La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students and educators of character who have a strong work ethic and a desire for greatness in any realm that inspires them. Through an outstanding faculty and staff, the school delivers an exceptional academic program, mentors the pursuit of greatness, and engages thought leaders into the fabric of the school. Its promise is to “Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.”
In addition to teaching four Middle School science sections, the department chair is the curricular and programmatic leader of the department, charged with leading the department towards a shared curricular vision; ensuring that policies, practices, and curricular direction within the department are mission-aligned and in accordance with the school’s goals and the department’s internal agreements.
This individual is the advocate for the science department, while at the same time supporting the wider mission of Country Day. The department chair will advise the administration in decision-making related to the department, and serve as instructional coach to the other members of the department. Chairs work collaboratively with other chairs in the Middle School, and across other divisions; they are supporters of best practices, professional development, and professionalism.
The ideal department chair will:
Share a deep passion for science;
Have enthusiasm, flexibility, and a desire to collaborate with colleagues in the department, across disciplines, and in all divisions;
Have a desire to develop curriculum that focuses on the real-world application of science and hands-on learning;
Provide activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, innovation, problem-solving, and the use of technology;
Create a supportive and caring classroom environment in which students can learn and interact positively with one another; through student-centered instruction, collaboration and authentic assessment;
Gather and analyze data on student learning and teaching practices to improve the educational experience;
Contribute to school life as a positive community member in ways that go beyond the role in the classroom.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Set vision and tone for the department; propose action steps to realize vision(s) over time
Mentor, coach and be available to discuss curriculum and pedagogy at all times with current department members
Regular observations of educators, providing feedback as appropriate
Facilitate department meetings concerning both the day-to-day nuts-and-bolts issues (grading policy, student schedule changes, level placement and changes, comment writing, curricular collaboration, integration of technology, integration of culture), and longer-term curricular and pedagogical strategies
Support educators in developing professional goals and share opportunities that help faculty grow in these areas
Member of the Middle School Academic Council and other various committees
Interface regularly with parents to listen, handle concerns, and mediate when necessary
Assist with transition from Middle School to Upper School by advising on the placement of students into appropriate course level, as well as communicating with current and new families, division leaders and deans, and the admissions team
Oversee textbooks and reader choices and ordering of materials
Oversee new curriculum for core courses and course submissions for science electives
Manage budget for core science courses and electives
The department chair must hold at least a Bachelor’s, degree. Prior teaching experience is expected; preference will be given to candidates with experience at independent schools, and to those with deep knowledge and teaching experience at the Middle School level.
Familiarity with computers and expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction is also preferred. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook), Google products (Drive, Docs, Slides, etc.), and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (onCampus).
The ideal candidate will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
Please submit a current resume/CV, along with a cover letter detailing your experience and specific interest in this role, your educational philosophy, and recent lesson plan.
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students and teachers of character who have a strong work ethic and a desire for greatness in any realm that inspires them. Through an outstanding faculty and staff, the school delivers an exceptional academic program, mentors the pursuit of greatness, and engages thought leaders into the fabric of the school. Its promise is to “Inspire Greatness for a Better World.”