Westmark School seeks an experienced educator to lead an Upper School that prepares ambitious students with language-based learning differences for college and post-secondary success.
The Director will shape the School’s curriculum and college placement process; attract and retain exceptional faculty; and ensure that best education practices are implemented to address the needs of students and their parents.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Head of School, the Director is responsible for maintaining the School's board-approved mission, academic activities and outcomes for Upper division students, to include college readiness:
Academic and Division Leadership
Act as the educational leader of the Upper School division (currently 101 students) responsible for its day-to-day operation; direct the activities of the members of the School instructional team of 16 and, in conjunction with the business manager and non-instructional staff; prepare a master class schedule that takes into account the various needs of the School community; and assign teachers and students to classes and other duties;
Review, enhance and continually improve the School curriculum to ensure that it incorporates best practices and standards for college preparatory high schools, taking into account the unique requirements of a school that prepares youth with language-based learning differences for success in college;
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;
Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing and evaluating of applicants for enrollment;
In conjunction with the college counselor, oversee and continually upgrade college preparation and placement support processes;
Manage the Upper School budgets; review and approve purchase requests and determine the most appropriate use of allotted funds;
In collaboration with 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; keep the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities and problems of the School.
Students and Parents
The Director ensures that Upper School faculty provide appropriate academic instruction and guidance for students, while fully integrating parents in the process, including:
Review and continually improve Upper School curricula, processes, programs, technologies, practices, pedagogies and schedules with a focus on continual improvements that deliver superior outcomes for students and faculty;
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;
Maintain complete academic records on all students and oversee grading and other reporting according to best practices used by teachers to measure student achievement;
Communicate student progress clearly and consistently with Upper School parents;
In coordination with the Director of Student Life, school student council and parents, support and continually enhance after-school activities of Upper School students.
The Director observes, mentors, and evaluates faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; supervises teaching; and reviews and evaluates academic programs. The Director will also:
Oversee the day-to-day activities and assignments of the Upper School department chairs, faculty and college counselor; 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 successfully serve Westmark students; establish programs for the orientation of new teachers, assuring they adhere to school policies and practices;
Work collaboratively with tech committees and specialists to support educational technology initiatives and dynamic needs in the Upper School;
Work closely with the Head of School, Director of Lower and 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, and adherence with the educational standards established by the State of California and by those agencies that examine and accredit Westmark School.