Manhattan Country School (MCS) seeks a part-time (three days a week) Upper School Assistant Director for the 2020-2021 school year who is interested in helping to oversee the curriculum and support children, families and teachers in the Upper School. The Upper School Assistant Director reports to the Upper School Director and they work closely together in overseeing the program. The Upper School is comprised of 5th-8th grades and will be expanding over the next four years from 85 to 170 students.
Manhattan Country School (MCS) is a pre K-8th grade elementary school in NYC recognized for its strong academic program, racial and economic diversity, commitment to social justice, and emphasis on environmental education that features a working farm in the Catskills. MCS recently relocated and is in the process of doubling its enrollment and expanding its program in new facilities in NYC and at the MCS Farm. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, Manhattan Country School is unique among NYC independent schools. MCS’ educational philosophy relies on educators who have strong knowledge of child development and can apply it to effective pedagogies of inquiry and learning, enjoy the exuberance and curiosity of children, want to help build a community where diverse perspectives are valued, and appreciate the life-long impact of working together for social and environmental justice. For more information, see www.manhattancountryschool.org.
Duties and Responsibilities
The role of the Upper School Assistant Director will include the following responsibilities to be carried out in conjunction with the Upper School Director:
Collaborate with teachers to develop and record the scope and sequence of the curriculum
Support the development of Upper School teachers and identify professional development opportunities geared toward teachers’ growth in all areas
Guide the collaboration between classroom and specialist teachers and the farm in planning and implementing the overall curriculum
Supervise the resource teachers and recruit student teachers
Develop the school’s connections with other schools and organizations
Design and lead staff meetings
Support students in various areas of their development, coordinate learning and social-emotional supports, and communicate to families about their progress
Assist the Upper School Director and administrative staff in overseeing the daily operations of the division and the school at large
Might teach an elective class or accompany a teacher on a farm trip
The ideal candidate will be able to articulate an educational vision that is in keeping with the school’s mission. The candidate should be able to work collaboratively, be flexible, take initiative, have a sense of humor, enjoy working with children of all ages, demonstrate strong listening and communication skills, be skilled with technology, and be able to think creatively and holistically about ways to strengthen the program and support children and teachers.
At least 5+ years in a lead teaching role with various ages in the Upper School, including mentoring of teachers
Expertise in curriculum development using a progressive, developmental approach
Experience teaching students with diverse learning styles and needs
Strong organizational, administrative, and managerial skills
Experience in a diverse community or working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism is a plus
Additional Salary Information: Benefits and generous time off
About Manhattan Country School
Reflecting the vision of the civil rights movement, Manhattan Country School teaches students in a community with no racial majority and broad economic diversity. Our goals for students are academic excellence, intellectual freedom, social awareness, self-confidence, and first-hand knowledge of the natural world. MCS is unique among NYC independent schools in having a 180-acre working farm integral to the curriculum and a sliding scale for tuition.