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Director of Middle School

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THE ROLE

Reporting to the Assistant Head for Academics, the Director of Middle School is responsible for all aspects of the middle school program, supporting the vision, direction, supervision and general day-to-day operations of the Middle School. The Director of Middle School is responsible for the implementation and oversight of all middle school programs, including academic courses, the advisory program, the service-learning program, middle school camps, and other experiential learning programs. S/he leads major division-wide initiatives and works with and assists middle school faculty in the development of learning outcomes, curriculum mapping, assessment processes and instructional practices. Further, the Director of Middle School works in collaboration with the Assistant Head for Academics and other senior leaders in evaluating the Middle School’s programming and progress to identify and implement key priorities for continuous improvement. This position, which entails the leadership, planning, and guidance of the Middle School program, is considered a year-round, 12 month per year position.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

-Ensures consistent integration of the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Education within the life of the school community.
-Works in collaboration with the leadership team to advance the School’s strategic framework, implementing initiatives that will ensure Forest Ridge students grow into competent, confident and courageous women.
-Serves as the educational leader for the Middle School, responsible for its day-to-day operations through creating a vision for effective teaching and learning, the development and articulation of divisional goals, and the establishment of an aligned and cohesive curriculum.
-Works in collaboration with the Assistant Head for Academics, the Director of Upper School and other school leaders to ensure continuity between the Middle and Upper School divisions.
-Provides direct oversight of the Middle School faculty and support staff, providing mentorship and coaching, while also clearly articulating expectations and holding them accountable.
-Serves as the chief articulator of the division’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed.
-Works in collaboration with the Assistant Head for Academics, the Director of Upper School, the Dean of Academics, and the registrar to prepare a master middle school schedule and assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations.
-Makes recommendations to the Assistant Head for Academics and the Head of School about the retention of faculty.
-Articulates and supports the use of best practices in instruction, assessment and reporting of student feedback and progress in the Middle School.
-Collaborates with the Technology department and middle school faculty to identify and support the opportunities for technology integration in the Middle School curriculum.
-Fosters a culture of partnership between the School and families, serving as a support liaison between the two.
-Collaborates and communicates with the Student Support Team and families to develop individualized support plans in the rare instances when this level of support is necessary.
-Oversees the Middle School Advisory curriculum that supports the academic, leadership and social and emotional development of students. -Includes on-going assessment of program effectiveness, ensuring a clear scope and sequence of 5-8 program, and adaptation of program as necessary.
-Actively promotes the retention of Forest Ridge students into the Upper School division.
-Collaborates with the Assistant Head for Academics and the Director of Upper School to lead professional learning opportunities, develop professional learning resources and keep faculty informed of relevant opportunities to ensure Forest Ridge remains a community of professional growth.
-Works with the Dean of Students, the Director of Upper School and other relevant administrators to oversee the coordination of the Middle School student life programming, assist in the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs and assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events.
-Supports the admission and re-enrollment activities for the Middle and Upper Schools and collaborates with the Enrollment Management Team to coordinate activities that introduce new students and e families to the Middle School.
-Attends middle school athletic and extracurricular events.
-Other duties as assigned.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS

A successful Director of Middle School candidate will demonstrate the following qualities, characteristics, skills and experiences:

-A mission-driven leader with 3-5 years of experience as a division director.
-Demonstrated success as a steady, confident leader with the capacity to organize and motivate teams, guide others through challenges and grow in the role.
-Demonstrated success as a strategic thinker, effective manager, and master implementer, with a systems approach to improvement and change.
-A commitment to, and experience in, building programs that align to best practices in girls’ education.
-Extensive experience working in a middle school setting with deep knowledge of what is developmentally appropriate socially, academically, and emotionally for students at this stage in their learning.
=Supervisory and coaching experience with teachers, and experience articulating and addressing the strengths and challenges evident through classroom observation and other feedback.
-Experience in curriculum mapping, Universal Design for Learning and Backwards by Design planning.
-Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing vertically aligned advisory programs that expertly deliver research-based social emotional curriculum and intentionally connect students both within and across different grade levels.
-Multicultural competence with experience working effectively in a diverse school setting.
-High levels of emotional intelligence, excellent listening skills and the ability to navigate the complexities and ambiguities of leading, while inspiring others in a deeply invested community.
-Superb communication skills, in writing, in front of groups, in relationships with others and as a team leader.
-A strong work ethic, with the capacity to invest full days, while also establishing, upholding and modeling appropriate boundaries and standards for others in the broader Forest Ridge community.
-A student-centered educator who finds energy and joy working with kids of all ages.
-Warmth, character, a strong ethical compass, a commitment to confidentiality and a sense of humor.
-An advanced degree in the field of education.
-At least 5 years of teaching or relevant experience.

SALARY & BENEFITS

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through a competitive compensation and benefits package including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, 403(b) plan, supplemental benefits and tuition remission. The salary range for this position is $125,000 – $140,000, based on education and experience.

TO APPLY:

Please email the following documents to careers@forestridge.org:

Cover letter
Statement of Leadership Philosophy
Updated CV/Resume
List of three professional references

To apply for this job email your details to careers@forestridge.org.This