Science Department Chair

Science 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 Science Department Chair leads a talented 10-member faculty deeply committed to science education for girls. S/he will join Spence at a particularly exciting time in the evolution of the science curriculum. Construction begins later this year on a new Ecology Center, and the school has launched several initiatives to inspire Middle School girls to pursue STEM fields. For a detailed look at the entire educational program, visit www.spenceschool.org.

Spence seeks an accomplished educator to build on the department’s established history of deep collaboration, pedagogical inquiry, and passion for the discipline. This position represents an opportunity to lead a dynamic and innovative Grade 5-12 team in expanding its vision and program design. The next Department Head will have the opportunity to work with outstanding students and colleagues. The current faculty, all of whom hold advanced degrees, boasts an average tenure of 12 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.