Middle School Director of Learning, Innovation, and Design
The Harker School
February 26, 2018
San Jose, California
Full Time - Faculty
We are seeking a Director of Learning, Innovation, and Design teacher to join our middle school team beginning with the 2018/2019 school year. This position is a full time, 12 - month, benefited position. For more information about our middle school program, please visit us at http://www.harker.org/middle-school/academics
The role of the person in this position is to assure that Harker’s Middle School is making continuous improvements to the effective use of innovative learning strategies as a means of accomplishing its educational mission.
3 plus years of teaching experience Bachelor degree, Masters preferred
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Evaluate, select, review, implement curricular components requiring the use of technology and innovative learning strategies Provide staff development focused on educational needs Participate in the development and implementation of an appropriate technology plan Develop technology budget for his/her division and provide budget review to other academic departments in the Middle School Represent the school effectively in regional activities (CAIS, BAISNet, CUE, etc.) Continuously evaluate emerging and existing tools for applicability to Harker’s mission Continuously assess the effectiveness of the school’s implementation of innovative tools and strategies Model appropriate pedagogy by teaching at least one section of a school approved course Maintain effective relationships with students – including participating in the activities of at least one club Collaboratively work with other Harker Learning, Innovation, and Design Directors to maintain continuity and efficiency for all LID-related initiatives
Other Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and deliver staff development on a general, departmental, and individual level Create, and assist faculty in creating, technology-enhanced learning opportunities Assist in selection and implementation of appropriate administrative tools (grade books, etc.) and provide relevant training Provide direction for students and their use of technology Support and help guide appropriate and relevant technology policies for student and faculty use Provide advice and support to administration in selection of Middle School faculty Attend and present at relevant conferences and professional activities Provide staff development focused on educational and instructional needs; this includes but is not limited to support of the Harker Teacher institute in the summer, LID Vision Days throughout the year, organizing professional development trips with faculty, and coordinating required opportunities for faculty to present on findings from school-organized professional development trips. Provide other service and perform other duties as requested by administration
Knowledge and Skills
Extensive knowledge and experience in the use of innovative learning strategies and relevant tools Extensive knowledge of a wide variety of operating systems and applications Effective teaching skills for delivery to both Middle School students and faculty Experience or training in instructional design and implementation Broad experience in curriculum development across a variety of curricular areas.
Physical Activities and requirements of the position
Ability to communicate in effective English with staff, faculty, administration, and outside firms, etc. in person, via email, and by telephone. Hear individuals, groups, telephone and intercom communications, public address announcements, emergency signals, etc.
Effective computer use, using multiple platforms Lift boxes up to 25 lbs.
None: No hazardous or significantly unpleasant conditions
Ability to communicate in effective English with faculty, staff, vendors, etc. via email, video conference, in person and by telephone Strong customer service skills Displayed proficiency in all related computer applications Ability to successfully learn, navigate and use Harker’s internal programs and systems Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously Strong organizational skills and attention to detail Skill managing sensitive and confidential information Maintain positive attitude Must be self-motivated, with the ability to work independently and in a team environment Ability to adapt to multiple situations and tasks
Our mission is to educate students for success at college and beyond, and to foster kindness, respect and integrity within a safe and nurturing environment. We achieve academic excellence through the development of intellectual curiosity, personal accountability and love of learning. Our comprehensive program and exceptional faculty and staff help students discover, develop and enjoy their unique talents. We honor individuality, embrace diversity, and promote leadership and service, preparing students to take their place as global citizens.
About The Harker School
Since its founding in 1893, The Harker School, a coeducational, independent, college preparatory day school serving students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as early learners in our preschool, has followed its mission to develop lifelong learners and well-rounded global citizens.
We are tremendously proud of our century-old tradition of excellence in education, and the international recognition our students, faculty and programs have earned. We believe the best way to prepare our students is to provide the best academic and extracurricular programs possible. Harker provides a challenging and balanced education. The Harker experience comprises the following cornerstones: students and families, teachers, curriculum and the learning environment, which includes inspiring facilities.
The Harker School is located in the Santa Clara Valley of California. We enjoy 300-plus days of sunshine per year, a perfect climate to take advantage of our beautiful mountain ranges, great for hiking, camping and biking. We’re just a short drive to Santa Cruz where one can enjoy being by the ocean and among the beautiful redwood trees. Santa Clara is home to a variety of startup companies... as well as tech giants. We are fortunate to live in a diverse community with a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, religious beliefs and cultural identities.