Marin Horizon School seeks an experienced and visionary leader and teacher to serve as Middle School (Grades 4-8) Division Director. Marin Horizon, located in Mill Valley, California, is a progressive school with over 300 students in its pre-school through 8th-grade classrooms. The curriculum is “Montessori inspired” and features an exceptionally strong inquiry-based program and has a long commitment to developing every student’s academic tenacity and critical thinking skills. The school views character education as central and strives to develop each child’s academic skills, inner strengths, creativity, and social conscience. The school seeks a leader who will advance the middle school curriculum and programs, inspire teachers, build teamwork, plan strategically, budget wisely, and work in close collaboration with other key administrators at the school.
Oversee scope, sequence and integration of the 4th -8th grade curriculum
Clearly articulate the program internally (to colleagues and parents) and externally (to visitors and applicant families)
Create teams and/or committees to oversee curriculum revisions and lead in the pacing and management of curriculum revisions or refinements
Manage the calendar and schedule in collaboration with Dean of Students and other academic administrators grades 4-8, attending to balance, load and overall effectiveness of the program
Oversee schedule updates and/or overhauls, manage the schedules of specialists shared with the elementary school, and create schedules for special events.
Oversee integration of curriculum and co-curricular programs across disciplines
Manage the report-card and conference process, assuring high quality and effective communication
Develop arts electives with teachers of art, music and drama, and schedule rehearsals, performances, and related special events
Hire, inspire, and supervise the middle school team of teachers, through one-on-one goal setting, classroom visits, professional development and the timely articulation of challenges and strengths that individual teachers (or teaching teams) manifest
Organize weekly faculty meetings, grade level meetings, ad hoc meetings, and staff in-services as needed.
Organize and lead weekly division meetings with help of Dean of Students
Parents and Students
Attend to the spirit and tone of the middle school, assuring that the middle school culture is inclusive and kind
In collaboration with the Dean of Students, construct/monitor/oversee student discipline, articulating the school’s philosophy around student social/emotional growth and assuring that students learn from difficult passages
Oversee/monitor all programs that support students’ social-emotional learning
Create parent educational events (coffees, evenings) that help parents understand and manage their children’s developmental journey
Assure that parent communication about school programs is effective, timely, and substantial
“Showcase” school curriculum and student work for parents at special events
Welcome and create orientation for new students
Serve as a member of the graduation planning team
Oversee the high school transition process
Enthusiastically contribute to admission events, tours, students visits, and screenings
Support diversity initiatives across the school and within the middle school
Assist with school-wide special events and performances
Attend administrative meetings such as the “Go Team,” “Large Leadership” and weekly Division Head meetings
Marin Horizon School is an equal opportunity employer. Marin Horizon School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age or any other characteristic protected by law.
Resumes, cover letters, and references should be sent to email@example.com. Please put the name of the position for which you are applying in the subject line of the email. Candidates are welcome to call Interim Head of School Catherine Hunter, at 415-388-8408, extension 225 or 510-504-8036 with questions about the position.