The Academic Chair serves as the educational leader, responsible for managing the academic policies, regulations, and procedures to ensure that all students are supervised in an environment that inspires learning, specifically related to curricula and academic oversight. The Academic Chair also works with the Assistant Head of School to hire qualified faculty to achieve academic excellence.
Achieving academic excellence requires that the Academic Chair work collaboratively to direct and nurture all members of the school faculty hired and to communicate effectively with parents. Inherent in the position are the responsibilities for scheduling, curriculum development, extracurricular activities, personnel management, and daily operations as related to the learning environment.
Working with the Assistant Head of School to align behavior, social emotional learning and growth mindset of the whole child.
Establish and promote high standards and expectations for all students and faculty for academic performance.
Establish the annual master schedule for instructional programs, ensuring sequential learning experiences for students consistent with the school’s philosophy, mission statement and instructional goals.
Supervise the instructional programs of the school, evaluating lesson plans and observing classes (teaching, as duties allow) on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child growth and development.
Establish procedures for evaluation and selection of instructional materials and equipment, approving all recommendations.
Supervise in a fair and consistent manner effective attendance systems with high standards, consistent with the philosophy, values, and mission of the school.
Establish a professional rapport with students and with faculty that has their respect. Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents and school personnel. Serve as a role model for students, dressing professionally, demonstrating the importance and relevance of learning, accepting responsibility, and demonstrating pride in the education profession. Encourage all faculty to do the same.
Keep the Head of School, Assistant Head of School and COO advised of employees not meeting their contractual agreement to develop a plan to address, record and take appropriate steps to address any such issues.
Research and collect data regarding the academic needs of students, work with the learning specialist team to help students and create a “Student Profile” to pass to faculty year after year.
Keep the faculty informed and seek ideas for the improvement of the school. Work with Assistant Head of School to conduct meetings, as necessary, for the proper functioning of the school: weekly meetings for full-time faculty; monthly faculty meetings.
Establish and maintain an effective inventory system for all school supplies, materials and equipment.
Work with COO to establish procedures that create and maintain attractive, organized, functional, healthy, clean, and safe facilities, with proper attention to the visual, acoustic and temperature.
Assume responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of students, employees and visitors.
In conjunction with the COO, develop clearly understood procedures and provide regular drills for emergencies and disasters.
Maintain a master schedule to be posted for all faculty.
Maintain visibility with students, faculty, and parents.
Communicate regularly with parents, seeking their support and advice, so as to create a cooperative relationship to support the student in the school. The Academic Chair may not interfere with anyone’s freedom to speak directly to the Chaplain.
Complete in a timely fashion all records and reports as requested by the Head of School. Maintain accurate academic and attendance records.
Be knowledgeable and able to articulate advances and trends in pedagogy and education.
Review and evaluate the academic programs, including for horizontal and vertical curricular flow.
Lead the academic policies/curriculum committee in the articulation of the school mission, school goals, department goals, course objectives, materials, methods, and means of assessment.
Observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty, including through classroom observation, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
Oversee and direct the activities of the department chairs, the sponsors of various student organizations and activities, and faculty committees.
Make recommendations to the Head of School and Assistant Head of School regarding the hiring and retention, and the assignment of faculty.
Oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by faculty in measuring student achievement.
Maintain and account for all student activity funds and money collected from students.
Communicate regularly with the Head of School and Assistant Head of School about the needs, successes and general operation of the school.
Work with Assistant Head of School to establish procedures for safe storing and integrity of all public and confidential school records. Ensure that student records are complete and current.
Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing such information within legal confines.
Organize and supervise procedures for identifying and addressing special needs of students including health-related concerns, and physical, emotional and spiritual needs (keeping the Assistant Head of School and Chaplain informed of these).
Maintain positive, cooperative and mutually supportive relationships with faculty, parents and other school faculty.
Attend required committee meetings (e.g.: fund-raising, curriculum, etc.) and extra school sponsored functions and religious events.
Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certifications, as assigned by the Head of Schools and not otherwise prohibited by law or in conflict with contract.
Ensure that schedule allows for regular attendance to Chapel Services and Class/School Presentations, parties, etc.
Provide quarterly student grade and reports to parents. Post honor roll lists each quarter. Work with Assistant Head of School to provide behavior reports.
Nurture both students and faculty to achieve their greatest potential academically, instructionally and spiritually.
Maintain in the school a spirit conducive to prayer and study.
Ensure that students and faculty attend scheduled prayers and Chapel Services, as the schedule requires.
Enforce uniform policy and appearance policy so as to assure a school environment that is focused on group spiritual and academic achievement rather than on individuals.
Provide and supervise a safe recreation and play period for the students.
Master’s Degree or above in Education, Curriculum, or Educational Leadership.
5+ years of proven leadership as principal, assistant principal, curriculum specialist, or a comparable position.
Ability to work with individuals with a wide range of experience and diverse backgrounds.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Must be able to focus on details while also maintaining the overall big picture of the school
Highly organized and able to focus on multiple tasks at once
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Strong interpersonal skills to effectively manage relationships within the school and with the parents
Proficient with Microsoft Office applications and ability to learn additional software programs
Extreme tact and discretion, attention to detail, and a commitment to excellence.
Sensitivity and discretion
About ST BENEDICT'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL
St. Benedict's (St. B’s) is an independent school located in Metro Atlanta, close to the intersections of Atlanta Road, Cumberland Parkway and East-West Connector in Smyrna, Georgia. In the Episcopal traditions of scholarship, openness and inclusion, St. Benedict’s Episcopal School encourages student creativity and inquiry-based learning in a caring and nurturing environment. To learn more about the school please visit our website, www.stbs.org