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Founded in 1923, Garden School is a small, lower tuition NYC Nursery through 12th grade independent school in one of the most diverse neighborhoods on the planet, Jackson Heights, Queens. Garden School approaches its centennial with the same enthusiasm as always, to educate the whole person across a broad curriculum, preparing them to be caring, engaged citizens for the world ahead. We believe it is a school’s job to spark, acknowledge, and promote the passions and interests of children, and look for faculty and staff who embody these goals. The Garden experience is built upon a professional and caring relationship among teachers, students, families, and administrators and a firm commitment to understand, interpret and present each child as an individual. While Garden School is the most global of all NYC schools with students and families from across the world, we are a small school with a very tight community.

Garden School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, ethnicity, age, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation in its hiring and promotion of administrators, faculty and staff, and in its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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Position starting July 1, 2023

Garden School is a low-tuition, N-12, co-ed day school in Queens, NY enrolling 470 students across two distinct programs – one tuition based and one funded by the NYC Department of Education. Garden welcomes domestic and international day students and offers a child-centered education which balances outstanding academics within a warm, nurturing, and diverse community through a full complement of dynamic programs delivered by a seasoned and exceptional staff. This new position requires an innovative, growth-mindset and demonstrated skills in leadership, advancement, and strategic thinking. 

Our advancement efforts and strategic initiatives are focused on inspiring energized and eager advocates of the school, with the goal of advancing the school’s mission among our many constituents. This senior leadership position reports to the Head of School and is an essential player in realizing all our school’s goals. Our new Assistant Head of School for Advancement will have an opportunity to collaborate with an ambitious and exciting community of educators, loyal and grateful families, an enthusiastic and talented group of students, and an extensive network of gifted and successful alumni. This is a 12-month, full time position with excellent benefits.  

Key Responsibilities

  • The Assistant Head of School for Advancement will serve as the Chief Philanthropy Officer. They will collaborate with the Head of School, establishing and implementing an annual growth strategy, which includes growing annual giving, major, and planned gifts, special events, and cultivating corporate and foundation support.  
  • They will strengthen the school’s external relations through alumni programming, vibrant community activity, and constituent outreach to effectively message Garden’s brand, values, and reputation for excellence across current and prospective stakeholders. In this way, the Assistant Head of School for Advancement will grow existing relationships and help forge new ones to build our organization’s visibility, impact, and financial resources.
  • They will design and implement a comprehensive plan, built on the cultivation of key individuals and organizations, that results in greater philanthropic support from external constituents and advances a culture of philanthropy within the organization and the existing community. 
  • They will lead a team consisting of a Director of Enrollment Management & Marketing, a Development and Communications Associate, and a Marketing Intern to craft an intentionally integrated approach to admissions, fundraising, marketing, and community relations.
  • They will motivate, coach, and grow their team members through mentorship, positive leadership, evaluation, and leadership development to build up expertise and skills and thus expand the potential for everyone on their team. 
  • They will collaborate with all teaching and non-teaching staff at Garden to learn from them and also to help hone the messaging of Garden’s mission and purpose across the community. 
  • They will be a known and public facing presence in the community, effortfully engaging in school activities, parent and family events, and working with and for students, teachers, staff, and other community members. 

Other Responsibilities

  • Be a strategic thought-partner to the Head of School by developing goals and actions to advance Garden’s excellence and designing new initiatives to build enthusiasm for the future.
  • Develop the next generation of cultivating, asking, acknowledging, and thanking donors so Garden’s culture of philanthropy is vibrant and giving is a meaningful experience for constituents. This includes overseeing and growing an annual fund, overseeing and growing an annual spring Gala, implementing smaller restricted campaigns to enhance physical plant and/or programs, fully realizing the potential for alumni engagement, securing major gifts, and implementing a robust planned giving program.
  • Bring an advancement perspective to Board and team discussions so that decisions about campus development, school expansion, and new programs are integrated with the school’s advancement strategy.
  • Leverage this key position to ensure consistency of materials across the school from development to admissions to website and other marketing material.

