Head of Lower School

Head of Lower School

This opportunity will require a compassionate and inspirational adaptive leader who wants to continue to make a great school even better. The Head of the Lower School is a member of the Senior Leadership Team of AIM Academy (SLT) and administers the daily operations for grades one through five. Working closely with the Head of School, the Head of Lower School has significant independent responsibilities for the individualized education of approximately 95 students and the nurturing of their families along with the leadership of a team of about 25 faculty. The Head of Lower School also works closely with leadership across the community to ensure the lower school division is an effective and innovative branch of one, united school community.

 Key responsibilities include:

  • Understand, articulate, model and promote the mission of AIM Academy;

  • Ensure all student programming needs are addressed through the use of research-based practices and all instructional decisions are guided by data;

  • In concert with key leadership team members, collaborate to develop a smooth and equitable schedule that matches teacher strengths and knowledge with student needs;

  • Adhere to AIM’s supervision evaluation protocols to ensure all programs are delivered with fidelity and all teachers have access to the tools and resources required to provide exceptional instruction at all times;

  • Develop and monitor measurable and meaningful goals for students across all disciplines in conjunction with faculty, the Integrated Services Team (SLP, OT, Psych), and Curriculum and Instructional Leaders;

  • Be a visible and prominent leader who sets a positive tone and leads with integrity and by example;

  • Develop and encourage a culture of inquiry and innovation while keeping teaching practices that are reflective of current research in the field of learning differences and the future of education;

  • Expand school programming for students and families to enhance and enrich the experience for all members of the community;

  • Communicate both in and out of school frequently and effectively;

  • Ensure compliance with all legal requirements of Pennsylvania and all accrediting bodies (PAIS, NAIS, Wilson, and PDE);

  • Establish programs for mentorship of new faculty and create pathways to leadership for faculty who are interested in exploring additional roles and responsibilities;

  • Oversee the coordination of co-curricular and extracurricular programs in conjunction with faculty, the Integrated Services Team (SLP, OT, Psych), and the Curriculum and Instructional Leaders and other members of leadership team;

  • Establish and ensure guidelines and programs for appropriate student conduct;

  • Collaborate with the admissions/enrollment management team to ensure flexible and seamless open houses, visit days, enrollment, and programming of new students;

  • In conjunction with faculty, the Integrated Services Team (SLP, OT, Psych), and the Curriculum and Instructional Leaders, serve as consultant to all faculty in the division in matters of instruction, classroom management, and general school procedures;

  • Manage and prepare sections of annual budget related to Lower School division and oversee expenditures throughout the year;

  • Develop and nurture a supportive, compassionate, and positive school culture;

  • Collaborate and conference with families (including, AIM Parent Committee) and other community members regularly;

  • Demonstrate continued growth through membership and participation in professional activities, learning opportunities, and organizations;

  • Work to ensure that all systems (schedule, faculty trainings, PD days, progress monitoring, meetings, dismissal, morning supervision, lunch duty, etc.) are run with efficiency and purpose; designing new and redesigning existing systems that are not running effectively or efficiently in conjunction with faculty, the Integrated Services Team (SLP, OT, Psych), and the Curriculum and Instructional Leaders;

  • Manage interviewing and hiring process of Lower School team and make recommendations to the Head of School regarding hiring, retention, and assignment of Lower School faculty;

  • Support and assist in the successful functioning of the Teacher Scholar Program;

  • Partner with other key administrators and faculty to ensure alignment between Lower, Middle, and Upper School divisions;

  • Hold regular meetings with faculty to discuss school process, establish and secure positive culture, generate ideas to enhance the quality of all aspects of our program;

  • Seek to further develop community-wide expertise in the area of learning differences, attention, arts-based instruction, 21st-century teaching and learning, and leadership in order to best meet the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of our community;

  • Act as a key academic and emotional support to students and families as they navigate school and serve as a guide to necessary resources as they learn how they learn;

  • Serve as conductor of a collaborative and distributed Lower School Leadership team that includes Lower School Coordinator, Curriculum & Instructional Leaders, and Integrated Services Team;

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging work as it relates to community, culture and curriculum;

  • Commitment to ongoing collaboration with AIM Institute;

  • Performing other duties at the request of the Head of School.

Qualifications:

  • Awareness of Independent school environment and the future of education;

  • Professional knowledge of working in the area of language-based learning differences;

  • Minimum of five years’ experience as an educator and/or supervisor in an educational setting;

  • Excellence in writing, editing, and communication skills;

  • Interest in continued learning, professional excellence, and professional development;

  • Personable and growth-oriented mindset;

  • Excitement for “what’s next” and preparing our students for the future of the workforce;

  • Sensitive and trustworthy with a demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality;

  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing situations and opportunities;

  • Ability to initiate and complete projects across varied constituent groups and manage change;

  • Bachelor’s degree required / Master’s in Special Education preferred;

  • Certification or training in Science of Reading and Structured Literacy preferred

  • COVID Vaccination and booster, but will follow any legally required exemptions

This is a 12-month position.  Salary commensurate with experience.


Please send letter of interest and resume to Cheryl Ferst, HR Coordinator at cferst@aimpa.org