The Evergreen School, an independent school serving highly capable students in preschool through 8th grade, is currently accepting applications for a new Head of Upper Division (grades 4-8). This position begins in July 2020.
Located just north of Seattle in Shoreline, Washington, Evergreen’s four-acre campus provides an ideal setting for experiential and project-based learning. In 2016, Evergreen completed a $14 million campus redesign, adding classrooms, flexible learning spaces and a state-of-the-art makerspace. In addition to a rigorous academic foundation, Evergreen is committed to fostering diversity, cultivating a global perspective and supporting the social and emotional needs of curious, creative learners at every grade level. Evergreen has a current enrollment of 484 students, is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
In July 2020, the current head of the Upper Division will become Evergreen’s next head of school. We are now searching for our new head of Upper Division.
Evergreen is looking for a leader to head the school's Upper Division, encompassing 4th through 8th grades. The school seeks a progressive educator who is excited to further the school’s social and emotional and student-centered learning, while continuing to cultivate a diverse and welcoming community. The Upper Division head assists the head of school in management and supervision of the school in specific oversight of the Upper Division. The division head is responsible for the oversight of instructional content and program, delivery and organization of curriculum, student and classroom management, as well as teacher supervision and evaluation. The division head is responsible for managing an annual work agenda mutually constructed with the head’s oversight and agreement, and to undertake other tasks and projects deemed necessary by the head of school.
This is a salaried, benefits-eligible, full-time 1.0 FTE position beginning July 1, 2020.
Observe, evaluate, supervise and advise all Upper Division faculty, including substitutes and independent contractors.
Supervise Upper Division personnel, including the assistant head, counselor, and learning resource coordinator, as they work to support student growth and learning.
Advise the head of school regarding all new instructional hires and conduct some initial interviews for candidates, including substitutes and other auxiliary positions.
Make recommendations to the head of school regarding any personnel discipline or job action that may be required.
Coordinate and/or assign faculty duties and responsibilities outside of regular classroom instruction. This includes but is not limited to recess duties, before and after school duties and school committee memberships.
In collaboration with the admission director, oversee the High School Counseling program that advises families on high school options.
Serve as a member of the admissions and financial aid committees so as to directly deliberate on each applicant for the division.
Assist in the construction and management of division budgets and oversee and approve the acquisition of appropriate instructional materials, advising the Business Office when problems occur.
Attend and/or conduct Upper Division meetings and manage agendas.
Evaluate each instructional year’s curriculum initiatives and scope and sequence, and work collaboratively with the head of school and/or Primary Division head to advance agreed-upon initiatives.
Conduct regular review of specific Upper Division programs for initial adoption, continued application, and effectiveness.
Oversee and manage professional development of all Upper Division faculty with specific focus on professional education requirements, continuing education, professional growth and enhancing instruction.
Support a high quality of collaboration among teaching teams in a way that values individual talents while clarifying school-wide approaches to curriculum planning, documentation, assessment and integration.
Through supervision of the Upper Division counselor, oversee the organization and maintenance of an effective advisor program that supports and nurtures student comfort, social challenges and stages of development, sustaining a positive school culture.
Manage an effective and transparent student discipline process.
Provide recommendations to the head of school regarding re-enrollment or dismissal of current students.
Participate, as needed, in all parent or parent/child meetings and evening meetings throughout the school year.
Work with families and faculty to ensure a productive partnership characterized by strong communication, mutual trust, and a shared understanding of The Evergreen School’s educational programs.
Review student semester report forms regularly and revise as necessary.
Be a visible presence in the school; champion the educational goals of an Evergreen education among faculty, parents/guardians and trustees. Be a community resource for educational context, goal setting and conflict resolution.
Assist with management of the school’s external and internal image through coordination with the development office and the head of school.
Other duties as assigned.
Experience, Education and Desirable Qualities
Management skills in an educational setting with emphasis on responsible oversight of time, money, supervision of personnel and other resources.
Familiarity with contemporary educational philosophy, best practices, and trends and current research.
A background in an educational setting is highly desired and several years of experience teaching is preferred.
Master's degree (or doctorate) in a relevant field.
Personal Qualifications of the Successful Candidate
An accomplished track record of instructional leadership in social and emotional learning, student-centered learning, and/or other progressive educational practices.
Work effectively and relate well with others, including supervisors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the school. Exhibit a professional manner in dealing with others and work to maintain constructive working relationships with proper boundaries. Must have an informal, fun and professional approach.
Communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing, with supervisors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the school.
High degree of cultural competency and demonstrated success in working with people from diverse backgrounds.
Can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time and is seldom absent from work. Can complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments and deadlines.
Broad-based, hands-on experience with curriculum design and implementation.
Exceptional skills as a deep thinker, collaborator, and facilitator, along with a disposition to act and achieve completion.
Experience working positively and effectively with families.
Strong organizational, facilitation, and time management skills.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s background and experience and will be competitive with similar positions in Seattle-area independent schools.
Applicants should submit their résumé, three references, an educational philosophy statement, and a cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for this position to Adam Scheurich at email@example.com. Please include Upper Division Head in the subject line. No telephone calls please. The position will be open until filled.
The Evergreen School strives to provide equal opportunity to all employees. The school's policy is not to discriminate in employment based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, creed, age, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status or any other status protected under applicable local, state or federal law. The School is committed to administering employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoffs, terminations, training, sabbaticals, tuition assistance and other programs, without regard to an employee's protected status.
About The Evergreen School
The Evergreen School is an independent school in Shoreline, Washington serving the needs of highly capable students Preschool through Grade 8.