Ryan Banks Academy seeks Founding Head of School
In September 2018, Ryan Banks Academy, a new middle school and high school, will open its doors and transform urban education. The RBA mission is to build Chicago’s first residential school for urban youth. Our long term plan involves new construction for our permanent location so that our students can stay at RBA 24/7, but that won’t occur until 2021. In the interim, our first three years we will be a day school/boarding school hybrid model, where our students attend class only at RBA (staying with their families while in Chicago) and our school year will also include multiple longer, extended field trips which will allow our students to explore new environments and cultures.
About our curriculum and model:
RBA's curriculum will have a STEAM-focus ( a heavy emphasis on learning to apply Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math to solve problems in the real world.)
Project-based learning empowers students to assume leadership positions within the community. Coursework has real life applications, builds meaningful connections with community members, and teaches reciprocity. Students are not just encouraged to think critically, but also to expand their idea of what is possible by pushing the boundaries of their comfort zones
Taking a growth mindset, students focus on cultivating their unique strengths, interests, and passions
Adventure learning will include quarterly expeditions, ongoing team building, and student involvement with the creation of a challenge course
Many of our students will arrive at RBA with overwhelming challenges outside of school that are likely to prohibit their success in the classroom. At RBA, we will have a 1:20 ratio of mental health professionals to students, and social/emotional learning is incorporated into daily student life through practices designed around cultivating meditation, mindfulness, self-awareness, team building, reflection, and self-awareness.
Applicants for this unique opportunity should possess:
An advanced degree in educational leadership
A minimum of five years teaching/admin experience at a middle or high school
Knowledge of experiential education principles
Experience working with diverse populations
Sound leadership skills with experience in the administrative areas of marketing, communication, and fundraising
Experience forging relationships with community members and stakeholders
Ability to recruit and develop a professional faculty
Ability to lead student recruitment efforts
Residential school experience strongly preferred
Anticipated start date for this position is June 2018 full-time with part-time engagement beginning in January.
Please apply in writing, including a resume and a philosophical statement, if you are interested in the position described above. A more extensive job description is available upon request by email.