The Board of Directors of the Jackson Hole Community School [JHCS] seeks applications from qualified candidates who welcome the opportunity to join a close knit community dedicated to the education of students in grades 9 through 12. The successful candidate will lead a school of 80-100 students and 23 educators as they continue to design the distinctive experiences that characterize JHCS. This unique opportunity is an invitation to continue building a valuable asset for Jackson Hole, Wyoming; it will shape students’ lives and aspirations for generations to come.
Jackson Hole Community School prepares students to succeed in college and life, through challenging academics and excellence in teaching, in a community founded on personal relationships, student initiative, and integrity.
The Jackson Hole Community School delivers an exceptional high school experience that prepares students to be independent thinkers who demonstrate personal integrity and moral purpose. Our commitment to service and experiential programming stimulates individual investment in learning, critical thinking, and a spirit of inquiry in our students. We respect each community member as a unique individual, honor ideas and opinions that are different from our own, and value strong interpersonal relationships. We believe quality education requires a collaborative effort from the school, the home, and the community.
In August 2004, co-founders Kathleen Crowley and Scott Hirschfield, along with a number of committed Jackson families and teachers, wanted to expand educational choice in the Jackson area and envisioned an engaging, challenging experience in a close-knit school community. They opened JHCS with 18 students in 9th and 10th grades. The Jackson Hole Community School has now graduated a total of 200 students, and has built a reputation as an outstanding educational institution. Community School graduates have been admitted to a wide variety of colleges and universities across the United States and the world.
JACKSON HOLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Students and families seek out The Community School for the authentic community atmosphere it strives to provide as much as for its excellent college prep education. The JHCS experience is a mix of challenge, commitment, hard work, laughter, trust, friendship and self-motivation.
A powerful hallmark of JHCS is the relationshipbetween students and faculty. This is a high trust culture, with students and faculty each holding the other in high regard. Students refer to teachers using first names, cementing a natural, authentic culture in which people are comfortable being who they are, saying what they think, and pursuing education as a shared activity. All teachers and administrators know every member of the student body. The Community School promotes balance -- between high expectations and stalwart support; between fun, laughter and hard work; and between academics, extracurriculars, and family commitments.
JHCS excels at providing a challenging academic experience that truly prepares students well for college - not simply in terms of how to take tests and complete assignments, but, more importantly, in the skills and processes that take time and individual attention to nurture. Students choose their courses from an impressive array of options which reflect the truly independent and creative faculty. Due to small class sizes, teachers have ample time to devote to individual students, enabling all students to develop excellence in writing, discussion leadership and participation, critical thinking and problem solving, public speaking, and collaboration. Students develop habits of mind that will serve them their whole life, including the ability to focus, work hard, persevere, challenge themselves, respond to feedback, and rebound from setbacks. The School’s commitment to promoting personal integrity provides a common foundation for all.
Jackson, Wyoming is a resort town with unparalleled beauty and recreational opportunities year-round. Residents and visitors can enjoy skiing, hiking, fly fishing, cycling, boating, hockey, hunting, climbing, camping….and the list goes on. Yet the town also contains a thriving arts scene, complete with a beautiful Center for the Arts, and a plethora of cultural activities and fine dining experiences, particularly for a town of its size and location. In addition to what you’ll find within Jackson, itself, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are each a short car trip away. Jackson residents love their town and the natural resources surrounding it, and it is easy to see why.
The School itself is composed of 19 full-time staff members and 4 part-time staff members. There are 6 academic department heads (History, Science, Mathematics, World Languages, English, Arts). The administrative team is made up of the following:
Head of School: Amy Fulwyler (15 years; 11 as a teacher, 4 as Head)
College Counselor: David Heinemann (13 years)
Dean of Academic Affairs: Ashley Satterthwaite (2 years)
Dean of Students: Robin Cameron (14 years)
Director of Admissions: Ella Ginsbury (4 years)
Director of Development: Nicole Prater (2 years)
Director of Operations/Business Manager: Karen Hodges (12 years)
Several members of the administrative team continue to teach one or two classes each year. The administrative team has a standing weekly meeting and the entire staff meets once per month. In addition, the School has an Honor Council, made up of several students and one faculty member. Most student disciplinary infractions are managed by the Honor Council.
Faculty at JHCS appreciate and value the School’s balance between professional autonomy, accountability and collaboration, and benefit greatly from the committed support of the School’s families. JHCS is a community of learners, all of whom value collegiality, trust, good humor, transparency and clear communication.
