The Director of Studies will be a strategic thought-partner, a member of the administrative team of the school, and will report to the Head of School. The Director of Studies serves as the academic leader of the school, provides leadership to the faculty and manages the processes by which instruction is administered to students. The Director of Studies works most closely with grades 5 through 12.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of Studies will:
Maintain congruency between the school’s mission and all academic activities.
Ensure horizontal and vertical alignment of the curriculum.
Coordinate alignment of curriculum and instruction.
Cultivate a robust academic environment.
Manage academic operations:
Develop the school’s master class schedule (Blackbaud), exam and standardized testing schedules (including APs), and daily scheduling of students.
Monitor student academic progress and provide for the academic guidance of students.
Maintain complete academic records on all students; oversee report cards.
Oversee the grading and reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
Maintain regular communication with parents.
Plan Honor Assemblies and parent programs.
Develop and implement educational action plans for students requiring accommodations.
Manage and lead professional development program for all faculty.
Observe, supervise and evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum:
Oversee the teaching process, and review and evaluate academic programs.
Stay current on and model research-based instructional strategies.
Work collaboratively with teachers to integrate educational initiatives and resources.
Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding faculty recruitment and development, hiring and retention, and the assignment of faculty.
Establish and manage programs for the orientation of new teachers, for in-service training of all teachers and for the evaluation of classroom teachers.
Serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
Conduct regular meetings with faculty and department chairs, for discussion of both routine school matters and the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
Ensure compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and other regulatory agencies; maintain the educational standards of the school to satisfy accrediting bodies.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Master’s degree in educational administration/curriculum, or a related field.
Educational professional with at least five years’ experience teaching or administration.
Familiarity with Blackbaud Education Edge a plus.
Exceptional administrative, management, and leadership skills.
Strong ?organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively with all constituencies, including administration, faculty, parents and students.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
A multitasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced school environment.
An educational philosophy consistent with the mission of Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.