A leader in progressive education for more than 100 years, the Bank Street School for Children provides students, from nursery through 8th grade, an education that engages their natural curiosity, nurtures critical thinking, and helps to develop a sense of community and social responsibility. Through a teaching approach that is fundamentally hands-on and child-centered, Bank Street students develop the courage and confidence to think independently, work collaboratively, understand themselves and others more deeply, and possess the compassion to make meaning of the world around them.
General Position Description
The Middle School at Bank Street School for Children encompasses children ages 7/8s, 8/9s and 9/10s, or grades 2, 3 and 4. The MS Division Head reports to the Dean of Children’s Programs/Head of School and is a key member of the School for Children leadership team, which includes the Upper School and Lower School Division Heads, Math/Science Coordinator, Director of Diversity & Equity, and the Director of Operations, Finance & Analytics.
The MS Division Head is the educational leader responsible for a division of nine classrooms and approximately 120 students, overseeing all matters pertaining to children, classroom teachers and specialists, and families. The MS Division Head is responsible for coordination of curriculum, instruction, assessment, programming, school culture and discipline, faculty development, supervision and evaluation, hiring, and operations.
Lead the implementation in the Middle School of the School for Children’s Strategic Plan:
Deepen differentiated instruction, student supports and assessments, including implementation of Fundations literacy program, within our progressive approach
Document and augment curriculum with faculty within and across grade levels, including our Racial Justice and Advocacy (RJA) curriculum, and evolve our STEAM initiative as it relates to Middle School curriculum
Support the articulation and expand the use of a shared restorative justice behavioral framework, ensuring children and adults are informed and bought in
Provide professional learning opportunities and supports to faculty, ensuring access to PD opportunities is equitable
Conduct regular divisional meetings with faculty which focus both on routine school matters and efforts to create sustained and systematic improvement of practice
Lead the Middle School process and planning for programming, staffing, and schedule
Participate in the admissions process, interviewing and evaluating prospective students and joining open houses and other presentations for interested families
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Supervision & Support of Faculty
Know and understand knowledge of the developmental, physical, social, and psychological needs of children ages 7-10 and build collaboration among classrooms teachers, specialists, and the mental health team to meet these needs
Structure faculty and teacher team meetings across the year in intentional and responsive ways, working with teachers to build shared goals and agendas
Oversee hiring committees, the onboarding process, and mentoring for Middle School Head and Associate Teachers, and Specialists
Supervise and evaluate classroom teachers and teaching teams, as well as the Middle School specialists and school psychologist, through a goal-setting and review process
Support, develop, supervise and evaluate an Administrative Assistant
Ensure timeliness and effectiveness of student assessment and reporting
Partner with Bank Street’s Graduate School to coordinate Associate Teachers work in the School for Children and maximize support for their development
Divisional Culture & Family Partnership
Be a consistent presence in Middle School classrooms
Support children and teachers in responding to a range of student behaviors in positive, instructive, and impactful ways
Establish positive and collaborative relationships with Middle School parents
Hold monthly Parent Association meetings, and partner with the Parent Association co-chairs
Collaborate with the Lower School and Upper School Division Heads to create seamless transitions for students and families
Communicate effectively and responsively with all constituents
A Masters degree in Education
At least five years of teaching and leadership experience at the elementary level, ideally grades 2-4
Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to social justice and equity, including an ability to reflect on and articulate one’s racial identity development
Deep knowledge of, commitment to, and experience with progressive education and schooling
A successful track record supporting adult growth and development, preferably in the role of team leader, instructional coach, assistant principal/head, or the equivalent
Broad experience in curriculum development
Experience supporting diverse learners and their families
Strong written and oral communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
Warmth, humor, flexibility, and optimism
Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs. In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Internal Number: 1063
About Bank Street College of Education
The mission of Bank Street College is to improve the education of children and their teachers by applying to the educational process all available knowledge about learning and growth, and by connecting teaching and learning meaningfully to the outside world. In so doing, we seek to strengthen not only individuals, but the community as well, including family, school, and the larger society in which adults and children, in all their diversity, interact and learn. We see in education the opportunity to build a better society.