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Reports to: Head of School, Lovett School
Basic Function: As a member of the senior leadership team, the Assistant Head for Academic Affairs provides consultation to the Head of School and works with the leadership team to identify and support the achievement of The Lovett School’s objectives. The Assistant Head for Academic Affairs is responsible for creating and sustaining an environment of academic and professional excellence for students and faculty. This individual oversees the K-12 academic program, promoting a common academic vision grounded in the mission and Vision for Learning and fostering cross-divisional collaboration and communication.
Provides strategic leadership and vision for the following K-12 departments and their leaders: Academic Resource Center, Registrar, Civic & Global Engagement, Academic Technology, Library, and Multicultural Programs and Services
Chairs the Middle School and Upper School Department Heads groups; attends Lower School team leader meetings
Serves as the chief liaison between the School and the Education and Student Life committee of the Board of Trustees
Leads the strategic oversight and planning around the SACS / SAIS re-accreditation process
Provides strategic oversight of K-12 teaching and learning (curriculum, pedagogy, assessment), with particular focus on the transitions between school divisions
Leads the K-12 Academic Team (division heads and / or academic representatives) to address issues of curricular unity, share best practices, and improve K-12 communication
Leads team of division administrators responsible for teaching and learning in order to seed strategic division discussions related to pedagogy best practices
Provides school-wide, senior administrative support for cross-divisional academic initiatives, including instructional coaching, Education for Sustainability, design thinking, and STEAM
Communicates Lovett’s story of academic excellence through social media, website articles, printed publications, and conference presentations
Provides strategic oversight of ongoing professional development efforts, including coordinating the distribution and stewardship of endowed summer study and travel funds
Develops and maintains a dashboard of metrics related to programmatic accountabilities
In partnership with other members of the senior leadership team, develops and maintains a systematic, school-wide approach to faculty hiring, mentoring, coaching, and evaluation, with a particular emphasis on the recruitment and retention of faculty of color
Represents the School and Head of School at gatherings of local and national organizations and serves as the academic liaison to INDEX, the Independent School Data Exchange
Teaches an Upper School course
Position Requirements (knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform satisfactorily in the position):
The Lovett community is interested in all candidates who possess the proven leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills to further expand its commitment to academic excellence within a child-centered community. The most promising candidates will be leaders who understand the interdependence of all aspects of a large independent school. The school is most interested in candidates who possess or are able to demonstrate most, if not all, of the following:
A strong passion and commitment to The Lovett School’s mission and values
Record of accomplishment in leading, managing and developing teams, and elevating institutional visibility
A minimum of 10 years of responsibility in education with considerable academic management experience, preferably in an independent school setting
Superior listening skills and the ability to understand and respond appropriately to the multiple perspectives represented in the school community
Excellent written and oral communication skills to facilitate effective communication with students, parents, colleagues, and board members
A collaborative yet clear and decisive leadership style, built on a foundation of servant leadership
The ability to build and lead effective teams, empowering others through delegation, valuing the contributions of all team members, and cultivating the talents and strengths of each individual for the success of the team
Expertise and experience in curriculum development, pedagogy, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning
Experience in inclusivity, equity, and justice work in support of faculty, students, and curriculum
Strong technology skills and computer literacy; excellent data analysis and synthesis skills
Demonstrated project management skills in implementing and assessing complex programs, managing relationships, and working on diverse teams
A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is strongly preferred.
The Lovett School Mission: The Lovett School is a community that seeks to develop young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in college and in life.
The Lovett School Vision for Learning: Lovett offers experiences that inspire our students to love learning. We encourage them to think critically, communicate effectively, engage creatively, and collaborate purposefully. We provide the opportunities and resources that help our students develop independence and self-direction and extend their learning beyond the walls of the classroom as they grow intellectually, emotionally, physically, aesthetically, morally, and spiritually.
The Lovett School Diversity Mission Statement: The Lovett School celebrates the uniqueness of each individual within an intentionally inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment. We recognize that our community is enhanced as we seek to appreciate and respect the differences among our students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. We are committed to supporting this environment through classroom instruction, professional development, and other curricular and co-curricular programming, and in accordance with our nondiscriminatory policy.
NOTE: The Lovett School employment process includes a post-offer drug (hair) test and background check. See the employment application for more information.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, and talk or hear. The position requires frequent typing, at times for long periods of the day. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.