Key Attributes

Garden’s first Assistant Head of School for Advancement must be mission aligned, positive and enthusiastic, and aspire to work in an equitable, diverse, and ambitious community where norms for respect, kindness, empathy, and equity govern interactions and activities. They must also be a: 

  • Creative, collaborative, flexible, and results-oriented leader whose passion for Garden is matched with outstanding interpersonal skills, exceptional decision-making in the face of complex challenges, and a passion for non-profit fundraising
  • Team builder who can collaborate successfully with different constituents, recognizing and managing different needs, wants, and opinions
  • Relationship-building and stewardship-oriented individual as it pertains to cultivating donors, foundation partners, and school advocates
  • Data-informed leader who based their decisions on research, analysis, and sound judgment
  • High-quality communicator, exceptional writer, and visible community leader who is both comfortable and excels with social media tools
  • Pleasant person to be around with a good sense of humor and an open, warm, and confident approach to work and relationships

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree a plus)
  • Proven understanding of institutional advancement and strategic work (experience with fundraising and development efforts a plus)
  • Understanding of independent school culture
  • Experience mentoring and managing staff
  • Proven capacity to plan, organize, and implement a variety of projects with overlapping deadlines
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge a major plus

How to Apply

  • Resume, 2-3 writing samples or project designs, and list of 3-5 references with contact information: Email in that order as one PDF to the attention of Mr. Chris Herman, Head of School, via Mary Petruso at mpetruso@gardenschool.org
  • Initial phone discussion followed by on-campus interview with various Garden constituents
  • Fully confidential process until the finalist phase
Salary Range:
 
  • 90,000 – 130,000
 

Position starting July 1, 2023

Garden School is a low-tuition, N-12, co-ed day school in Queens, NY enrolling 470 students across two distinct programs – one tuition based and one funded by the NYC Department of Education. Garden welcomes domestic and international day students and offers a child-centered education which balances outstanding academics within a warm, nurturing, and diverse community through a full complement of dynamic programs delivered by a seasoned and exceptional staff. This position requires an innovative, growth-mindset and demonstrated skills in leadership, advancement, and strategic thinking. 

This position is focused on the leadership and management of all Athletics programs from grades 4-12 and all student activities from grades 7-12. Garden’s Athletic programs are growing and our reputation in the Independent School Athletic League is excellent. This is an Administrative and Instructional position that includes Chairing the Physical Education Department. The Director of Athletics and Student Life will have an opportunity to collaborate with an ambitious and exciting community of educators, loyal and grateful families, and an enthusiastic and talented group of student athletes. 

This is a 10-month, full time position with excellent benefits. The Director of Athletics and Student Life reports to the Head of School and Upper and Lower Division Directors. Additionally, collaboration includes working closely with the Director of Finance, the Director of Facilities, the School Health Office, and the Director of Enrollment & Marketing.

