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The Academic Dean is a member of the Administrative Team, and reports directly to the Head of School. The Academic Dean is charged with comprehensive responsibility for shaping and supervising the academic program of the school in grades PK3-12 for school-wide academic programming. He/she works closely with members of the Student Support Services Team, Division Heads and other Administrators.
- To maintain congruency between the school’s mission statement and the academic program and curriculum of the school.
- Develop and maintain active, positive, and productive relationships with members of the community.
- Adapt management and leadership style to the culture and environment at Bayside Academy and the Eastern Shore of Lower Alabama.
- To network with relevant academic administrators at other schools, both public and independent.
- Cultivate relationships with external institutions to diversify and expand academic offerings.
- Act as the educational leader of the school and ensure curricular and programmatic coherence and consistency across grade levels, divisions and departments.
- Ensure academic program strength and continuity focused on growth for both students & faculty
evidence-based measurement tools employed
benchmark academic results with local and regional peer schools
- Oversee curriculum and lead faculty and staff in the design, assessment, and development of academic programs & methodology to include
establishing standards (BASE)
curriculum design (assessments, homework, resources)
facilitating vertical and horizontal curriculum integration
differentiation (intervention and gifted instruction)
student engagement and relevance
- Review all proposed changes to the curriculum and suggest recommendations for correcting curricular overlaps/gaps, and provide updates on a yearly basis.
- Act as primary contact for enrolled students and parents regarding all academic issues, academic eligibility concerns, student recognition, opportunities, challenges and discipline.
- To ensure that the curriculum is published and readily accessible for all stakeholders
- Lead faculty and staff in the design and implementation of an effective daily schedule.
- Lead faculty and staff to integrate technology into the academic program in meaningful ways
includes a school-wide technology integration plan
work closely with Division Heads and Director of IT
- Work closely with the Head of US and College Counselors while leading the course selection process.
- Collaborate with the Admissions Department to recruit and retain and mission-appropriate students.
- Work closely with Division Heads to ensure that an updated and effective student handbook is published annually to include course descriptions.
- Lead budget development and professional development programming.
- Act as testing coordinator: AimswebPlus, Pre-ACT, ACT Aspire, ACT, SAT, AP exams, etc.; work closely with registrar and others recruited to assist; review test results & prepare a report, including recommendations, for the Head of School annually
- Act as coordinator of eligibility (AHSAA & NCAA) - work closely with the Dean of Students & Director of College Counseling
- Collaborate with Division Heads, Director of Student Support Services to plan for the LP and ACCE program's scope of services and any future growth.
- Work with Division Heads to develop and implement instructional supervision
- Work closely with Division Heads and department chairs to schedule grade-level, departmental, and team-based academic meetings including classroom resource reviews on a regular basis.
- Lead a collaborative effort with Division Heads on personnel: evaluation, growth plans, etc.; personnel recommendations (hiring & firing) made to Head of School; includes new faculty orientation program & faculty mentor program
- To oversee and direct the activities of the department chairs and to help departments to develop standards appropriate for the school
- To ensure compliance with the educational standards established by the State of Alabama and by those agencies that examine and accredit the school
- To serve as a consultant to teachers in matter of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures
- To assist teachers in matching appropriate assessment instruments to curriculum objectives
- To serve as a resource for faculty, recommending workshops, speakers, programs, school observations, etc.
- To assure uniformity in assessment, parent communication, and academic standards
- To conduct workshops for faculty to keep faculty informed of current trends/research in curriculum and instruction
- Participate in the development of the school’s comprehensive calendar and coordination of key functions and events.
- Stay current on trends in independent schools and curriculum by taking an active role in professional activities and attending relevant professional meetings and conference.
- To support the school and its leadership.
- Duties as assigned by the Head of School.
- Minimum 4 year degree, Master’s degree preferred.
- At least 5 years of experience in an academic leadership position, preferably in and independent school.
- A proven track record of instructional leadership and curricular fluence with an interest in innovative educational practices.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and high degree of cultural competency with the ability to build and maintain effective professional relationships with all constituencies in the school’s diverse community.
- Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple simultaneous and complex projects.
- Inspirational leader with strong capacity to navigate difficult conversations.
- Effective decision-maker with a commitment to a collaborative leadership environment.