Dean of Students, Director of Studies/Curriculum, Division Head/Principal
4 Year Degree
Position overview: Park City Day School, a small, independent PS-Grade 8 school located in Park City, UT, seeks an experienced, creative, and energetic educator to join our Administrative team as Lower School Director. The administrative team is composed of six members who work collaboratively and report to the Head of School. The lower school division enrolls approximately 110 students in grades PS through 5 and is housed in its own building on an 11 acre campus. The Lower School Director will supervise nine homeroom teachers, two aides and four specialist teachers. He/she will be directly responsible for all daily operations within the division as well as faculty growth and professional development, curriculum articulation, all policies and procedures in the division and accurate and timely assessment of student growth. The Lower School Director will be a skilled communicator who interacts with colleagues, students, and parents on a daily basis. This position requires broad vision and constant attention to detail and the successful candidate will be familiar with progressive pedagogical approaches to high-quality learning.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Strengthen collaboration and foster transparency and trust through open communication, clear expectations, and full engagement with faculty, staff, parents and students.
Communicate regularly with families, returning phone calls/emails in a timely manner, and conducting frequent conferences with parents regarding student progress and behaviors.
Engage fully in the daily life of the school, provide educational leadership and be a skilled spokesperson for the school’s vibrant, educational program.
Maintain a safe a joyful environment that supports a high quality educational program.
Oversee the development and implementation of the lower school curriculum..
Oversee and communicate policies and procedures pertaining to the lower school.
Supervise and manage the curricular and programmatic planning with the lower school faculty.
Facilitate all aspects of faculty evaluation and the design and delivery of an effective program for professional growth and development.
Oversee teaching assignments, schedules, supervision rotations, and the annual calendar of activities and events.
Assist and support the admissions process by interviewing prospective families and students and supporting all marketing and admissions events as necessary.
Collaborate with all members of the administrative team in development of quality programs and to ensure and synchronize continuity between divisions.
Review all student assessments in order to provide clarity and accuracy in student achievement.
Assist the Head of School, as requested, with various projects and tasks that may be identified from time to time.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree required, an advanced degree related to educational leadership, counseling, curriculum or assessment is preferred.
A minimum of five years teaching experience in a lower school environment.
Knowledge and/or experience with early childhood and child development.
Demonstrated success in a position of faculty leadership.
Demonstrated success in parent management and communication.
Experience in a private or independent school highly preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Instructional coaching background or experience highly desired.
Highly effective communication and collaborative skills.
Understanding of differentiated instructional strategies.
Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
Familiarity with experiential and outdoor learning skills.
Familiarity with effective social and emotional curriculum.
Knowledge of innovation and technology approaches and practices in elementary education.
Experience with strong curricular integration utilizing various subject-area teachers.
Demonstrated understanding of thematic learning.
Evidence of strong organizational, written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills
Strong familiarity with significant educational technology skills including instructional coding, smartboard applications, Google Suite, laptop and iPad applications and various software applications including the school’s current Blackbaud interactive web-based school management system.
Familiarity with various educational approaches such as IB, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf and other programs that may have influenced incoming new students.
Personal and professional qualities: The successful candidate should possess the following personal qualities:
A positive, outgoing and nurturing personality.
Excellent listening skills while exercising tact and discretion at appropriate times.
Ability to work independently as well as being a member of a team of professionals with shared goals.
Detailed oriented and resourceful.
An appreciation for outdoor learning and engaging in the larger community for learning opportunities and practical applications of curricular objectives.
Expectations For All Park City Day School Teachers:
Educational Expertise: PCDS teachers evidence a successful academic background and a mindset for lifelong learning and continuous professional improvement.
Rapport with Children: PCDS teachers instruct in a broad range of curricular and co-curricular areas; however, the true subject (not object) of a PCDS education is children. PCDS teachers’ ability to connect, both individually and collectively, with children is critical to their success.
Collegiality: Although the self-confidence and autonomy to plan and lead classes is essential, PCDS teachers collaborate with colleagues and share ideas to ensure that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. In peer groups, successful Park City Day School teachers serve both as contributing followers and respectful leaders.
Engagement: As invested citizens of a school community and world network, PCDS teachers model the active intellectual and moral engagement necessary for a successful, sustainable society.
Adaptability: To set a high standard in a world characterized by constant and rapid changes, PCDS teachers adapt creatively in response to institutional and global circumstances, advances in educational technology and innovation in instructional methods.
"Strive for Five" School Values: Our teachers daily model our five School Values - Integrity, Responsibility, Respect, Teamwork, and Compassion - and actively integrate them into the fabric of our school community through reflective opportunities and other daily “teachable moments.”
Application Process: Candidates will submit the following in one PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Successful candidates who may receive additional consideration will be contacted for an initial interview before a potential visit to the school.
A current resume showing all relevant employment.
A cover letter expressing interest in the position.
Samples, if available, of written correspondence with faculty or parents.
A list of references that can be contacted at the appropriate time.
An independent, non-sectarian, non-profit coeducational school, Park City Day School enrolls approximately 200 students in Preschool (3 year olds) through 8th grade.
A full member of NAIS (The National Association of Independent Schools) and grounded in NAIS best practices, Park City Day School is accredited by NWAIS (The Northwest Association of Independent Schools) and by AdvancED.