Assistant Head of School for Teaching & Learning
  • Administrative

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA

Accredited by NEASC

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The Assistant Head of School for Teaching & Learning will report to the Head of School. S/he will be expected to have significant experience in educational leadership at an independent or public school and hold strong educational credentials in a relevant field. Buckingham Browne & Nichols School recognizes the need to build connections across our Lower, Middle, and Upper School programs. Among the Head of School’s top priorities is a more seamless integration of the three divisions into a single institution with a common vision regarding both the curriculum and the social and emotional care of students. Smooth transitions as students move through their BB&N education are also a priority.  

As BB&N continues to grow and evolve, the new Assistant Head will address priorities within the School and have the opportunity to:

·       Drive innovation and lead collaborative change in the academic and pedagogical spheres across all three divisions of the school  

·       Support the development and success of faculty at all stages of their careers  

·       Oversee all aspects of the professional development program for both faculty and staff, minding its budget and working with the Chief Advancement Officer to ensure its funds are strategically disbursed

·       Lead the professional growth and evaluation process for faculty

·       Assist fundraising staff as needed in stewarding the school’s donors

·       Work with Human Resources to coordinate an integrated, year-round faculty hiring process

·       Assess current academic programs and help develop new ones to address the evolving needs of the students  

·       Oversee curriculum development and coordination across divisions  

·       Partner with the Director of Technology and the CFOO to support a coherent and mission-consistent approach to the instructional use of technology  

·       Maintain and strengthen a positive and supportive school climate by promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all curricular divisions and professional development opportunities and by working closely with the Special Assistant to the Head for Inclusive Communities in the development of a diverse and inclusive curriculum and workforce at all four campuses

·       Assist the Director of Global Education in developing a well-articulated global strategy that will continue to be part of the educational fabric for every BB&N student  

·       Serve as a passionate advocate for all three divisions within BB&N by facilitating and supporting the coordination of co-curricular and extracurricular activities as part of a holistic educational experience  

·       Lead special projects that advance teaching and learning at BB&N, as directed by the Head of School

·       Serve as part of a small team that leads the school in the Head’s absence

·       Assist the Head of School in developing and implementing the new Strategic Design

·       Engage the Board of Trustees in collaboration with the Head of School

·       Partner with the Head of School and members of the Senior Leadership Group to provide institutional leadership and direction.

Qualities & Qualifications:

The new Assistant Head must have a genuine passion for working with children and supporting the mission of providing educational opportunities to treat each student as an individual. In addition to being collaborative and imaginative, strong candidates will also bring:

·       Demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and a strong record of success in teaching

·       Respect for teachers and an ability to support and enhance their professionalism

·       Working knowledge of best practices in Pre-K to 12 curriculum and curriculum planning

·       Proven experience embracing technology to enhance teaching and learning, coupled with success in guiding faculty in effective technology integration

·       A leadership style that is collaborative, input-seeking, consensus-building, and motivating for faculty and staff

·       Strong listening skills and the ability to communicate clearly

·       Commitment to inspiring and sustaining a culture of excellence

·       A global mindset appreciative of diversity and dedicated to the goal of maintaining an authentic, inclusive community

·       Knowledge of research and successful strategies around increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion

·       Significant experience with anti-bias work with a focus on strategic curriculum development and integration

·       Experience hiring, evaluating, and mentoring faculty

·       A successful track record of curriculum planning and student assessment

·       The skills and experiences necessary to play a multifaceted, school-wide role as a member of the senior leadership team in a Pre-K to 12 school

·       Willingness to travel frequently between the four campuses and a belief that the best practice is getting out of the office

·       Intellectual nimbleness, resourcefulness, entrepreneurship, and adaptability

·       A sense of humor


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