The Upper School Director leads all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the 9-12 at New Roads School. The Upper School Director (USD) reports to the Associate Head of School and is the instructional leader at the high school spending the majority of his/her time supporting and providing supervision to classroom teachers and developing a strong and positive student culture. The USD is a member of the school’s leadership team and attends leadership team meetings, working collaboratively with the elementary and middle school directors to ensure philosophical and programmatic alignment across the entire school, K-12. The USD is in charge of developing and sustaining a positive and “can-do” attitude amongst staff AND students. The USD, along with the Deans, serves as the student behavior manager in the school, counseling students and meting out disciplinary consequences in line with the school handbook. The USD works closely with the Parent Association, specifically meeting regularly with the high school parent representative, attending meetings periodically, and guiding this group to support the school effectively. The USD works to connect parents closely with the school, ensuring they feel welcome on school grounds. The USD is responsible for the academic success of the students in the high school and the establishment and maintenance of a positive school culture of accountability, excellence, and innovation. The USD is the “face” of the high school, attending and helping to welcome/host visitors to all traditionally occurring school events (picnics, carnivals, kaleidoscope, etc.) as well as attending, as assigned, staff sponsored community events (for example, school plays, athletic activities and similar performance events) that involve the staff, students and families they work with. The USD attends all school sponsored student social events and/or ensures that a designated high school administrator is in attendance. The USD attends board meetings periodically to give reports, at the request of the Head of School. This job description may be altered or added to by the Head of School, as necessary.
Faculty and Staff
Manage recruitment and selection process to acquire excellent teachers and additional faculty
Working with Elementary Dean and Middle School Directors, create and manage effective induction program for all new teachers
Manage evaluation process for teaching staff
Create and implement professional development plan to continuously improve teacher performance
Ensure teaching staff have read and understand faculty handbook
Train all staff on school-wide goals, processes, and procedures
Collaborate with supervisees to set and revise performance objectives
Observe supervisees’ regularly and provide informal feedback
Occasionally model teaching techniques for supervisees and provide supervisees regular opportunities to observe excellent teaching
Lead mid-year reviews of supervisees’ progress toward performance objectives
Evaluate staff at end of year, including recommendations for re-hiring
Ensure staff access to appropriate professional development opportunities, in line with school objectives
Coordinate with Department Heads performance improvement plans when teachers are struggling, including drafting short-term performance objectives required for job retention
Terminate staff who fail to meet performance objectives
Respond to any concerns of parents regarding the teaching staff you supervise
Meet weekly individually with Associate Head of School and the Head of School
Meet regularly with academic and leadership team
Meet regularly with the Deans and other key members of the high school team
Collaborate with the other program directors to ensure that the curriculum is vertically aligned throughout the school
Ensure that curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all learners
Ensure curriculum is documented in an organized fashion, with a common system, and is easily accessible to visitors seeking to learn from New Roads School teaching methods
Ensure that teaching practice reflects a balanced approach, utilizing constructivist and project-based methods, balanced with the use of teacher-directed instruction as needed
Ensure that appropriate technology is meaningfully integrated throughout the curriculum
Ensure that all teachers strive to embody the school’s philosophy
Supervise the work of the curricular area/department chairs
Ensure that student report cards/assessments are completed in a timely fashion and that the feedback to students is meaningful.
Manage academic probation process for students.
Other Educational Program
Ensure that the school culture supports academic program goals
Oversee any standardized testing required by the school and look at trends in data that raise questions and reveal action items for improvement
Manage retention/summer school process for students
Meets and greets students and families on a daily basis
Works to develop positive whole school culture
Serve as disciplinarian for the high school
Ensure adherence to the student and family handbook and make updates as necessary
Manage and lead all-school meetings with students
Assist students and Parent Association in planning and organizing social events
Meet regularly with members of the school’s counseling team and deans to troubleshoot and pinpoint student behavioral issues
Family and Community Interaction
Communicate the goals of the educational program to the community and lead interactions with families in regards to all issues of teaching and learning at the school
Collaborate with curricular leaders to plan parent nights to review each curricular area and attend each of these parent nights
Ensure that all families and students understand and follow the school’s handbook
Lead development of weekly parent communication, The Scoop
Ensure communication to families regarding discipline and behavior
Utilizes regular parent and student survey data to inform the program
Works closely with the Admissions Director to plan admissions open house events and ensure that faculty and staff are prepared for these events.
Develop agenda and lead weekly staff meetings for his/her team of teachers; ensure that minutes of meeting are kept and are accessible for absent staff members
Coordinates with other school directors and Head of School to run “whole staff” meetings at least once a month
Assists with any planning and preparation for school reviews, audits, etc.
Assists with fundraising/development activities, as needed
Submit required reports in a timely fashion and revise as necessary
Create policies and procedures that ensure academic program is implemented effectively
Coordinate with Associate Head of School to plan for summer school programs
Ensures all faculty and staff abide by the policies of the school handbook
Head of School Assistance
Provide leads to the Head of School for the recruitment of Board Members
Provide feedback, support and advice as needed
Attend board meetings throughout the year, as scheduled or requested by Head of School
Assists with school fundraising/development activities by providing information to the Head of School about families and/or as requested
Professional Development/ Reporting
Maintains an active professional development portfolio and updated resume
Develops goals and submits to Associate Head of School/Head of School by the first day of school each year
Regularly reflects on goals and files a mid-year reflection by January 15 with the Head of School and the business office
Seeks out and attends at least three full days of professional development activities each school year
VALUES AND LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT STYLE
Operates with integrity -- always in the interest of the school.
Values team concept – shares responsibility for success, empowers others – “passes the ball”, not a micro manager.
Communicates directly, even if message is difficult; asks clarifying questions.
Maintains a generosity of spirit toward colleagues, assuming best intentions.
Strives for sustainability, beyond her/his personal tenure.
Proactive, continually looking for ways to avert problems and improve systems.
Always approaches challenges with a problem solving, forward thinking, mindset – asks for help.
Maintains calm demeanor in the midst of challenges.
Demonstrate trustworthiness in dealing with confidential matters.
The ideal candidate will have:
Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, organizational, collaborative, and management skills to articulate and explain complex issues to faculty, students, and families
Significant experience (at least 5 years) with and knowledge of Upper School students, their developmental needs, and upper school curriculum, preferably in an independent school
Depth of knowledge in pedagogy, assessment, and curriculum as well as subject-area depth in a discipline
Experience in assessment, coaching, and mentoring of faculty
Strong commitment to providing an excellent educational experience for each student
Demonstrated capacity to connect to a range of students from various backgrounds
Capable of developing and sustaining close, effective working relationships with diverse group of colleagues
Must be self-directed and able to effectively prioritize and handle multiple tasks subject to frequent interruption
Ability to listen emphatically and to think and act strategically
Familiarity with learning management software systems (Whipple Hill would be a plus), Microsoft and Google Office
Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year accredited institution required / Master’s degree in educational, organizational, or school leadership preferred/and/or a Master’s in a discipline
Interested candidates should submit the following:
Application, Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae
3 - 5 letters of reference
500 word response to one of the questions listed below:
Directions: Choose one of the following topics to respond to in 500 words or less and submit with your application.
How do you think the purpose of private school should be re-imagined?
How do you educate for the “common” good?
How do you develop in young people a “personal dedication to learning”?
How do you develop in young people “a respect for independent thinking”?
How do you develop in young people “an expanding curiosity about the world and its people”?