The Upper Division Director reports to the Head of School and is responsible for all aspects of the daily operation of grades four-eight. The position serves on the school’s senior administrative team. The Upper Division Director must have a thorough understanding of the relationship between developmental readiness and academic and social growth. As the director and the person entrusted with the care of our students, s/he must have a profound respect for children and parents; possess a thorough knowledge of child development; and be able to work with a highly committed faculty on curriculum planning and implementation. S/he will have an in-depth understanding of independent school management and demonstrated experience leading a team with care and vigor. The Upper Division Director will also uphold the principles of the school’s religious identity as an Episcopal school, and reflect those values in every aspect of leadership. S/he will be required to be a daily active, physical presence in the classrooms, as well as attend occasional evening and weekend school-related functions and activities.
Faculty and Curricular Oversight:
Lead the ongoing process of pedagogy and curriculum review and design.
Oversee the day to day operations of the division.
Meet regularly with grade-level teams and support teachers to ensure success and facilitate monthly division meetings.
Implement and complete the annual support, growth, and evaluation process for faculty.
Ensure that each day’s schedule is appropriate for the students and adhered to by faculty.
Work with the Lower Division Director to create class schedules for the approval of the Head of School.
Serve as a researcher, a reader, and academically interested thought leader in current practices and future trends and bring wisdom to all the deliberations over the curriculum.
Provide high quality and regular communication that elucidates curriculum, and academic expectations for each of the grades served.
Students and Families
Participate in the fourth – eighth-grade admission and secondary school placement process.
Ensure reliable and robust communication between school and families.
Counsel and guide students and families regarding academic, social, or behavioral issues and ensure the integration of social, emotional wellness practices into the school’s practices.
Attend and lead overnight student trips.
Maintain a mission-driven educational philosophy and school climate which encourages a cooperative and collegial attitude on the part of all faculty and students.
Assist students to overcome challenges and celebrate success in school and beyond.
In partnership with the school counselor and Head of School, identify intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs affecting students’ success and take steps to direct and coordinate the efforts to support them.
Monitor the progress of all students within the division to address needs immediately and comprehensively.
Serve as a member of the senior administrative team, ensuring mission-driven leadership and strategic alignment across the school.
Work across a variety of technology platforms, including Veracross, and be responsible for all division-wide written reports during the school year. These reports are comprehensive in scope and expected to reflect the values of the school.
Ensure comprehensive communication weekly to the Head of School about the progress of faculty, students and the curriculum, and concerns from parents must be shared on a timely basis with the Head of School.
Support Human Resources in participating in the recruiting, hiring, training, and evaluation of faculty, administrative, and St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s staff.
Ensure regular and comprehensive communication and reporting to the Head of School, including identified priorities and outcomes.
Advanced degree in an education-related field with a minimum of seven years of instructional experience in grades four-eight
Five years of administrative and leadership experience in an independent school environment preferred.
About St Hilda's and St Hugh's School
St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s is an independent, Episcopal school for children in beginners through grade 8. Founded in 1950, the school endeavors to create and educate a community diverse in race, culture, and religious beliefs, preparing our students to make meaningful contributions to our global society. It is located in the Morningside Heights community of Manhattan.
In compliance with federal, state, and local laws, St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, citizenship status, marital status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, or any other program administered by the school.