At Newman we believe that the most fundamental element in teaching and learning is the relationship between student and teacher. We recruit nationally to attract the most talented educators. Our students engage and thrive at Newman because our teachers challenge them and care deeply about them as scholars and people. Essential to our school culture are high expectations in all endeavors and all areas of the School.
Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is a co-educational independent school that serves high-achieving and highly motivated students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as infants through young children in Green Trees, a premier early childhood division of the School. Located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, blocks away from Tulane and Loyola University, Newman is the only co-educational, non-sectarian, independent, Pre-K through 12th grade, day school in the city of New Orleans. Our School enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement in academics, athletics and the arts with our students matriculating to the most selective colleges and universities in the country.
Newman at a Glance
FOUNDED: 1903 LOCATION: Uptown New Orleans ENROLLMENT: 1082 students (PK-12), 460 in Lower School FACULTY: 183 school-wide, 45% with advanced degrees; 67 in Lower School ACCREDITATION: Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (2020) MEMBER: National Association of Independent Schools, Independent Schools Association of the Southwest
ABOUT the LOWER SCHOOL: STRENGTHS & UNIQUE ATTRIBUTES
The Lower School is the largest division of Newman and spans a substantial period of development, from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. Students begin their educational adventures here and emerge with the knowledge and critical thinking skills that will help them excel in Middle School and beyond.
The curriculum establishes a strong foundation in reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. The curriculum is enhanced by rich learning experiences in the arts (including visual arts, drama, band, music, and chorus), world languages (students may choose between French and Spanish), Design Thinking and Innovation, physical education, and Library/Information.
Lower School students build on classroom lessons through endeavors great and small: we study coastal erosion and plant tree seedlings in the Louisiana wetlands; we research Louisiana’s historical figures and represent them to an audience; we solve multi-step algebraic math problems using bar modeling; and we write books, paint, make music, and explore world cultures. The curriculum balances a respect for traditional classroom pedagogy and assessment, with an understanding of current educational research and best practices.
The Newman Way is the Lower School character education program, which emphasizes Newman’s Core Values of honesty, kindness, respect, and responsibility. In 2011, the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE) recognized the Newman Way as a leading character education program nationally.
THE POSITION: HEAD OF LOWER SCHOOL
The Head of Lower School is responsible for all aspects of leadership within the division. This is a full?time, year?round administrative appointment, beginning July 1, 2023.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Acting as the educational leader of the Lower School, responsible for its day-to-day operation.
Being an active and effective member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team, contributing authentically on important school?related matters and institutional topics.
Hiring, supporting, and supervising the Lower School faculty; assessing staff performance; and, in conjunction with the Associate Head of School and Head of School, addressing personnel issues and staffing for the division.
Overseeing the delivery of educational programs to students, which includes responsibility for the creation and evaluation of divisional and faculty/student schedules.
Participating in the ongoing creation and renewal of curriculum, in consultation and collaboration with the Academic Leadership Team.
Participating in admission events and decision-making processes regarding student enrollment and retention.
Implementing and overseeing a strong character education program.
Ensuring that Newman’s core values of honesty, kindness, respect, and responsibility are established and maintained on a daily basis by adults and students and overseeing issues related to student well?being, whether social-emotional, disciplinary or pedagogical, promptly and effectively.
Supervising and developing the division’s leadership team.
Communicating in effective, efficient, timely, and meaningful ways with faculty, staff, students, and parents/guardians within the division.
Maintaining a safe and secure working, learning, and teaching environment, while promoting a culture that values diversity and inclusion.
OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES FOR THE HEAD OF LOWER SCHOOL
The new Head of Lower School at Isidore Newman will be successful if s/he embraces:
A strong existing culture in the division while providing direction and vision and focus toward the future.
The opportunity to reengage, post-pandemic, with the process of self-examination and assessment of current pedagogy and practice. Specifically, a renewed focus on academic excellence in teaching and learning.
Instructional leadership and the opportunity to investigate innovative academic strategies that enhance student learning.
A robust school calendar that requires leadership to be present and accessible at a variety of school events.
The ability to build and maintain strong relationships with faculty and staff, based on collaboration and mutual respect.
Fostering and maintaining positive relationships with the parent community.
