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Director of Upper School

January 6, 2021 - February 5, 2021

Dawson, a K-12 independent school of 520 students located east of Boulder, Colorado on a beautiful 107-acre campus, seeks an exceptional Upper School Director.  The Upper School Director will work closely with the Head of School and Leadership Team to create a positive, collaborative, and connected 9-12 community of faculty, students, and families. This effort requires a spirit of encouragement, support, transparency, partnership, scholarship, and enthusiasm for Dawson. The focus of the Upper School Director will be sustaining a positive school culture, implementing programs effectively and efficiently, ensuring proactive communication, and supporting upper school students and teachers.


Dawson School Mission Statement 

Dawson School is dedicated to excellence of mind, body, and character. We prepare students, through challenging and relevant learning, to become creative, resilient problem-solvers who bring their best to the world. 


Professional Qualifications

·    Independent school experience in a variety of roles in and out of the classroom

·    Master’s Degree in education or a related field preferred

·    Demonstrated success in program development and implementation

·    Demonstrated experience in, and enthusiasm for, contemporary educational practices leadership 

     development, faculty growth, social-emotional learning, and community building


Personal Qualities

·    Demonstrate enthusiasm for work with all school constituencies

·    Model school virtues of respect, compassion, courage, and integrity

·    Communicate (orally and in writing) effectively with all school constituencies

·    Collaborate and work positively as a member of different teams

·    Demonstrate vision, direction, and resilience

·    Acknowledge personal strengths and areas for improvement

·    Commit to developing the individual potential of students and faculty

·    Guide and direct purposeful conversations in difficult situations or conflict

·    Demonstrate interest in the latest research on pedagogy, technology, and learning



·    Report to Head of School and serve on the Leadership Team

·    Direct entirety of upper school programs, including curriculum, arts, and activities

·    Coordinate work of the Upper School Leadership Team

·    Recruit and evaluate upper school faculty and staff

·    Assess, and address when necessary, strengths and challenges of faculty and staff

·    Work with the Lower School Director and Middle School Director to ensure continuity, consistency, and 

     opportunities for connection

·    Work with parents, students, and other constituencies to foster enthusiasm for the work of the School

·    Participate actively in strategic planning


The minimum salary for this position is $105,000. Compensation is commensurate with experience and relevant skills. Interested candidates should go to the Dawson website (, scroll to the bottom of the page, click on the Employment link, find Current Job Opportunities at Dawson, and select the Upper School Director posting to apply for this position. Only online applications will be accepted. This position is available July 1, 2021, and will function on a 12-month employment agreement running from July 1 to June 30 annually.  No phone calls, please.