Burgundy Farm Country Day School
Alexandria, VA
www.burgundyfarm.org
Grades JK - 8 with 285 students

 
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Burgundy Farm Country Day School seeks an experienced Lower School leader committed to delivering  joyful, student-centered, integrated learning facilitated by a team of reflective, creative, collaborative educators who enjoy their craft, understand and value diversity, and believe in lifelong learning. 
 
Burgundy is a progressive day school in Alexandria, VA for 280 children in junior kindergarten through 8th grade. The school’s main campus is on 26 pastoral acres near Old Town, Alexandria,VA, just outside the DC beltway, and the 600-acre Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies campus is located near Capon Bridge, West Virginia. The school’s programs include robust visual and performing arts programs in a first-rate arts facility. Every classroom at Burgundy opens directly to the outdoors, and children enjoy ample time playing, learning, and just being outside. Burgundy believes children learn best in an inclusive, creative and nurturing environment that engages the whole child. As the first racially integrated school in Virginia, Burgundy remains committed to a diverse student body (currently approx 40% of students are SoC) and faculty-staff (28% PoC) as a foundation for the best learning for all.  The school’s educational philosophy stresses the importance of maintaining a learning community in which children are known and respected for who they are and engaged academically where they are. Burgundy students love coming to school each day where their innate curiosity and love of learning are nurtured and where they learn how to learn and how to work with all kinds of people. Burgundy graduates go on to an impressive and diverse array of regional high schools and colleges and universities across the country and around the world.
 
The Lower School Head (LSH) is responsible for the daily operation of the Lower School (JK-5).  The Lower School Head’s primary roles are supervising, supporting, and meeting regularly with all Lower School teachers and overseeing the grade level curricula, in alignment with the Burgundy mission and educational philosophy.  The LSH coordinates learning, social-emotional, and behavioral support for the students and regular communication and collaboration with parents. The LSH takes a leading role in all Lower School admissions decisions and leads hiring of Lower School teachers. The LSH is a senior administrator and school leader who works closely with other administrators and the Head of School.  The Lower School Head reports to the Head of School. In addition, the LSH, depending on experience, may carry some Assistant Head of School type responsibilities.

Responsibilities
 
Curriculum
  • Coordinate curriculum development and improvement
  • Evaluate ongoing and potential curriculum programs
  • Supervise curriculum revision
  • Evaluate results of observations of teachers and standardized tests to inform curriculum adjustments and professional development
  • Coordinate revision of curriculum documents 
  • Provide leadership and support for the VAIS accreditation process
  • Report regularly to the Head of School, the Board of Trustees, and parents on ongoing curriculum development
Faculty Supervision and Support
  • Supervise all Lower School faculty with regular observations and follow-up meetings
  • Provide orientation, mentoring, and ongoing support for new faculty and create supportive relationships and formative professional growth for veteran teachers
  • Set professional development goals with faculty and provide diverse opportunities for professional growth 
  • Evaluate teachers on a regular cycle with an approved and articulated process
  • Coordinate recruitment, and collaborate with the Head of School in hiring, of new Lower School faculty
  • Provide ongoing support for teaching teams
  • Assist in planning and execution of full faculty meetings
  • Organize Lower School faculty meetings, conferences, and staffings, reporting agenda to the Head of School and providing regular updates to the Admin Team and the school community
  • Approve LS faculty leave and field trip requests
  • Supervise LS report writing processes
  • Oversee LS teacher leave, hire LS substitute teachers and supervise substitute coordinator
Student and Parent Support
  • Direct and counsel parents regarding all LS academic placement 
  • Coordinate LS student support services, as articulated in the Student Support Services Handbook
  • Confer with LS parents about curriculum and learning issues
  • Coordinate use of school counseling and specialized services for academic or emotional/developmental support as appropriate
  • Coordinate development of LS support plans and ongoing communication and exchange of information as appropriate
  • Organize LS Curriculum Night and maintain accurate LS Curriculum Guides
  • Oversee all serious LS student disciplinary issues, consulting with the Head of School on suspension or expulsion level issues
  • Support the transition of students and families from 5th grade to Middle School
Specials Programs, Co-Curricular Subjects, and SchoolWide Events
  • Oversee and supervise the Lower School specials classes and teachers 
  • Plan regular LS assemblies, special inhouse programs, and special assemblies with outside presenters
  • Attend Board meetings and other school functions as specified by the Head of School and provide reports as indicated
Financial
  • Collaborate with LS teachers and the Head of School and Director of Finance in developing academic budgets
  • Approve all divisional instructional budgets
  • Supervise, in consultation with the Director of Finance and Head of School, divisional budgets and spending

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