Minimum Education: Masters degree

Minimum Experience: 8-10

Overview

As the only all-girls’ independent school in South Carolina, Ashley Hall provides a dynamic education, preparing students to become strong, confident leaders for the future generations. The School serves girls kindergarten-grade 12 (co-ed 2 years-5 years), with a small residential boarding program for grades 9-12. Since its founding in 1909, Ashley Hall has empowered young women to think critically, act ethically, and embrace challenges and adversity with confidence.

Today, Ashley Hall is still grounded in its mission and takes pride in preparing young women to advance as leaders in a global society by focusing on core values referred to as the school’s “Hallmarks”: to be compassionate, intelligent, worldly, creative, collaborative, purposeful and discerning. These qualities guide the Ashley Hall community and are part of the cultural competency that is needed to build a strong foundation for a better future.

Ashley Hall is seeking an Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning to begin the role in July 2022. The Assistant Head will partner with the Head of School to ensure that the school’s educational programs, policies, and practices are interconnected and aligned with its mission and values. The individual in this role will partner with academic departments to develop curriculum and programs that serve the school and support faculty, staff, and administrators in their continued growth. Importantly, the Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning will play a critical role in the anticipated adoption of the International Baccalaureate programs (PYP, MYP, Diploma).

Opportunities and Challenges

The Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning will work collaboratively with all constituents of the School to deliver the School’s mission to prepare educated women who are independent, ethically responsible, and prepared to meet the challenges of society with confidence.

In collaboration with the Head of School, Division Directors, and other senior administrators, the Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning will shape the day-to-day implementation of the School’s curricular design and strategic initiatives.

The Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning will face challenges and opportunities including:

  • Carefully balancing over a century of history and tradition with a commitment to evolving best practices and openness to new ideas.
  • Leading the anticipated adoption and integration of the International Baccalaureate Programs (PYP, MYP, Diploma) over the next several years, managing the process and supporting faculty as they transition to IB as the natural extension of Ashley Hall’s emphasis on global learning and global citizenship.

Effectively communicating the value of the academic program to internal and external audiences

  • including current and prospective parents.
  • Working in close partnership with other members of the senior leadership team to support faculty professional growth in furthering a culture of belonging through curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Enhancing curricular and co-curricular global programming and STEAM initiatives in support of the School’s mission and anticipated transition to International Baccalaureate.
  • Retaining (and, as necessary, recruiting) an exceptional faculty and staff and delegating effectively in order to make full use of their talents.

Core Responsibilities

The Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning plays a central role in the School’s leadership and daily administration. Reporting to the Head of School, the Assistant Head’s core responsibilities include:

  • Designing systems, processes, and structures to support the Preschool-12 curriculum Learning Spiral) and ensuring that teaching and learning methodologies and practices are cohesive across divisions and align with the School’s mission and values, strategic initiatives, and current best practices in teaching and learning.
  • Evaluating curricular materials and pedagogical practices to ensure adherence to best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Providing leadership, support, and guidance to the Early Education, Lower School, Intermediate School, Nautilus Program, and Upper School Directors, team leaders, and department heads as they administer the curricular and co-curricular programs and personnel in their divisions.
  • Helping to convey and support the School’s vision, mission, and strategic plan to both internal and external audiences.
  • Developing and administering faculty professional development, including individual, school-wide, and milestone experiences.
  • Supporting faculty in the adoption of innovative pedagogies that will further student learning.
  • Developing, administering, and evaluating signature programming (student curricular travel, global programs, interdisciplinary programs, leadership programs) and turning shared visions into realities to improve the student experience and enhance the School’s internal and external
  • Supervising individuals and departments that may include: IB divisional coordinators, global studies coordinators, department chairs and team leaders, and auxiliary academic programming.
  • In partnership with the Division Directors and Human Resources, recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and developing faculty.

Desired Qualities and Qualifications

The most competitive candidates will offer most or all of the following qualifications and qualities:

Professional Qualifications

  • Understanding of developmentally appropriate curriculum and pedagogy, age 2 through grade 12.
  • Experience adopting and /or implementing the International Baccalaureate program.
  • Experience leading and managing adults in a complex organization.
  • Personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) and the requisite skillfulness to support student and faculty growth in this area and to facilitate critical conversations in the design of more inclusive curriculum and programs.

The ability to articulate vision and strategy and the tactical skills necessary to deftly manage the

  • systems and processes necessary to implement strategy.

 

Leadership Style and Qualifications

  • A style grounded in principles and relationships.
  • A history of thoughtful innovation moderated by a skillful and sensitive approach to change.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with inspiration and clarity across a wide range of audiences.
  • The confidence and humility to advocate for new ideas, invite disagreement, and welcome feedback, engaging in challenging conversations with grace.

Personal Qualities

  • Willingness to lead with questions, invite conversation, and patiently explore ideas.
  • A commitment to self-reflection, integrity, and humility.
  • A warm, supportive, and relational style.

To Apply

Additional information and directions for applying are available at this link.

Candidates are invited to contact the consultants in confidence at jess.roberson@carneysandoe.com or marsha.little@carneysandoe.com.

 

 

 

 



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