The Agnes Irwin School seeks an experienced and engaging Upper School Director to begin July1, 2021. The Agnes Irwin School is a Pre-K through 12 grade, independent college preparatory day school in Rosemont, PA.
Strategic priorities and opportunities include:
Establishing stability through dedication to divisional life and work Building a vision that takes an already strong division into its exciting and innovative future Review of the Upper School building on storied strengths and advancing teaching/learning into the 21st century Seeking opportunities, from traditions to curriculum, build consensus and drive change as a strong leader Demonstrating, modeling and guiding cultural competence in pedagogy as well as student life Fostering the leadership voices and skills of Upper School students Collaborating with the Assistant Head of School for Academics & Inclusive Excellence to elevate the work of diversity, equity and inclusion across all aspects of the US program. Continuing the effort to develop consistent policies and practices throughout the division Maintaining the balance of academic excellence with holistic wellbeing of students through athletics, arts and other extracurricular experiences
QUALITIES OF THE NEXT UPPER SCHOOL DIRECTOR The next Upper School Director will be well prepared to lead both the vision and the day-today operations of the Upper School in a way that ensures its effectiveness. A dynamic leader who can listen in order to harness the strengths and history of AIS, the Director will help chart a course to the division’s future. We envision that future to be bold. The Director will be mission-driven, dedicated,collaborative, courageous, possess high emotional intelligence, and deeply understand the value and power of all-girls education, putting the girls’ emotional and educational needs at the center of all endeavors. The Director will be a collaborative and approachable leader who will nurture relationships built on trust, employ careful and deep listening, lift morale with a view to the horizon, and be present and engaged in the life of the division. The Director will delegate and value the contributions of faculty and staff; in providing a vision encouraging continued growth, the Director will develop faculty and be skilled at providing feedback. The Director must have experience working directly with multiple constituencies (parents, students, faculty, staff, leadership) and balancing the input and objectives of each member of the community while keeping the needs of the division at heart. A demonstrated success reviewing curriculum and guiding professional growth and development is essential. As the primary voice conveying the strengths and uniqueness of Agnes Irwin’s Upper School, including signature programs, to all constituencies, the Director must have excellent skills in written and verbal communication. Possessing a personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the requisite skills to facilitate critical conversations in the design of a more inclusive Upper School curriculum is a must. With a faculty that has long demonstrated its commitment to girls, we are deeply interested in someone willing to make AIS their home.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS Master’s degree or post-graduate work and/or administration preferred A minimum of five years of teaching and administrative experience A productive practitioner who is a deep listener an efficient processor and someone known for effective execution
History of successful hiring, particularly with underrepresented populations Cultural Competency, ability to see beyond binary; recognizes multiple dimensions of diversity Comfortable working in a collaborative, consultative team environment Positive outlook, forward-thinking/momentum Partnership with parents on the girls’ educational paths Experience in (or demonstrated interest), and considerations of, girls’ education and/or women gender studies. Genuinely, intellectually ignited by the research of best practices for girls’ learning and development Approachability and humor; authentic curiosity for members of the community — from girls to faculty/staff
Interested candidates must submit the following materials confidentially via https://bit.ly/AgnesIrwinUSDirector in one PDF attachment that includes in the following order: • Cover letter expressing interest in The Agnes Irwin School Upper School Director position. • Current résumé. • Statement of educational philosophy and practice. • List of three references including name, title, phone number, email address and professional relationship (references are contacted only with the candidate’s permission). Please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to Orpheus Crutchfield at (510) 685-0861.
The Agnes Irwin School respects and values diversity, including but not limited to differences in age, ability, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity, national origin, physical attributes, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic level. We actively promote and develop a school community that is culturally competent, socially responsible, and globally engaged.
The Agnes Irwin School does not discriminate in any term or condition of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic or status protected by federal, state or local law.
About The Agnes Irwin School
The Agnes Irwin School is a Pre-K through 12, all-girls' school located in Rosemont, PA