English Department Chair

The Stony Brook School
October 16, 2019
Stony Brook, New York
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Position Description
The Stony Brook School is seeking an English education leader to lead its seven-person English Department. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right leader to develop a world-class high school English program. With a demonstrated track record of training readers and writers, the School needs a visionary leader who can leverage these assets to take our program to new heights. The right leader will possess the rare combination of both vision and execution in the exercise of her or his leadership. Most importantly, this person will be supremely motivated by the desire to demonstrate that the Christian faith and the life of the mind have a vital and symbiotic relationship that ultimately enhances reasoning and creativity. While previous English department leadership is preferred, it is not required. Additionally, a Master’s degree in English or English Education is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will also be conversant in theology and philosophy.

Characteristics Sought:

  • Master Teacher – demonstrated ability to teach writing, literature, and discussion using both innovative and time-tested methods of instruction
  • Curriculum Designer - aid the Academic Dean in creating mission-driven curricula that are intentionally integrated horizontally and vertically
  • Networker – ability to identify and cultivate the right relationships in this resource-rich research region that will ultimately benefit the program
  • Recruiter – ability to attract talented faculty to the program
  • Teacher Developer – ability to help teachers grow in their craft, through encouragement, empowerment, effective feedback and evaluation, and facilitation of in-house professional development and teacher collaboration
  • Highly Organized – ensure that facilities and assets are well-organized for teacher and student effectiveness

Job Requirements:

  • Manage English Department budget (largest departmental budget on campus)
  • Maintain departmental resources through monitoring and ordering of supplies
  • Teach three to four classes depending on other responsibilities
  • Evaluate, cultivate, develop department of seven people
  • Participate in the hiring of new English Department faculty
  • Attend department chair meetings
In addition, Stony Brook faculty members contribute to all aspects of boarding school life, including evening and weekend supervisory duties, coaching, chaperoning, advising, and overseeing meals. Compensation is commensurate with experience and education and includes housing, some utilities, meals, excellent health insurance, and a retirement plan.

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to the Academic Dean, Dr. Sean Riley, at sean.riley@sbs.org.

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