Burgundy Farm Country Day School is a progressive school on a 25-acre campus in Alexandria, Virginia, serving 285 children in junior kindergarten through 8th grade. Burgundy believes children learn best in an inclusive, creative and nurturing environment that engages the whole child. Our innovative, hands-on approach to education cultivates independent thinking, promotes academic excellence, instills respect for diversity, and teaches responsibility for self, for others, and for the natural world. For more, visit www.burgundyfarm.org.
The Middle School Head (MSH) is responsible for the safe, effective daily operation of the Middle School. Most important, the Middle School Head supports and supervises all Middle School teachers, students, programs and curriculum. In addition, the Middle School Head provides support and discipline for the students and acts as a liaison between the Middle School and its parent body. The Middle School Head has a strong role in Middle School admissions. The Middle School Head coordinates or supports the secondary school placement program.
The Middle School Head is a senior administrator and school leader, working closely with other administrators and the Head of School. The Middle School Head reports to the Head of School and meets with the Head weekly.
Specific responsibilities include:
Curriculum and Program
Coordinate curriculum; supervise curriculum development and revision
Evaluate results of observations of teachers, teacher, parent, student, and alumni feedback, standardized tests and other data to inform curriculum adjustments and professional development
Coordinate revision of the curriculum documents
Provide ample documentation of curriculum for website and admission purposes
Maintain accurate Curriculum Guides and Middle School Guide, updated annually for faculty, admission and parent use
Evaluate ongoing and potential curriculum programs
Provide leadership and support for the VAIS accreditation process
Report regularly to the Head of School, the Board of Trustees, and parents on ongoing curriculum development
Faculty Supervision and Support
Supervise a robust program for reflection, including formative and summative evaluation
Provide all Middle School faculty with daily observations, an ongoing cycle of observation and regular feedback, goal-setting and follow-up meetings
Provide orientation, training, mentoring and ongoing support for new faculty
Set professional development goals with faculty and facilitate diverse opportunities for professional growth
Coordinate recruitment, and collaborate with the Head of School in hiring, of new Middle School faculty
Assist in planning and execution of regular full faculty meetings
Organize MS faculty meetings, conferences, staffings, and division meetings, reporting agenda to the Head of School and providing regular updates, as appropriate, to the Admin Team, Board and school community
Approve faculty leave and field trip requests
Supervise report writing processes
Help vette and/or supervise MS substitute teachers
Student and Parent Support
Direct and counsel parents regarding all academic placement and social issues
Confer with parents about curriculum and learning issues
Organize Curriculum Night and maintain Curriculum Guides
Supervise administration of standardized testing and other necessary educational testing, coordinating use of school counseling and specialized services for academic, plans of care or emotional/developmental support as appropriate
Oversee all serious student disciplinary issues, consulting with the Head of School on all suspension or expulsion level issues
Organize or support a program for high school placement, including spring 7th grade meetings with students and parents to educate them to the process and good prospective high schools
Extracurricular Programs, School-Wide Events, and Special Programs
Direct specials and elective programs and extracurricular programs
Supervise and evaluate the MS PE, music, and drama instructors
Oversee arts and music productions, ensuring coordination with other academic disciplines and appropriate scale and balance in time and resources allocated
Plan in-house programs and regular assemblies, outside presenters with Assistant Head
Supervise and support Student Council
Attend all board meetings and other school functions specified by the Head of School, preparing reports as requested
Collaborate with Head of School and Director of Finance in developing academic budgets
Approve all divisional instructional, co-curricular, and extracurricular budgets, in consultation with the Head of School
Supervise divisional spending, consulting with the Director of Finance and Operations and Head of School to observe patterns
Salary and Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience.
Burgundy Farm Country Day School will contribute $7,400 each plan year to each full-time employee’s benefits bank and prorate for employees who work at a minimum 75% of full-time, via our Section 125 Cafeteria Plan. This benefit may be taken as payment toward the school’s medical/dental/vision plans; dependent care expenses, subject to an IRS imposed limits, or may be taken as after tax cash to be added to monthly salary.
Retirement plan with TIAA, with a 3% employer contribution for two years and then 6% employer contribution after two years, irrespective of employee contribution.
A tuition benefit (50% discount) is offered for one qualified child attending Burgundy for children of 75% to full-time employees only. (Fac-staff children are eligible for additional financial aid also.)
How to Apply: Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Jeff Sindler, care of Cathy Guertin, email@example.com No phone calls please.
Burgundy Farm Country Day School actively maintains its commitment to equal opportunity for all employees. To fulfill this commitment, we recruit, hire, promote, and retain individuals in all job titles without regard to race, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, or disability.