National Cathedral School (NCS) announces a search for a part-time Director of the Lower School’s Extended Day and Enrichment Program for an appointment beginning in August 2019. This three-part position involves: 1) leading students in grades 4 to 6 through daily activities and assisting with homework in the Extended Day Program; 2) securing, coordinating, and managing four to six after-school enrichment classes and instructors each trimester; and 3) coordinating a week-long Cathedral Cubs camp in August.
The Extended Day Program takes place from 3:30 to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. Enrichment Program classes run weekly and last one hour; the offerings change each trimester. The Cathedral Cubs camp, for the children of faculty and staff of NCS, St. Albans School, and Beauvoir School, takes place in mid-August during back-to-school meetings.
Among the Extended Day duties assigned to this position:
Facilitate and enhance an organized and well-run Extended Day program.
Assist students in a variety of curricular activities, arts and crafts, games, and homework.
Build positive relationships with students by interacting with them on a continuous basis.
Provide care and work with students to ensure their social and developmental needs are met.
Provide positive guidance and discipline according to school policy, and refer any problems or issues to the Head of Lower School.
Maintain the safety of all students.
Record daily attendance, track monthly usage rates, and communicate this information to administration and the Business Office.
Oversee a program assistant and manage 12th-grade students who serve as a substitute when one of two staff members is absent.
Oversee the budget; order program supplies and daily snacks; track substitutes and approve substitute pay.
Meet monthly with the Head of Lower School.
Among the Enrichment Program duties assigned to this position:
Research and select outside instructors and NCS staff and faculty to teach an Enrichment course of eight sessions. Courses change each trimester; past courses have included film, Lego engineering, cooking, aerodynamics, and chess.
Contract outside instructors, and run appropriate background and insurance checks.
Promote Enrichment classes to students and parents to attract sufficient sign-ups to run the class. If too few students sign up, responsible for canceling the class and reimbursing parents.
Ensure all aspects of the program run smoothly, including attendance, pick-up, discipline issues, following up with parents if attendance issues arise, assigning classroom spaces to instructors, renting classrooms on the NCS campus, when necessary, and managing enrichment class registration.
Write class descriptions, announcements regarding sign-up, and online registration information.
Serve as a point of contact for all program instructors as well as a liaison between instructors and parents.
Oversee the budget, order program snacks, and submit billing information to the Business Office each trimester.
Among the Cathedral Cubs duties assigned to this position:
Hire counselors to lead the week of activities.
Assume leadership role for NCS in all aspects of Cathedral Cubs program (e.g., coordinating communications and payment, ensure appropriate staffing levels, ensuring that employees are back ground checked and receive child protection training, coordinating logistics with the other participating schools)
Purchase all supplies and snacks necessary.
Point of contact for program staff and on-call if program is in need of anything or if backup supervision needed.
Previous experience developing and leading activities for children ages 8-12, preferably in an educational environment (school, after-school program, camp, or day care center).
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
Knowledge of the principles of positive youth development.
Strong communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a variety of audiences, including faculty, staff, children, and parents.
Ability to work without supervision; to organize, set priorities, and execute multiple concurrent tasks; to anticipate needs and respond accordingly; and to perform with a high degree of initiative.
First aid and CPR certification within last 3 months preferred (certification may be completed during training period, before working with the children).
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within the NCS Lower School (grades 4-6) as well as within National Cathedral School, St. Albans School, and Beauvoir School.
The position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, and stooping in the performance of daily activities.
The position requires near and far vision.
The need to lift, drag, push and pull files, reports, and other materials weighing up to 15 pounds is required.
National Cathedral School serves 585 students in grades 4 through 12. Faculty and staff are curious intellectually, flexible, and collaborative, and they view education as an engaging vocation. Our students are fun and kind, and they love to be challenged and viewed as confident individuals. Faculty and staff maintain a lively conversation about the meaning of an excellent education, an interest in pedagogy, and innovative uses of technology. As an Episcopal school, NCS welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths while maintaining a close identity with Washington National Cathedral's commitment to be a house of prayer for all people.
Interested candidates should send an electronic application that includes a brief cover letter, résumé, and the names and contact information of three to five references. Please submit all materials as one combined attachment, in PDF format, to NCSEmployment@cathedral.org with a subject line of “Director of Extended Day and Enrichment Program.”
About National Cathedral School
National Cathedral School for Girls serves 580 students in grades 4 through 12. Faculty and staff are curious intellectually, advocates of lifelong learning, flexible, collaborative, and view education as an engaging vocation. Students thrive in an intellectual environment and love to be challenged. NCS graduates are recognized as highly motivated and confident. Faculty and staff maintain a lively conversation about the meaning of all-girls education, an interest in pedagogy, and innovative uses of technology. As an Episcopal school, NCS welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths while maintaining a close identity with Washington National Cathedral’s commitment to be a house of prayer for all people. Located in Northwest Washington on 57 beautiful acres, the Cathedral Close is home to NCS, St. Albans School for Boys, and Beauvoir: The National Cathedral Elementary School.
NCS is committed to leadership in multicultural education and a culturally diverse faculty and staff. The school therefore seeks applications from candidates who will contribute to an atmosphere in which all are valued and supported.