Are you a dynamic, highly motivated professional that embraces innovation and longs to be part of a school that encourages thoughtful risk-taking, is open to new approaches, and is committed to your professional development?
If so, we have the perfect role for you!
We are seeking a talented, proactive, and compassionate Director of The Elementary Center committed to our mission of developing responsible citizens of a global society. Under minimal supervision, you will manage all aspects of The Elementary Center. You will directly supervise Faculty and Staff Members, including Classroom and Specialist Teachers, Instructional Assistants and Administrative Assistants. You will support students, parents, and other community members in realizing our Guiding Principles and will abide by our Framework for Professional Standards.
Reports To: Head of School
When Needed: 2019-2020 Academic Year
Who We Are:
Preschool – Eighth Grade
What We Offer:
Robust Benefits Package
Professional Development Opportunities
Extraordinary Work Environment
St. Thomas School, one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington, is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 330 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.
Under minimal supervision, conducts administrative duties to support the Elementary Center (EC) faculty and staff as well as the Director of Athletics, the School Counselor, the Director of Personalized Learning, and Instructional Assistants. This role also has teaching responsibilities as directed by the Head of School.
Senior Administrator of the Elementary Center Duties
Works closely with the Head of School and EC faculty to renew and implement the EC curriculum with language arts, math, social studies, and science (learning standards, teaching strategies, resources, and assessments), maintaining close alignment with the Early Learning Center (ELC) and Middle School (MS), and developing the EC identity
Supervises faculty and staff, including observing lessons, supporting professional development plans, conducting evaluations, offering guidance and support
Develops and oversees ongoing renewal and implementation of the curriculum (learning standards, teaching strategies, resources, and assessments)
Supports screening for EC faculty and staff candidates (advertisements and interviews)
Assures that teachers assess students and keep student records
Plans and runs division meetings as determined by the weekly schedule, including curriculum work meetings and division meetings
Provides direct, in-class teaching support (eg shared lessons)
Partners with parents and the broader community via workshops and presentations
Sets ongoing regular meetings with faculty, school counselor, and Director of Personalized Learning to discuss students in need (socially, emotionally, academically), the academic program, events, and the affective program
Assists in coordinating the program and calendar for all standardized testing, (including reports and presentations to parents, maintenance of all master files, data analysis, and summary reports, ordering and inventory)
Assists in coordinating the program and calendar for the reporting of student progress including report cards (due dates, proofreading, and distribution) and parent teacher conferences (communication, scheduling, record keeping)
Develops and manages the divisional operational budget in accordance with school-wide regulations and policies and in support of the curriculum in all areas
Meets on an ongoing basis with directors of other elementary schools to share professional development and best practices ideas
Communicates and markets the EC programs via newsletters, website, etc.
Coordinates and collaborates with educational, research, and scientific organizations to ensure the development and expansion of the EC as a model educational program
Counsels students and parents as needed, making necessary referrals to internal staff and assisting with outside referrals and working closely with teachers, administration, the School Counselor, the Literacy and Learning Specialist, and the Head of School
Sets and maintains standards of behavior and follows through with correspondence record-keeping related to discipline
Keeps the Head of School fully informed on student, parent, and faculty issues and all other relevant matters pertaining to school life
Proofreads and edits parent correspondence (reviews/edits website content and newsletters as needed)
Supports smooth day-to-day internal operations
Supports the Head of School to measure faculty performance and provide professional growth among faculty and staff
Participates in the life of the school and establishes a campus presence in order to retain a clear sense of the program and the overall climate Prepares and conducts Community Meetings/Chapel lessons and other classroom lessons as appropriate
Serves as a member of the admissions team, coordinating and participating in assessments and observations, setting schedules, and interviewing candidates/parents as needed
Provides for, and ensures that faculty provides for, the affective education of students (character education, community service, leadership, counseling, decision making)
Provides for parent education on a variety of topics
Helps establish supervisory responsibilities and master schedules
Supports the planning of integrated units of study, field trips, student assemblies, etc.
Reflects on the year’s accomplishments within the division, sets course for the following year, and communicates this direction to others
Provides orientation for all new faculty, parents, and students
Assists in maintaining accurate office and student records
Assists teachers with divisional procedures and classroom management
Ensures teachers maintain adequate and accurate communication with parents in a timely fashion about student achievement and academic progress as well as specific grade level events
Insures the documentation surrounding integrated units, activities, advisory/morning circle lessons and grade level decisions
Ensures proper development, implementation, and evaluation of the school’s curriculum, assessments, units of study, and teaching methodologies
Assists members of the team in the selection and use of instructional materials that support the curriculum and coordinates yearly purchase orders and distribution of materials
Acts as a general resource person to team members in improving instructional effectiveness
Educates team members about current trends and issues relevant to teaching responsibilities
Promotes professional in-service programs and activities that are relevant to the team
Facilitates cross-division meetings as necessary
Helps establish requests for capital budget
Assists in the revision of all print materials such as handbooks, curriculum guides, brochures, and web materials
Senior Administration Team Duties
Attends weekly team meetings
Meets weekly with the Middle School Director and Director of the Early Learning Center and Extended Day Programs
Meets bi-weekly with the Head of School
Participates on the School’s Chapel committee and is a resource to other committees such as the Green Team and Service Learning committee
Attends other occasional community gatherings, open houses, etc.
Teaches allocated classes
Provides substitution in the classrooms for absent teachers in emergencies
Supports the school and its leadership
Vigorously engages in his/her own professional development
Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open and candid dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
Maintains up to date certification in first aid and CPR
Performs other duties as assigned
Required Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year college or university and related certification in elementary education and related areas required
Master’s Degree in elementary level education preferred
5+ years’ combined teaching and administrative experience required
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, both in groups and 1:1
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent presentation and facilitation skills
Excellent time management skills
Ability to maintain confidential information
Thorough knowledge of emerging research in the field of elementary education, with special emphasis on literacy, pedagogical practices, developmental stages of childhood, issues of diversity, and brain research
Deep understanding of learning theorists and their application to the work of elementary education
Working understanding of budget processes
Verbal communication-both group presentations and 1-to-1
Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the students and program
Strong editing skills
Strong knowledge of licensing requirements
Must be proficient working in a Microsoft Windows environment (Windows 7 or higher), using Office (version 2010 or higher); ability to master common automated systems for record keeping, and confidently learn new technology
Ability to work and communicate well with students, parents, faculty, staff, and specialists within the community
If that sounds like you, we'd like to hear from you! Please visit our St. Thomas School careers website to apply.
Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas School and this position.
Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins please.
This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
About St. Thomas School
St. Thomas School, a non-sectarian, Preschool through Eighth Grade school, is one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington. St. Thomas School’s educational journey is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our mission is to develop responsible citizens of a global society. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 300 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.