Please send a cover letter, philosophy of education, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references to Angela G. Garcia, Head of School, at email@example.com.
FCS is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational community and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.