The Brearley School, an independent girls’ school serving over 700 students K-12, welcomes candidates for a full-time position as Head of the History Department. Strong organizational skills and three to five years of experience in teaching world history are preferred.
Founded in 1884, the school is a center of intellectual exuberance, attracting students from across and beyond New York City. Its mission has long combined outstanding academics with an insistence on a larger purpose: we seek to prepare our students for principled engagement in the world. In pursuit of this goal, we actively strive to build, nurture and sustain a diverse faculty and student body. We are committed to instilling the values and practice of antiracism in our students, and we expect our faculty, staff, students, parents, and trustees to pursue meaningful change through deliberate and measurable actions.
We count on our faculty to create and maintain an atmosphere of honesty, generosity and respect for the thoughts, efforts, and feelings of others.
We educate our students within a network of teachers who know them for years and recognize that children grow and flourish in their own time with the support of a curriculum that responds to their intellectual needs. As the Brearley curriculum has evolved through thoughtful, deliberate collaboration, we encourage all faculty to bring fresh ideas and new insights that might enhance a strong, beloved foundation.
The ideal candidate will:
commit to helping students think independently and develop confidence in their own abilities.
engage in anti-racist pedagogy
have genuine passion for and command of their subject matter
possess excellent communication skills
bring to their work a collegial spirit and a sense of humor
Facilitate and guide the department’s review and development of its curriculum
Provide support to the members of the department, according to their needs, in areas regarding curriculum development, scholarly interests, teaching strategies, collegial relations, evaluation and counseling of students, including questions of academic integrity
Schedule and chair meetings of the department at appropriate intervals to discuss curriculum, professional development opportunities, and departmental and school matters
Meet with department members on an individual basis to facilitate personal and departmental business, including obligations, evaluation and professional development
Assign teaching duties in consultation with the members of the department and the Assistant Head of School for Academic Life
Oversee departmental business, including book ordering, record-keeping, assignment of coverage, departmental review and other duties as necessary to the needs of the discipline
Screen candidates, set up interviews with the department, and consult with the Assistant Head of School for Academic Life and members of the department on the hiring of new faculty
Work closely with new teachers and teachers taking on new responsibilities
Evaluate department members in accordance with the school’s evaluation process
Attend meetings of the Academic Affairs Committee, and serve as liaison between the department and the Committee
Represent the opinions of the department to the school leadership and to the larger community
Communicate the imperatives of the school to members of the department
The Brearley School is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to hiring exceptional, dedicated teachers of diverse backgrounds. We consider qualified individuals for employment with the School regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other state or federally protected classification.
About The Brearley School
The Brearley School, an independent school for girls, was founded in 1884 to provide its students with a college-preparatory education equal in rigor to that of boys, and, in the words of the mission statement today, to prepare them for “active responsible citizenship in a democratic society.” Within a highly articulated 13-year curriculum, and with a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, teaching methods are varied, flexible and pragmatic, taking into account individual patterns of development and ways of learning. The School’s program is designed to challenge eager, able students intellectually, and to give each one the opportunity to gain competence, self-reliance and self-knowledge through academic achievement as well as experience in the visual and performing arts, sports, community service and a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
Brearley’s K-12 enrollment is divided into Lower School, Middle School and Upper School, and consists of about 747 students from throughout the New York metropolitan area who represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and points of view.