Cascades Academy is an independent PK-12 day school with 210 students located in the beautiful mountain town of Bend, Oregon. The school was founded in 2003 and resides on an award-winning 39-acre campus located on the Deschutes River. The school prides itself on its vibrant, collaborative school culture and is routinely named one of the “100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon.” The school’s unique mission weaves challenging academics with experiential learning to inspire socially responsible individuals ready for a diverse and changing world. Cascades Academy is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
Cascades Academy is seeking a qualified professional as the school’s next Middle School Division Head for the 2020-21 school year. Because of the small division size, the Middle School Division Head also teaches a minimum of two classes. The middle school is currently at full capacity with 60 students.
This is a salaried, benefits-eligible, full-time 1.0 FTE position beginning July 1, 2020.
The Middle School Division Head is charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty in the middle school. Their specific responsibilities include the following:
Division Head Responsibilities:
Maintain congruency between the school’s mission and all activities of that division.
Ensure the smooth running of the day-to-day life of the division including communication with families, students, teachers, advisors, and staff.
Observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum in partnership with the Director of Curriculum.
Lead the articulation of the school mission, school goals, department goals, course objectives, materials, methods and means of assessment for the division.
Anticipate, plan for, and communicate future division needs related to human and financial resources, including budget management, program development, and any strategic priorities necessary for future operations.
Make recommendations to the head of school regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty.
Oversee and manage professional development of all middle school faculty with specific focus on the school’s professional growth model and enhancing instruction.
Conduct regular meetings with faculty which deal with both routine school matters and the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
Oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs of the division; assist in the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs; assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events.
Coordinate and oversee risk management of all division programming in conjunction with the risk management team, safety committee, and the Head of School.
Provide for the academic guidance of students and oversee the grading and reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
Work with the Director of Counseling to support the social, emotional and academic needs of students.
Establish guidelines for proper student conduct and dress, maintain student discipline consistent with school policies, monitor students’ adherence to established school rules and maintain accurate records of student citizenship.
Be a visible presence in all areas of the school, work toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise, and keep the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school.
Prepare a master school class schedule and assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations.
Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Support the school and its leadership.
Teach the equivalent of two core academic courses (math or social studies preferred but flexible).
Teach an elective each semester.
Plan and co-lead all major off-campus and overnight experiences including but not limited to:
Fall Orientation Program
Fall and spring traveling schools trips
Spring Interim Course
Weekly experiential “Confluence” activities including winter sports / ski program
Routinely integrate the experiential learning model into teaching and learning.
Provide feedback and grades to students on a weekly basis.
Communicate with parents on a regular basis regarding student performance.
Serve in the role of Middle School Advisor, and meet with advisees on a weekly basis.
Demonstrate an accomplished track record of instructional leadership in social and emotional learning, student-centered learning, experiential 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, informal and fun manner in dealing with others and work to maintain constructive working relationships.
Communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing, with supervisors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the school.
Exhibit a high degree of cultural competency and demonstrated success in working with people from diverse backgrounds.
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 in a timely and accurate manner.
Experience working positively and effectively with families.
Strong organizational, facilitation, and time management skills.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Middle school teaching and administrative experience required
Experience as a Middle School Head preferred
Applicants should submit their resume, two letters of recommendation, an educational philosophy statement, and a cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for this position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include Middle School Division Head in the subject line. No telephone calls please. The position will be open until filled.
It is the policy of Cascades Academy to provide equal employment opportunity, regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental impairment, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other status protected by applicable law. Specifically, employment opportunities are and shall be open to all qualified applicants solely on the basis of their experience, aptitudes, abilities and training; advancement is and shall be based on the individual’s achievement, performance, ability, attitude and potential for promotion. Minorities and persons of color are encouraged to apply.
About Cascades Academy
Cascades Academy is a PK-12 independent school located in Bend, OR.