ABOUT NEW ROADS
New Roads is a K-12 college-preparatory, independent school in Santa Monica, California. At the heart of New Roads’ philosophy is the belief that all children deserve access to education that places traditional academic pursuits in contemporary context, engaging students’ hearts and minds to prepare for the challenges of our ever-evolving world. Unique among private schools, New Roads strives to have a student body and faculty that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles. Weaving together the kaleidoscope of communities that makes up Los Angeles, we inspire our students to become creative thinkers, committed citizens, and compassionate human beings.
The Upper School Director leads all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the Upper School, grades 9-12. The Upper School Director (USD) reports to the Associate Head of School and is the instructional leader at the high school spending the majority of his/her time supporting and providing supervision to classroom teachers and developing a strong and positive student culture. The USD is a member of the school’s leadership team and attends leadership team meetings, working collaboratively with the elementary and middle school directors to ensure philosophical and programmatic alignment across the entire school, K-12. The USD is in charge of developing and sustaining a positive and “can-do” attitude amongst staff AND students. The USD, along with the Deans, serves as the student behavior manager in the school, counseling students and meting out disciplinary consequences in line with the school handbook. The USD works closely with the Parent Association, specifically meeting regularly with the high school parent representative, attending meetings periodically, and guiding this group to support the school effectively. The USD works to connect parents closely with the school, ensuring they feel welcome on school grounds. The USD is responsible for the academic success of the students in the high school and the establishment and maintenance of a positive school culture of accountability, excellence, and innovation. The USD is the “face” of the high school, attending and helping to welcome/host visitors to all traditionally occurring school events as well as attending, as assigned, staff sponsored community events (for example, school plays, athletic activities and similar performance events) that involve the staff, students and families they work with. The USD attends all school sponsored student social events and/or ensures that a designated high school administrator is in attendance. The USD attends board meetings periodically to give reports, at the request of the Head of School. This job description may be altered or added to by the Head of School, as necessary.
Faculty and Staff
● Manage recruitment and selection process to acquire excellent teachers and additional faculty
● Working with Elementary Dean and Middle School Director, create and manage effective induction program for all new teachers
● Manage evaluation process for teaching staff
● Create and implement professional development plan to continuously improve teacher performance
● Ensure teaching staff have read and understand faculty handbook
● Train all staff on school-wide goals, processes, and procedures
● Collaborate with supervisees to set and revise performance objectives
● Observe supervisees’ regularly and provide informal feedback
● Occasionally model teaching techniques for supervisees and provide supervisees regular opportunities to observe excellent teaching
● Lead mid-year reviews of supervisees’ progress toward performance objectives
● Evaluate staff at end of year, including recommendations for re-hiring
● Ensure staff access to appropriate professional development opportunities, in line with school objectives
● Coordinate with Department Heads performance improvement plans when teachers are struggling, including drafting short-term performance objectives required for job retention
● Terminate staff who fail to meet performance objectives
● Respond to any concerns of parents regarding the teaching staff you supervise
● Meet weekly individually with Associate Head of School and the Head of School
● Meet regularly with academic and leadership team
● Meet regularly with the Deans and other key members of the high school team
● Collaborate with the other program directors to ensure that the curriculum is vertically aligned throughout the school
● Ensure that curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all learners
● Ensure curriculum is documented in an organized fashion, with a common system, and is easily accessible to visitors seeking to learn from the school’s teaching methods
● Ensure that teaching practice reflects a balanced approach, utilizing constructivist and project-based methods, balanced with the use of teacher-directed instruction as needed
● Ensure that appropriate technology is meaningfully integrated throughout the curriculum
● Ensure that all teachers strive to embody the school’s philosophy
● Supervise the work of the curricular area/department chairs
● Ensure that student report cards/assessments are completed in a timely fashion and that the feedback to students is meaningful.
● Manage academic probation process for students.
