Beacon Academy, a Montessori-based, IB high school of 200 students in Evanston, IL, seeks an experienced and visionary educator to serve as the next Academic Dean. A member of the Senior Administrative team reporting to the Head of School, the Academic Dean oversees the academic program; supports teachers through mentoring, evaluation, and professional development; attends to students’ academic well being; provides curricular oversight and development; and serves as a resource for the parent body.
Founded in 2014 and located in vibrant downtown Evanston, just north of Chicago, Beacon’s mission is to offer an innovative and challenging education based on Montessori principles that places a priority on experiential learning, entrepreneurial thinking, and in-depth interdisciplinary studies. We strive for our students to master the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind necessary to meaningfully contribute to a complex and diverse world with compassion and confidence. In its hiring practices, Beacon deliberately seeks to maximize the diversity of the school (in terms of class, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, abilities/disabilities, and language).
Beacon’s next Academic Dean will:
--Enable an innovative and challenging academic program while engendering an environment that encourages independent, creative, and engaging teaching and learning;
--Act as the academic leader of the school with the vision and skills to develop and augment our already robust and innovative Montessori-based, IB curriculum;
--Foster best practices in teaching and learning to challenge students academically;
--Advise the Head of School regarding the hiring and retention of faculty and facilitate regular faculty evaluation;
--Manage the faculty and assist with their professional development and lead new faculty orientation;
--Work closely with the Director of Student Support, Director of College Counseling, and Dean of Students to ensure care for the whole student;
--Inspire others, using interpersonal skills, great communication, and purposeful meetings to unite the community around a common purpose;
--Provide for the academic guidance of students and oversee all academic grading and reporting as well as managing exam schedules;
--Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity, value multiple perspectives, and have experience creating a safe learning environment for all;
--Prepare a master school class schedule, assigning teachers and students to classes and other obligations;
--Manage the budget for academic program and support school's enrollment and marketing efforts;
--Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School;
--Support the school and its leadership.
Beacon Academy is seeking an Academic Dean with exceptional leadership skills and a commitment to Montessori education and academic excellence. The next Academic Dean will be a proven leader with a minimum of three to five years of administrative experience in a school setting and a skillful communicator who can foster the core values expressed in the school’s mission. The successful candidate will thrive in a school community that reflects the cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of Chicago. This candidate will be a relationship-builder who is dedicated to furthering its educational mission through a partnership with students, faculty, staff, parents and guardians, and the wider community. Applicants should possess a minimum of a master’s degree and have a proven track record of success in leadership positions.
The new Academic Dean will take office July 1, 2019.
This is a 100% full-time, exempt, 12-month administrative position. Salary is commensurate with experience, and benefits include retirement, medical, dental, life and disability insurance.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beacon does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin, sexual identity, gender, or religion, in the administration of its hiring policies, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
About Beacon Academy
Beacon Academy brings together independent school best practices and the IB Diploma curriculum with the independence, freedom, and student-centered methods of Montessori. The students experience a learning community that inspires self-motivation and personal challenge and celebrates intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity. Based in Evanston, but using the entirety of Chicago as a classroom, Beacon Academy has experienced explosive growth since its founding in 2014. It is a school that values entrepreneurialism, creativity, and innovation.