Minimum Education: M.A. or M.S.

Website: www.houstonacademy.com/

Job Duties:

The Head of Lower School is a member of the school’s senior administrative team and reports to the Headmaster. He/she is charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty in the Lower School and Preschool programs.  His/her specific responsibilities include the following:

  • To maintain congruency between the school’s mission statement and all activities of that division
  • To act as the educational leader of the school division, responsible for its day-to- day operation; to direct the activities of the members of the school instructional and, in conjunction with the business manager, the non-instructional staff in the performance of their duties
  • To function as the chief articulator of that division’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed consistent with their individual roles
  • To observe, supervise, and evaluate the faculty
  • To work with Academic Council and teachers in the development and implementation of curriculum;
  • To supervise the teaching process, and to review and evaluate the academic programs
  • To lead the Academic Council in the articulation of the school mission, school goals, department goals, course objectives, materials, methods and means of assessment
  • To provide an orderly, controlled environment in which learning can take place, a school climate which is supportive and which reflects high morale
  • To be aware of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of our school community and to develop plans for meeting these needs
  • To oversee faculty committees
  • To ensure compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and agencies; to maintain the educational standards established by the State Alabama and by those agencies that examine and accredit the school
  • To make recommendations to the Headmaster regarding the hiring and retention, and the assignment of faculty;
  • To establish programs for the orientation of new teachers, for in-service training of all teachers, and for the evaluation of classroom teachers, to ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school operation
  • To strive for unity, harmony, and cooperation through tact, helpfulness, respect, and a recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each teacher
  • To conduct regular meetings with faculty which will deal both with routine school matters and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern
  • To oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs of the school; to assist in the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs; to assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events; to keep the entire school community informed of various school programs and activities
  • To ensure academic guidance of students; to maintain complete academic records on all students; to oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement
  • To be responsible for establishing guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; to maintain student discipline consonant with school policies; to monitor students’ adherence to established school rules; to maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship
  • To be a visible presence in all areas of the school; to work toward a resolution of all problems – both routine and unique – as they arise; to keep the Headmaster informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school
  • To prepare a master school class schedule and to assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations
  • To serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures
  • To develop and supervise the enrollment and retention of Lower School students
  • To perform other duties as assigned by the Headmaster
  • To support the school and its leadership

Opportunity Statement.



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