Forsyth School: Upper School Division Director (Grades 3-6)
Forsyth School seeks an inspiring, passionate, student centered educator to become its next Upper School Division Director (grades 3-6) to begin July 1, 2022. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Forsyth is an age 2 – Grade 6, co-ed independent school of 365 students. The campus is bordered by Washington University and Forest Park, one of the largest city parks in the nation and home to many of the city’s great cultural institutions. Forsyth’s unique facilities, six stately former residences, all built in the 1920s and 30s, have been transformed into classrooms and community spaces. These nurturing, intimate spaces, as well as excellent teaching, have made challenge and high expectations for students the center of Forsyth’s ethos since its origin 60 years ago. Forsyth School's mission is to foster a spirit of curiosity and joy, empowering children to pursue challenges with confidence.
The Upper School Director is a member of the senior administrative team and reports to the Head of School, providing leadership and supervision in the daily operation of a division of approximately 180 students, sixteen classroom teachers and ten science, arts, foreign language, and physical education specialists, who are shared with the Lower School. The Director will lead the ongoing process of pedagogy and curriculum review, design, and revision to align with best practice and Forsyth's recently adopted strategic plan.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Collaborate with the Lower School Division Director in the development of the curriculum and programs and the professional development of the faculty
Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty
Provide for the academic guidance of students and their parents; maintain complete academic records on all students; and oversee the assessment and report of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement
Meet regularly with grade level teams
Be responsible for establishing guidelines for proper student conduct and maintain student discipline consistent with school policies
Assist sixth grade students and their families in making the transition to secondary school and serve as the school’s chief liaison with those secondary schools
Coordinate with the newly hired Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to
empower students as agents of social change
support and develop students’ social and emotional development
Assist in the admission process
Advance a culture of collaboration, transparency, and trust
At least five years of elementary teaching experience
Experience coaching teachers
Love of children
A passion for Forsyth’s mission to empower children to pursue challenges with confidence
Deep knowledge of child development and elementary curriculum
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion work
A visionary with infectious optimism
A strong listener and effective oral and written communicator
Excellent interpersonal skills and an eagerness to connect with students, parents, and colleagues, especially when difficult conversations are necessary
An inclusive team-builder and partner, effective at collaboration with the Lower School Division Director, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Director of Admissions, and the Senior Leadership Team
Resilient, flexible, diplomatic, compassionate, patient, with a sense of humor and a joyful professional presence
Confidence tempered by humility
Forsyth School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economics, family composition, genetic information, citizenship, national and ethnic origin, or on the basis of any other protected status. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, statement of philosophy, a list of three to five professional references, and any other supporting materials (e.g. articles, presentations, or letters of recommendation) to Allison Seiputowski, Executive Assistant to the Head of School (firstname.lastname@example.org). References will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission.