The Director of Innovative Curriculum and Instruction will provide support to the Vice President, Educational Programs by providing both visionary and pragmatic leadership to support the administrative and instructional needs for Idyllwild Arts. The position also supports school-wide efforts to improve accountability, student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and the use of data and information for continuous improvement. He/she will facilitate technology-rich teaching and learning, guide collaborative curricular innovation, including program oversight, faculty and staff training/support, and ensure reliability and consistency.
The Director of Innovative Curriculum and Instruction will be a member of the administrative leadership team and serve as a collaborative, empathetic, and inspirational leader of Idyllwild’s Arts entire curricular program. He/she will be charged with creating a curriculum map that spans the arts and academics and aligns with the School’s mission and vision. This individual will play an important leadership role in developing, enhancing, and evaluating the school’s 9-12 educational curriculum and instruction (arts and academic) and be responsible for facilitating both horizontal coordination and vertical scope and sequence. The Director of Innovative Curriculum and Instruction will also ensure that curricular implementation remains at a high quality and work in partnership with faculty in support of achieving their professional growth and development goals.
Lead the curriculum mapping process to establish vertically aligned 9-12th grade curriculum in all subject areas that reflects best practices and clearly identifies student learning opportunities and outcomes.
Assist teachers in matching appropriate assessment instruments to curriculum objectives.
Emphasize cross-curricular or cross discipline learning and promote collaboration--especially between arts and academics.
Ensure that the curriculum is consistent with expectation of grade levels.
Coordinate and design ongoing faculty professional development.
Oversee academic and co-curricular programs and weekend enrichment programs
Support the development, implementation, and evaluation of student learning experiences, assessment methods, and curricular paths
Participate in student life and other campus activities as a full and active member of the Idyllwild Arts community.
Provides leadership in the development of strategic approaches for the educational programs of Idyllwild Arts.
Works collaboratively and effectively with faculty and staff throughout the school to provide pedagogical consulting to design, develop, and implement instructional content, courses and projects that enrich teaching and learning.
Formulates and provides a professional development program designed to support faculty in the design, development and delivery of innovation instruction.
Masters degree or equivalent in education or educational leadership from an accredited college or university required. Degree in instructional design preferred
Strong technology skills and familiarity with integration of technology
A deep understanding of contemporary research and professional growth programs that champion forward-thinking independent school teaching and learning practices
Experience in and understanding of arts education
A commitment to diversity and fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms
Experience creating different modalities of professional growth opportunities for administrators, teachers, and students, and a successful track record sustaining the momentum of those professional development programs
Commitment to a collaborative professional learning community
LEADERSHIP AND PERSONAL QUALITIES:
Acts as a model of integrity.
Understands professional boundaries and interacts accordingly and respectfully.
Has a sense of humor and keeps things in perspective
Exercises patience and good listening skills.
Flexible, resilient, and has the ability to work well under pressure.
Keeps a positive attitude.
Requires possession and maintenance of a valid California Driver’s License, and must clear a criminal history background check, (as required by CA Education Code Section 44237), and pass a TB test.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
While performing the duties of this position an incumbent is required to regularly remain sedentary for long periods of time processing public relations information and paperwork both manually and on a computer.
Specific vision abilities include close, distant and color vision perception and the ability to adjust eye focus. Reaching with the hands and arms, and use of hands to finger, type, and manipulate a computer keyboard and mouse is required. Additionally, the incumbent must be able to converse in clear English both written and orally, over a telephone and in person, and be able to make public presentations.
Occasionally, incumbent may be required to lift up to 30 pounds, traverse uneven terrain while moving about campus, bend and stoop, conduct tours and show visitors campus facilities, provide their own transportation for local and remote event(s), when travel is necessary.
Work hours vary and may include days, nights, and weekends.
Reasonable accommodation will be considered to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
About Idyllwild Arts Foundation
Idyllwild Arts is a co-ed boarding and day school for 275 students in grades 9-12. The Summer Program, founded in 1950, is an eight-week program that brings more than nearly 2,000 children, teens, and adults to Idyllwild each summer. The Academy was established in1986 to extend the Summer Program's commitment to the arts through the only boarding high school for the arts on the west coast. The school has developed into an exceptional high school for pre-professional training in the arts combined with high academic standards and a residential life curriculum.Idyllwild graduates attend the top colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, and the very best conservatories and art schools, such as Julliard, Curtis, New England Conservatory of Music, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Many have established celebrated careers as artists. The arts disciplines include dance, music, visual arts, theatre, moving pictures and creative writing. Students may major in any one discipline or combine their interests in an interdisciplinary arts major.