Key Responsibilities

  • Administration of all interscholastic policies and procedures working within the confines of NYSAIS, DOH, and the Independent School Athletic League (ISAL) regulations
  • Administration of all Student Athletics Programs (grades 4-12) and all Student Activities for children in Upper Division
  • Lead a team consisting of an Assistant AD/Student Life Coordinator, Phys Ed teachers, a cadre of coaches, activities facilitators, and club leaders. 
  • Support and Supervise the Student Life Coordinator. 
  • Recruit, hire, support, and evaluate all coaches, program facilitators, and the Student Life Coordinator
  • Coach several teams which are crucial to the strategic goals of the school with the AD’s comfort and expertise with the sport, and level of play, as key considerations
  • Develop and propel a vision for exceptional Athletics and Activities programs including pre-seasons, off season clinics, special opportunities, team travel, team celebrations, and the exploration of new competitive and non-competitive sports based on market demand and/or student interest
  • Recommend facility, programmatic, and equipment improvements prior to budgeting season so expenses can be managed in a realistic and time sensitive manner
  • Develop all interscholastic game schedules and transportation, and publish all schedules in a timely manner for families, students, and interested community members in our Blackbaud system
  • Interface directly with all necessary vendors (game officials, trainers, outside professionals, transportation services, uniform and equipment companies, etc.)
  • Write regularly for newsletters and collaborate with EM & Marketing office to ensure Athletics are well represented to current and prospective families, scores are posted, and media is notified of new programs and significant victories
  • Resolve issues or conflicts that may develop within the Athletic Department
  • Discover ways for appropriately supporting and financing the athletic program
  • Attend home athletic events and/or arrange for proper supervision of home events
  • Maintain a permanent file of players, medical examinations, insurance forms, records, parent consent forms, payment, etc.
  • Maintain tight records for each sport, such as wins and losses, outstanding records, etc. 
  • Determine eligibility of all athletes on a seasonal basis
  • Work with other administrators, advisors, and coaches involved in scheduling athletic assemblies and pep rallies well in advance of events
  • Coordinate the use of all athletic facilities in the school with the Director of Finance
  • Establish procedures for the control and safety of the weight room
  • Plan, organize, and supervise all athletic awards programs 
  • Launch, guide, and support the efforts of GFA Booster Clubs to bring more community spirit, resources, and funding to teams
  • Promote publicity for all interscholastic sports, such as brochures, press, social media, and website updates 
  • Represent Garden well in all athletic business at games, league meetings, etc. 
  • Maintain an active program that promotes inclusion, equity, integrity, sportsmanship and welcomes the competing teams and guests
  • Adhere to the expectations set forth in the Mission and Norms of Garden School
  • Teach several PE classes during the school day and provide other coverages as needed
  • Provide inspiration and support for the wellness of all staff and students
  • Provide oversight and management of use of the pool during school hours 
  • Be a collaborator and resource for the Foundations, Afterschool, and Summer programs

Key Attributes

The Director of Athletics & Student Life must possess:

  • A love of children, fitness, wellness, and athletics
  • A strong commitment to quality college preparation
  • A willingness to model the Garden community norms 
  • An eagerness to ensure our relationship with the ISAL is nurtured and that opportunities for Garden leadership in the league are taken up
  • Exceptional speaking, listening, and writing skills
  • Exceptional organizational and executive skills 
  • The capacity to tackle day to day needs of a small school athletic department and apply a visionary and strategic perspective for departmental growth, league participation, and school success
  • The ability to leverage athletics and wellness as a means for student joy and competition as well as a tool for marketing the school in general
  • Desire to build and support a culture of high autonomy and high accountability with a team of coaches and activity facilitators
  • All required and appropriate degrees, licenses, and certification to responsibly fulfill this role

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree a plus)
  • Experience as an Athletic Director or Assistant Athletic Director preferred
  • Understanding of independent school culture
  • Experience mentoring and managing staff
  • Proven capacity to plan, organize, and implement a variety of projects with overlapping deadlines
  • Experience with league level athletics 
  • Experience as a high level (college, club, competitive league, etc.) athlete in at least one of the sports offered at Garden School

How to Apply

  • Resume, 2-3 writing samples or project designs, and list of 3-5 references with contact information: Email in that order as one PDF to the attention of Mr. Chris Herman, Head of School, via Mary Petruso at mpetruso@gardenschool.org
  • Initial phone discussion followed by on-campus interview with various Garden constituents
  • Fully confidential process until the finalist phase
Salary Range:
 
  • 55,000 – 85,000

Garden School is an independent school committed to the success of every one of its students. In an effort to connect families with the best possible services available, we seek a part time Independent approved SETSS provider to support children entitled to special services. Garden endeavors to bolster the effectiveness of services by interviewing, endorsing, and coordinating with a single provider for all of our qualifying students.

The current position is for approximately 15 hours weekly working in conjunction with faculty in our lower grades to provide 1:1 pull-out or after-school tutoring for a small handful of children. There is also the possibility of additional hours for someone looking to grow within our organization. An ideal candidate will have special education and elementary experience and embody a deep belief in the potential for all children to achieve.

If you are a qualified special educator, are among the list of approved independent providers for NYC schools, and interested in working with a dynamic and compassionate team of educators to support truly bright students who simply require some extra support, please contact Mary Maisano, Director of Finance, at mmaisano@gardenschool.org.

Salary Information:
  • Compensation for this position is through the DOE and follows their hourly rate for Independent SETSS providers.
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