Highlighting students’ growth in all areas including opportunities for leadership.
The socio-emotional needs of children as individuals and students as a group.
An authentic and open style of communication that prioritizes maintaining a positive home-school connection.
WHO SHOULD APPLY: DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS & QUALITIES
Isidore Newman seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and inspiring educator to serve as Head of Lower School. At the heart of the Head’s charge is fostering a true learning community. Above all, the Head of Lower School should be an educator who loves children and is dedicated to seeing young learners thrive in a joyful, engaging environment.
The successful candidate will ideally have a minimum of five to seven years of teaching and administrative experience at the Lower School level; a graduate degree; a passion for working with children and their families; and the ability to lead and inspire an exemplary faculty. Experience with strategic planning, faculty hiring, teacher evaluation, scheduling, curriculum development, student life and activities, budgets, and management of complex processes will be particularly relevant. Experience in fields outside of education is also valued.
References should speak to the applicant’s ability to be an effective educator and administrator, to work successfully with children, and to work collaboratively and collegially with adults.
The ideal candidate will also have:
An interest in and ability to serve as a role model of the Core Values of the school.
A strong understanding of child development and a genuine love of working with young children.
Proven success at working collaboratively in educational leadership.
Substantial experience in a lower school setting and insightful understanding of the role of the independent school teacher.
A strong understanding of instructional leadership combined with a deep optimism about young children.
Commitment to fostering an inclusive environment that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. The work in this area is focused and framed by Newman Board Position on DEI and is ongoing.
A generous spirit, positive attitude, and sense of humor.
A willingness to be a visible presence in all areas of school life.
A collaborative and collegial leadership style that encourages faculty to take risks and explore passions.
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
Confidence balanced by humility; the ability to hold one’s own with a strong faculty and a demanding parent/guardian body.
Keen interest in continuous improvement, intellectual curiosity, and an analytical approach to problem solving.
Creativity and openness to innovation coupled with the capacity to understand the existing culture and rich history of the School.
Appreciation of the unique culture of New Orleans and the role that Newman plays within the city and beyond.
Isidore Newman is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through a compensation plan that compares favorably with those of peer schools. A full benefits package includes retirement with matching and profit sharing, and generous medical/dental/vision coverage and equal the best plans offered by independent schools.
Isidore Newman is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking to diversify its workplace.
Newman inspires individual growth and academic excellence within an inclusive community committed to strong relationships and high expectations.
MOTTO: Discimus Agere Agendo –"We learn to do by doing."
LOCATION, CAMPUS, AND FACILITIES
Newman is a highly regarded institution within the city of New Orleans, and the Newman community is tremendously proud of our city. Newman students study New Orleans in the classroom, explore the city through field trips, and give back to the city through service projects. Newman families and alumni are counted among the most prominent and engaged members of the New Orleans community, and Newman graduates are local leaders in fields such as medicine, law, engineering, education, biotechnology, and real estate. Alumni who live elsewhere nevertheless maintain strong ties to New Orleans and are proud of their city and their School.
The successful Head of Lower School will appreciate New Orleans as an important part of our School culture. Newman students’ perspectives may be shaped by their city, their neighborhood, their family traditions, their ethnic heritage, their passion for music, food, architecture, and all the things that make New Orleans special. An ideal candidate will show authentic enthusiasm for learning about New Orleans and its people.
THE SEARCH PROCESS & APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants should submit the following:
A cover letter indicating the candidate’s particular interest in and qualifications for the position.
A current résumé.
A statement of educational philosophy and/or other supporting material (e.g., articles or speeches).
The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references. (We will obtain permission from the candidate before contacting references.)
Note: Candidates are encouraged to initiate the application process as soon as possible. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by November 30, 2022. After an initial review of applicants, the School will conduct interviews with selected candidates. Finalists will be invited to Newman for a more comprehensive series of interviews.
Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is a co-educational independent school that serves high-achieving and highly motivated students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as infants through young children in Green Trees, a premier early childhood division of the School. Located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, blocks away from Tulane and Loyola University, Newman is the only co-educational, non-sectarian, independent day school in the city of New Orleans. Our School enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement in academics, athletics and the arts with our students matriculating to the most selective colleges and universities in the country.