Job Duration: Full-Time

Salary: The Walker School’s salary and benefits are competitive and include medical, vision, dental insurance, and a retirement plan,

Minimum Education: Master's Degree

Minimum Experience: Three Years

Website: www.thewalkerschool.org/about/careers

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Walker Middle School is a dynamic and caring educational environment, where our students are encouraged to foster a sense of independence and responsibility as well as a love of learning and willingness to take part in a range of experiences. We are seeking a middle school leader who will play a pivotal role in overseeing the day-to-day operations and the implementation of strategic goals for Walker’s Middle School.

The Head of Middle School is appointed by and acts under the direction of the Head of School. As a member of the Leadership and Academic Teams, the Head of Middle School is committed to Walker’s mission and core values. The Head of Middle School is charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty in their respective division.

QUALIFYING CHARACTERISTICS

The ideal candidate is in whole-hearted agreement with the mission, vision, and core values of The Walker School.  They must demonstrate the character qualities of enthusiasm, courtesy, flexibility, integrity, gratitude, kindness, self-control, perseverance, and punctuality.  The candidate will possess the ability to meet everyday stress with emotional stability, objectivity, and optimism.  They must appreciate and understand the diversity of the Walker community and communicate proactively with students, parents, faculty, and staff.  The ideal candidate will have the ability to develop and maintain rapport with students, parents, and staff by treating them with friendliness, dignity, and consideration.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

  • Serve as the educational leader for the Middle School, responsible for its day-to-day operation through development and articulation of school goals, department goals, course objectives, materials, methods, and means of assessment.
  • Prepare a master school class schedule and assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations.
  • Work to maintain congruency between the School’s board-approved mission statement and all activities of the Middle School.
  • Promote a school climate in which learning can take place, which is safe and supportive, and which emphasizes character development.
  • Function as the chief articulator of the division’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed.
  •  Supervise, evaluate, and oversee the development of the division’s teachers and support staff.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Human Resources oversee the hiring, onboarding, retention, termination, and assignment of faculty and staff.
  • Conduct regular staff meetings with faculty and staff which will incorporate both routine school matters affecting students and faculty and the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
  • Establish programs for the orientation of new teachers and in-service training of all teachers. Ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas.
  • Serve as a consultant to faculty in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and school procedures.
  • Oversee curriculum development and implementation along with Department Chairs
  • Create and maintain budgets for the Middle School.
  • In coordination with Department Chairs, oversee textbook and teaching material selection and recommend library books, materials, and other learning media additions.
  • Working with the Assistant Head of Middle School, oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extracurricular activity programs of the Middle School; assist in the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs; assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events.
  • Working with the Assistant Head of Middle School, establish guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; maintain student discipline consistent with school policies; monitor students’ adherence to established school rules; maintain accurate records of student attendance and communicate effectively with families regarding disciplinary matters.
  • Attend Middle School athletic and extracurricular events.
  •  Collaborate with the Athletic Director to see that all sports activities are administered in accordance with school philosophy and expectations.
  • Oversee and direct the activities of the department chairs, the sponsors of various student organizations and activities, and faculty committees.
  • Serve on the Administrative Team, the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Admission Committee, and the Academic Technology Council.
  • Support the admission and re-enrollment activities for the Middle School and coordinate activities to introduce fifth-grade families and students to the Middle School.
  • Teach at least one class.
  • Support the school and its leadership. Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School
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