About the Position
The Director of Teaching and Learning (DTL) oversees many management and leadership responsibilities, including supervising curriculum to ensure the excellence of all academic programs, leading faculty to improve their teaching, spearheading new and innovative programs, and supporting students and families. As a member of the senior leadership team who reports to the Head of School, the DTL sets concrete goals and delivers key results to enhance and sustain the school’s curriculum. The DTL is a champion of the philosophy and mission of the school.
DEVELOP AND ARTICULATE A CHALLENGING AND ENGAGING CURRICULUM
- Work with the head of school and faculty in developing and articulating a uniform, detailed curriculum, including vertical and horizontal linkages of curriculum and a commitment to 21st-century pedagogy.
- Assure uniformity in assessment, parent reporting, and academic standards.
- Assist departments in developing standards appropriate for the school.
- In collaboration with the Director of Technology and Innovation and Department Chairs, build and coordinate the educational technology program.
- Review and adjust homework and project expectations of students.
- With Director of College Counseling, oversee standardized testing program as well as the York Advanced Studies Program and AP program.
- Establish and promote high standards and expectations for academic performance among all students and faculty/staff.
- Monitor student academic progress and provide for the academic guidance of students.
- Review and approve student progress reports with the Class Deans at end of each quarter.
- Coordinate support services for student learning, such as student learning accommodations with Dean of Students, Director of College Counseling, Academic Coach, and Class Deans.
SUPPORT, RETAIN, EVALUATE AND RECRUIT FACULTY
- Partner with faculty, administration, and parents to define avenues of growth for students.
- Observe teachers in their classrooms and offer insights for improving instruction.
- Assist teachers in matching appropriate assessment instruments to curriculum objectives.
- Manage and lead the professional development program for all faculty. Serve as a resource for faculty, building morale and identifying appropriate workshops, speakers, programs, and professional development, including managing Folio.
- Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding faculty recruitment and development, hiring and retention, and the assignment of faculty.
- Establish and manage programs for the orientation of new teachers, for training of all teachers, and for the evaluation of classroom teachers.
- Serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGE THE DAILY CURRICULAR OPERATIONS OF THE SCHOOL
- Create, in collaboration with the Head of School, an academic mission and vision.
- Formulate measurable curricular goals and initiatives identified in an annual curriculum strategic plan.
- Chair the Curriculum Committee toward annual review of operational priorities, departmental goals, course objectives, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, materials, proposals for new courses or changes in graduation requirements and ensuring the Curriculum Guide is updated annually.
- Conduct regular meetings with faculty and Department Chairs, for discussion of both routine school matters and the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
- Help Department Chairs and faculty resolve conflicts.
- Conduct workshops for faculty and York families to keep them informed of current trends/research in curriculum and instruction.
- Remain knowledgeable about national standards and state mandates regarding curriculum, specifically the University of California system.
- Network with curriculum directors at other independent schools. Attend conferences and professional meetings in order to remain current with industry trends.
- Participate in committee, department, and staff meetings as well as school-sponsored events. Serve as a key spokesperson for the school’s curriculum at admission and enrollment events.
- Be involved in the school community at large.
- Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Head of School.
- Coach, mentor, and oversee the Department Chairs, Schedule Coordinator, and Director of College Counseling.
- Periodically prepare curriculum presentations for the Board of Trustees and faculty/staff, including an end of year review.
- Develop the school’s master class schedule, exam and standardized testing schedules, and daily scheduling of students. Oversee course planning process and development of master schedule in coordination with Schedule Coordinator.
- Maintain complete academic records on all students.
- Review online course evaluations with Department Chairs and Head of School.
- Actively participate in the development and coordination of the school’s co-curricular and extra-curricular programs.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
- Teach one course.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
- Academic administrative experience in an educational setting required with five to ten years of independent school or similar experience preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
- Excellent written and verbal skills, experience working with diverse populations, and must possess strong organizational skills and demonstrate attention to detail.
- Computer skills a must with preferred experience with the Google application suite. Desire to learn current or new software a necessity.
- The position occasionally requires additional hours outside of a typical work week.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified applicants should submit a:
- cover letter;
- personal statement that describes the applicant’s values, strengths, and most relevant experiences as they relate to the responsibilities and goals outlined above;
- list of three professional references.
Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:
- Marcus Hurlbut, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 949-279-3084)