The Assistant Head of the Middle School’s role is to support and assist the Head of Middle School in executing the school’s strategic plan, maintaining congruency between the school's board-approved mission statement, and facilitating all activities of that division.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Act as the educational co-leader of the school division, responsible for its day-to-day operation
Provide an orderly, controlled environment in which learning can take place, a school climate which is supportive and which reflects high morale
Co-lead the Curriculum Inventory processes in the articulation of the school mission, school goals, department goals, course objectives, materials, methods and means of assessment
Manage and perform all scheduling duties for grades 5-8: class enrollment, exploratory, drop/add, academic counseling
Schedule special programs and gatherings, such as Community Meetings, MSAC, and other student-led clubs
Prepare and maintain the division's master calendar
Co-function as the chief articulator of the division's programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed consistent with their individual roles
Provide for the academic guidance of students; maintain complete academic records on all students; oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement
Co-responsible for establishing guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; maintain student discipline consonant with school policies; monitor students' adherence to established school rules; maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship
Maintain student discipline and follow-through with correspondence and record keeping relating to discipline
Coordinate new student orientation and new student homeroom responsibilities
Schedule parent/teacher conferences and to maintain records and correspondence relating to parent conferences
Counsel students when necessary, working closely with the school counselor
Keep the Head of Middle School fully informed on student issues and all other relevant matters pertaining to school life
Be aware of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of our school community, and to develop plans for meeting these needs
Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment
Observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; supervise the teaching process, and review and evaluate the academic programs
Co-oversee and direct the activities of the department chairs, the sponsors of various student organizations and activities, and faculty committees
Make recommendations to the Head of Middle School regarding the hiring and retention, and the assignment of faculty
Co-establish programs for the orientation of new teachers, for Pro-Grow of all teachers, and for the evaluation of classroom teachers, to ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school operation
Strive for unity, harmony, and cooperation through tact, helpfulness, respect, and a recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each teacher
Co-lead regular meetings with faculty which will deal both with routine school matters and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern
Serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures
Support the school and its leadership
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of Middle School
The ideal candidate will offer most or all of the following:
Experience as a school administrator and educator, preferably in an independent school setting.
Knowledge of curriculum and the curricular issues challenging students in our rapidly changing global community.
Knowledge and interest in college counseling and college admissions.
Decisive, creative leadership complemented appropriately with the ability to administer and manage.
Interpersonal skills to interact and work effectively with students, teachers, parents, and other constituencies.
A willingness to be visible within the La Jolla County Day community at school events, around the campus, in classrooms, and in the lives of its people.
A personality that engages others in the LJCDS community and its vision for the future.
Additionally, candidates should possess:
A bachelor’s degree, and preferably an advanced degree
A minimum of 5 years of related experience working with students in grades 5-8
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and comfortable with all levels of technology
Well-developed communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
Current knowledge in related fields and topics, and the desire to continue learning
La Jolla Country Day School is a premier independent college-preparatory school serving students from age 3 through Grade 12. At Country Day, we are committed to inspiring greatness for a better world.
For nearly 100 years, since 1926, Country Day has honored and nurtured the founding goal of Louise C. Balmer: preparing our children to be leaders in the community. Not only known for our rich h...istory, strong traditions and national reputation for excellence, Country Day is also highly regarded for its devotion to its students. We know our students, respect their individuality and will support and love them.