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Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools. Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict.
The Head of Upper School is the academic, administrative and visionary leader of the 9th-12th grade division which has over 300 students, responsible for overseeing all aspects of divisional operations and promoting the academic, social, and emotional growth and well-being of the division’s students, faculty, and administration. An experienced educator, the Head of Upper School is a leading voice in curriculum and pedagogy working closely with the Director of Curriculum and Professional Growth, the Head of Middle School, and the Head of Lower School to ensure and enhance horizontal and vertical program alignment. The Head of Upper School works closely with the Assistant Head of Upper School, Co-Deans of Students, Dean of Boarding, College Counseling Office, Upper School Institutional, Equity, Justice and Belonging (IEJB) Coordinator, and Upper School Student Support Staff (including Counselors and Learning Specialists) to support the Upper School faculty and staff in implementing and supporting the mission of the School, our core Quaker values, and ensuring that all Upper School activities and programs are consistent with that mission and vision. A member of the Administrative Council, the Head of Upper School is a senior administrator reporting directly to the Head of School.
Essential Job Functions
- Ensuring the smooth, productive operation of the Upper School on a daily basis.
- Co-creating, supporting, articulating, and implementing a vision for the Upper School that speaks to the School’s overall mission and vision, and its Quaker roots in education.
- Ensuring the Upper School appropriately attends to the academic, social, and emotional needs of the diverse student body, and creating an environment that fosters a love of learning, a commitment to kindness and mutual respect, and joy.
- Leading, supervising, mentoring, and evaluating all Upper School faculty and staff, and creating an environment that is professional, collegial, joyful, and student-centered.
- Overseeing the Upper School curriculum (with Director of Curriculum and Professional Growth, Asst. US Head, Assistant Head of School, and department heads) and identifying and leading curricular change that aligns with mission and vision.
- Assisting in the recruiting and hiring of new faculty and staff in cooperation with the Head of School, Upper School Administrative Team, program and department heads and human resources.
- Maintaining and supporting diversity, equity, and belonging initiatives.
- Guiding and supporting the School’s College Counseling Office.
- Working with the Middle School Head to facilitate student transitions into the Upper School.
- Managing the Upper School budget.
- Ensuring that meetings of the faculty, staff, department heads, Student Resource Team and other meetings are conducted productively and in accordance with appropriate Quaker practice.
- Seeking and considering input, opinions and perspectives from faculty, staff, students and parents on the operations of the Upper School.
- Work closely with the Admission Office to support the recruitment, enrollment, placement, and retention of students
- Collaborate with the Co-Deans of Students, the IEJB Office and Head of School on major discipline cases.
- Working closely with Upper School parents and the Parents Association to keep lines of communication open, to address concerns, and to relay important information.
Knowledge and Skill Set Requirements
- Bachelor’s Degree
- a visionary, student-centered, emotionally intelligent leader with strong leadership and management skills who embraces Quaker values and use Quaker process appropriately demonstrated leadership with high school students, faculty, and parents
- demonstrated classroom teaching experience
- a strong, diplomatic communicator skilled in fostering partnerships and understanding multiple perspectives
- an effective delegator
- strong executive functioning skills and consistent follow-through
- demonstrated commitment to and knowledge in concepts related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
- a seasoned individual adept at understanding the independent school landscape within the Washington Metro area
Commitment to Diversity
Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representative of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends. Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.