Lakeside School is pleased to announce a leadership opportunity for July 2018. Lakeside School, an independent coeducational day school located in north Seattle, Washington, is currently recruiting for an Upper School Assistant Director. The position will be a full-time academic administrator position on an extended year schedule (213 workdays, approximately August 8th - June 27th).
Lakeside’s Upper School has an administrative team consisting of two Assistant Directors who report to the Upper School Director. The Assistant Directors share responsibility for the academic, social, and emotional growth of the 580 students in the Upper School (grades 9-12); the Director manages the division’s faculty and overall curriculum and oversees all of the division’s other functions. The Director and the Assistant Directors share the responsibility of leading evaluation teams with Upper School department heads to evaluate Upper School faculty. The Assistant Director will have an advisory group of eight to ten students and may also teach one class. As a leader within the Upper School, the Assistant Directors are charged with supporting the school’s diversity and inclusion efforts with students, faculty and staff.
The core work of the Assistant Directors focuses on the following areas:
Managing and supervising the Student Support Team of instructional support faculty members who provide counseling and skills training to students facing academic, emotional, or social challenges at Lakeside; administering academic and behavioral probation for Upper School students.
Ensuring that the school’s community expectations are well understood and accepted by all students and faculty, parents and guardians, advising the Upper School faculty/student Judicial Committee, and facilitating all aspects of the disciplinary process.
Facilitating meetings of the Upper School Student Life Department and grade-level coordinators, and carrying out these groups’ recommendations; supervising and evaluating program coordinators and student activity/club advisors; coordinating the division’s extensive student-initiated club program.
Student Leadership Ensuring that leadership skills are consistently taught across grade levels and activities; building strong, supportive connections among all the programs that help students develop and practice leadership skills; serving as the Upper School Student Life Department head; supervising and evaluating the adults who work with students outside the classroom through co-curricular and programmatic areas in which students learn to act ethically, think independently, behave respectfully, strive to be culturally competent, and take responsibility for their actions.
The successful candidate will be attracted by and embrace the school’s mission and be able to articulate how she or he will contribute to this dynamic, diverse, and intellectual community of lifelong learners. In addition, the successful candidate will enjoy a collaborative atmosphere and benefit from Lakeside’s commitment to their professional growth. This commitment to growth extends to other possible adult leadership responsibilities in the position (i.e. faculty evaluation, leadership of the department heads team and leadership of faculty meetings) as well as participate as assigned in Lakeside’s decision-making groups.
Lakeside School is an equal opportunity employer seeking to diversify its workplace.
Requirements and Qualifications
Candidates for this position should have a discipline-based BA or BS degree. A master’s degree in a relevant field, education, and/or educational administration is preferred. Applicants must have had both teaching and some administrative experience at the high-school level. Applicants must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and an aptitude for leadership through collaboration. Familiarity with computers (PC/Windows platform and Microsoft Office) is essential. References should speak to the person’s exceptional leadership and organizational skills, strong understanding of independent school management and curricula, and capacity for building effective and appropriate relationships with students, as well as to his/her ability to be flexible and compassionate and to work harmoniously with adult colleagues.
About Lakeside School
Lakeside School was founded in 1919, and currently enrolls 858 students in grades 5 through 12 from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.
The School’s Mission and shared commitment of all Lakeside employees is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a global society. We provide a rigorous, dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning. We are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.