Other Educational Program
● Ensure that the school culture supports academic program goals
● Oversee any standardized testing required by the school and look at trends in data that raise questions and reveal action items for improvement
● Manage retention/summer school process for students
● Meets and greets students and families on a daily basis
● Works to develop positive whole school culture
● Serve as disciplinarian for the high school
● Ensure adherence to the student and family handbook and make updates as necessary
● Manage and lead all-school meetings with students
● Assist students and Parent Association in planning and organizing social events
● Meet regularly with members of the school’s counseling team and deans to troubleshoot and pinpoint student behavioral issues
Family and Community Interaction
● Communicate the goals of the educational program to the community and lead interactions with families in regards to all issues of teaching and learning at the school
● Collaborate with curricular leaders to plan parent nights to review each curricular area and attend each of these parent nights
● Ensure that all families and students understand and follow the school’s handbook
● Lead development of weekly parent communication
● Ensure communication to families regarding discipline and behavior
● Utilizes regular parent and student survey data to inform the program
● Works closely with the Admissions Director to plan admissions open house events and ensure that faculty and staff are prepared for these events.
● Develop agenda and lead weekly staff meetings for his/her team of teachers; ensure that minutes of meeting are kept and are accessible for absent staff members
● Coordinates with other school directors and Head of School to run “whole staff” meetings at least once a month
● Assists with any planning and preparation for school reviews, audits, etc.
● Assists with fundraising/development activities, as needed
● Submit required reports in a timely fashion and revise as necessary
● Create policies and procedures that ensure academic program is implemented effectively
● Coordinate with Associate Head of School to plan for summer school programs
● Ensures all faculty and staff abide by the policies of the school handbook
Head of School Assistance
● Provide leads to the Head of School for the recruitment of Board Members
● Provide feedback, support and advice as needed
● Attend board meetings throughout the year, as scheduled or requested by Head of School
● Assists with school fundraising/development activities by providing information to the Head of School about families and/or as requested
Professional Development/ Reporting
● Maintains an active professional development portfolio and updated resume
● Develops goals and submits to Associate Head of School/Head of School by the first day of school each year
● Regularly reflects on goals and files a mid-year reflection by January 15 with the Head of School and the business office
● Seeks out and attends at least three full days of professional development activities each school year
VALUES AND LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT STYLE
● Operates with integrity -- always in the interest of the school.
● Values team concept – shares responsibility for success, empowers others – “passes the ball”, not a micro manager.
● Communicates directly, even if message is difficult; asks clarifying questions.
● Maintains a generosity of spirit toward colleagues, assuming best intentions.
● Strives for sustainability, beyond her/his personal tenure.
● Proactive, continually looking for ways to avert problems and improve systems.
● Always approaches challenges with a problem solving, forward thinking, mindset – asks for help.
● Maintains calm demeanor in the midst of challenges.
● Demonstrate trustworthiness in dealing with confidential matters.
SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS, AND EXPERIENCE
The ideal candidate will have:
● Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, organizational, collaborative, and management skills to articulate and explain complex issues to faculty, students, and families
● Significant experience (at least 5 years) with and knowledge of Upper School students, their developmental needs, and upper school curriculum, preferably in an independent school
● Depth of knowledge in pedagogy, assessment, and curriculum as well as subject-area depth in a discipline
● Experience in assessment, coaching, and mentoring of faculty
● Strong commitment to providing an excellent educational experience for each student
● Demonstrated capacity to connect to a range of students from various backgrounds
● Capable of developing and sustaining close, effective working relationships with diverse group of colleagues
● Must be self-directed and able to effectively prioritize and handle multiple tasks subject to frequent interruption
● Ability to listen empathically and to think and act strategically
● Familiarity with learning management software systems (Whipple Hill would be a plus), Microsoft and Google Office
● Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year accredited institution required / Master’s degree in educational, organizational, or school leadership preferred/and/or a Master’s in a discipline
Interested candidates should submit the following online:
● Application, Cover Letter (describing your educational philosophy) and Curriculum Vitae
● 3 - 5 letters of reference
● 500 word response to one of the questions listed below
Directions: Choose one of the following topics to respond to in 500 words or less and submit with your application.
1. How do you think the purpose of private school should be re-imagined?
2. How do you educate for the “common” good?
3. How do you develop in young people a “personal dedication to learning”?
4. How do you develop in young people “a respect for independent thinking”?
5. How do you develop in young people “an expanding curiosity about the world and its people”?CLICK HERE TO APPLY