Director of Studies/Curriculum, Division Head/Principal, Facilities or Plant Operations
The Director of Schools and Programs oversees all international operations for School Year Abroad, including four schools located in China, France, Italy and Spain as well as four summer programs. Responsibilities include coordinating the hiring and supervision of all Resident Directors, leadership of the hiring process for U.S. faculty, curriculum review and evaluation, and oversight of all emergency procedures and safety policies. The Director of Schools and Programs at SYA is on 24-hour call for emergencies while schools and summer programs are in session. He or she serves as a member of the senior management team and reports to the SYA President.
The application deadline is Monday, February 20. Interested candidates should send a resume, a cover letter describing interest in the position, and a listing of three references to SYA President, Tom Hassan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Serve on the senior management team and provide a channel for school and summer program leadership input.
Work closely with the Health & Safety Coordinator and the Director of Finance and Operations to oversee all emergency planning for all schools. Serve as the Incident Response Team lead for all student and faculty/staff-related incidents.
Handle all school and program-related legal issues that arise in collaboration, if needed, with either the SYA president or the Director of Finance and Operations.
Support the Resident Directors and Summer Program Directors in preparing school budgets and help build the overall SYA budget with the Director of Finance and Operations.
Plan and implement the annual summer meetings of Resident Directors with home office staff, as well as maintain frequent contact with Resident Directors and Summer Program Directors.
Ensure that internal communication between schools and the Home Office is as highly functioning and effective as possible.
Report out to and meet with the Board of Trustees as directed by the president.
Promote the mission of a complex organization.
Academic and Co-curricular Programs
Monitor, review and evaluate curricula and other key program elements at all schools. Do the same with summer programs.
Support the Director of Curriculum in the intensive phase of curriculum and pedagogy review and redesign, presently underway.
Travel to each of the SYA campuses to meet with local faculty, visit with students, and monitor and review school operations.
Work with Resident Directors and Summer Program Directors to identify needed changes, additions and improvements to academic and co-curricular programs.
Oversee Registrar in the monitoring of college counseling support and testing at all schools.
Oversee Registrar and the transcription and reporting of grades.
Oversee the Assistant to the Director of Schools and Programs.
Oversee the accreditation process of SYA through NEASC, including two year and five year updates and self-study/accreditation rounds.
Monitor, review and evaluate college counseling, advisory and other program elements (co-curriculars, short-term school immersions, independent travel, educational travel, at all schools.). Ensure best practice for safety and legal.
Review and update discipline processes annually and work with Resident Directors in adjudicating student discipline cases.
Support Resident Directors in working with and resolving student host family and mental health concerns in collaboration with the Truman Group virtual counselling service partner.
Carry out other projects and duties as necessary to enhance the student experience at SYA.
Assist in managing U.S. parent relations with Resident Directors.
Supervise, evaluate, and lead the hiring process for all Resident Directors and Summer Program Directors, as well as staff of Department of Schools and Programs.
Lead the process to hire U.S. teaching faculty for all schools each year in a collaborative manner that includes Resident Directors in the interviewing and selection process.
Establish and oversee faculty and staff evaluation and goal-setting process for all SYA faculty with Resident Directors.
Establish and oversee professional development system at all schools tied to teaching and professional excellence standards.
Represent SYA at conferences and through professional associations that are supportive of SYA’s mission and work.
Attend admissions-related events and support recruitment efforts as requested by the Director of Admissions and support marketing efforts as requested by the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications.
Additional Salary Information: Available on request. Position includes healthcare, 401K, vacation allocation, national holidays, and summer Fridays.
Founded in 1964, School Year Abroad (SYA) is the only secondary-level school which allows students to live with a European or Asian family for an entire academic year while earning U.S. graduation credits and preparing for selective U.S. colleges and universities. Using second language as the vehicle and another culture as the extension of our classrooms, SYA helps secondary level students become broad-minded and well-educated citizens of the world.