Founded in 1906, the Madeira School is an independent, college preparatory, boarding and day school for girls grades 9-12. Located in McLean, Virginia on a 376-acre wooded campus, Madeira is 12 miles from the center of Washington, DC. Madeira’s ambitious academic curriculum emphasizes both content and skills in the context of a college-prep liberal arts education.
The Madeira School is seeking an innovative Department Head to lead the Science Department beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. The successful candidate will support and achieve the School’s mission and vision by effectively facilitating learning in student-centered college preparatory classrooms.
Have the content knowledge and intellectual flexibility to teach all levels of Chemistry and Physics; manages a standard load of up to 21 of 28 blocks of a combination of: teaching, facilitating activities, on-campus campus professional development and collaboration
Leads the department by providing a vision for the department that is aligned with the School’s larger mission, vision and values
Supervises all teachers in the department, which includes formal and informal feedback given throughout the year, based on observation and information and a written evaluation at least annually
Builds talent within the department through development of a culture of professional growth and life-long learning
Participates in the recruitment of new teachers to the department and sees supervision and culture of professional growth as tools for retaining all department teachers
Oversees all curricular work and development within the department as aligned with expectations and initiatives of the School
Manages all functions of the department in a collaborative and collegial way; works collaboratively with a team of faculty, colleagues, administrators and parents
Serves as a member of the Department Heads Committee, which meets weekly, both representing the department and working on behalf of the entire School as part of a team of academic leaders; serves as a member of the Academic Leadership Team
Weekends and evening support for department, admission and School leadership events
Plans and prepare innovative and rigorous instructional content
Use and adapt to a wide array of technology to deliver instruction and as tools to support and deepen student learning
Maintain accurate student records such as grades and comments and communicate such data in accordance with the Academic Calendar and School expectations
Perform all duties associated with advising, which includes participating in advisor orientation program and serving as a student advisor
Know how girls learn and use this knowledge to guide instructional and curricular decisions; apply principles of mind, brain and education science when teaching, developing curriculum, and assessing student learning
Support and act in accordance with the school’s mission and values
Manages all facilities and spaces connected with the department
Teaching experience required
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred (degrees in related subject matter preferred)
Ability to demonstrate growth mindset, optimism, and belief that all students can learn
Ability to innovate and think creatively about education
Ability to make contribution to the School outside one’s academic department, including to activities program, residential program, and interdisciplinary offerings
Ability to lead and communicate around areas such as curriculum development and innovation. pedagogical practice, ed-tech implementation, etc.
Ability to collaborate with and align with other members of the Academic Leadership Team
Ability to think institutionally as well as departmentally while serving the mission of the School and achieving its vision
Experience supervising and managing adults
Experience effectively coaching teachers
Ability to be a practitioner of diversity, equity and inclusion
Willingness and ability to uphold the School’s professional standards including punctuality, courtesy and discretion
Willingness and ability to support of the residential program, including evenings and weekends (includes driving school vehicle)
About The Madeira School
Founded in 1906, The Madeira School is one of the nations’ top secondary schools for girls. Located just outside Washington DC, Madeira enrolls approximately 315 boarding and daygirls in grades 9-12. The school has a long tradition of rigorous academics and one of the country’s oldest Experiential Learning programs, currently known as Co-Curriculum.
As an all-girls college preparatory boarding and day school, The Madeira School is dedicated to providing girls with a top-notch education and the skills to lead lives of their own making. At Madeira, you will find an extraordinary faculty that engage and challenge the minds of our students.
Lucy Madeira founded her school with the belief that it is our duty and privilege to help young women to understand their changing world and to have the confidence to live lives of their own making, their own passions, their own dreams.
Launching women who change the world.
Leading innovation in girls’ education.
Our Strategic Goals:
Make Madeira the 21st century leader in girls’ education.
Bring the world to Madeira and Madeira to the world?
Advance our inclusive culture that flourishes in diversity.
Protect and enhance Madeira’s environment and facilities.
Assure Madeira’s financial sustainability.