This is a full-time exempt position who reports to the Head of School. The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and education. Fisher Island Day School employees enjoy a competitive benefits program including medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement-plan contribution, voluntary supplemental life insurance, and long-term-care coverage.
Fisher Island Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Fisher Island Day School (FIDS) is a co-educational, independent day school, which serves students enrolled in Early Learning (2 yrs.) through Grade 8, and is located on beautiful and safe Fisher Island, accessible only via an eight-minute ferry ride from Miami Beach. Fisher Island Day School is regarded as one of South Florida’s finest independent schools. Founded in 2004, FIDS is dedicated to preparing children for entrance into competitive high schools, for responsible citizenship in a diverse world, and for ongoing learning to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life. Fisher Island Day School provides the lowest student-teacher ratio of any South Florida independent school.
The school occupies a beautiful 1.5-acre campus with a state-of-the-art gymnasium and Kompan playground. Five acres of adjacent playing fields are also available for student use. It is not unusual for teachers to take their students on focused field experiences to the Fisher Island aviary, observatory, town center, ferry terminals, or beaches to reinforce classroom learning—all just a golf-cart ride away.
The school is fully accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.
A member of Fisher Island Day School’s senior leadership team, the Assistant Head of School provides leadership, oversight, and vision for both the day-to-day academic and organizational operations and the strategic initiatives of the school. The Assistant Head will partner closely with the Head of School, leadership team, department coordinators, faculty, staff, students, family, and community to continue to develop and promote curriculum, programs, and institutional practices that reflect FIDS’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence, robust enrichment, and child-centered learning.
The Assistant Head of School will serve as an instructional leader across all three departments—Primary School (Ages 2 – Kindergarten), Lower School (Grades 1-5), and Middle School (Grades 6-8)—providing support and guidance to department coordinators and teaching faculty. This includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
Promote a culture of academic excellence and innovation by serving as a visible presence in the school community and a passionate spokesperson for FIDS and its academic programs.
Lead the implementation of the strategic vision for FIDS’s academic programs.
Stay on top of current trends, research, and emerging ideas in the education landscape to support academic innovation.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the academic programs, which includes all aspects of teaching and learning, curriculum development, progress monitoring, reporting, and program assessment.
Foster teachers’ professional growth in effectiveness of instructional delivery, which includes, but is not limited to, differentiating instruction, gradual release model, classroom management, and tiered responses to support all students.
Design the master schedule.
Provide leadership in implementing learning objectives from age 2 through Grade 8 to:
eliminate any gaps and overlaps in content or skill acquisition;
align professional development;
monitor progress through a variety of assessments and observations; and
evaluate the academic program.
Coordinate textbook reviews and the ordering process of educational materials.
Implement instructional and assessment strategies by collecting and analyzing student achievement data, facilitating discussions amongst teachers, staff, parents, and students, and working with the Head of School to plan professional development.
Serve as another resource for the faculty, in collaboration with the department coordinators, for recommending professional-development workshops, speakers, field trips, programs, etc.
Student Services Leadership
Collaborate with, support, and provide leadership to the school counselor in student services, including the high-school admissions process.
Continue the development of a middle-school advisory program that fosters growth in social-emotional learning, executive functioning, and study skills.
Implement and monitor school-wide behavioral expectations and policies (e.g., Code of Student Conduct); address safety and welfare issues by holding meetings with parents; investigate incidents, document findings, and contact proper authorities; and ensure compliance to legal requirements and regulations.
In consultation with the school counselor and Head of School, make recommendations for students in need of additional support or services.
Talent Recruitment, Evaluation, and Professional Development
Oversee the faculty recruitment and hiring processes—Early Learning through Grade 8—and coordinate orientation and yearlong programming for new faculty and staff.
Develop and implement a retention plan.
Foster a culture of faculty growth and oversee the annual process of teacher evaluation.
Oversee professional development programs by designing and coordinating all school professional development days.
Supervise employees, which includes serving as an instructional leader, assigning and directing work, interviewing, evaluating performance, disciplining, and resolving issues.
Coordinate coverage in the absence of the teacher.
Facilities & Technology
Address building-management concerns by working with the custodial staff, administrative staff, and teaching staff, which includes implementing school-wide safety and emergency protocols.
In concert with the technology director, ensure school technology is properly maintained and inventoried.
In collaboration with the department coordinators, ensure that digital textbooks, apps, and licenses are current and are readily accessible on student devices.
Head of School
As a member of the FIDS leadership team, partner with the Head of School on the implementation of the Head’s vision and goals and the development and execution of strategic initiatives.
Act as a key advisor to the Head of School and be prepared to take on the administrative responsibilities of the Head of School in his/her absence.
Board of Trustees
Coordinate all aspects of Board of Trustees meetings: set meeting agendas, provide data to the group, and record the meeting minutes.
Attend all Board meetings and report, as necessary, on strategic academic initiatives.
Leadership and Personal Qualities
Enthusiastic commitment to Fisher Island Day School’s mission, vision, and strategic plan, recognizing the significance of faculty’s and students’ social and emotional well-being to the development of an excellent academic program.
An ability to lead, facilitate collaboration, and manage multiple projects and assignments with excellent organization, delivery, communication, creativity, planning, flexibility, and attention to detail.
An ability to design and implement organizational systems, educational models, and operational protocols in support of all aspects of the academic programs.
Confidence, warmth, patience, and a sense of humor that complement FIDS’s culture and values.
Ability to influence and engage a wide range of constituents and build long-term relationships.
Ability to build trust, work collaboratively, and engage productively with students, families, faculty, staff, trustees, and colleagues on the leadership team.
Willing to work in a team environment, to share ideas, and be open to other’s ideas; flexibility and willingness to compromise.
Interpersonal skills that reflect a growth mindset.
Proven ability to communicate passionately, clearly, and concisely. Superior writing and oral communication skills.
Some fluency in a second language is a plus.
Competence with basic instructional technology functions, including but not limited to: M.S. Outlook email and calendar; M.S. Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Google docs, web-browsing; apps; large-screen interactive devices, such as Smart or Aquos Boards; social media platforms; etc.
Professional and Leadership Qualifications
A Master’s degree or higher in education or a related field.
A deep understanding of curriculum and instruction and the developmental needs of young learners—early childhood through early adolescence.
Expertise in leading complex, ongoing, and consensus-building innovation initiatives in a fast-paced, sometimes unpredictable, school environment.
Experience in effectively and empathically leading faculty evaluation, growth, and professional development.
A minimum of three years of school leadership and supervisory experience that reflects a track record of cultivating positive relationships with students, families, faculty, and staff.
Prior early learning, elementary, or middle-school classroom teaching experience; minimum of five years.
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following materials by December 3, 2021, 4:00 PM EST:
A cover letter describing why you are interested in working at Fisher Island Day School and how your talents and experience are a fit for this position.
A current résumé.
A statement of your leadership philosophy (no longer than one page).
A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each. (References will not be contacted without first notifying the candidate.)
Please send your materials electronically in one email and as a single PDF document to: