Walnut Hill School for the Arts is seeking a Director of Community Programs to join the team July 1, 2021. The Director of Community Programs is an energetic, innovative, dynamic, and self-motivated individual who works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to provide programming reflecting the needs of the School and community. The Director is responsible for guiding and creating a school environment allowing all students opportunities to engage with their peers and faculty outside of the academic and artistic experience. This is a full-time, 12-month position reporting to the Assistant Head of School.
All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field, participating in school events and supporting students in their arts, supporting other faculty/staff members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice.
Create school-wide programming that fosters an inclusive school environment;
Collaborate with members of the Program Leadership Team to plan and schedule community programs curriculum, as well as continue to provide support to the school’s academic, artistic and student life programs;
Develop, implement, and oversee a developmentally appropriate social and emotional curriculum;
Innovate, plan, develop, and implement new and engaging programs for student development beyond the academic or artistic experience;
Oversee and manage the 9th Grade Foundations program;
Manage and lead the School’s assembly programming, including coordination with outside speakers and performers;
Oversee and manage the student advisory program; assign advisors and work with Class Deans to train and oversee advisors; create and maintain activities and curriculum associated with advisory program;
Manage the Class Dean program and provide training, direction, and supervision to Class Deans; serve as a Class Dean if appropriate;
Coordinate speakers, grade-level assembly programming, class meetings with Class Deans, and other related assembly activities and functions;
Create, support, and implement school-wide, community activities; assist with school-wide traditions and events;
Oversee Student Leadership program, including training student leaders, working with faculty advisors, and managing student elections;
Manage the coordination and supervision of co-curricular clubs and club advisors;
Speak authentically about the imperative for diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools; be committed to learning about and practicing anti-racist work; recognize how your identity impacts your leadership; and
Other duties as assigned.
Community Involvement & Engagement
Plan, implement, attend and participate in communal programs outside the classroom including but not limited to, assemblies, guest speakers, and special programs; model and encourage appropriate behavior and monitor students during events and programming;
Serve as a club advisor or the equivalent or provide weekend team duty as assigned by the Student Life office;
Plan, chaperone, and participate in field trips and outside activities as appropriate;
Attend student performances, art openings, and art events throughout the year; support and engage richly in arts productions, shows, exhibitions, and performances; and
Plan, participate in, and attend School events such as Family Weekend, Open House, Class Night Boar’s Head, Candlelight, Awards Ceremony, and Graduation, etc.
Collaboration, Professional Development, and Training
Work collaboratively with colleagues across all departments to foster a positive working and educational environment for students and employees to support the school’s mission, vision, and core values;
Attend and participate in required faculty and staff meetings and department meetings; participate in Departmental Reviews and NEASC self-study; participate and engage fully in individual reviews and evaluations; be open to feedback and work with supervisor to set goals and expectations for the future;
Attend and participate in required Professional Development (PD) days, training programs, orientation programs, benefit meetings, mandatory seminars, team-building exercises, and safety training/drills; and
Pursue PD opportunities in and out of school; display willingness and ability to grow, learn, explore new approaches, and practice self-reflection.
Administrative and Additional Responsibilities:
Keep records of correspondence with parents and utilize school databases appropriately to communicate student issues;
Complete required paperwork, forms, surveys, employment documents, background checks, fingerprinting, online training programs, request and report absences, accidents, and injuries, and follow other school policy and legal requirements by established deadlines; and
Perform other administrative or educational duties as assigned by the Head of School or his designee.
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience;
2+ years’ related experience in a school, summer program, college, or university setting;
Willingness and interest in working with high school students in a boarding school environment;
Demonstrated leadership and supervisory abilities;
Ability to handle sensitive information with discretion;
Actively support the School community in building awareness and education in developing equity at systemic levels throughout school operations, policies, and programs;
Capable of effectively responding to the needs of a diverse and engaged student and parent population;
Experience with or interest in working with international students and families;
High level of organization; strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills;
Demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive community;
Possess cultural competence in working with diverse populations and commitment to learning about and practicing anti-racist work;
Ability to work with, and respond effectively to, the needs of a wide range of community members and to work independently and effectively in a changing, fast-paced environment;
Share an educational and artistic vision that aligns with the core principles of Walnut Hill;
Strong collaboration and team-oriented working and leadership skills along with the ability to balance a pursuit of academic, artistic, and institutional excellence with compassion and nurture for each individual;
Possess and exude a positive attitude, passion for teaching and learning, develop and maintain positive working relationships and a sense of humor; and
Share an educational and artistic vision that aligns with the core principles and values of Walnut Hill.
About Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, located in Natick, Massachusetts and 20 minutes from Boston, is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience designed for student artists in grades 9–post graduate. Walnut Hill combines a comprehensive college-preparatory academic curriculum with intensive, pre-professional artistic training in theatre, dance, music, visual art, and writing, film & media arts. Walnut Hill is committed to creating and enhancing an inclusive environment, and welcoming and celebrating a wide range of cultural, artistic, and educational backgrounds that compliments and supports our diverse community.
Commitment to the school’s Core Values, of Community, Growth, Excellence, Creativity, and Respect are imperative to the success of all Walnut Hill faculty, staff, and administration members. All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field, participating in school events, supporting students in their arts, supporting other faculty/staff members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice.