Head of Manhattan Campus
Job Details
Manhattan Lower and Middle School - New York, NY


212 East 93rd Street, New York City

Recruitment for 2023 / 2024 School Year to Begin on July 1, 2023


The Windward School, a premier LD school is seeking an instructional leader to support and lead our Manhattan campus which houses two divisions. The Head of the Manhattan campus is responsible for overseeing all activities involving students, teachers, and parents in the division. They will work in close collaboration with faculty, staff, parents, other division heads, and members of the administrative team. The Head of the Manhattan Campus reports directly to the Associate Head of School.


Qualified candidates should not only have the experience and expertise listed below but also:


  • A deep understanding of and a passion to support The Windward Schools mission
  • A readiness to embody Windwards core values of commitment, growth, impact and community
  • Display a proven commitment to DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging) work and fostering an inclusive culturally competent work environment

Candidates who possess the following qualities should submit an application including the following:

  • Cover letter addressed to Jamie Williamson, Head of School
  • Resume
  • Statement of educational/leadership philosophy


Duties of the Head of Manhattan Campus include but are not limited to:

  • Advances the mission, vision, and values of the Windward Community
  • Embodies Windwards core competencies of commitment, growth, impact and community
  • Leads the Manhattan Campus, responsible for its day to day operation; direct and support the activities of the School faculty and staff in their duties and teaching
  • Articulates the programs, philosophy, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed consistent with their individual roles
  • Provides an orderly environment in which learning can take place; fosters a school climate that is supportive and generates a positive morale
  • Actively contributing and supporting the DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging) initiatives of The School
  • Maintains awareness of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of our students, and collaborate with the Associate Head and the Assistant Division Head to develop plans for meeting those needs
  • Informs and collaborates with the Head of School and Associate Head of School on issues and opportunities within the program and activities
  • Directs and assists in the planning and presentation of school assemblies and programs; assists in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events; keeps entire school community informed of various school programs and activities
  • Works with faculty and the Associate Head of School and the academic team to support and retain students and families
  • Coordinators a master class schedule in conjunction with the divisional leaders on all Windward campuses and assigns teachers to classes and other responsibilities
  • Serves as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school policies and procedures
  • Serves on various hiring committees; interviewing candidates and providing recommendations and feedback for hiring
  • Observes, supervises, and evaluates the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; supervises the teaching process; reviews, evaluates, and develops academic programs in collaboration with the Director of Language Arts.
  • Supports students, staff, and parents in the orientation and connection to our community and program
  • Provides guidance and oversees the grading and reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement
  • Works with the Assistant Division Heads to determine, communicate, and uphold the student code of conduct; maintains student discipline consistent with school policies
  • Maintains timely and relevant communication to parents and facilitates faculty communication with parents
  • Collaborates with all administrators as a member of the CIAC (Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Committee), the Academic Team and the Senior Leadership team
  • Provides guidance and resources in scheduled meetings with curriculum coordinators, divisional administrative team, admissions & outplacement as well as parent/teacher conferences
  • Ensures compliance with the legal requirements and maintains the educational standards established by the State of New York and NYSAIS
  • Develops, analyzes and monitors divisional budget as well as review departmental budget decisions
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Associate Head and/or Head of School


Candidates should have strength and abilities in the following areas:

Instructional Leadership

  • Strong working knowledge of learning differences/disabilities and adolescence as a stage of human development
  • Openness to feedback and personal growth
  • Commitment to coaching and growing faculty and staff
  • Ability to sustain an academic program that supports our students and prepares them for their successes in a mainstream environment
  • Demonstrates intellectual curiosity, cultural competency, and growth mindset
  • Experience evaluating faculty and team building
  • Deftness in managing multiple and shifting priorities and ability to solve problems and conflicts effectively, strategically, and tactfully
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment that cultivates an awareness of and sensitivity to all differences

Communication Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and group communication skills, demonstrating empathy, directness, and open minded decision making
  • Ability to manage complex communication within the division, school, and parent community
  • Demonstrates success in working collaboratively and flexibly with colleagues, staff, parents, volunteers, and the broader community

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant teaching and administrative experience preferably in an independent school
  • Masters degree in a related field of study
  • Proven record of success as a teacher and instructional leader
  • Commitment to DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging) work and creating an inclusive environment
  • Technologically proficient