Do you thrive on a fast-paced environment that can change from day to day? Do you enjoy being around adolescents even if they are upset, worried or stressed out? Can you pivot from taking attendance to looking for an iPhone's owner to planning a 10th grade service trip to New Orleans?
Washington International School is seeking an individual to become a part of the Upper School leadership team and provide administrative support to the Upper School Principal, other academic administrators, teachers, students and parents.
With @ 260 students in grades 9-12 and 45 faculty and staff members in the Upper School, no two days are exactly the same.
You are organized, flexible, and approachable. You possess strong technical skills, an ability to adapt to and use online educational platforms, and understand and manipulate data. You are comfortable working independently while also ensuring the smooth day-to-day operations of the Upper School. You anticipate needs and engage in strategic thinking about school systems and processes - you can help effect change and improve the operation of the Upper School. You are able to build and maintain relationships of trust with colleagues, students and parents.
Duties include; writing correspondence, scheduling, purchasing supplies, tracking budgets and serving as the main point of contact for students, parents and teachers in the Upper School.
Previous experience in a school, especially an independent or international school is preferred. A successful candidate brings a friendly demeanor and enjoys working with teenagers and adults.
Minimum of 3 years of relevant administrative experience, ideally in an academic setting
Strong technical skills - MS Office suite, database management, ability to use social media in a professional setting
Excellent oral and written skills
Demonstrated patience, collaborative and collegial demeanor, with colleagues, students and parents
Proficiency in French or Spanish preferred
Must be able to lift 40 pounds, walk even run easily, endure occasional variances in temperature
The start date is July 24, 2017 with some flexibility.
Additional Salary Information: Non-exempt/overtime eligible position. Pay depends on skills and experience. Excellent benefits, including; 75% subsidy for health/dental premiums, 7% match with 2% contribution for retirement, free parking and much more.
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, PK-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to provide a demanding international education that will challenge students to become responsible and effective world citizens. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s cha...llenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS graduates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.