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 a 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