Position Announcement The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 75 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory.
Northwest is at an exciting moment in its history, having tripled the size of its financial aid endowment since 2105; having just secured three new properties contiguous to our campus on Capitol Hill; and having begun a strategic planning process that will envision bold, innovative ways we can continue to live our idealistic mission of graduating students who “think and act with integrity, believing they have a positive impact on the world.” We are in the second year of a significant schedule change, as well, featuring longer instructional blocks, increased time for both advisory and student activities, and a more humane daily, weekly, and annual pace for students and teachers alike. These shifts have served as a catalyst for important discussions about teaching and learning in which the Assistant Head’s voice will continue to be prominent.
Northwest is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion, equity, and social justice. We firmly believe that a diverse community is a more creative, dynamic one. In its faculty and student body composition, then, the school strives to reflect the diversity of Greater Seattle; as such, candidates from under-represented populations are encouraged to apply.
Northwest seeks an Assistant Head of School to oversee the academic program for the entire school, a passionate, experienced educator who will bring a holistic, 6-12 perspective to all matters pertaining to curriculum and pedagogy, and lead the school’s efforts to nurture inclusive, culturally responsive classrooms across all seven grades. The Assistant Head is a strategic senior leader who reports to the Head of School. This is a full-time, 12-month position which is projected to begin July 1, 2018.
Essential functions include:
• With the Head of School and Division Directors, serve as one of the principal academic leaders of the school, responsible for articulating institutional priorities and providing oversight of all programs that span both Middle and Upper School. In concert with the various departments and the Curriculum Committee, oversee the development and regular review of the school’s curriculum, particularly regarding issues of scope and sequence and culturally responsive/inclusive classrooms.
• Collaborate closely with the Head of School to interpret and implement strategic plan initiatives related to the academic program; in this context, work with the Administrative Budget Committee to address the financial implications of new and ongoing projects.
• Lead all efforts to hire, orient, and retain a top-flight teaching faculty, including oversight of the supervisory and professional development programs.
• Direct the annual process of evaluating and adjusting the academic schedule and annual school calendar; oversee the two-week Summits program.
• Supervise and evaluate professional and administrative faculty who have cross-divisional roles associated with the academic program.
• Act on behalf of the Head in his absence from school.
• Work closely with the leadership of the Parents Association to ensure effective coordination of, and communication about, the Parent Grade Representative program, the annual parent education program, and other events and issues that may arise.
• When relevant, oversee the planning, coordination, and completion of the accreditation self-study process, and direct other accreditation functions related to the education program as required by NWAIS.
• A clear commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially as they relate to social justice, global perspective, and environmental sustainability.
• A master’s degree and eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job.
• Deep familiarity with, and demonstrated commitment to, diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially as to how these concepts are made manifest by teachers, advisors, and coaches in their work with students.
• A proven record of innovative thinking about education, as well as a desire to advance the profession, both within the school and beyond its walls.
• An understanding of complex human organizations and the interdependency of the various individuals and departments that comprise them; a demonstrated capacity for systems-thinking.
• Strong communication skills to inspire faculty in their professional development, to inform the community and those outside it about our program, and to navigate challenging topics during a period of substantial school change.
• Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, time-management, and organizational skills.
• An ability to develop and maintain effective, collaborative, working relationships with faculty, administrators, students, and parents.
• Demonstrated understanding and competency with appropriate technology in an educational environment, including Microsoft suite, learning management systems (Northwest uses OBA), web applications, etc.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, or marital status.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation:
Salary is highly competitive with top independent schools in the region and commensurate with education and experience. The Northwest School offers an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life and accident insurance coverage (fully paid, employee-only coverage). A retirement program matches up to 6% of an employee's salary in a 403(b) plan after one year of service. An intentional, mission-focused school culture, generous time off, lunch, access to the on-site fitness facility, an exceptional commitment to professional development, and a unique urban location are also benefits of working at The Northwest School.
The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 75 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and actively encourages applicants with a commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.