The Lower School Director serves as an active member of the School's administrative senior team and works in a close and collaborative relationship with the Seedling School (preschool) Director and Upper School Director (grades 6-8). The Lower School Director contributes to the overall strength and effectiveness of Foothill Country Day School, and supports the School’s mission statement and core values. The Lower School Director assists the Head of School in daily activities and is responsible for the supervision and coordination of all activities related to personnel and students in grades K-5.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
A daily active, physical presence is an essential function of the job, as is an active presence at some evening and weekend school-related functions and activities.
Lead the ongoing process of pedagogy and curriculum review, design and change.
Implement and complete the annual support, growth and evaluation process for faculty.
Coordinate K-5 teaching schedules and daily schedule; work with senior team to coordinate school calendar of events.
Meet regularly with grade level teams and support teachers.
Facilitate monthly division meetings.
Approve letters and correspondence sent to parents.
Oversee and manage K-5 division budget.
Assist Head of School in the recruitment and hiring of faculty.
Build a culture of ethical behavior and set the tone for a positive community committed to Foothill’s mission and core values.
Oversee discipline and conflict resolution in the K-5 grades.
Organize the K-5th grade chapel calendar, guidelines, and topics.
Participate in the K-5 admissions process, attend tours as appropriate, interview prospective students and parents (on occasion), consult with Director of Enrollment.
Maintain an accessible, open-door climate for families.
Conference with parents as needed regarding academic and social progress of students.
Skills, Qualifications, and Experience
The ideal candidate will have:
Excellent interpersonal skills as well as depth of experience teaching and leading a range of elementary school grades and supervising and supporting elementary faculty.
A growth mindset and an understanding of the relationship between developmental readiness and academic and social growth.
Practice supporting teachers’ skills in the integration of social emotional wellness practices.
Practice supporting teachers’ skills in technology integration across the curriculum.
Prior administrative experience, preferably in an independent school.
Good humor and energy.
Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year accredited institution
Master’s degree preferred but not required
Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and a 2-page maximum response to the following question:
Why must schools change and how will you lead the faculty in both pedagogical and curriculum change?
Foothill Country Day School provides a competitive wage and an inviting, professional, and collegial working environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Foothill Country Day School abides by all local, state, and federal laws in its interview and employment practices.
Founded in 1954, Foothill Country Day School is an independent, co-ed, K-8 day school. The school seeks to enroll capable students in a challenging program that views the moral development of children as its highest endeavor.
We are located in Claremont, CA, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. We are 20 minutes due east of Pasadena, located 1 mile from the Claremont Colleges (Scripps, Pitzer, Harvey Mudd, Pomona, and Claremont McKenna). We enjoy beautiful, well-appointed facilities and strong support from an actively engaged parent community with high expectations.
Our class size averages 16, with two sections at each grade level. Faculty experience a high degree of autonomy within a firm team experience. The school is grouped in divisions of K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. A hallmark of the Foothill experience is simply working hard to push oneself to achieve academically and develop more fully as a person of integrity.
Graduates regularly test into honors classes at the high school level in math, science, and foreign language. They gain a reputation for being grounded, industrious, kind, and honorable. Foothill graduates go on to the most selective universities and c...olleges across the country, affirming our belief in the vital role of a Foothill education in the future of its students.