Science Department Head
Founded in 1883, Allen-Stevenson is a K-9 independent school for boys with an enrollment of 415 students. Located in the heart of New York City’s Upper East Side, the School is a joyful, inclusive community. Our urban setting affords many educational and cultural advantages.
For the 2019-2020 school year the School seeks a Science Department Head to lead its science program within the context of a broad, age-appropriate curriculum that incorporates Academics, Athletics and the Arts. Our approach to the education of boys fosters “many ways to be a boy” and offers them many ways to be successful. We look for a strong leader with a comprehensive vision, an authentic listener and bridge builder who can help science teachers collaborate, not solely in science but across our entire curriculum.
We also look for ways to incorporate the principles of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into our Science curriculum, especially the affirmation that science education should emphasize student outcomes and explicitly not curriculum. Current related K-9 program initiatives include social-emotional learning, guided inquiry, robotics and STEAM. Also, Allen-Stevenson is fortunate to be able to incorporate up-to-date technology into its program, including a 1:1 laptop program for grades 4 though 9, interactive boards in every classroom, digital microscopes in science labs, and other such resources where appropriate.
Allen-Stevenson is in the midst of a very exciting period in its growth. Guided by our new 20/20 Vision, Building Boys Who Make the World a Better Place, a new vision statement that extends the School’s mission, we “help every boy achieve his best potential within an inclusive community of joyful learners and their families.” A small, select group of teachers is helping the administration to develop priorities that will achieve the Vision. In addition, the Board of Trustees has just launched a separate Strategic Planning process that will recommend goals and priorities for the School’s future.
Allen-Stevenson is also in the middle of a transformative building expansion project, which includes new flexible Science & Engineering classrooms, as well as a teaching greenhouse that will accommodate half-classes. As we look to integrate the many important components of the educational program, a new master schedule will also be developed to use our facilities and time resources most effectively and equitably.
To explore this exciting opportunity, please submit a current professional resume, along with a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Teach a range of science classes to elementary and middle school boys
- Continue to partner with K-9 teachers to coordinate and align STEAM/science curriculum
- Develop shared understanding of NGSS in relation to guided inquiry and project-based learning
- Provide guidance and coaching to colleagues on inquiry, project-based learning and NGSS
- Suggest and support professional development for all science teachers
- Develop transdisciplinary connections to the science curriculum
- Lead the department so as to increase collaboration with other disciplines
- Support the School’s new vision statement for teaching and learning
- Deepen departmental discussions as we explore new ways to measure student learning
- Use technology where appropriate to enhance student learning
- Seek opportunities for interdisciplinary connections between science teachers and colleagues in other departments
- Oversee stewardship of the School’s new science facilities and resources, including the greenhouse
Qualifications and Expertise
- Minimum of 5 years of prior teaching experience
- An advanced degree in science education
- Background in supporting and leading curriculum development, innovation and new initiatives
- Experience in developing skills for student-driven inquiry learning, critical thinking, deeper understanding and problem solving
- Understanding of the value of the NGSS approach to K-9 science education and its innovative, three-pronged framework: science and engineering practices; disciplinary core ideas; and crosscutting concepts
- Ability to incorporate appropriate technology in science instruction
The Ideal Candidate
- Passionate about the teaching of science and committed to the science education of elementary and middle school boys
- Recognizes that K-9 science education should reflect the real-world interconnections in science
- Eager to foster innovation in colleagues and to increase department-wide commitment to the principles of NGSS
- Willing to try new approaches and reflects a growth mindset, while encouraging colleagues to do the same
- Shares our confidence that embracing collaboration is a pillar of robust professional learning
- Attentive to building cultural competency in oneself and others
- Enthusiastic for students to “develop an essential core understanding of the enterprise of science as a whole—the wondering, investigating, questioning, data collecting and analyzing.” (NGSS, Appendix H)
We expect to begin to review submitted resumes by the beginning of February. Selected candidates will complete a process that includes a telephone interview, some group interviews, and a visit to the School which will include a sample teaching lesson.
Allen-Stevenson School actively seeks to forward its diversity goals through its process of hiring faculty and staff.