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Lower School Director


Duke School
Durham, NC

Start Date: August 1, 2023

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Duke School seeks an inspired, dynamic, and highly relational educator to lead a Lower School and contribute to a strong Leadership Team as Lower School Director.

The Director has responsibility for curriculum oversight, supporting classroom teachers, support staff, and specialist teachers, and confidently partnering with parents/guardians through clear, compassionate communication and ongoing parent education. As Duke School celebrates its 75th year as the leading progressive institution in the region, students are encouraged and empowered to think critically and compassionately, pose questions, wonder, dig deep, and truly find joy in discovery.

Reporting to the Head of School, the Lower School Director (preschool–fourth grade) will demonstrate authentic respect for the strength and capacity of young children and deep knowledge of their developmental stages. The Director will possess an educational philosophy rooted in progressive pedagogy and constructivist education, will have familiarity with and be able to articulate the project approach, and will commit to social-emotional learning, particularly responsive classroom practice. This is a tremendous opportunity for a leader who finds true joy and delight in working with Lower School students.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Salary & Benefits

Full-time employment at Duke School includes a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and family-friendly policies.

Application Procedures

The Duke School community is diverse in racial and ethnic identities, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and socioeconomic status. Their students and teachers come from all parts of the world, the country, and North Carolina. They recognize the importance of and have worked to increase diversity in all levels of decision-making throughout our school community. They strive to create an equitable and inclusive community respectful of individual differences. They highly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and individuals with other underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Interested candidates are invited to submit via https:// the following materials confidentially as a single PDF file:

• A cover letter indicating the candidate’s particular interest in and qualifications for the position
• A current résumé/CV
• A statement of educational philosophy
• The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, including at least one recent supervisor. References should speak to the applicant’s ability to be an effective educator and administrator, to work successfully with children, and to work collaboratively and collegially with adults (references will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission)

Please address any questions by email to or by phone at 415-881-7105.

Program Description

Contact Info

Julie Brown or by phone at 415-881-7105

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