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Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning

The Opportunity:

Position to start on or about July 1, 2021

Carolina Friends School is seeking a thoughtful, collaborative Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning. Working with the head of school, unit (division) heads, and staff, the position will be crucial in the School’s development of core teaching and learning initiatives that are driven by the School’s pedagogical beliefs and values. A member of the School’s senior leadership team, the Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning will have key responsibilities for facilitating strategic academic initiatives, including curriculum design and implementation and teacher pedagogy and professional growth.

The Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning will work collaboratively with all constituents of the School to deliver the School’s mission by nurturing CFS’ diverse and inclusive community of learners and fostering the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical development of each student.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate/lead strategic teaching and learning initiatives as determined in collaboration with the Head of School
  • Assist Head of School with special projects and other ad hoc assignments as needed
  • Attend to the needs of the School in the absence of the Head and represent the Head of School as necessary at Carolina Friends School meetings and functions and in other engagements outside the immediate CFS community
  • Facilitate full faculty and staff professional development training and help set the School’s strategic professional development objectives in collaboration with Head Teachers, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the director of a new institute for teaching and learning;; manage the staff budget for professional development
  • Collaborate with the director to help shape a new institute for teaching and learning, including an entrepreneurial vision for professional development programs offered beyond Carolina Friends School
  • Support and maintain structure and process for evaluation of teaching staff
  • Provide counsel, guidance, assistance and coaching to staff across all units
  • Support and maintain structure and process for recruitment and retention of staff
  • Coordinate and lead orientation of new staff in conjunction with Staff Clerk
  • Coordinate curriculum development (skills, values, and content) across units in conjunction with unit Head Teachers, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Athletic Director, Learning Specialists, and classroom teachers
  • Communicate regularly with the community about key program or curricular initiatives
  • Supervise Head Teachers and provide support with issues related to student, parent, and personnel 
  • Meet regularly along with the Head of School and with Head Teachers as a group to establish and address key unit level issues
  • Learn and adapt forward-thinking ideas from other independent schools across the globe and align innovative programming with current school needs
  • Work closely with the senior administrative team (Friday Meeting) to convey and support the School’s mission, philosophy, and strategic vision to both internal and external audiences. 
  • Coordinate and oversee Self-Study, Friends Council on Education (FCE) Membership Assessment Process (MAP), and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) accreditation processes and complete the necessary reporting to the SAIS office during the period between visits
  • Represent CFS in Triangle, NCAIS, SAIS, FCE, and NAIS activities  

Required Qualifications Competencies, Skills, and Experience: 

  • Master’s Degree, in education or a related field
  • Minimum of five years in a senior leadership position in a school and experience as an academic leader, preferably 3-5 years at the unit level
  • Experience working in multiple divisions and departments, preferred
  • Successful experience as a Division Head or Associate/Assistant Head of School is a plus
  • Strong understanding of the unique developmental needs of early childhood through high school students
  • Demonstrated experience developing an aligned PK/K-12 curriculum framework
  • Understanding of and strong affinity for Friends education and Quaker principles and practices
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and understanding of how power and inequality, influenced by race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc. impact students, educators, and families
  • Proven self-starter with foresight to analyze issues and provide solutions
  • Collaborative leadership style
  • Belief in the importance of staff and student voice
  • Demonstrated success developing people, program, and culture in an independent school while supporting the growth of the organization
  • Adept at conflict resolution and able to effectively influence, build trust, communicate, and interact with people across multiple levels of the organization
  • Capacity to make and support decisions based on data, neuroscience research, and best practices
  • Sense of humor 
  • Ability to think and act strategically, while also pitching in to help as needed
  • Superb listening skills and excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Proven organization and management skills
  • Courage to make difficult and/or unpopular decisions, when needed
  • Strong work ethic

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit, when possible in one complete PDF file, the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • Names and contact information for three references

Please compile all these documents into one complete packet and submit to Please indicate Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning in the email subject line.

Under separate cover, please ask each recommender to send a letter of reference directly to and indicate Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning in the subject line of the email. All letters of reference must be received in order for the application to be complete.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by February 28, 2021. CFS reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as all materials can be compiled.

APPLICANTS: Please review the Who We Are, Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity, and Important Information for All Applicants sections on the CFS employment opportunities page.

Carolina Friends School actively strives to be a community of staff, students, and families of diverse backgrounds. CFS does not discriminate based on age, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, socio-economic background, family structure, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, or military service in the administration of its policies and program.

CFS is an equal opportunity employer in both policy and practice.

Further details are available in this PDF document.