City and Country School is a coeducational independent, progressive school for children ages 2–13 in Greenwich Village. Children at City and Country develop responsibility and a strong sense of community through group experiences such as block building and work with other open-ended materials in the Lower School, and group jobs in the Middle and Upper School. Through trips, books, and opportunities for other first-hand experiences, children learn to ask questions and conduct meaningful research. We believe the teacher’s place is alongside the child, posing questions that elicit imaginative thinking, problem-solving and decision-making in pursuit of a deeper perspective. An underlying respect for children, the group process, and a social-studies driven, interdisciplinary approach are among the hallmarks of our program.
Central to our mission and philosophy is our deep commitment to community. Creating meaningful connections inspires us and centers our work with each other and with the children. Click here to learn more about our community.
City and Country School is an Equal Opportunity Employer with interest in developing diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. City and Country School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, national origin, citizenship, or disability.
City and Country School seeks a Principal for the 2023-2024 academic year, beginning in July 2023.
The School desires an inspiring leader who will lead the community in successfully meeting several challenges. As is the case in many schools, City and Country wants to reconnect a community that was stretched and stressed by the pandemic. The faculty and staff must be inspired to do their best work and align that work across the School’s three divisions. New York City is a dynamic and vibrant environment for independent schools, but also a competitive one. The next Principal will need to lead the staff in improving this already wonderful school and continue to broaden its appeal to families. The demands and aspirations of the program will inevitably affect the types of physical spaces the School requires, and the next Principal will be tasked with answering, “What else can we do?” In addition to helping form such a vision, the next Principal will need to be attuned to finances, and help the school leverage its strengths to inspire philanthropy.
One needs only to have a conversation with a City and Country student to recognize the impact of the School’s progressive practices. The children at City and Country speak with conviction, confidence, and a deep caring for others and the world. This is a wonderful opportunity to join a community with a strong identity and a commitment to continue to get better.
Opportunities and Challenges
City and Country has served as a leader in progressive education for over 100 years. The next Principal will be joining a community that celebrates its history and is excited about the future. City and Country is a school that places a high value on community and collaboration and seeks an educator who can lead strategically while supporting a program that has historic roots in progressive education.
The new Principal will:
Desired Qualities and Qualifications
A successful candidate will:
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to contact the consultants in confidence. Candidates will ultimately need to submit the following materials as separate PDF documents:
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