Director of Eco Center


The Spence School seeks an accomplished educator to develop and lead a K-12 interdisciplinary program with environmental studies at its heart. This 12-month position, reporting to the Director of Teaching and Learning, represents an opportunity to create program in a brand new facility, including a teaching kitchen, greenhouse and garden. The person in this role will answer the call of our Long Range Plan, which challenges us to: (1) develop faculty agency for environmental studies, (2) foster learning across and within departments, disciplines and divisions, and (3) promote creativity and innovation in learning.


Curricular Leadership
  • Create programming that allows the school to further our studies in environmental studies and deepen our collective responsibilities toward our planet
  • Lead faculty in delving into an interdisciplinary understanding of complex systems by creatively integrating subject-specific learning
  • Manage the facility classroom, greenhouse and garden spaces for academic programming
  • Oversee curricular review, refinement and continuity
  • Work closely with K-12 faculty to design age-appropriate curricula
  • Develop systems for bringing the outside world inside, for teaching and learning
  • Purposefully expand our connections outside of Spence, taking full advantage of the NYC community and beyond.
  • Purposefully cultivate connections within Spence

 Institutional Leadership
  • Represent the program to all constituents, at admission and outreach events, support the program’s commitment to sustainability, ecology and interdisciplinary learning, and serve on school-wide committees
  • Serve as liaison between the department and senior school leadership
  • Engage, advocate for and learn from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and foster equity, and inclusion within the department and the school
  • Manage routine department business
 Instructional Leadership
  • Serve as an intellectual and teaching resource
  • Design professional development as needed for faculty support of the program
  • Foster and sustain collaboration within teaching teams
  • Manage the program budget
  • Serve as the lead teacher for programs in the new facility
  • Has experience in interdisciplinary work and is able to plan and implement K-12 curricula
  • Has experience in greenhouses and gardens
  • Exhibits a positive way of being, as a leader and community member, in all school contexts
  • Finds joy in working with children, adults, and in school life; is kind and possesses a healthy sense of humor, play and fun
  • Supports Spence’s mission and commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Shows an appreciation for the craft of teaching, along with a passion for and knowledge of ecology
  • Possesses emotional intelligence and action-orientation
  • Has led the development and implementation of innovative program design
  • Demonstrates skills in communications and interpersonal relations within and across multiple constituencies
  • Holds an advanced degree or equivalent experience

Spence is committed to an equitable program and a diverse faculty and student body. We therefore actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds. 

Applicants should email resume and cover letter as one PDF to direcoctr@spenceschool.org

Please no phone calls or faxes.