The Middle School Director has a critical role in the leadership of the Middle School to facilitate student success academically, socially, and emotionally. The Director will be expected to run effectively the day-to-day operations of grades 6-8, including oversight of the student experience, recruitment, hiring, support and retention of faculty and staff and support of students and families as they work through their educational journey. Frequent and consistent communication with all members of the community is of paramount importance. The Director will serve on the school’s leadership team and will work collaboratively with all school administrators to advance the institution.
Examples of Essential Functions:
Communication with Faculty and Families
Develop positive relationships with students, faculty, parents and the administration, which includes having a working knowledge of every student’s academic and extracurricular program and social and emotional health, fostering partnership with parents, and developing collegiality among faculty.
Effectively communicate with families with respect to student attendance, student conduct, student wellness, school programs, and school performance.
Serve as visible presence in all areas of the school, works toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise, and keeps the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school.
Develop and present faculty and parent education, such as Back-to-School Night and parent educational coffees.
Manage academic reporting to parents in collaboration with faculty.
Guide the high school admissions process, including maintaining relationships with area high schools and assisting families with the high school application process, as needed.
Responsible for the daily operations of the division and the development and implementation of the academic, extracurricular and athletic programs within the framework of the school’s mission statement, goals and all-school plan.
Develop a vision and identity for the Middle School which is appropriate and fits into the sequence of the broader PK-8 community.
Work in conjunction with the Lower School Director to ensure smooth transition for students bridging from Lower school to Middle school, which includes maintaining a logical scope and sequence of curriculum to assist with grade level changes.
Work with the Lower School Director to create cross-divisional opportunities through current and new programs (i.e. Buddy Program).
Assist in the planning and presentation of school assemblies and programs and in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events. Prepares a master school class schedule and assigns teachers and students to classes and other obligations.
Observe, supervise and evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum and teaching processes.
Student Behavior and Support
Work with Learning and Support Team to design, implement, and refine school policies on student behavior that focus on building positive relationships, giving students the tools to manage their own behavior, and upholding the school’s values.
Provides for the academic guidance of students, maintains complete academic records on all students, oversees the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
Responsible for the handling of all major disciplinary matters involving students, elevating critical situations to the Head of School.
Support teachers in the implementation of classroom behavior management strategies and in their efforts to hold all students to high and consistent behavioral expectations.
Conduct regular meetings with faculty which deal with routine school matters and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
Conduct regular meetings with the Activities and Athletics Coordinator to ensure successful athletic programming for Middle School students and ensure healthy communication between departments.
Meet regularly with the Head of School to keep him abreast of all relevant student, faculty and parent concerns within the division.
Consult with Human Resource and the Head of School regarding the hiring needs within the division to determine a concept encompassing the needs of the division.
Serve as a member of the Educational Program Team, comprised of the Head of School and Lower School Director, that meets on a regular basis to develop, monitor and revise the academic program and goals of the school.
Review professional development opportunities within the school as well as opportunities outside of school.
Recognize and manage the balance between supporting the independence of faculty and overseeing curricular and programmatic coherence and consistency across grade levels, divisions, and departments.
Responsible for the supervision and evaluation of faculty within the division, visiting classes both formally and informally. Oversee a meaningful faculty growth process that provides for goal setting, reflection, and feedback.
Collaborate with Admissions to recruit, enroll, and retain mission-appropriate students. Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
Oversee and manage the Middle School budget in collaboration with our CFO.
Manage the process for collection and creation of accreditation documents for mid-cycle check in and overall accreditation process.
Convey a positive image of The Pegasus School at all times when working with students, parents, employees and the public.
Required – Employee should have a minimum of a Master’s degree and/or a credential in Educational Administration with at least five years of school administration experience.
Desirable – Eight or more years of experience in an independent school, in both a teaching and school administration capacity. Middle School experience.
Knowledge required in the area of leadership, group dynamics and general oversight of independent school functions. A solid understanding of children’s academic, social, and emotional development and adolescent psychology. Skills required include a proficiency in Google Suite, as well as familiarity with the Blackbaud suite for school management.. Ability to interface and maintain effective relationships with students, faculty, administrators, parents, alumni, and guests. Ability to handle multiple, simultaneous, and complex tasks and projects efficiently and effectively without constant supervision. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are critical to this role along with the ability to collaborate, delegate, supervise, and demonstrate excellent judgment.
Special Requirements/Certification (travel, extended hours):
Limited travel and occasional weekend and evening work will be required.