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Middle School Director

Location: San Francisco
Posted on: January 15, 2021

Job Description:

Junior High/Middle School Director - Division Head (CONFIDENTIAL) Greater San Francisco Area
Start date: July 2021

  • Rich experience teaching and working closely with young adolescents and their families
  • Experience observing, coaching, and evaluating teachers toward continued growth
  • Experience successfully leading teams
  • Experience developing and managing program-level budgets
  • Even-keeled, mature, responsive temperament to model steadiness for the highly energetic adolescent community, busy faculty, and sometimes anxious parents
  • Passion for and experience with interdisciplinary, experiential, place-based educational models
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks within a variety of demands
  • Discretion and candor, and unquestionable ability to maintain confidentiality and act ethically and professionally
  • Supervisory experience
  • Growth mindset: a love of brainstorming ideas, collaborating, learning through feedback, always striving for excellence and growth
  • Must be able to lift and carry 25 pounds
  • Must have a clean driving record Preferred Qualifications:
    • Certificate of Completion of the AMI/NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies
    • California Secondary teaching credential Key Responsibilities:
      • Ensure that faculty have the tools and skills required to deliver the highest quality learning experience for students
      • Support continued cross-curricular programming opportunities, weaving robust academic learning with land based experiences and projects on our acre farm, gardens, and apiary
      • Take an active interest in parent perceptions, questions and concerns. Proactively address these with the goals of positive parent relationships and faculty's trust and agency
      • Support Admissions in attracting, admitting, and retaining mission-appropriate families and students--
      • Manage operations at the Junior High, including but not limited to Learning Support Services, schedule, Creative Expression and Physical Education specialists, and class offerings
      • Serve as a pedagogical ambassador: In writing and speech communicate effectively the value and rationale of adolescent education in the 21 st century
      • Ensure students are well prepared for high school and support students, families, teachers and High School Consultant in the high school admissions process
      • Work closely with the Head of School in planning and executing strategic initiatives The successful candidate will be: High Functioning:
        • Skillful in managing the multi-faceted, fluid needs of the day-to-day operations of the program, along with other administrative and long-term strategic visioning, planning and implementation needs
        • Highly organized, detail oriented, punctual, and with a demonstrated track record of independently managing and meeting deadlines
        • Fully reliable: does what s/he says, and says what s/he does
        • Superlative writer, discussion facilitator, and public speaker High Integrity
          • Inspires self and others to continually strive for excellence, possessing the vision, empathy, and humor needed to make the hard work energizing and unifying
          • Maturely self-possessed and self-aware: doing what is right for the school and students is key source of satisfaction (rather than adoration from or popularity with students, faculty, or families)
          • Direct communicator: eschews gossip, triangulating, and "venting," and models direct, compassionate, forward-looking communication and problem solving
          • "Radical Ownership" attitude: takes full responsibility and actively and resiliently strives to affect positive change, regardless of the level of challenge; resonates with the motto, "Don't blame the world; find a solution."
          • Rock solid inner-ethical compass and core; habitually honest High Warmth:
            • Infectious enthusiasm for education, and for the foibles, fun and potentials of young adolescents
            • Compassionate and patient with parental anxieties, without over-indulging entitled parental behaviors
            • Exceptionally positive interpersonal and communication skills, including mature conflict resolution capacities, a generally optimistic attitude, and a strong capacity to create warm connections with others
            • Emotionally intelligent, with the ability to convey a non-anxious presence and access both vulnerability and strong, decisive leadership to connect and inspire
            • Transparent with motivations and thinking.--Confident, not arrogant. Humble, not meek. Inclusive and kind to all High Process-Oriented
              • Skillful in collaborating with colleagues through inclusive, thoughtful, and consistent processes, while also knowing when his or her decisiveness is called for-even should the decisions be unpopular
              • Systems thinker: can identify root causes of challenges and smart strategies for creating systemic improvements and solutions
              • Powerfully "growth mindset" oriented in all s/he does

Keywords: CAL-WEST EDUCATORS PLACEMENT, San Francisco , Middle School Director, Executive , San Francisco, California

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