St. Paul’s Episcopal School, located across from Lake Merritt in Oakland, enrolls 380 boys and girls from diverse backgrounds in kindergarten – eighth grade. St. Paul’s provides an education that is intellectually challenging, culturally pluralistic, and morally and spiritually enriching. Caring, committed faculty members, in partnership with parents, serve as role models, mentors and guides. St. Paul’s has an academically talented and ethnically diverse student body and seeks the same in its faculty.
Lower School Director
The Lower School has an enrolment of 220 students kindergarten through fifth grade. The Lower School Director reports to the Head of School.
Job Summary: Charged with the implementation of K-5 curricula, the Lower School Director implements the overall direction of instruction established by the Head of School. The Director effectively leads the faculty, students, and parents through the Lower School experience. The Director understands and implements the Mission & Values and the Portrait of a Graduate (the model of educational excellence). The Lower School Director, working closely with the Head of School, supervises K-5 academic personnel and staff, reviews instructional programming and schedules, and oversees the daily operations of the K-5 program. The Lower School Director guides K-5 teachers by using the teaching practices outlined in the curriculum guide and the Portrait of a Graduate, assesses performance against faculty job descriptions, assists teachers in planning curriculum, and adapts content for individual class needs and student support. Under the Head’s direction, the director creates and oversees the content, articulation, and evaluation of the K-5 curricula and coordinates all areas of curriculum, supervision, and student learning needs with the Director of Programs and the Middle School Director to ensure schoolwide curricular continuity. The Lower School Director also interfaces with the Director of Programs to engage, and support K-5 families regarding individual student concerns, schedules, and needs.
The Lower School Director position will focus on the following priorities:
Uphold the Mission & Values of St. Paul’s Episcopal School; ?
Uphold the NAIS and CAIS Principles of Good Practice; ?
Provide leadership and vision for the implementation of the Portrait of a Graduate and
curricular development and management. Activities include, but are not limited to:
Oversee an exemplary service learning curriculum integrated with the academic program;
Preserve and nurture the values of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion that are integral to the learning process;
Supervise the integration of academic technology into the curriculum and instruction. Three ways we are developing use of academic technology are implementation of innovative curriculum, application to student assessment, and integration of the arts, sciences, design, and civic engagement;
Develop and oversee implementation of the curriculum;
Manage the electronic creation, storage, and printing of curricular documents in conjunction with the department of educational care and curriculum coordination;
Oversee the School's social-emotional and academic programs that support students from a variety of backgrounds and learning styles; this includes meeting with parents, therapists, tutors, and our Educational Care Coordinators as necessary to maximize student outcomes.
Maintain the commitment to excellence in teaching by providing ongoing professional growth and evaluation for teachers, by creating a culture focused on professional collaboration and student outcomes, and by supervising K-5 academic employee job performance. Activities include, but are not limited to:
Oversee the professional growth and evaluation process (setting annual goals, monitoring progress, writing the summative evaluation, and meeting with instructional personnel).;
Mentor first year teachers, ensuring a record of performance and appropriate implementation of standards, and in all areas of curriculum implementation;
Visit K-5 classrooms regularly, staying abreast of teaching practices, grade level teaching, and classroom dynamics;
Meet regularly with teachers for informal conversations about their issues and needs, maintaining a record of meetings and topics discussed as part of professional growth and evaluation;
Oversee all Lower School faculty, educational care, and grade level meetings;
Ensure teacher training for administering tests and analyze results for incorporation into teaching and learning in the classroom; ?
Manage and oversee student learning, focusing on student evaluation and reporting systems including progress reports, report cards, parent/teacher conference reports,
and student behavior. Activities include, but are not limited to: ?
Oversee student standardized testing;
Prepare analysis of standardized test scores for reporting to the Head of School;
Conduct individually requested parent meetings to review student progress;
Monitor progress reports ensuring timeliness and accuracy;
Review progress reports to ensure appropriate communication; ?
Train new teachers to use the report card system;
Read and confirm all K-5 report cards before distribution and p
rovide feedback to teachers as necessary to ensure timely and correct student reporting;
Oversee transcript preparation for all K-5 students;
Oversee parent - teacher conferences;
Train new teachers for parent/teacher conferences;
Sit in on conferences as necessary or as requested by the parent, the teacher, or the Head of School;
Engage with families, teachers, and students regarding conflict, discipline and behavioral accommodations;
Ensure that a written record of all conferences, including telephone conferences, and copies of emails in regard to student progress, are turned in by teachers and managed properly.
With the Middle School Director, oversee the Educational Care support staff;
Ensure maintenance of internal K-5 calendar, schedules, and agendas including, but not limited to:
Internal calendar coordinated with other department calendars;??
Individual specialists schedule;?
Rainy day schedule;
Guest teacher schedules;?
Meetings with teachers, and grade level groups.
Oversee program related events such as K-5 assemblies, Chapels, and field trip/outreach learning opportunities;?
Participate in school-wide activities, including, but not limited to:
Attend Board meetings and Board retreats (as requested by Head);
Attend Administrative team meetings;
Participate in admissions activities and placement meetings;
Back-to-School Night events and publications;
Communicate about St. Paul’s K-5 academic and co-curricular programs;
Participate in the Self-Study for CAIS and WASC accreditation in conjunction with the administrative team;
Supervise budgets relevant to the K-8 academic program with the Middle School Director
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Manage multiple projects simultaneously and punctually;?
Understand computer applications related to job functions; ?
Possess strong knowledge of early childhood and elementary academic programs, teaching methods, and current practices in independent and public schools;
Possess a professional, mature, intelligent demeanor;
Exercise good judgment and creative problem-solving;
Demonstrate a commitment to development of relevant professional knowledge, skills, and abilities; ?
Connect authentically with families, faculty and students
Possess strong collaboration skills;
Participate as a team player who can discern when to lead or to follow; ?
Resolve conflicts while maintaining the rights and human dignity of all parties;
Demonstrate excellent organizational skills with high accuracy and attention to details;
Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Present an outgoing, and optimistic attitude, with well-developed interpersonal skills;
Thrive in fast-paced environment;
Is a cheerful, flexible self-starter;
Credentials and Expertise: ?
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree and a minimum of five years experience in K-5 education is highly preferred.
The Head of School will perform an annual review based on this job description and regular meetings throughout the year to assess progress of annual goals.
The search is moving expeditiously. Interested candidates should submit the following materials electronically in PDF format by January 5, 2018 to Doreen Oleson at firstname.lastname@example.org:
A cover letter highlighting your interest and qualifications for becoming the next Lower School Director;
A current résumé;
A one page personal statement that includes your thoughts on the essential components of Lower School education;
A list of three references that includes phone and email contact information.
This job description provides the general nature and level of work of the Lower School Director. In this position, the Lower School Director may be assigned other duties, in addition to or instead of those described here. These duties are subject to change at any time according to the needs of St. Paul’s Episcopal School.
St. Paul’s Episcopal School is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to promoting diversity in the workplace and to seeking a diverse and broad spectrum of qualified candidates.
St. Paul’s does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age, or sexual orientation.
See above descriptions for information on requirements.