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Assistant Head of School
Curriculum and Instruction: Early Learning Program

The Opportunity
Giddens School’s unyielding commitment to social justice and equity is a central guide to our work with children. This 50-year commitment, along with our country’s painful reckoning with the long history of anti-Blackness and the recent increase in bias incidents facing others in marginalized communities, has galvanized these efforts.

As a school community, we have the foundation to push ourselves forward and engage justice and equity both within and beyond the school walls. The years ahead present Giddens School with interesting and challenging strategic initiatives that support our educational approach focused on academic learning, social-emotional learning, and learning of and for justice. We are excited to have the opportunity to invest in our leadership capacity to support teaching and learning and our commitment to justice, equity, and inclusion. We have the following two positions available:

  • Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Instruction: Early Learning Program
  • Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Program

These two Assistant Heads of School will collaborate closely with the Head of School and the new Assistant Head of Justice, Equity, and Inclusion as we care for, cultivate, and challenge Giddens to recognize its strengths and develop its potential.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
In addition to other responsibilities assigned by the Head of School, the Assistant Head of School will lead Giddens in ways that ensure it “walks the talk” of its mission, vision, and values every day. The Assistant Head of School for Early Learning is responsible for the following:

  • Leading all aspects of the Early Learning program- early childhood education through kindergarten
  • Designing, orchestrating,  and implementing a coherent approach to professional development for faculty at the individual, grade band, and whole-school levels
  • Leading the curriculum design process, centralizing the scope and sequence of the learning progression of the core academic subjects and social justice content, and revising as needed.
  • Supervising the Department of Early Licensing process, including maintaining STARS hours and coordinating the Early Achievers program
  • Creating and enacting a supervision structure and evaluation process for faculty, including assistant teachers that value learning and growth, over high stakes accountability
  • Leading the recruitment, hiring, and retention of faculty of the early learning program, assistant teachers, and specialist teachers
  • Collaborating with the Learning Services Team to provide student academic and behavioral support as well as instructional coaching support
  • Working collaboratively with the two other Assistant Heads of School on developing and implementing all academic and administrative policies related to the school’s operation.
  • Partnering with all members of the leadership team to advance teaching and learning and ensure that Giddens continues to provide a rich educational experience steeped in academic learning, social and emotional learning, and learning of and for justice.
  • The Assistant Head shall work in a collegial manner with the administrative leadership team and all school staff to fulfill these responsibilities. As part of this team, the Assistant Head is responsible for contributing to the overall leadership of the school and promoting a climate that is equitable and inclusive for our teachers, staff, and preschool through 5th-grade students.

It is essential that the Assistant Head of School create a collaborative, positive, and inclusive environment conducive to open communication and innovation. A qualified candidate for this position will have the following:

  • A master’s degree in educational administration or a similar degree
  • Significant early learning leadership and teaching experience
  • Understanding of the early childhood licensing process in King County and Washington State.
  • Extensive independent school leadership experience
  • A sustained commitment to justice, equity, and inclusion as evident in teaching and leadership experience
  • Expertise and extensive knowledge of project-based learning or inquiry approaches to learning
  • Direct experience coaching teachers to support instructional practice
  • Knowledge of current child development research and a commitment to implementing research-based best practices for supporting students and faculty
  • Understanding of and experience with designing and selecting early learning curricula
  • Understanding of, and appreciation for, an academic, social-emotional, and justice-based approach to education for children
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a positive community of equity and inclusion

Application Process
Candidates who apply by March 11, 2022, will receive preference, though applications will continue to be accepted after that date until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter and resume. Email your application to

Salaried, Full-Time, Exempt. The schedule includes occasional weekend and evening hours. The start date for this position is summer 2022, in Seattle, Washington.

Reports to the Head of School

Annual starting salary range: $95,000 to $125,000 annualized, depending on experience

Benefits include:

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance plan
  • Contribution to a retirement fund
  • Flexible spending account
  • Paid time off and holiday pay

Equal Opportunity Statement 
Giddens School believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or honorably discharged veteran or military status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. The school’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

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