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The Assistant Head of Middle School for Academics is a full-time year-round administrative position and reports directly to the Head of Middle School. The major responsibility of the position is to assist division administration, faculty and students with academic leadership and support.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assists the Division Head in all areas of student academic life and assigned areas of faculty supervision.
- Continually examines academic transitions between divisions, ensuring proper continuity in scope and sequence.
- Assists the Division Head in faculty coaching and evaluation, mentoring of new faculty, visiting classrooms, and promoting professional growth for faculty and staff.
- Serves as member of the Division Level Administrative Team. Participates in various other committees as assigned.
- Assists in the academic counseling process. Works with counselor, learning specialist, division leadership, and advisors to plan interventions for students in academic difficulty.
- Designs professional development for new and returning faculty.
- Creates schedules for Middle School students and faculty.
- Leads academic meetings on a regular basis.
- Assists Division Head in running monthly division meetings.
- Assists Associate Head of School and Division Head in curriculum review and issues related to scope and sequence.
- Updates and maintains course descriptions.
- Locates and recommends faculty professional development opportunities.
- Investigates new resources, including teaching materials, websites, professional books, and journals and shares discoveries.
- Monitors students’ grades on a regular basis and communicates regularly with faculty and SST about students with grades of concern.
- Creates Academic Concern and Academic Urgency lists and communicates with Athletics, students, faculty, and parents when students are placed on either Academic Concern or Academic Urgency.
- Assists teachers with the implementation of academic initiatives.
- Assists in the selection and procurement of textbooks and other instructional resources.
- Oversees report card process (edits comments, creates deadlines, communicates expectations, etc.)
- Works on accreditation and implementation of action plans.
- Plans and schedules standardized tests. Reviews standardized testing results and makes recommendations based upon results.
- Supervises students as necessary (lunch, carpool, etc.).
- Organizes, assists, and/or represents school at academic, athletic, and arts competitions.
- Meets regularly with Associate Head of School and other Academic Assistants.
- Assists Division Administration Team in the continual updating of the Division level handbooks.
- Assists in creation and posting of student supply lists.
- Carries out Department Chair evaluations.
- Assists in organizing summer orientation program for new students, grades 6, 7, 8.
- Represents Division needs in Academic Council.
- Participates in the allocation of summer PETI grants and manages their execution.
- Assists Division Head with admission process.
- Chaperones field trips/class trips including weeklong 7th & 8th grade experiential learning trips.
- Runs the Middle School Honor Council.
- Supports Chapel program.
- Promotes and models the school’s statement of mission and philosophy.
MARGINAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES - Employees in this position perform some or all the following tasks. Other duties may be assigned.
Attends Division Head, Assistant Division Head, and Division Meetings as needed.
Attends School Functions
Supervises, evaluates, and directs the work of Middle School teachers. All school employees have some responsibility for supervising students and assisting in maintaining a safe environment.
Education and Experience
An advanced degree preferred.
At least 5 years’ experience teaching and at least 3 years’ experience in a leadership position as either an administrator or Department Head.
Job Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Must have skills in organization, collaboration, and communication. Other skills include competence in technology, ability to handle sensitive matters with confidence, and execute duties with an inspired attitude. An advanced degree in educational administration or related field recommended.