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Houston Academy is a premier, independent college preparatory school located in Dothan, AL. Houston Academy is searching for a Head of Middle School to lead programs for students in grades 5 through 8. The Head of Middle School works as part of the Leadership Team to assist the Head of School in his/her duty to ensure that the school meets its mission and educatonal aims.
The ideal applicant will possess the following:
- a minimum of a four-year degree; a master’s degree is preferred;
- lengthy exposure to and experience in middle schools;
- a passion for working with middle school children;
- the ability to work well with parents and colleagues;
- an inspiring, innova0ve, and nurturing leadership style;
- a desire to be a life-long learner eager to par0cipate in professional development; and
- excellent organiza0on and technology skills.
DUTIES - The Head of Middle School is charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty in the Middle School. His/her speciﬁc responsibilites include the following:
- maintain congruency between the school’s mission statement and all actvites of the Middle School division;
- act as the division's educatonal leader, responsible for its day-to-day operaton;
- direct the actvites of the members of the instructonal faculty and, in conjuncton with the Director of Finance, the non-instructonal staﬀ;
- functon as the chief articulator of that division’s programs, expectatons, behavioral guidelines, and other informaton necessary to ensure that all constuencies are fully informed consistent with their individual roles;
- observe, supervise, and evaluate the faculty;
- supervise the teaching process, and to review and evaluate the academic programs;
- lead the artculaton of the school mission, school goals, department goals, course objectves, materials, methods and means of assessment;
- provide an orderly, controlled environment in which learning can take place, a school climate which is suppor0ve and which reﬂects high morale ;
- be aware of the educatonal, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of our school community and to develop plans for meetng these needs;
- oversee faculty commiUees;
- ensure compliance with legal requirements of government regulatons and agencies; to maintain the educa0onal standards established by the State of Alabama and by those agencies that examine and accredit the school;
- make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring and reten0on, and the assignment of faculty;
- establish programs for the orientaton of new teachers, for in-service training of all teachers, and for the evalua0on of classroom teachers, to ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school opera0on;
- working in conjunc0on with the Head of Upper School and Dean of Students, build the master schedule to be used in the Middle School;
- strive for unity, harmony, and coopera0on through tact, helpfulness, respect, and a recogni0on of individual diﬀerences and the special abili0es and strengths of each teacher;
- conduct regular meetings with faculty which will deal both with rou0ne school maUers and with the s0mula0ng exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern;
- oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular ac0vity programs of the school; to assist in the planning and the presenta0on of school assemblies and programs; to assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events; to keep the en0re school community informed of various school programs and ac0vi0es;
- assist the Head of School and Athletic Director in supervising and leading the athle0c department for grades 7 and 8;
- ensure academic guidance of students; to maintain complete academic records on all students; to oversee the grading and the repor0ng of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement;
- be responsible for establishing guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; to maintain student discipline consonant with school policies; to monitor students’ adherence to established school rules; to maintain accurate records of student aUendance and ci0zenship;
- be a visible presence in all areas of the school; to work toward a resolution of all problems - both rou0ne and unique - as they arise; to keep the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school;
- assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations;
- serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures;
- develop and supervise the enrollment and reten0on of Middle School students;
- perform other dutes as assigned by the Head of School; and support the school and its leadership at all 0mes.
Houston Academy is a member of the Natonal Associaton of Independent Schools, the Southern Associaton of Independent Schools, and the Alabama Associaton of Independent Schools. Houston Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It strives to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientaton, handicap or disability in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. It is the intent and resolve of Houston Academy to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law in the implementation of all facets of equal opportunity. This equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and condi0ons of employment including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promo0on, terminaton, compensaton and training.