Working with the Head of School, the Middle School Director leads 120 students, their families, and our Middle School faculty and staff in the delivery of a rich, progressive program that helps our students think creatively, learn deeply, act compassionately and live fully throughout their Middle School experience and prepares them to thrive in high school, college and beyond.
Ensure the care and quality of our progressive model of education for Middle School students and teachers
Lead, support and evaluate the development of MS faculty and staff, individually and collectively
Participate in the recruitment and selection of MS faculty and staff
Promote and support MS faculty professional development
Oversee curriculum development
Direct all internal and external communications and meetings for MS students, parents and faculty
Serve as a consultant to MS faculty in manners of classroom management, progressive teaching methods and school procedures
Take the lead in organizing class trips for 6th to 8th grade
Serve as an integral member of our Administrative leadership team, as led by the Head of School
Collaborate with the Lower School Director and Assistant Head of School to ensure a cohesive Kindergarten through 8th grade program
Promote a safe and positive learning environment by effectively building relationships, maintaining established norms of behavior, and coordinating support for students
Oversee the reporting of student progress
Participate in a variety of school-wide community functions, some of which are in the evenings and/or on weekends
Lead and coordinate the high school counseling process for the graduating class
Lead and coordinate a cohesive advisory program
Support MS admissions and enrollment in close collaboration with the Director of Admissions through leading tours and open houses, designing and facilitating assessment visits, serving on the middle school admissions committee, and managing retention efforts
The successful candidate will:
Have a proven cultural competence in a community committed to issues of diversity, equity and social justice
Be an experienced Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practitioner
Possess the ability to contribute to strategic thinking and to lead major initiatives in keeping with Park Day School's commitment to a multicultural, inclusive community
Hold a master's degree and/or other postgraduate degrees in a subject field or in a leadership area
Have a minimum of five years progressive teaching and leadership experience with Middle School students and teachers
Exhibit excellent verbal and written communication skills
Have a command of knowledge in adolescent development and curriculum development
Demonstrate strong leadership and facilitative skills and a passion for people, teaching and learning
Additional Salary Information: Administrative salary and benefits are competitive and will be based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits offered including employer-paid medical, and dental insurance, a retirement plan, and tuition remission. PDS is an equal opportunity employer.
About Park Day School
At Park Day School, dedicated teachers and engaged students collaborate to create a dynamic and joyful learning community for mastering academic and interpersonal skills. Students construct meaning and deep understanding through inquiry and discovery-based teaching. Our practices promote critical and creative thinking, artistic expression, and a commitment to diversity and social justice. In the spirit of partnership and service, students expand their perspectives through participation in the broader community. Continuing the legacy of the progressive education movement, Park Day School prepares students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.
Our Campus and History
Park Day School was founded as a progressive K-6 school by teachers and parents in 1976, and opened with 28 students and four teachers. By 1982, the student body had grown to 90 students, and Park Day moved to the Temescal neighborhood of North Oakland, CA. The school purchased a two-acre campus on 43rd Street in 1993. Today, our four-acre campus is often described as "glorious" and "a jewel." Mature trees, lush flower gardens, birds, squirrels, a ch...icken coop, vegetable gardens and quiet niches are enjoyed by all. Swings, climbing bars, sandy play areas, a large all-weather playing field, multiple climbing structures and a shaded gazebo combine to provide an exciting and varied outdoor area for all ages.