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Lower School Division Director
Louise S. McGehee School (McGehee), a PreK-12, college preparatory, nonsectarian, independent girls’ day school in New Orleans, Louisiana, is seeking a Lower School Division Head beginning July 1, 2023. Located in the historic Garden District, McGehee educates girls in an inclusive and dynamic environment. Offered are a broad range of innovative programs in the arts, athletics, and academics designed specifically for girls. Throughout the School, McGehee uses teaching strategies to challenge students, to foster enthusiasm and to encourage girls to take risks and reach their highest potential. Throughout the school, students are encouraged to explore their passions with a highly qualified and supportive faculty.
The Lower School Division Head reports to the Head of School, is an exempt, 12-month employee and acts as a member of the senior administrative team. The Lower School Division Head is charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty in the Lower School. The enrollment in the Lower School is roughly 225 students encompassing grades PreK through four. There are 37 faculty members currently teaching in the division.
McGehee’s mission states “The Louise S. McGehee School provides each girl with the foundation to realize her individual potential through a rigorous academic education guided by honor, service and leadership. In this dynamic, inclusive community, students develop lifelong learning skills through the use of critical and ethical thinking.”
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Maintaining congruence between the school’s board-approved mission statement and all activities of the Lower School.
- Acting as the educational leader of the Lower School, responsible for its day-to-day operation; directing the activities of the members of the division’s instructional and, in conjunction with the business manager, the non-instructional staff in the performance of their duties.
- Functioning as the chief articulator of the Lower School’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed consistent with their
- individual roles.
- Observing, supervising, and evaluating the Lower School faculty in the development and implementation of the curriculum; supervising the teaching process, and reviewing and evaluating the academic programs.
- Providing an orderly, controlled environment in which learning can take place; a school climate which is supportive and which reflects high morale.
- Being aware of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of the Lower School division and developing plans for meeting these needs.
- Overseeing and directing the activities of the curricular leaders, the sponsors of various student organizations and activities, and faculty committees.
- Making recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring and retention, and the assignment of the faculty.
- Establishing programs for the orientation of new teachers, for in-service training of teachers, and for the evaluation of classroom teachers, ensuring that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school operation.
- Striving for unity, harmony, and cooperation through tact, helpfulness, respect, and a recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each teacher.
- Conducting 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.
- Overseeing the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs of the school; assisting in the planning and the presentation of Lower School assemblies and programs; assisting in aintaining a comprehensive calendar of Lower School events.
- Providing for the academic guidance of Lower School students; overseeing the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
- Establishing guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; maintaining student discipline consonant with school policies; monitoring students’ adherence to established school rules; maintaining accurate records of student attendance and citizenship.
- Being a visible presence in all areas of the school; working toward a resolution of problems in the division–both routine and unique–as they arise; keeping the Head of School informed of the general programs,
- activities, and problems of the Lower School.
- Preparing a master Lower School class schedule in coordination with Middle and Upper School division directors and assigning teachers and students to classes and other obligations.
- Serving as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
- Assisting in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
- Supporting the school and its leadership.
- Performing other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
- Master’s degree
- 5 – 7 years' experience as a lead teacher
- 2 – 3 years' experience as an administrative leader, preferably in independent schools; girls’ school experience is a definite plus
- Proven success at working collaboratively in educational leadership
- Dynamic pool instructional leader with a solid understanding of the developmental and curricular needs of Lower School girls
- Outstanding leadership skills
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills
- Excellent organizational and presentation skills
- Strategic thinker and empathetic problem solver
- Facility with technology
- A sense of humor and as well as the capacity and inclination to be flexible