English and World Literature Department Chair

English and World Literature Department Chair
The Spence School
New York, NY

Full-time administrative/teaching position
Start date: August 2019

Founded by Clara B. Spence in 1892, The Spence School is an independent, college preparatory day school serving 752 girls in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and ranking among the nation’s pre-eminent schools for girls, Spence is committed to high academic standards, integrity, a diverse student body, and a purpose larger than oneself.

Spence’s vibrant canvas of teaching and learning is inspired by the words of Clara Spence, who described learning as an “intellectual and moral adventure.” The talented faculty embraces the challenge of preparing Spence’s able students to thrive as engaged citizens with purpose, passion, and perspective.

The English & World Literature Department Chair leads a talented 10-member faculty and oversees a varied curriculum in grades 5-12 with an emphasis on multicultural understanding and the development of interpretive thinking, analytical reading, and writing skills. For a detailed look at the entire educational program, visit www.spenceschool.org.

Spence seeks an accomplished educator to build on the department’s longstanding history of excellence and guide it toward future possibilities. This position represents an opportunity to lead the Grade 5-12 department in expanding its literature and writing curriculum. Ongoing department initiatives include heightened focus on the teaching of writing and a rethinking of the Middle School experience, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches. The next Department Head will have the opportunity to work with outstanding students and colleagues. The current 10-member faculty, all of whom hold advanced degrees, boasts an average tenure of 13 years at Spence.

Acting on behalf of Spence, Wickenden Associates of Princeton, NJ, is actively recruiting exceptional leaders for this appealing opportunity.  The lead consultant is Laura Hansen (lhansen@wickenden.com). She may be reached at (609) 683-1355Please do not contact the school directly. 

Spence is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are therefore especially encouraged to apply. The full position description, including details of the application process, is available here:


Applications requested ASAP and no later than October 17, 2018.