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27 Apr 2021

Full-Time Director of Sustainability

Greenwich Country Day School – Posted by nbarratt Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

Greenwich Country Day School

Job Description

Greenwich Country Day School is an independent, co-educational day school with a current enrollment of 1300 students in grades N-12, and a faculty and staff of 340. The original Old Church Road campus is home to grades N-8, and the new High School (9-12) campus, where phase II construction is on track for August 2021 completion, is located less than two miles away on Stanwich Road. In addition to our two campuses, GCDS’ French Farm, located one mile from Old Church Road, provides hands-on learning opportunities for students.

Founded in 1926, Greenwich Country Day School is a family school where innovative teaching is encouraged as teachers model and foster a love of learning, challenge and inspire children toward academic excellence, and cultivate students’ interests and talents outside of the classroom. We value purposeful and personal learning in a joyful environment, with emphasis on the development of character, creativity, and a sense of personal value along with strong academic skills. GCDS is committed to graduating ethical, confident leaders who possess a strong sense of purpose.

GCDS is fortunate to have built a large endowment which helps to fund competitive salaries and benefits,  including a robust professional development program and reimbursement for graduate school tuition. GCDS offers a substantial need-based financial aid program to support students from a range of socio-economic backgrounds. Diversity is a core value at GCDS, and we seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion. GCDS is pleased to offer transportation support and accommodations, as needed, along with an introduction to the local area, for those candidates who travel from outside of the region for on-campus employment interviews

Greenwich Country Day School seeks a Director of Sustainability to start August, 2021. Reporting to the Head of School, the Sustainability Director will be committed to and lead with a vision of a more sustainable world to help students and the greater GCDS community realize that future. With responsibility for Nursery – Grade 12 programming, the Sustainability Director will lead special projects at all grade levels and teach an Upper School Sustainability elective course as part of a Sustainability Diploma Program. Successful candidates will possess deep knowledge of and a passion for sustainability, the ability to communicate effectively to educate and inspire across constituencies, a dedication to collaboration, demonstrated experience with team management, and a creative and flexible approach to curriculum design and instruction. Interdisciplinary proficiency is highly desirable. GCDS is looking to engage with candidates who employ an entrepreneurial mindset in their approach to education and would bring that skillset to our collaborative, interdisciplinary, project-based Upper School and programming at all levels.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Oversight of a comprehensive educational and experiential sustainability initiatives, programs and curriculum for the entire school
  • Collaborate with grade-level faculty to develop curriculum to teach sustainability essential skills
  • Facilitate ongoing sustainability professional learning for faculty and staff
  • Deliver instructional, inspirational sustainability sessions with students
  • Collaborate in the creation of and oversight of N-8 ‘signature’ educational experiences at French Farm
  • Support vertical assessment of sustainability essential skills in collaboration with Administration and faculty
  • Teach the Upper School Sustainability Elective (potential units in other disciplines)
  • Lead the Upper School Sustainability Diploma program; advise students, evaluate projects, shape course offerings
  •  Act as a thesis and student club advisor
  • Collaborate with GCDS Center for Public Good (CPG) and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) faculty to create meaningful intersection of Sustainability, CPG and DEI efforts throughout and beyond campus
  • Manage volunteer projects, identify opportunities and goals, recruit and support teams
  • Support peer school collaboration
  • Create and manage Earth Week programming
  • Coordinate with Operations, Business, Food Services, Facilities and Safety offices to enable improvements in daily practices and campus operations
  • Work closely with Communications team to provide content for GCDS publications and social media and to promote the visibility of sustainability on campus
  • Provide informative updates to school leadership and divisions, as needed
  • Be the “Face of Sustainability” on campus by representing Sustainability to various GCDS constituencies, including Parent Association, College Counseling, Admissions, Diploma and Global Learning programs, and new hires

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated professional and personal commitment to and vision of a more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future
  • The ability to effectively collaborate, influence and inspire across disciplines, background, and age group to build on GCDS’ Sustainability focus and programming
  • 3+ years of experience working with faculty on K-12 curriculum development
  • Significant professional experience in or advanced study of environmental, economic and social sustainability
  • High level ability in the development and design of a vertical K-12 curriculum, across disciplines
  • An enthusiasm for and ability to effectively and meaningfully mentor students and adults
  • A minimum of 3-years successful classroom teaching experience with students in this age group, or demonstrated professional competency
  • A passion for learning and the ability to motivate and inspire students
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability as a storyteller and compelling public speaker
  • Proven ability to lead teams of volunteers through projects and toward change
  • Commitment to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive school community
  • Willingness to take on multiple roles within the school
  • Personal traits appropriate for nurturing the growth of children – must be energetic, creative, flexible, patient, and have an inexhaustible sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in academic/research field and/or professional experience within your area of practice
  • Prior success with design of vertical K-12 curriculum across disciplines
  • Demonstrated capacity and desire to teach across multiple disciplines/subject areas
  • Experience in and desire to build culture and community with both adults and students
  • Experience as an academic advisor
  • Experience advising independent and original student research
  • Athletic coaching experience
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing collaborative relationships with external partners/organizations in the design and implementation of learning experiences

Interested candidates are invited to use the link provided to send a cover letter and resume to:

Susan Fahey Khanna, Director of Human Resources

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to use this link to send a cover letter and resume to: Susan Fahey Khanna, Director of Human Resources

Job Categories: Sustainability. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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