Redwood Day is a vibrant K-8 school with over 385 students and 80+ faculty and staff all learning together on our four-acre campus in the heart of Oakland. Everything we do is designed to keep every child engaged and growing. Academically, that means a world-class curriculum, the best teachers, and a focus on the individual student. Socially and emotionally, we teach students to work through challenges, respect each other's differences, and honor their diverse community. We find great strength in multiple perspectives and embrace every opportunity to weave diversity in thought and action into our social, emotional, and academic lives.
Job Description and Desired QualificationsRedwood Day seeks an outstanding Lower School Director to lead our program to the next level. The Director leads the Lower School Division (K-5) of approximately 220 students and 30+ faculty, commits to implementing the Redwood Day mission and core values, and demonstrates a love of teaching and learning with young people. The ideal candidate possesses the following characteristics:
Demonstrated success as an administrator at the Lower School level or in K-8 program (a minimum of three years administrative experience)
Core knowledge of developmental needs of children aged 5-11
Ability to work collaboratively in a high functioning team setting
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Deep understanding of culturally competent teaching and differentiated instruction
Ability to coach teachers in continual instructional reflection and improvement
Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Directly supervises all Lower School faculty and staff, including LS Assistant and K-5 Learning Specialist
Acts as a chief communicator and representative for the Lower School
Acts as the primary steward of the Lower School community and culture through appropriate tone setting, role modeling, etc.
Works collaboratively with Assistant Head of School and Academic Team to make curriculum decisions impacting the Lower School
Works collaboratively with the Student Life Team to implement and monitor programs including, but not limited to: equity and inclusion groups, outdoor education programs, buddies, service learning, etc.
Oversees the entire Lower School budget ensuring that expenses are in line with approved budgets for various programmatic elements of Lower School
Acts as the primary instructional leader for the Lower School through classroom observations, evaluation, and teacher mentoring
Mentors new faculty in understanding Redwood Day culture; supports new faculty orientation in consultation with the Assistant Head of School
Works with K-5 Learning Specialist to ensure all faculty differentiate instruction and meet needs of students with learning differences in the Lower School
Communicates actively with parent/guardians about program, individual student discipline, and Lower School oriented activities
Writes content for articles, Facebook and Instagram posts about events in the Lower School as requested by the Communications Manager and/or the Marketing and Communications Team
When escalated by the Director of Student Life/Dean of Students, handles major student discipline issues in the Lower School; works collaboratively with the Director of Student Life/Dean of Students to stays aware of all Lower School student discipline related issues
Participates in all Lower School admissions related events; collaborates with Admissions Office in the admissions process
Makes recommendations to the Asst. Head of School and Head of School regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty
Conducts regular meetings with faculty that focus on routine school matters and issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern
Oversees the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement in partnership with the Asst. Head of School
Serves as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures
Oversees Teaching Assistant Coordinators to ensure successful implementation and management of Teaching Assistant Program
Is a visible presence in all areas of the Lower School
Compensation/Benefits: Redwood Day offers highly competitive compensation and benefits.
Limitations and Disclaimer: The above job responsibilities are meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities associated with the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with federal and state laws. Employment at Redwood Day is "at-will". All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Offers are contingent on passing a background check and TB assessment.
Non-discrimination Policy: Redwood Day is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, religion color, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, transitioned, transitioning or perceived to be transitioning), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), marital status, domestic partner status, pregnancy and breastfeeding, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, military and veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful consideration by federal, state or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. In addition, Redwood Day does not permit discrimination based on dressing consistently with one's gender identity or gender expression, or preferred gender, name or pronoun usage.
Redwood Day’s K-8 program includes over 380 students all learning together on our 4-acre campus in the heart of Oakland. Everything we do is designed to keep every child engaged and growing. Academically, that means a world-class curriculum, the best teachers, and a focus on the individual student. Socially and emotionally, we teach students to work through challenges, respect each other’s differe...nces, and honor their diverse community. We find great strength in multiple perspectives and embrace every opportunity to weave diversity in thought and action into our social, emotional, and academic lives.