French-American School of New York Head of High School/Assistant Head of School Overall Purpose : The Head of High School is part of the Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to the Head of School. His/her role is to lead and manage the Secondary School to develop its full potential, delivering excellence in the areas of student learning, student and staff well-being, international mindset, organization, as well as quality safety and security learning environment. The Head of High School manages a team of administrative and mid-managers to ensure the best possible teaching and learning practices, organization, planning, communication, marketing, and budgeting. The Head of High School will lead the Division in accordance with FASNY’s one-page Guiding Statements:
Definition of learning
Mindset for learning
Student learner profile attributes
Responsibilities as the Head of High School: 1. Main role and responsibilities ensuring accountability + reporting line :
Work closely with all Corporate Heads (double reporting) listed as Finance & HR; Buildings and Facilities; ICT; Admissions; Communication and Marketing; Development; Enrichment.
Work very closely with the IB Diploma and International Program Director.
Manage the High school administrative and Well-Being Team.
Manage Heads of Department (HODs) and Leader of learning (LL) to direct, support,coach, and empower teachers and students’ success.
Collaborate with College Counsellors and librarians.
Ensure excellent partnership with parents and stakeholders.
Reporting and accountability: see Organization Chart.
2. Administration, Planning, communication, and budget
Organize, set and supervise the administration of the Division: safety, security, organization and TT, learning structures, well-being of staff and students
Set and revise the Handbooks (staff; students & parents handbooks)
Organize, implement and supervise effective teaching hour structure for teachers and class allocation for the French American track and Bac français-OIB
Collaborate to implement an effective teaching hour structure for teachers and class allocation for the International Program and IB Diploma .
Supervise P&L departmental budgets.
Manage P&L High school Division budget.
Manage Upper School budget and budgeting process (as Deputy Head)
Leading and participating in meetings and ceremonies; student assemblies; student governance; “conseils de classe”; parents evenings; college counselor meetings; teacher reps meetings; PTA meetings; open-houses; graduations; special events, etc.
Ensure regular communication & marketing reports for the Division; ensure an excellent partnership with parents and stakeholders.
Attending meetings and conferences such as:
- Attend weekly Academic Cabinet meetings as well as SLT meetings. - Participate as an active member of the Admissions Committee. - Attend annual AEFE, OIB, NYSAIS, and occasionally other important school peer group
conferences (IB, ECIS, CIS, NAIS, etcetera)
French Ministry of Education (“Education nationale”/ B.O. / A.E.F.E.) :
- Prepare and write the annual “rentrée” Projet d’établissement for the needs of the French Ministry of Education - Supervise/oversee the registration process for all French National Education exams ( brevets , bacs , etc.) - Read and communicate AEFE / B.O. information and respond to surveys and report) 3. Academic and student’s learning management
Oversee curriculum for MS and HS in the French-American track as well as in the International track; ensure vertical consistency.
Lead, coach, and supervise our Heads of Departments on : Curriculum, sequencing of knowledge, skills, and understanding. Assessment strategies (diagnostic & formative & summative).Homework strategies and study skills. Professional learning goals and quality assurance framework.
Lead, coach, and supervise Leader of Learning on: Student’s learning improvement goals. Student learning profile attributes. Student’s well-being, in collaboration with the Well-Being team.
Supervise faculty liaison to Student Government
Oversee College Counselor work; ensure “college counseling for French universities”
Supervise librarians for student’s learning goals
Supervise academic enrichment for students (clubs; student support initiatives…) in collaboration with the Head of Enrichment and HODs
4. Teachers’ management
Manage and ensure professional development for teachers with HODs.
Set quality assurance framework for student’s learning.
Ensure regular class visits & learning walks: check student books; hear students’ and parents’ voices.
Co-lead teacher’s appraisal system with Division Heads and Head of school.
Cultivate an environment of high expectations for quality teaching and students; set the tone and build a positive work environment for staff, faculty, and students.
Manage hiring and staffing processes in collaboration with Heads of department, Middle School Head, and Head of School.
Mentor new faculty in conjunction with Head of Department.
To reflect on data from previous external examinations. Finally yet importantly…. be a learner!
Responsibilities as the Assistant Head of School:
Assists Head of School in internal and external matters; substitute when applicable.
Manage Upper School budget and the budgeting process in the other divisions.
Fill in for the Head of School when necessary at meetings and events.
Coordinate the School calendar.
Serve as principle liaison with FASNY Parents Association.
Be involved in special projects and work with the Head of School such as but not limited to Long-range strategic plan, accreditation process, development work, board committees.
Related to contract : Hours : He or she is expected to be at work as of the school’s opening each day at 7:30 am and to work the hours reasonably necessary to advance or complete ongoing tasks and projects needed to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the High School. Events presence: He or she is expected to attend—often in the evenings—and help prepare or oversee the preparation of all major school events as a participant or attendee, such as Parent-Teacher Conferences, Back-to-School BBQ, Homecoming events, Open Houses, Back-To-School Night, Dances, Conseils de Classe , Graduation, etc. Teaching: Like any administrator at FASNY, the Head of High School is expected to teach up to one or two classes per week, and/or act as a substitute as needed. Application Process: Interested candidates please send your resume and cover letter to Vanessa Cullen at firstname.lastname@example.org Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
About French American School of NY
The French American School of New York (FASNY) is an international, independent, coeducational day school providing a global education to approximately 800 students in nursery through grade 12.
Founded in 1980 as a 17-student preschool, FASNY has evolved to become a premier bilingual and international N-12 day school with global reach. Our dedicated staff of teachers and administrators is committed to creating an environment that is nurturing yet challenging, one that encourages students to flourish intellectually, emotionally, and ethically. Our goal is to have a faculty and staff whose diversity reflects as closely as possible to the student body. The school is now seeking an innovative, creative, and dynamic educator to lead the school forward in the next phase of its development. This position will focus largely on working with faculty and leading them forward in adopting inclusive pedagogies and curricula. FASNY will provide a strategic framework through which the director can build the school’s infrastructure for meaningful inclusion of all its members.