Director of City Curriculum

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Welcomes returning citizens

Friends Select School seeks a collaborative, innovative, motivated educator for the 2018-19 school year to lead the school’s efforts to connect with the city of Philadelphia through excellent teaching, meaningful service, innovative curriculum, transformative internships, and creative partnerships. As a preK-12 school, the ideal candidate will be able to work with teachers and students of all ages. Specifically, the director will facilitate deep experiences throughout the city to enhance the teaching and learning at the school.

As our mission statement articulates, “We value the rich diversity of our urban setting and the opportunities and challenges it provides for the education of our students.” As such, the school is investing in this position so that we might realize this part of our mission in a profound way. As a Quaker school that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of its core mission, there are ample opportunities for the new director to contribute to the school’s efforts in these areas as well. While the position is new, the school, its leaders, and teachers already do much with and for the city.

In enhancing these efforts, the school has the following goals:

  • Connect every student and teacher with meaningful and mission-appropriate experiences in the city of Philadelphia throughout the year.
  • Leverage the school’s prominence and location in Center City to offer learning opportunities unavailable at other schools.
  • Partner with teachers to develop and document curricula that leverages the city to enhance learning.
  • Collaborate on developing a world-class internship, independent project, and real world research program.
  • Document and inform the school’s marketing efforts in and around the city.
  • Increase the depth, quality, and quantity of service experiences for all students.
  • Present at local and national conferences within three years.
  • Contribute to the school’s mission and community.

The ideal candidate will have the following traits and skills:

  • An advanced degree or real world experience equivalency.
  • A vision for how a city-based curriculum can benefit students, teachers, and the wider community.
  • A motivation to create something new and outside of the box.
  • Outstanding communication skills (writing, presentations, social media).
  • The ability to connect with all internal and external constituents.
  • An independent attitude which is enhanced by open communication and a desire to collaborate.
  • Experience managing multiple large projects, initiatives, and a budget.
  • A desire to engage in social justice work.
  • A track record of success in the above areas.
  • Knowledge of independent schools and Philadelphia is a plus.

About Us

Friends Select School is a 590-student, co-educational, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, college preparatory, independent school located in center city Philadelphia. The school carries out its mission in a manner reflective of the spiritual and social testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends.

As a Quaker school committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, FSS actively seeks and warmly welcomes applicants from diverse and underrepresented populations. Friends Select School provides programs and services and equal opportunity in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, financial aid programs, employment and the selection of its governing board without regard to gender, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, handicap status, or any status recognized by federal, state and local civil rights and non-discrimination laws.

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Interested candidates should send the following materials to Jan Burns ( ● Resume ● Letter of interest ● Three references (we will alert candidates before we contact references) ● Other supporting material at your discretion (optional)

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