Green Acres School is seeking a full-time Lower School Head (Pre-K–4th grade) who is experienced, innovative, and highly motivated to join our passionate and dynamic team for the 2024–2025 school year. The Lower School Head is the educational and administrative leader for the division and is responsible for its students, teachers, programs, and parent relations. The Lower School Head will have expertise in early childhood and elementary curriculum and instruction, demonstrated success as a school leader and lifelong learner, and the ability to tap into strong analytical and interpersonal skills to articulate the school’s unique value for Pre-K to 8th grade students.
Responsibilities and qualities:
- Review and evaluate academic programs, including horizontal and vertical curricular flow, and ensure consistency in programming across the division, with an eye towards a smooth transition to Middle School.
- Use a foundation of trust and mutual respect to coach teachers through observation, evaluation, growth goals, and provision of professional development opportunities.
- Understand the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the school community and develop clear and actionable plans for meeting those needs.
Bring creative ideas for collecting academic data points in a way that is philosophically aligned with the school’s mission, as well as oversee the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
- Facilitate parent education programs.
- Model the school’s mission for everyone by approaching day-to-day responsibilities with joy, curiosity, intellect, compassion, and determination.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and excellent organizational and creative-problem-solving skills.
- Is comfortable toggling between strategic, “big picture” thinking and a “roll-up-my-sleeves, get-my-hands-messy” ethos.
- Knowledge of and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging practices, along with the ability to respond thoughtfully and decisively to the diverse needs of staff, students, and their families.
- Comfortable making difficult decisions that align with the school’s mission and are in the best interests of the children we serve.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Master’s degree in education or school administration
- At least two years in a leadership position in a school
- Experience as a lead teacher with similarly aged students in schools
- Proven success working collaboratively in educational leadership