Not far from Red Rock Canyon in Southern Nevada sits a mature-for-its-years early childhood to grade 8 independent school with an amazing history behind it and an exciting trajectory in front of it. The Alexander Dawson School, located on 33-acres in the beautiful community of Summerlin—about fifteen minutes west of the Las Vegas airport—has had the financial and operational support of the Alexander Dawson
Foundation since its doors opened in 2000. In the last twenty years, the school has embraced all aspects of student-centered education and modern learning as it continues to build and improve upon an exceptional core academic program.
With Dawson’s highly respected assistant head of school—who also serves as the current director of teaching and learning—set to become Dawson’s next head of school in July, the community is seeking a forward-thinking, collaborative educational leader capable of overseeing ongoing institutional change and designing transformative professional development to a dynamic faculty. The director of teaching and learning serves on the senior leadership team and reports to the head of school. The position starts July 1, 2020.
MISSION AND HISTORY
The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain is a nurturing learning community for boys and girls in preschool through grade eight that challenges students to achieve excellence in mind, body, and character.
In 1996, the Alexander Dawson Foundation decided to open a school in the Las Vegas Valley, the Foundation's home for more than 30 years. The Foundation spent $58 million for the land, facilities, the interest expenses on the construction bonds and budget support during the School's early years. Groundbreaking occurred in 1999, and the Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain opened in 2000, with over 150 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. As word spread and demand grew, so, too, did the school. From 2001-2003, the school added a middle school, and a three-year-old preschool was launched in 2009.
Application Deadline | February 28, 2020, at 5:00 pm PST
Remote Semifinal Round | March 5 and 6, 2020
On-site Final Round | Week of March 16
Decision Announced | March 27, 2020
Start Date | July 1, 2020
Reports To | Head of School
Curriculum and Instruction:
Work with the head of school, administration, and faculty to articulate, implement, evaluate, and continually improve the curricular and instructional program at Dawson.
Inspire and guide programmatic changes through pragmatic, socially aware and thoughtful leadership decisions, communications, and presentations.
Pursue, establish, and maintain meaningful collaborative partnerships with external organizations that support and inspire EC-8 transformative change, and stay on top of current trends, research, and emerging ideas in the education space.
Faculty Supervision and Development:
Lead the hiring process for faculty and ensure a high-quality induction program for new faculty.
Guide and lead the faculty in its exploration, implementation, and assessment of modern learning approaches that deepen student understanding and improve learning outcomes.
Facilitate a professional development program and teacher academy sessions for all faculty members by way of a process that aligns with the pedagogical goals of the school and is customized to the differentiated needs of teachers.
Support high-quality collaboration among teaching teams in a way that values individual talents and clarifies school-wide approaches to curriculum planning, documentation, assessment, and technology integration.
Leadership and Administration:
Supervise and appraise all direct reports in accordance with school procedures and evaluation processes.
Work collaboratively with enrollment managers on retention strategies and admission procedures, and business managers on the overall academic budget.
Develop productive parent partnerships and educational opportunities characterized by open communication, mutual trust, and a shared understanding of Dawson’s curriculum.
Work with senior administrators and campus leaders to foster and support a student's culture of collaboration, dignity, and resilience, as well as respect for individual differences.
Maintain a visible presence throughout the school and at events.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience as a school administrator leading training and major initiatives related to curriculum, pedagogy, and student experience—preferably at a progressive school offering an EC-8 program
Experience designing, implementing and improving co-curricular programs and events that connect directly to a school’s mission and values
Immersion in diversity work—both in training and in implementation—and a commitment to fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms
Experience guiding parents and guardians on sensitive student-related matters
Multiple years of experience as a middle or elementary school teacher
Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, which is a minimum requirement, though preferably possession of a graduate degree
Leadership and Personal Qualities:
Inspirational, pragmatic, diplomatic, and patient leadership that honors the core values of Dawson, but also encourages risk-taking
An ability to create organizational systems and apply project management skills in support of institutional-wide change within a complex academic program
Authentic empathy, warmth, and collegiality, and an ability to spread these qualities across an entire staff
A passion for inspiring programmatic change, but an understanding that to do so requires establishing lasting peer-to-peer relationships
Savvy communication and dynamic presentation skills—both written and oral
A collaborative, cooperative, and growth-oriented mindset
Enthusiasm for students and teachers to pursue their passions, talents, and interests, both in and out of the traditional classroom
A vision that is aligned with the needs of a dynamic and diverse staff
A love of learning and love of school, and a willingness to support unique and unpredictable learning journeys of both young students and staff
About The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain
The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain is a coed, preschool to eighth-grade independent school located in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas, Nevada. Close to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and about twenty minutes from downtown Las Vegas, Dawson's Mission, Vision, Diversity Statement, and Core Beliefs are a reflection of the beautiful environment it calls home. A Stanford University Challenge Success School, Dawson has emerged as a beacon school where student voice is the fabric of the culture.
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