The Assistant Head of School is responsible for supporting the Head of School in leadership of the school, for all issues relating to the wellbeing of the students during their attendance at the school, and for family participation in the school community.
Act as Head of School in the Head’s absence and communicate with the Head about any special situations occurring at the school
Keep the Head of School fully informed on student issues and all other relevant matters pertaining to school life
Sustain and enhance the school’s climate and culture, involving faculty and families in support of the school’s mission, vision, and core values
Maintain an intellectual and social climate in which students are active partners with peers, faculty, and families
Work to produce smooth day to day internal operations
Articulate and promote the school’s mission and philosophy
Participate in the life of the school and establish a campus presence in order to retain a clear sense of the program and the overall climate
Classroom and Curriculum:
Maintain an active presence in the classrooms
Work closely with the Head of School in monitoring the academic climate of the school
Work closely with the Head of School and faculty in reviewing, researching, revising, and developing curriculum
Participate in the admissions process and assist with admission decisions, as needed
Oversee the scheduling of Parent-Teacher Conferences, to edit and proofread all student narratives and recommendations, and to maintain records and correspondence relating to Parent-Teacher Conferences
Proofread and edit the classroom biweekly letters and other classroom correspondence to families
Schedule programs and gatherings related to curriculum
Support the faculty and staff with student discipline and follow through with correspondence and/or related record-keeping
Assist the Head of School with developing summary reports on students’ progress, including standardized testing
Be knowledgeable of assessment materials and practices, and to plan and coordinate the school’s program of standardized testing for students
Maintain, inventory, and purchase materials for standardized testing
Oversee the school’s involvement with community service activities
Support the school’s strategic goal of documenting and sharing our curriculum and teaching practices with other schools
Help the Head of School supervise, support, and evaluate the performance of all the faculty and staff
Work with the faculty and staff to encourage professional growth and development, and to help them achieve optimal performance of their duties consistent with the mission of the school
Supervise the substitutes
Create job postings and outside advertisements for open faculty and staff positions, and to assist with the search and hiring for these positions
Counsel families by working closely with the faculty and the Head of School
The ideal candidate will have most or all of the following qualifications and attributes. In addition, s/he must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in a deadline-oriented workplace. The ideal candidate will be collaborative, resilient, flexible, diplomatic, confident, patient, and possessed of a sense of humor and professional presence.
Master’s degree from an accredited educational institution.
Significant experience in or knowledge of nonprofit leadership. Ability to think strategically.
Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills.
Substantial knowledge of applicable federal and state regulations.
Familiarity with current best practices in independent schools.
Ability to be flexible, balance priorities, schedules and meetings and meet hard deadlines.
Ability to work independently in a multi-tasking environment employing organizationally sound decision-making and flexibility.
Strong interpersonal, presentation and written communication skills facilitating work with all constituencies of the school community.
Enjoys being an active team member of an administrative team.
This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities to meet the ongoing needs of the school.
About Hamlin Robinson School
Founded in 1983, Hamlin Robinson School is an independent, non-profit school offering a comprehensive educational program to serve students in grades 1-8 with dyslexia and other language related difficulties. The core philosophy of Hamlin Robinson is that all children can reach their full potential given appropriate teaching methods and atmosphere. The school is embarking on an ambitious strategic plan that includes moving to a new location in central Seattle, increasing enrollment, and expanding the academic program. A successful major gifts program and eventual capital campaign will be critical to the implementation of this vision.