Sandy Spring Friends School seeks a dynamic, innovative leader for Assistant Head of School. As one of our most senior leadership positions, this role includes serving as a key advisor to the Head of School and comes with significant logistical oversight and implementation of the School's daily operations, strategic planning, project management, programmatic leadership, and professional development planning.
The Assistant Head of School is responsible for cross-divisional and cross-curricular coordination of professional development, policies, procedures, and programs. The Assistant Head clerks the meeting of division heads and has direct oversight of the technology department, library services, the health center, and summer programs. The Assistant Head is also asked to lead special projects and committees as assigned by the Head of School. This is a senior administrative role reporting directly to the Head of School.
Essential Job Functions:
Coordinate efforts among the three division heads to sustain a unified, coherent, and dynamic PS-12th grade academic and co-curricular program geared towards fulfilling the mission of the School and meeting the diverse needs of students.
Lead efforts, in conjunction with the three division heads and the Head of School, to develop and maintain effective systems for faculty evaluation and professional development.
Collaborate with the Head of School and the Administrative Council to design, implement, and review school-wide policies.
Collaborate with division heads and the Head of School on academic staffing needs and work with the Director of Human Resources on the coordination of the hiring process including participation in search processes for key roles, as assigned by Head of School.
Supervise, evaluate, and support the Directors of Information Technology, Academic Technology, Health Center, and Summer Programs.
Write, edit, and review school-wide communications related to School programming.
Serve on School-wide committees related to academic, co-curricular, or student support programs, including the Division Heads Group and other standing or ad-hoc committees, as determined by the Head of School.
Work closely with the Director of Operations facilities planning and/or capital improvement projects and committees as needed to support academic and other program functions.
Attend Board of Trustees meetings and presenting as needed at the direction of the Head of School, including creating and maintaining the Board of Trustees data dashboard and serving on appropriate board committees.
Collaborate with the Head of School and the Director of Institutional Equity, Justice, and Belonging on strategic initiatives and creating an equitable, inclusive, and just school culture that supports a sense of belonging in all Work closely with the Executive Assistant to the Head of School to maintain an administrative planning calendar and participate in school-wide calendar/event coordination.
Lead school accreditation and self-study processes including participation with the school accreditation visiting teams for AIMS.
Teach one section of an Upper or Middle School course.
Lead special projects and committees as well as other duties as assigned by Head of School.
In the absence of the Head of School, serve as the lead school administrator.
Knowledge and Skill Set Requirements:
Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred; demonstrated senior leadership experience; a passion for student-centered experiential and progressive education; a relational leader skilled in fostering partnerships; strengths in verbal and written communication; skilled in cross-cultural competency and advocating for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion; an effective delegator who is highly organized with a strong ability to multitask; proven effectiveness in change management; a visionary leader who is able to embrace Quaker values and utilize Quaker process as it applies to administrative tasks; and a seasoned individual adept at understanding the independent school landscape.
Ability to move about the entire campus for meetings, observations, supervision responsibilities, event attendance, including navigating steps and sloped walkways.
Ability to use a computer for extended periods of time for administrative tasks including but not limited to: composing, sending, reading emails; accessing internet-based materials and resources; reading, editing, and writing letters, reports, documentation; participation in online conferences, webinars, teleconferences.
Commitment to Diversity: Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representative of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.
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About Sandy Spring Friends School
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Frie...nds School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.