The Community School faculty emphasize research, writing and public speaking throughout each student’s years at JHCS. In each subject area, students engage in critically evaluating sources of information, formulating their own conclusions or solutions, and sharing their findings in a variety of ways.
Each student’s Community School experience is highlighted by:
Senior Project, in which seniors choose a topic of intrinsic interest to them and select one of three paths (conducting an experiment, creating a product, or crafting an extensive essay), mentored by a community sponsor and faculty mentor.
Fall Trips in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, including climbing, canoeing, backpacking, and cycling.
National History Day
Model United Nations
COLLEGE MATRICULATIONS, 2015 - 2018
Colorado School of Mines
Fort Lewis College
George Washington University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Lewis and Clark College
London Contemporary Dance School
Maryland Institute College of Art
Michigan State University
Montana State University
Oral Roberts University
Quest University, Canada
Saint Lawrence University
Santa Clara University
Southern Methodist University
Texas Christian University
University of Alabama
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Kentucky
University of Montana
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puget Sound
University of Southern California
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Wyoming
Wake Forest University
Western Washington University
MAJOR STRENGTHS OF JHCS
A strong, shared commitment to the School’s mission.
A staff dedicated to understanding each student as a learner and a person.
A vibrant, tight-knit culture that balances high academic standards with a relaxed, informal atmosphere.
A highly educated, talented faculty with diverse teaching styles and a shared commitment to creating authentic and relevant learning opportunities.
An excellent faculty retention record.
A thoughtful approach to experiential education both inside and outside the classroom, including backcountry travel opportunities and alternative courses that enrich curricula and enable students to acquire new skills and explore possible career paths.
A vibrant student body that is active in the larger community with a wide variety of extracurricular interests.
A skilled Board of Directors that is accessible, collaborative, and dedicated to the excellence of JHCS.
A reputation in the Jackson community as outstanding educational institution that provides meaningful challenges and opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, through which students can make the most of adolescence.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH FOR JHCS
Ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of the school while remaining mindful of tuition levels and fundraising needs.
Continuing to diversify our student and faculty populations and sustaining the School’s inclusive culture.
Maximizing the effectiveness of the School’s current physical plant while evaluating possibilities for the future.
Navigating the public school/independent school landscape in a way that preserves positive relationships while maintaining the School’s strong presence in the community.
TRAITS DESIRED IN THE NEXT HEAD OF SCHOOL
Jackson Hole Community School constituents are seeking a Head of School who will embrace our school’s mission, culture and vision within our small but intellectually stimulating mountain town of Jackson, WY. Stakeholders seek a leader with excellent communication skills, a commitment to a servant leadership philosophy, experience in independent schools including upper school teaching and administration, and eagerness to understand and embrace our distinct school culture. The ideal Head will serve as academic and community leader of the School -- mentoring, inspiring and encouraging the faculty and students.
Other duties and traits for a successful Head of School:
A Master’s Degree at a minimum;
Experience as an Associate Head or Head of School;
Track record of successful rapport with diverse faculty members of an independent school who value respect, trust, autonomy, collaboration, good humor and integrity;
Outstanding organization skills and work ethic, along with an ability to balance a wide array of divergent responsibilities within the school and larger community;
Proven record of institutional advancement and fundraising that fosters positive, open communication with the Board;
Reliability and integrity; genuine ability to foster meaningful relationships; composure in challenging situations; ability to self-reflect; and openness to feedback and different perspectives;
Ability to serve as a community ambassador for the School, promoting JHCS in the wider community, including western WY and eastern ID;
Sense of humor conditioned by wisdom and tempered by respect.
HOW TO APPLY
Send letter of interest, CV/resume, statement of educational philosophy, list of 5 references with contact information (references will not be contacted until the candidate is notified). Please include your current immediate supervisor, and include all references’ telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.
Please send a SINGLE MERGED DOCUMENT to:
Mike Eden, Search Chair
All materials must be received on or beforeJune 1, 2019.
Semi-finalists will be notified on or before Aug 1, 2019as towhether they will be invited to a personal interview in Jackson Hole in early September 2019.
Start Date: July 1, 2020
The Jackson Hole Community School does not discriminate in employment, recruitment, admission, or the administration of any of its programs on the basis of race, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or physical ability.