Scattergood Friends School and Farm seeks a full-time Academic Dean to begin employment on July 1, 2018. We hope for the candidate to begin as early as June 11, 2018.
The Academic Dean is responsible for the academic program at the school. This includes recruiting, training, and supporting teachers, developing and overseeing the curriculum, and coordinating student academic support.
Scattergood is looking for a candidate who is passionate about leading and supporting the faculty in carrying out our progressive college-preparatory educational program.
Established in 1890, Scattergood is an extraordinary Iowa City area college prep boarding and day school. We have a long tradition of progressive academics, positive peer culture, and strong sense of community. We attract a diverse student body from the Midwest, around the U.S., and many different countries.
Scattergood’s educational program incorporates wilderness trips, community service, and experiential learning on our organic farm and prairie. In our small community we embrace difference and do the hard work necessary to have open conversations about diversity and justice.
Work closely with teachers on curriculum development, pedagogy, and the implementation of new programs.
Evaluate teachers and academic programs.
With staff provide academic counseling to students and develop, coordinate, and monitor student support plans.
Manage the academic program, including scheduling and registration.
Communicate with parents about the academic progress of their children.
Collaborate closely with the Dean of Students to facilitate the day-to-day academic life of the school.
Manage the academic budget of the school.
Skills, Qualifications, Experience
Strong commitment to and experience in progressive education.
Demonstrated ability to work patiently and positively with all constituents in an educational setting.
Leadership experience, preferably in a school setting.
Demonstrated excellence as a classroom teacher and knowledge of pedagogical strategies that emphasize engaged learning.
Experience with budget preparation and tracking and the ability to work within budget constraints.
Experience with differentiating instruction for students’ individual learning styles and needs inside and outside the classroom.
Ability to navigate difficult conversations respectfully and with the recognition of individual and cultural differences.
Past experience in Quaker education is desirable but not required.
Master’s Degree in Education or related field is desirable but not required.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation includes salary, rent-free campus housing, meals when school is in session, health and disability insurance, and retirement benefits.
About Scattergood Friends School
Scattergood Friends School is an educational community that seeks motivated learners who value simplicity, personal integrity and non-violence. We believe that the integration of these Quaker values within our holistic curriculum promotes excellence. At Scattergood, we bring forth the strengths of each individual through a diverse, well rounded experience which prepares students for higher education and life-long learning. As a community, we work and learn on our organic farm, participate in a work crew program and explore responsible use of technology. We cultivate our inner voice through quiet spiritual reflection and use that voice in community shared leadership. At Scattergood, we value the development of the whole person within the context of the global community, instilling a sense of place and purpose as we carry our values and commitment into the wider world.
Scattergood Friends School is an academic community which provides a four-year college preparatory curriculum in accordance with Friends' values. The academic program endeavors to provide an integrated educational experience that will enable students to attain their academic and personal goals. We promote an educati...on that can be the basis for lifelong growth. Accordingly, we believe knowledge and proficiency, acquired through a variety of experiences, are essential for learning to think critically, express ideas effectively, and relate information on a variety of subject areas. We intend for our students to develop ethical values and strength of character. Therefore, we offer opportunities for our students to serve others as we prepare them for life beyond Scattergood.
While the academics are a great focus at Scattergood, the community is stressed just as much. Scattergood relies on the Quaker principles of community, equality, simplicity, and harmony when dealing with issues that arise in our day-to-day lives. However, this rarely makes the process quick and easy. Living in community involves sharing meals, classes, chores, living space, and other responsibilities. "Community" is an ideal and a challenge that we attempt to realize and discover in our daily lives. Community is not something that can be learned through rules, handbooks, or definitions, but rather something that can only be sought and discovered by willing individuals.
Our philosophy concentrates on preparation for life, which involves promoting academic achievement, fostering a responsible and confident self-image in our students, and encouraging personal commitment to the extended community.