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Reporting to the Head of School, the Head of Middle School must be an experienced, progressive educator with a deep understanding of middle school aged children to lead and inspire its Middle School community of teachers and students. This is a senior administrator position, working closely with the Head of School and other division heads and administrators to implement Wakeﬁeld’s strategic plan and educational programs.
SUMMARY - The Head of Middle School will be a strategic partner and thought leader who will help strengthen and advance Wakeﬁeld’s vision and strategic plan for the Middle School. By working in close partnership with key constituencies, the Head of Middle School will prioritize the following:
- Enhance our environment for students and faculty to thrive and grow; to rely on and trust in one another.
- Understand and clearly explain the relationship between traditional and progressive education, and what it looks like in Middle School.
- Examine and improve transitions from Lower School to Middle School and Middle School to Upper School in partnership with other division heads and the Head of School.
- Moving forward with bold and innovative ideas while respecting and honoring important and deeply embedded Wakeﬁeld and Middle School traditions.
- Collaborates with faculty and staﬀ to value and support the importance of middle school education
- Oversees the development, alignment, and evaluation of curriculum in collaboration with the instructional leadership team of the school
- Hires, in conjunction with the Head of School, faculty and coordinates faculty duties in and out of the classroom
- Directs the professional learning and evaluation programs for all Middle School faculty and staﬀ and speciﬁc cross-divisional faculty
- Maintains open communication with families through regular meetings, Wakeﬁeld Parent Association groups, and written information and presentations
- Oversees the development of the Middle School schedule and allocation of learning, social, and play spaces
- Develops and maintains community expectations designed to reinforce positive and respectful student behavior
- Supervises preparation, planning, and enrollment in student courses and programs
- Prepares and controls divisional budget; participates in and contributes to all-school budget discussions and decisions
- Directs and supervises safety policies and practices for Middle School students, faculty, and staﬀ
- Works with the Director of Admission, faculty, and prospective families to ensure a mission-appropriate student body in the Middle School
- Partners with Division Heads and the Admission team to ensure eﬀective student transitions, retention, and placement
- Shares responsibility with other Division Heads for faculty evaluation, curriculum, and school programs, on and oﬀ campus, during and outside the school day
- Supervises or coordinates other educational or personnel matters delegated by the Head of School
- Actively supports the school through participation in the variety of activities that make Wakeﬁeld School a vibrant community
- Participates in ongoing professional learning and training to support Wakeﬁeld’s mission
- Other duties as assigned by the Head of School
- Enthusiasm and excitement to work with and get to know middle school students
- Ability to be an educational entrepreneur with regard to curriculum programs and approaches, keeping abreast of educational trends in curriculum
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
- Change management skills
- Supervision, evaluation, and coaching skills
- Organization and time management skills
- Technology skills, including Microsoft and Google Suite
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
- At least seven years of experience in a school environment, independent school experience preferred
- At least two years of supervisory/management experience
- Knowledge of progressive education and experience as a teacher and administrator in grades 6-8 is desirable
- Experience in navigating challenging conversations about sensitive issues