Upper School Director - Grades 5-8

San Francisco, CA

The School: Located in San Francisco, Town School for Boys is a K-8 independent day school. Since its founding in 1939, Town School has been committed to providing a dynamic and engaging environment that suits the developmental learning needs of boys. An intensive academic program is supplemented by fine arts offerings and outdoor education trips that take advantage of the school's Bay Area coastal location. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry and project-based learning. Town School values academic excellence, respect for self and others, diversity and inclusivity, community service, and social-emotional development. Town places a high value on maintaining a collegial atmosphere among faculty members. There is an expectation of continuous growth and improvement for all faculty and strong support for a wide range of professional development opportunities.

The Position: Town School for Boys seeks a dynamic educator with strong teaching experience, a knowledge of child development and proven leadership skills to be the Upper School Director of its fifth through eighth grade division. Significant administrative experience is preferable but not a prerequisite. 

We are looking for deep familiarity with the academic and social development of fifth through eighth grade boys. The candidate must be highly organized, have excellent verbal and writing skills, understand current education pedagogy, and excel at working with all constituents of the school community. The Upper School Director serves as the leader of the division and should be able to articulate and implement the school’s vision. Ideal candidates have demonstrable commitment to diversity and equity, as well as the interest and skills to partner in leadership around this work. The Upper School Director should love the joys and challenges of working with boys in these grades. 

We are a strong community that not only survived these past Covid-centric years, but found ways to grow and be thoughtful about teaching in new ways. Through it all we remained focused on teamwork, and we’re looking for a leader who has the strength and confidence to make tough decisions, combined with the humility necessary to listen well - to both students and adults - so that we leverage our group wisdom to help create the best possible experience for our boys. New members of our community remark on our commitment to teamwork. We are looking for a leader who can live into those principles while ensuring we remain committed to best practices and innovation.

Ultimately, we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described.

Responsibilities of the job include: 

- Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Upper School 

- Participating in all-school administrative decisions 

- Partnering with the Deans to cultivate and support a healthy and safe school culture 

- Serving as the intellectual leader of the Upper School 

- Partnering to create and implement class schedules and duty rosters in conjunction with the scheduling committee

- Serving as liaison to parents 

- Overseeing student progress and tracking outcome data via standardized testing, alumni survey, and high school placement data

- Responsibility for the development and implementation of curriculum and instruction in conjunction with the Lower School Director, Director of Teaching, Learning & Innovation, and Learning & Leadership Team

- Collaborating with teachers and administrators to promote continuity and coherence of programs

- Nurturing and maintaining faculty morale 

- Hiring and evaluating faculty

- Encouraging faculty development and managing professional development budget

- Managing Upper School budgets: general, supply, and book 

- Teaching an occasional class or supervising a student activity 

- Coordinating learning services with learning specialists 

- Conducting division and grade level meetings 

- Organizing and supervising all reporting and grading 

- Organizing divisional assemblies 

- Serving as member of the senior administrative team 

Non-Discrimination Policy: Town School for Boys admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.

Town School for Boys is an equal opportunity employer. Salary and benefits are commensurate with our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with similar NAIS schools. Please see the employment section of our website for additional information. 


At Town, salaries are one component of a compensation package that includes retirement matching, daily lunch, health & dental insurance, and life, AD & LTD insurance. The anticipated annual base salary range the school reasonably expects to pay candidates for the position of Director of Upper School is $180,000 to $220,000, depending on factors such as years of experience.

School Mission

At Town School learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.

Town School for Boys Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Our goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.

We achieve these goals through an authentic curriculum that originates in the classroom, travels through the halls, and extends into the world. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry, project-based learning, and teaching for understanding. We stay relevant and current through our testing of innovative, research-based approaches. We model a commitment to lifelong learning, and we hone our craft by pursuing professional development and sharing knowledge with one another. 

Town for Boys Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Diversity, inclusion and equity are essential core values of Town School. The best education for our students requires a diverse experience because a broad spectrum of ideas is essential for understanding different perspectives, challenging assumptions, and inspiring curiosity, to support critical and complex thinking.We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where each boy is free to be himself, and where boys are confident and secure in their own identities. We equip each boy with the tools to explore differences in experiences, background, beliefs, and ideas. We seek to provide each student with the support and resources he needs to succeed and thrive at Town School. 

A diverse and vibrant community is essential. To build and sustain such a community, we reach out to enroll students and families from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations, and we recruit and retain faculty, staff and administrators from the same broad range of backgrounds. We cultivate an environment where every member of the Town community senses he or she matters as a significant part of the life of the school. Only when each person feels valued and is engaged may the school and the individual achieve their full potential.


Please submit materials addressed to Lorri Hamilton Durbin, Head of School, using the "Apply for this position" button below. Please do not send materials directly elsewhere. Materials should include:

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications and interest in the position 

  • Resume that includes all employment and education information 

  • 3-5 References, including current Supervisor (we will obtain your permission before contacting)

  • Statement of Educational Philosophy