Assistant Head of School Search

Assistant Head of School for Teaching, Learning, and Equity

Start date: July 1, 2024

Since its founding more than 100 years ago, Charles River School students have learned to use both inquiry and creativity to build practical skills, discover new interests, and take responsibility for themselves, their communities, and the future. With a deep history and commitment to social justice, the school offers students in PreKindergarten through eighth-grade a global curriculum grounded in thematic, hands-on teaching and learning. CRS classes are small, learning is personalized, and teachers are accessible. The faculty and staff at Charles River School are exceptionally talented, diverse, active individuals concerned with the development and education of the whole child.

Direct reports:

  • All teaching faculty

A day in the life of the Assistant Head of School of Teaching, Learning, and Equity
The Assistant Head of School for Teaching, Learning, and Equity position presents an exciting opportunity for a creative leader and lifelong learner.

On any given day, you might find the Assistant Head of School…

  • Greeting students, parents, and caregivers at arrival and dismissal along with other members of the Leadership Team.
  • Writing a letter to all CRS families to share how the school is approaching teaching about the elections and civic engagement across all grade levels in the school.
  • Partnering with faculty to coordinate a Peer Educator Roundtable for elementary school teachers around the country who are invited to CRS to learn how to create meaningful and inspiring interdisciplinary projects.
  • Leading a working group of faculty, administrators, and community experts in designing a process for evaluating the school’s math program and developing recommendations for innovations that will meet the school’s goals.

Key responsibilities

Academic leadership

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the academic program, including all aspects of teaching and learning, curriculum development, learning objectives, assessment, academic standards, curriculum documentation, and program assessment.
  • Lead the implementation of the strategic vision for Charles River School’s academic program.
  • Stay on top of current trends, research, and emerging ideas in the education landscape, especially progressive, anti-racist, and social justice pedagogy, in order to support academic innovation and transformative change.
  • Promote a culture of joy, academic excellence, and innovation by serving as a visible presence in the school community and a passionate spokesperson for CRS and its academic program.

Faculty hiring, evaluation and professional development

  • Partner with the Associate Head of School to manage all aspects of staffing including hiring, fostering a culture of growth, articulating and evaluating progress towards individual and department goals, and providing ongoing evaluation, motivation, and feedback.
  • Oversee and coordinate orientation and yearlong programming for new faculty and staff.
  • Oversee professional development programs, including managing the professional development budget and designing and coordinating all-school professional development days.
  • Coordinate the work of the faculty and staff racial affinity groups and support faculty and staff facilitators of these groups: Faculty and Staff of Color and A.W.A.R.E.

Student and family support and engagement

  • Partner with the Parent Association to design and execute school-wide parent and caregiver education programming.
  • Coordinate student affinity groups and support each group’s faculty facilitators.
  • Serve as the administrative liaison to CRS’ affinity groups for parents and caregivers (including Compass for families of color and Rainbow Families for LGBTQ+ families).
  • Provide counsel and guidance to current and prospective families on matters of curriculum and pedagogy.

Head of School

  • As a member of the CRS’ Leadership Team, partner with the Head of School on the implementation of the Head’s vision and goals and the development and execution of strategic initiatives.

Board of Trustees

  • Serve as the administrative liaison to the Community, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Board of Trustees, partner with the Committee Chairs to set meeting agendas, provide data to the group, and facilitate action steps to forward CRS’ strategic academic priorities.
  • Attend all board meetings and report, as necessary, on strategic academic initiatives.

Support and Teamwork

While the Assistant Head of School for Teaching, Learning, and Equity has significant responsibility at Charles River School, at CRS we know that equity and inclusion work is everyone’s work, and the Assistant Head of School will have robust collaboration and support including:

  • A shared administrative assistant
  • Partnership and collaboration with the Associate Head of School on hiring and faculty evaluation
  • Partnership and collaboration with the Head of School which includes weekly one-on-one meetings
  • Multiple faculty leaders to collaborate with on curriculum development and implementation
  • Multiple faculty facilitators of affinity groups for students, faculty, and families

Leadership and personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic commitment to CRS’ progressive, multicultural curriculum and a recognition of the significance of social and emotional well-being to the development of an excellent academic program.
  • High cultural competency and racial literacy; a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • An ability to lead and motivate collaboratively and manage multiple projects and assignments with excellent organization, delivery, creativity, planning, and attention to detail.
  • An ability to design and implement organizational systems, educational models, and operational protocols in support of all aspects of the academic program.
  • Confidence, warmth, patience, and a sense of humor that complement CRS’ culture and values.
  • Ability to influence and engage a wide range of constituents and build long-term relationships.
  • Ability to build trust, work collaboratively, and engage productively with students, families, faculty, staff, trustees, and colleagues on the Leadership Team.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills that reflect a growth mindset.
  • Proven ability to communicate passionately, clearly, and concisely. Superior writing and oral communication skills.

Professional and leadership qualifications

  • A Master’s degree or higher in education or a related field.
  • A deep understanding of progressive and anti-racist pedagogy, Prek to eighth grade schooling, social justice education, and the developmental needs of young learners, early childhood through early adolescence.
  • Expertise leading complex, ongoing, and consensus-building innovation initiatives in a fast-paced, sometimes unpredictable, school environment.
  • Experience effectively and empathically leading faculty evaluation, growth, and professional development.
  • A minimum of three years of school leadership and supervisory experience that reflects a track record of cultivating positive relationships with students, families, faculty, and staff.
  • Prior elementary or middle school classroom teaching experience.

Compensation and benefits
This is a full-time exempt position and reports to the Head of School. The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience. CRS employees enjoy a competitive employee benefits program including medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement plan contribution, and voluntary supplemental life insurance and long-term care coverage.

Charles River School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following materials by January 19th, 2024:

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in working at CRS and how your talents and experience are a fit for this position.
  • A current résumé.
  • A statement of your leadership philosophy (no longer than one page).
  • A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without notifying the candidate first).

Charles River School actively seeks candidates who will contribute and are committed to a diverse school community and inclusive educational practices. Interested individuals should send materials (listed above) to (please include Assistant Head of School in the subject line) and fill out the CRS Employment Application by clicking this link.