The Independent Day School

Assistant Head of School

Leadership Opportunity

The Independent Day School seeks a knowledgeable, forward-thinking, and talented administrator to serve as our next Assistant Head of School.

 The Assistant Head is responsible for the daily management and organization of academic programs and student life at our school, facilitating communication and coordination with and among teachers, students, and parents. The Assistant Head must be proactive, highly energetic, and derive great satisfaction from the effective functioning of the school. Flexibility and a sense of humor are vital as is the ability to manage pressure proactively and positively. 

 School description

The Independent Day School is a Pre-K – Grade 8 school located in central Connecticut (30 minutes from New Haven, 30 minutes from Hartford).  Founded in 1961 by families associated with Wesleyan University and Choate, IDS has a long tradition of innovative, student-centered education focused on academic excellence and social-emotional learning. The recent development of four Centers of Excellence for Environmental Literacy, Global Citizenship and Cultural Studies, Creative Arts, and Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship provides faculty and administrators with new frameworks for curricular and instructional advancement.

Quick facts about IDS:

  • Co-ed, non-profit, non-sectarian day school
  • Student enrollment for 2017-18: 163
  • Students come to IDS from 29 Connecticut towns
  • Dedicated, highly educated faculty
  • Students of color represent 20% of the enrollment
  • 33 acres of woodlands, wetlands, fields, and gardens
  • Parent participation is encouraged


History of IDS:

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Current Families:


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Superb collaboration and organizational skills
  • Solid technology skills
  • Highly developed interpersonal and effective oral and written communication skills
  • Open and honest communication style to foster trust and build cohesiveness
  • Understands the diverse needs of varied age groups, is passionate about students, and able to form authentic relationships with them
  • Teaching experience with preschool, lower, or middle school students
  • Leadership experience in a K-12 school setting
  • Experience organizing and coordinating academic programs
  • Supervisory and mentoring experience
  • Knowledge of academic curriculum, social-emotional curriculum, behavior management, special education, child development
  • Comfort in the independent school culture
  • Experience working in a high-energy, fast-paced environment

Job duties

The Assistant Head of School of The Independent Day School reports directly to the Head of School and serves as an active member of the school’s Administrative Team.  The Assistant Head of School is responsible for the daily management of the school, including the oversight of the Early Childhood, Lower, Middle School, and Specialists programs, the overall curriculum, all matters related to student learning, student discipline, parent communication of student progress, as well as supervision and professional development of the instructional staff.

  • Facilitates day-to-day academic operations of the school that affect faculty, staff, students, and parents as well as coordination with other school administrators.
    • Communicates directly with teachers regarding student, parental, and programmatic issues that arise throughout the school year and actively facilitates resolution of issues to improve student and programmatic outcomes.
    • Communicates directly with students and parents regarding behavior, social, emotional, and academic issues and actively facilitates resolution of issues to improve student outcomes
    • Facilitates regular school and individualized communication with parents.
  • Administers development and implementation of the Beginners through 8th grade curriculum, including all academic, special subjects, and social emotional learning programs for all students.  This includes ensuring consistency, continuity, coordination, collaboration, and coherence of the curriculum across grade levels and managing a curricular budget.
  • Manages formal assessment and standardized testing schedule, execution, review, and reporting.Oversees the review, development, and production of student progress reports, which are compiled at various times throughout the school year.
  • Works in close partnership with the Head of School to establish joint and distinct administrative priorities, particularly focused on academic programs, staffing, extracurricular and schoolwide activities, and parent involvement.
  • Directly supervises all full- and part-time faculty and collaborates with the Learning Center Coordinator, the Technology Coordinator, and the Athletic Director.
  • Works alongside the Head of School to evaluate all teachers through direct and indirect classroom observations and participating in goal setting and review meetings.
  • Coordinates with other school administrators on academic, non-academic, enrollment, facilities, and extra-curricular activities, needs, issues, and requirements.
  • Develops, coordinates, and implements the annual school calendar, the school’s daily schedule, school duties assignments for all faculty and staff, division meetings, extracurricular activity schedules, and school-day special events.
  • Writes and disseminates weekly and as needed general communication to faculty and staff about weekly assignments, events, and expectations.
  • Mentors new faculty, through goal-setting, regular meetings, coaching, individualized professional development, and supporting their integration to a new school community.
  • Actively participates in admissions, coordinating and conducting the evaluation of student candidates from Preschool through grade 8.
  •  Serves as Administrator in Charge in the absence of the Head of School.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Head of School.

The start date of this position is July 1, 2018.


Please forward a cover letter that addresses your specific interests in the position, how your educational philosophy matches the IDS approach, and how you meet the qualifications listed above,  and a current résumé alongside the names and contact information of three references to 

Please submit all required materials by end of Tuesday, February 20.

The Independent Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, disability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran status, or membership in any other protected classes as set forth in state or federal law, in educational, scholarship, employment, or other school-administered programs. The Independent Day School is an equal opportunity employer.


After School and Summer Camp Staff

IDS is seeking enthusiastic, creative, organized staffers to join our After School program, in Little Afters (ages 3 through 2nd grade) and Big Afters (3rd through 8th grade). The program runs Monday through Friday when school is in session, through June 6, 2018.
The Little Afters hours are 3:00-5:30 or 6:00 and the Big Afters hours are 3:15-5:30 or 6:00.
Starting pay is $13.50 an hour.
This is a great position for college or graduate students, high school juniors or seniors, and educators looking for part-time employment.
Interested in working summer camp this year?  Bring your expertise to IDS and enjoy our 33-acre campus with a full-size gym, Galluzzo Theatre, outdoor recreation area, pond, nature trails, and more! This is a great position for college or graduate students, high school juniors or seniors, and educators looking for part-time employment.

If interested, please download and complete the IDS application and send it to Amanda Herzog at

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