A coed boarding and day school for grades 4-9
North Country School main campus

Where most classrooms end, ours begin.




North Country School (NCS) is seeking a Director of School who will unleash its pioneering educational philosophy, while preserving and adapting the purposeful traditions and second-to-none signature programs that for over 80 years have transformed its students' lives. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of School will define the academic curriculum in a way that unifies our programs and instills the confidence and skills needed for our students to be active contributors to their world.

In 2020, North Country School is capitalizing on its current position of strength as a thought leader of the “in-between years” to pursue the ambitious strategic goal of expanding its reach—how many lives can be touched, directly or indirectly—while also adapting and continuously improving on its approach to education.

At NCS, we live the values that others simply teach. Whether through individual or community-based experiences in our academic, outdoor, arts, residential or farm programs, North Country School leaves its students with an unshakable sense of belonging, self-worth, and capability. 

On our spectacular 220 acre campus in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks, North Country School serves boarding and day students in grades 4-9 who come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and countries. At NCS, which shares both its philosophy and location with Camp Treetops and Rock-E House & Basecamp, the students are known well by the dedicated, multi-talented adults who teach and care for them. NCS's unique programming—engaging academics, extensive offerings in studio and performing arts, family-style residential living, and outdoor activities from horseback riding to ice climbing—provides a variety of venues through which every child can find success.  

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the process of redefining the academic curriculum in terms of the cumulative skills acquired by our students from grade to grade and articulating the supports provided to children with differentiated needs. 

  • Lead the evaluation, development and optimization of the School administrative structure in collaboration with the Executive Director and current School administrators.

  • Lead the development, articulation and implementation of the social, emotional, academic and extracurricular programs within the framework of the school’s philosophy, mission statement and goals.

  • Serve on the Executive Director’s administrative team with shared ownership for the success of the institution, which includes Camp Treetops and Rock-E House & Basecamp.

  • Help lead the development and execution of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan that includes integrating cultural competency skills and recruitment and retention of students and faculty of color.

  • Develop and implement a plan for long- term sustainable retention of faculty.

  • Conduct regular meetings with faculty which deal with both routine school matters and the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational and philosophical interest and concern.

  • Nurture a culture of trust, learning, innovation and shared purpose among faculty and students.

  • Run daily operations and be a visible presence in all areas of the school community.


  • An accomplished track record of instructional leadership in social and emotional learning, student-centered learning and place-based learning practices. 

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing.

  • High degree of cultural competency and demonstrated success in working with people from diverse backgrounds.

  • Broad-based, hands-on experience with curriculum design and implementation.

  • Strong organizational, facilitation, and time management skills.

  • Experience using data and research to drive decision-making.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience. 

  • At least five years of teaching and two years of educational leadership is required.

  • An appreciation of the vibrancy found in middle- school students, the flexibility with which to handle those fluctuations, and a sense of humor.

Please submit the following in an email to directorsearch@northcountryschool.org by January 15, 2020:

  • Resume                                                                                                                             
  • Name, relationship, and address of three professional references                                   
  • Educational Philosophy Statement 


North Country School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and colleague programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.



North Country School offers 2-3, one-year academic internships. The goal of the internship is to introduce aspiring teachers to North Country School’s unique teaching pedagogy and for individuals to develop the craft of teaching in a wide variety of areas in a supportive atmosphere.

Academic interns are actively involved in all parts of the North Country School program. Within the classroom, internships may be designed to support individual grade levels or various courses within a department. An academic intern will also have the opportunity to serve in the role of a chore supervisor, table head, outtime facilitator, tutor and weekend trip leader. Interns will also work towards teaching an elective class, supporting in the teaching of an edible schoolyard class and will assist in houseparenting.

An intern should expect to:

  • Plan and deliver lessons
  • Develop curriculum
  • Reflect on teaching and learning
  • Develop classroom management techniques
  • Develop skills to support differentiated instruction
  • Refine outdoor leadership skills
  • Meet weekly with the Dean of Faculty
  • Develop a teaching portfolio

Internships at North Country School include a monthly stipend, health benefits, housing and meals. Internship positions are filled on a rolling basis. If interested in being considered for an internship, please send a cover letter, resume and references to Dave Steckler, Interim Director of School, at: employment@northcountryschool.org.

North Country School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and colleague programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.




North Country School is committed to providing a working and living environment that fosters mutual respect and relationships free of discrimination based on a protected characteristic, and to complying with the spirit and letter of applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to equal employment opportunity. For purposes of subsection A and B below, protected characteristics at North Country School are an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition to the guidance set forth below, a full explanation of equal employment opportunity and harassment prevention requirements, as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is available in the business office of North Country School.

A. Non-Discrimination

North Country School is committed to:

• Administering all personnel actions, including but not limited to recruitment, employment, promotion, demotion, work assignments, classification, discipline, termination, compensation, benefits, training, education, tuition assistance and social and recreational programs, without regard to any protected characteristic;

• Administering all human resources policies, processes, and/or procedures without regard to any protected characteristic; and

• Making required reasonable accommodation for the physical and/or mental disabilities of qualified employees and job applicants.

B. Harassment

North Country School is committed to providing a harassment-free work environment, which includes time an employee spends interacting with co-workers in work-related settings such as during business-related travel, as well as meetings, conferences, training sessions and social events sponsored by North Country School.

Impermissible harassment includes, but is not limited to:

• Making an individual’s terms or conditions of the provision of his/her services to North Country School contingent on rendering sexual favors,

• Insinuating or conducting oneself in a manner that suggests that the submission to or rejection of sexual favors by any individual covered by this policy will in any way influence decisions concerning the employment or contractual relationship between North Country School and the individual; or

• A comment, material, gesture or any other communication or conduct, which is unwelcome and offensive, demeaning, or derogatory towards any person or group of persons, based on a protected characteristic.