The primary responsibility of the Director of Studies is to lead the school’s overall academic program by nurturing a school culture that supports excellence in teaching and professional growth among faculty, with a focus on student outcomes necessary for success in an ever-changing world.
All job duties at the school are expected to be performed in support of HPA’s mission, in pursuit of our vision, and grounded in our core values of Integrity, Respect, Pursuit of Excellence and Wonder.
Maintains congruence between the School's mission and all academic activities and makes significant curricular and programmatic decisions that support Strategic and Sustainability Plan priorities.
Supervises curriculum integrity, alignment, and articulation across all three divisions (Lower, Middle, and Upper). Works toward the development and implementation of a uniform, detailed curriculum.
Works in collaboration with Lower, Middle, and Upper School Principals to coordinate curricular and programmatic work.
Works with the Head of School and Principals to align faculty allocation and load with the School's academic priorities.
Serves as a member of the school’s top administrative leadership team.
Supports best practices in curriculum and pedagogy, based on current research on learning and education. Promotes ongoing conversation with faculty about leading trends and issues in K-12 learning and teaching.
Initiates and coordinates faculty professional development, in collaboration with the Principals.
Oversees New Faculty Orientation, the Instructional Leader System, and the Faculty Mentoring Program, in collaboration with the Principals.
Supports Principals in matters of faculty observations, coaching, and discipline.
Serves as an Instructional Leader for one group of faculty.
Ensures that standardized tests (e.g., SAT, ACT, ERB) are used appropriately both for student support and for gleaning information about our academic program
Oversees the OurWorld Student Travel Program
Provides recommendations to Principals and CFO on K-12 budgetary allocations.
Oversees all academic-related elements of the HAIS/WASC accreditation process and maintains accreditation standards.
Provides opportunities for and actively participates in faculty recognition and faculty social functions. Helps increase faculty recognition and implements systemic efforts to maintain high faculty morale.
Represents HPA at community functions, professional conferences, and recruitment fairs.
Assists and supports all other aspects of the school’s operations, including (but not limited to) admissions, business office, advancement, marketing, and auxiliary programs.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and skills:
The desire to live and espouse the values inherent in the Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy Mission and overall culture.
Creative thinker with outstanding instructional skills and a proven ability to mentor and develop others
A collaborative nature, positive energy, sense of humor, and ability to be calm under pressure
Superior skills in communication and technology, including outstanding writing and public speaking skills
Meaningful experience in developing, implementing and evaluating curricula and in evaluating faculty performance
Strong independent school teaching and administrative experience, ideally as a division director or other senior role
Experience analyzing statistics and data trends
An advanced degree
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, resume, and three recommendation letters to Michelle Guppy at email@example.com by April 7, 2019.
Hawai`i Preparatory Academy, founded in 1949, is an independent coeducational school providing a full range of opportunities for students from kindergarten through grade 12. Our boarding program admits students in grades 9 through 12.
The school has two campuses in the town of Waimea (Kamuela) on the island of Hawai`i. The Lower and Middle Schools are located on nine acres in the heart of Hawai`i's ranching country, while the Upper School is located just two miles away on a 200-acre campus at the foot of the Kohala Mountains.