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Full-time exempt position, full benefits, salary commensurate with experience.

Giddens is seeking an Associate Head of School who is deeply knowledgeable about teaching and learning, has a demonstrated commitment to equity and justice in educational contexts, and will support Giddens to reach its fullest and greatest potential.

The Associate Head of School, in collaboration with the Head of School, ensures that the Giddens mission, values, and vision come to life each and every day. The Associate Head of School is responsible for all educational aspects, including but not limited to: the development and review of curricula; the professional development of all teaching faculty, hiring of certified staff and the assessment of personnel performance; scheduling; budget development and management; communication with the family community; student academic and behavioral support and the development and implementation of all academic and administrative policies related to the school’s operation. The Associate Head shall work in a collegial manner with the administrative leadership team and all school staff to fulfill these responsibilities. As part of this team, the Associate Head is responsible for contributing to the overall leadership of the school and promoting a climate that is equitable and inclusive for our teachers, staff, and preschool through 5th-grade students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

In addition to other responsibilities assigned by the Head of School, the Associate Head of School will:

  • Sustain and enhance the school’s climate and culture, involving faculty and families in support of the school’s mission and values
  • Maintain the intellectual and social climate in which students are active partners with peers, faculty, and families
  • Work collaboratively with teachers and families regarding the academic and personal growth of students
  • Mentor and support faculty in an effort to create the best possible learning environment and educational experience for students
  • Lead the orientation and professional development of new and continuing teachers
  • Lead the hiring and supervision process of faculty
  • Lead the curriculum design process, centralize the scope and sequence of the learning progression of the core academic subjects, and revise as needed
  • Serve as a member of the school’s Administrative Leadership Team
  • Work with other leadership team members as an ambassador of the school who can demonstrate the value of a Giddens education to current and prospective families
  • Partner with the Director of Finance and Operations and the Head of School on budgeting and financial decisions, particularly those directly related to teaching and learning
  • Work with the Head of School to design, fund, and implement a professional development institute for early childhood educators and families to provide continuing education and highlight emergent trends and gain facility with best pedagogical practices
  • Collaborate with the Head of School to design and implement an elementary coaching center for educational leaders and teachers with research-based strategies for school improvement and adult learning
  • With the Head of School, serve as one of the principal academic leaders of the school, responsible for articulating institutional priorities and providing oversight of all programs
  • Act as Head of School in the Head’s absence and communicate with the Head about any special situations occurring at the school


It is essential that the Associate Head of School create a collaborative, positive and inclusive environment conducive to open communication and innovation. A qualified candidate for this position will have the following:

  • A master’s degree in educational administration or a similar degree
  • Significant elementary teaching experience
  • Extensive independent school leadership experience
  • Direct experience coaching teachers to support instructional practice
  • Strong management and interpersonal skills
  • Creative problem-solving experience with the ability to think strategically and operationally
  • Knowledge of current child development research and a commitment to implementing research-based best practices for supporting students and faculty
  • Understanding of, and experience with creating early childhood/elementary curricula
  • Understanding of, and appreciation for, an academic, social-emotional and justice-based approach to education for young children
  • Experience with the admissions and enrollment management process and an understanding of the Seattle area independent school climate
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a positive community of equity and inclusion

Application procedure

Please provide a complete application, via email to Morva McDonald, Head of School. Interested candidates should apply by February 1, 2019, by sending the items listed below (preferably in one PDF document):

  • A cover letter
  • A current resume with relevant educational experience and three references (not to be contacted prior to candidate approval)
  • Statement of educational philosophy and leadership
  • Teaching certificate or evidence of certification (if applicable)

Equal Opportunity Statement
This is a full-time position that offers the ideal candidate an opportunity to work for an independent school that values learning, equity, and collaboration. Giddens School believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or honorably discharged veteran or military status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. The school’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

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