Westmark School seeks an experienced Director of Lower School. The division head is charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty, as well as the ongoing development, implementation, and assessment of Lower School academic programming to ensure that best education practices are implemented to address the needs of the students and their parents.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Lower School Director reports to the Head of School and has responsibility for all academic activities and outcomes for the Lower division.
Academic and Division Leadership
The Director maintains congruency between the School’s board-approved mission and manages all division activities, including:
Act as the educational leader of the Lower School, responsible for its day-to-day operation by directing the activities of the members of the school instructional team and, in conjunction with the business manager, the non-instructional staff; prepare a master class schedule that takes into account the various needs of the School community;
Thoroughly understand the profile of students with language-based learning differences; develop plans for meeting their needs, and for engaging all members of the community in student success;
Continually evaluate and improve upon course objectives, materials, methods and means of assessment that incorporates best practices and standards;
Provide an orderly, controlled and supportive environment conducive to student progress;
Manage the Lower School budget; review and approve purchase requests and determine the most appropriate use of allotted funds;
Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing and evaluating of applicants for enrollment;
In collaboration of the Head of School and administrative team, be an active member in all areas of the School; work toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise; to keep the head of school informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school.
Students and Parents
The Director ensures that Lower School faculty provide appropriate academic instruction and guidance for students, while fully integrating parents in the process, including:
Review and continually improve Lower School curricula, processes, programs, technologies, practices, pedagogies and schedule with a focus on continual improvements that deliver superior outcomes for students;
Maintain complete academic records on all students; to oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement;
Assist in establishing guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; monitor student discipline consistent with school policies; and maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship;
Communicate student progress clearly and consistently with Lower School parents;
In coordination with the Director of Student Life, support and continually enhance after-school activities of Lower School students.
The Director observes, mentors, and evaluates faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; supervises teaching, reviews and evaluates academic programs. The Director will also:
Oversee the day-to-day activities and assignments of department chairs, faculty committees and teachers; provide an environment conducive to learning, a school climate which is supportive and that both establishes and reflects teaming and collaboration;
In close coordination with the Head of School, recruit and retain educators with the expertise, positive energy and focus required to serve Westmark families and support students;
Work collaboratively with tech committees and specialists to support educational technology initiatives and dynamic needs in the Lower School;
Work closely with the Head of School, Director of Upper School, Director of Middle School and faculty committees in planning and implementing a comprehensive professional development program for faculty;
Ensure compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and agencies; to maintain the educational standards established by the State of California and by those agencies that examine and accredit the school.
Ideal Experience and Personal Characteristics
The Lower School Director should have the following types of experience, qualifications and characteristics:
A mission-driven individual with a belief in, and a career committed to, the independent school movement and the education process; preferably with experience helping students living with language-based learning differences;
Master’s degree; minimum of 7 years progressive experience in administration or equivalent managerial expertise in grades 2-5; strong curricular experience, with particular knowledge of trends and best practices;
Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholders of the school;
An ability to create a caring and dynamic culture for students and faculty; a good listener and strategist; comfortable receiving input from many sources and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Start Date: July 1, 2018
Interested applicants should submit electronically and as separate documents the following materials:
Cover letter expressing interest in the Lower School Director position
Statement of educational philosophy
List of five references with contact information, including email, to:
5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 91316
Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and job performance. School policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions (including genetic characteristics or information), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, and local laws.
About Westmark School
The leading independent school in Los Angeles for children with language-based learning differences in grades 2-12, Westmark School has provided an exceptional college-preparatory environment for more than 30 years, allowing students to grow and succeed, not only in the classroom, but also in life.
Westmark students discover how they learn best and become advocates for themselves, leading them to become highly functional, concrete thinkers, and preparing them for a successful college experience.
Westmark’s exceptional multi-modal, research-based pedagogy differentiates instruction based on student need and allows children to discover not only their personal academic style but their strengths and areas of need as well. Using state-of-the-art technology—including our one-to-one iPad program—and facilities designed with our learners in mind, as well as low student-teacher ratios, our distinguished faculty provide individualized instruction.
Westmark is about much more than what happens in the classroom. With a beautiful new athletic field, highly competitive sports teams, a small sound stage and production studio, vibrant music, performing and visual arts programs, an advance...d experiential learning program highlighted by engaging outdoor educational class trips, an integrated service learning program, student leadership opportunities as well as countless enrichment programs, Westmark has much to offer motivated, creative, and multi-faceted children.