Minimum Education: Graduate Degree

Minimum Experience: 3-5 years

Website: www.smeds.org

Position Title: Primary Division Head for 2022-2023 School Year

Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

 

St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School is a co-educational Episcopal school located in Tampa, Florida, serving approximately 448 children in Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. At St. Mary’s, we pride ourselves on offering an environment that is both nurturing and challenging to our students. Students graduate with a strong, well-rounded foundation in academics, athletics, visual and performing arts, technology, foreign language, religion, public speaking, and community service. Our students exemplify the St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School mission and motto: Learn – Love – Lead. Inspiring curiosity, kindness, and dignity in a caring Christian community.

  Position Description:

St. Mary’s is seeking a Primary Division Head for grades PreK – 2. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position for the 2022-2023 school year. The Primary Division Head is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing an appropriate instructional program in a PreK-8th grade learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their potential. The division head is responsible for creating a positive classroom community and promoting character development.  The Primary Division Head will promote a respectful working environment with his/her assigned primary division teachers and across the entire faculty. Work is performed under the supervision of the Head of School.  Participation is required in weekly Administration meetings, Primary Division teacher meetings, and full faculty meetings. 

 

Successful candidates will understand and model St. Mary’s motto and mission statement: Learn – Love – Lead. Inspiring curiosity, kindness, and dignity in a caring Christian community. In addition, the Primary Division Head will have a proven ability to work and communicate well with young children through adolescents, as well as their parents, embrace the St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School culture and educational model, collaborate with fellow faculty members, and serve as a contributing member of the school community. The Primary Division Head must be comfortable using and learning new or best-practice technology to present information or to expand the curriculum.

Essential Functions:

St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School seeks a dynamic leader qualified to oversee PreK – 2nd grade students and faculty and equally committed to working in a collaborative environment. Candidates must possess specialization in delivering the core curriculum and fostering character development. Responsibilities include:

  • Foster a professional, respectful, and appreciative environment that values the contributions of all team members.
  • Support, carry out, and promote the school’s mission and values and consistently abide by policies and expectations stated in the school’s Employee Handbook.
  • Actively pursue professional development; participate in the school’s professional growth and evaluation framework.
  • Create and maintain an environment that is “safe” physically, emotionally, and socially for each child. Student safety must always be priority number one.
  • Assess students in multiple ways to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Assist the Head of School in hiring, supervising, and evaluating all primary teachers as well as enrichment teachers, as assigned.
  • Facilitate professional development and continuing education in the primary division.
  • Assist with the admissions process for prospective PreK-3rd grade students.
  • Oversee the discipline system in the Primary Division.
  • Oversee the communications of Primary Division teachers, including emails and report cards to all school constituencies.
  • Co-lead the curriculum committees regarding meetings, new curriculum implementation, and training as needed.
  • Supervise the design, delivery, implementation, and evaluation of all curriculum programs in the Primary Division.
  • Partner proactively with faculty and administration to support students with different learning styles and teachers in their efforts to advance students with varying
  • Observe and evaluate individual students displaying academic difficulties and collaborate with the Learning Resource Teacher to assess their learning strengths and challenges.
  • Assist the Learning Resource Teacher with coaching classroom teachers on supporting students who have challenges with specific learning needs.
  • Provide direct one-on-one or small group intervention as assessed.
  • Collaborate with the Student Support and Enrichment team to develop and write student accommodation/learning plans with long-term goals and specific objectives.
  • Work with professionals outside the school to support students.
  • Maintain confidential student records and keep accurate documentation of sessions, meetings, and assessments.
  • Initiate and schedule parent conferences as needed.
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules as well as helping students uphold the S Mary’s Universals.
  • Create an environment that values diversity and inclusion.
  • Follow child safety and reporting requirements in the case of suspected child abuse or neglect.
  • Attend conferences and professional development opportunities regularly to remain current with industry trends and best practices.
  • Participate in committee, department, and staff meetings as well as school-sponsored events. 
  • Uphold professional standards of personal presentation, punctuality, professional courtesy, and discretion.
  • Be involved in the school community at large.
  • Foster a shared sense of purpose and community among co-workers.
  • Assume responsibility for other projects and duties as assigned by the Head of School.

 

Education & Experience:

  • Undergraduate Degree and Graduate degree in Education or related field.
  • 5+ years of demonstrated experience working with primary students.

 

This position announcement is intended to describe the general qualifications and nature of the level of work to be performed by employees assigned to this job position. This is not intended to be a complete list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities that are required or may be required in the future.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School conducts background checks including but not limited to level two fingerprinting, and may use a third-party administrator to conduct these checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. St. Mary’s does not discriminate according to race, color, national origin, religion, veteran status, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, sex (including pregnancy) or matters of individual choice. St. Mary’s does not engage in personnel practices prohibited by Federal law. This policy extends to all activities and aspects of the school and specifically to the practices of faculty and staff hiring and management, in student admissions, student evaluation, discipline and student life.

 

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a current resume and cover letter to: Ansley Kriz, Controller, at ansley.kriz@smeds.org.



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