Francis W. Parker School is seeking a dynamic educational leader with strong administrative experience to be our Middle & Upper School Director of Studies.
Parker is a globally renowned, urban, JK-12th grade independent day school located in Chicago. Founded in 1901 on the tenets of progressive education, the school currently enrolls 932 students and employs 200 dedicated faculty and staff who work together to ensure that the school lives up to its Mission to “educate students to think and act with empathy, courage, and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a democratic society and global community.”
The responsibilities of the Middle & Upper School Director of Studies include collaboration with Department Chairs, faculty members, advisors and Division Heads in determining successful transitions and academic pathways for all students, and scope and sequence of curriculum across grades six through twelve. The Director of Studies facilitates the articulation of curriculum and instructional strategies among and between grade levels, and within and across departments. The Director of Studies, in partnership with the JK-5 Director of Studies, is a senior leader in partnership with members of the administrative team and department chairs to develop academic curriculum and coordinate the academic life of the school. The Director also works with Division Heads, the Assistant Principal and the Principal to implement the school’s strategic plan.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop and implement the educational philosophy of the school and promote a culture of best progressive practice
- Facilitate communication with colleagues across divisions and departments to develop coherence of curriculum 6-12 and ensure an intentional and rational scope and sequence
- Collect, review, and manage all academic data from both divisions, and facilitate reflection on its meaning and implications for thoughtful change
- Lead and manage 6-12 Department Chairs, planning and facilitating their meetings
- Serve on the evaluation team for all Department Chairs
- Collaborate with Department Chairs and Division Heads to identify and facilitate academic professional development experiences for faculty that align with department and school objectives and goals
- Mentor and coach teachers to improve their skills and growth opportunities
- Investigate and acquire appropriate and varied resources for implementation curriculum across grades 6-12
- Oversee the maintenance and implementation of all academic policies and assist in updating curriculum guides and other published academic materials
- Facilitate reflection, conversation and change in all departments on diversity, equity and inclusion in the Middle and Upper School curricula
- Participate in all grade-level and divisional faculty meetings across grades 6-12, on a rotating basis
- In partnership with Division Heads and Learning Resource departments, resolve questions and issues regarding learning accommodations and modifications
- Facilitate discussions with the School’s Lower School Coordinator of Studies and faculty to maintain logical scope and sequence over Parker’s fourteen grade levels
- Advise the Principal, Assistant Principal and Division Heads on all academic matters
- Keep administrators, faculty and staff abreast of developments in education, promoting individual departmental initiatives where appropriate
- Participate on search teams to fill faculty vacancies in grades 6-12
- With the Registrar, ensure clear communication of the Upper School course registration process to students, parents, and advisors
- Articulate clearly and in meaningful ways the Middle and Upper School academic programs and their value to current and prospective families (in collaboration with Admissions personnel, the Principal, Assistant Principal, Division Heads, and Department Chairs)
Please submit cover letter and resume by email or fax to (no telephone inquiries please):
Laureen Sweers, Director of Human Resources
Francis W Parker School
330 W Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
The faculty, staff and administration of Francis W. Parker School are integral parts of the School's community. Through their passion, dedication and commitment to the School's mission, they create and support an environment where exceptional child-centered learning can occur.
Francis W. Parker School is committed to cultivating a community of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, administrators and alumni, who acknowledge, respect, and esteem diversity in our school; and who reflect, through their presence, the diversity of Chicago communities and the wider world.
Francis W. Parker School is an equal opportunity employer.