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Upper School Head

Job Description and Application Instructions

Upper School Head Position 2017-18

(Posted 10/30/2017)

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Nestled among five mountain ranges in the heart of the Wood River Valley, Community School is an independent pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade college preparatory school of 390 students.

MISSION
From our campus to the wilderness, Community School’s mission is to inspire students to think critically, engage confidently, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives.

We seek to accomplish this mission through six guiding principles, which include: Using student inquiry and the application of critical thinking as our primary learning modalities; developing and facilitating students’ personal interests and passions; using the whole environment to promote a global perspective; creating inclusive learning environments; instilling a love of nature and environmental stewardship; encouraging students to seek new challenges and to push beyond their comfortable limits.

The Upper School is comprised of diverse formative experiences in the classroom, on the playing fields, on stage, in the Residence Hall, and in the backcountry. We are committed to a invigorated and experiential college preparatory education, and we embrace diverse teaching and learning styles to both support and foster the academic success of all students. We also strive for a culture of mutual respect and trust between teachers and students, which creates an environment that is open, accepting, and curious.

POSITION
The Upper School Head is the primary administrator for grades nine through twelve. The position is part of the senior leadership team of the school, which works collaboratively on behalf of the school community.

The Upper School division consists of an experienced faculty and staff of approximately 22 professionals working with approximately 160 students in grades nine through twelve, with both a significant day population and a small, but growing, Residential Program. The school seeks an experienced and inspirational educator to become the next Upper School Head starting on July 1, 2018.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee and evaluate all Upper School instructional and co-curricular programs in accordance with the school mission and goals.
  • Hire, develop, and support an outstanding and experienced faculty.
  • Facilitate a progressive faculty evaluation process, with the Teaching and Learning Coordinator.
  • Manage the Upper School budget.
  • Communicate actively and constructively with parents regarding Upper School programs and student progress.
  • Represent the Upper School to external constituents and the greater Wood
    River Valley community.
  • Promote creative and meaningful synergies between divisions and departments to maximize the experience of the faculty and students.
  • Support, nurture, challenge, and inspire the Upper School and greater school communities, while having fun and maintaining a sense of humor.
  • Uphold and manage the policies and procedures of the school as outlined in the school’s Student-Parent Handbook and in context of the school’s Community Standard.
  • Effectively communicate Community School’s emphasis on academic achievement, its extensive Outdoor Program, arts, athletics, service learning, Sun Valley Ski Academy and Residential Programs, along with the close relationship between faculty and students.
  • Provide administrative support, oversight, and lead the continued maturation of unique Upper School programs, such as: The Sun Valley Ski Academy, the Outdoor Leadership Academy, the Creative Arts Academy, the College Counseling Program, and the Residential Program.
  • Understand and embrace the unique culture of a small independent school in a small mountain resort town.

QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should:

  • Have extensive experience in the roles of an upper school administrator, teacher, and advisor and/or coach, with a demonstrated passion for working with high school age students.
  • Have demonstrated strong and effective communication skills, expertise in program development, scheduling, personnel management, and knowledge of current pedagogical research as it relates to upper school students.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to live in a small, vibrant resort community in the Rocky Mountains.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Please send an electronic cover letter, statement of educational philosophy, resumé, and at least three letters of reference by December 1, 2017 to:

Community School
Sam Herrick
Attn: Upper School Head Search
sherrick@communityschool.org

Community School seeks qualified applicants and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion/spirituality, nationality or any other group.

Assistant Director of Admissions

Job Description and Application Instructions

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS

Posted: 9/12/2017

About our School

Nestled among five mountain ranges in the heart of Sun Valley, Idaho, Community School is an independent pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade day and boarding school of 390 students.

Mission

From our campus to the wilderness, Community School’s mission is to inspire students to think critically, engage confidently, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives.

We seek to accomplish this mission through six guiding principles, which include: Using student inquiry and the application of critical thinking as our primary learning modalities; developing and facilitating students’ personal interests and passions; using the whole environment to promote a global perspective; creating inclusive learning environments; instilling a love of nature and environmental stewardship; encouraging students to seek new challenges and to push beyond their comfortable limits.

Position

The Assistant Director of Admissions is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position, with benefits, that will participate in the recruitment efforts of Community School. In collaboration with the Director of Admissions & Sun Valley Ski Academy Program Director, this person will drive enrollment process, procedures, and communication with students, parents, and sending organizations. This person will also collaborate with the Director of Admissions in admissions-related tasks, statistics, and communications. This includes travel and recruitment activities, interviews with students and their families, telephone conversations, and written correspondence. The school seeks an experienced and inspirational Assistant Director of Admissions to begin on or before November 1, 2017.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the application process and communications with prospective students and families;
  • Coordinate prospective student and family visit days;
  • Contribute to and help lead the strategic marketing efforts of the school;
  • Coordinate and help lead all recruitment efforts: advertising, open houses, and direct mailing, along with prospective family events that occur over peak resort community tourist dates;
  • Coordinate the collection and evaluation of all admissions materials, including testing (SSAT) and the Developmental Assessment/visit day of Kindergarten applicants;
  • Develop and strengthen school relationships through coordinated recruitment travel;
  • Maintain the Senior Systems enrollment database;
  • Participate as a member of the tuition assistance committee;
  • Facilitate the re-enrollment process and monitor attrition and retention activity;
  • Prepare, analyze, and maintain statistics relevant to admission and tuition assistance, and use them to help predict future market conditions;
  • Represent the school at various conferences, school fairs, and special events;
  • Maintain the admissions portion of the website.

Qualifications

Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should have:

  • Experience in independent school admissions or similar admissions work;
  • Knowledge of or experience with boarding schools or boarding school admissions;
  • Exemplary communication, collaborative, and organizational skills;
  • Expertise or a proven background in marketing, communications, or other related fields;
  • A strong work ethic and a willingness to initiate;
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment managing multiple priorities and deadlines;
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion;
  • A Bachelor’s degree, with a preference for an advanced degree;
  • A willingness to live in a small, vibrant resort community in the Rocky Mountains.

Please send an electronic cover letter, resumé, and at least two letters of reference by September 27, 2017 to:

Community School
Attn: Assistant Director of Admissions
℅ Ben Pettit, Head of School
bpettit@communityschool.org

Community School seeks qualified applicants and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion/spirituality, nationality or any other group.

My colleagues inspire me daily; from their creative ideas in the classroom to their seemingly superhuman passions outside of the classroom. It is such a healthy and positive group of adults to be around.

Naomi Goldberg, Eighth Grade Team

Community School seeks qualified applicants and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion/spirituality, nationality or any other group.