Who we are: St. John’s School is a college preparatory school serving K-12 students in the Houston metro area. We are invested in helping to develop the next generation of leaders for Houston and beyond. St. John instills in its students a love of learning, leadership development, and a sense of community and discovery. In the Georges Middle School, we serve 360 students and their families and have approximately 55 full-time faculty members.
What is essential about working at our school: The St. John’s School is seeking individuals who are passionate about teaching and learning, who are excited by collaborating with colleagues and supporting the intellectual curiosity and social-emotional development of students. We are interested in supporting faculty who see themselves as lifelong learners and model that for our students.
We expect members of our community to engage in conversations that support on-going professional development in one’s discipline, are open to interdisciplinary opportunities, and help further our school’s strategic initiatives including around community and inclusion.
St. John’s School seeks a highly qualified and experienced Assistant Head of Middle School beginning in July 2021. The successful candidate will join an administrative team that includes the Head of Middle School, Dean of Students, Counselor, registrar, administrative assistant, and receptionist. The Assistant Head reports to the Head of the Middle School.
The Assistant Head of Middle School will partner with the Head of Middle School and members of the MS Academic Counsel (MS Departmental Team Leaders, MS Instructional Technologist & the MS Librarian) to ensure that the middle school academic program is dynamic, rigorous, and student-centered. This position has direct oversight of the MS Departmental Team Leaders. In collaboration with the Division Head, s/he will oversee the academic program in the middle school and also serve as an instructional coach to faculty. In coordination with the middle school administrative team, duties include support, supervision, and evaluation of faculty; overseeing the midterm progress and grade reporting process; collaboration with middle school department and department team leaders regarding all aspects of the middle school academic program; review of faculty and student handbooks annually; liaising with the middle school admissions committee and K-12 programs as they intersect with middle school (academics, community and inclusion, spiritual life, athletics, fine arts), participation in hiring and retention of faculty; assisting with coordination of special events as they relate to the academic program; consultation on disciplinary action with students as needed; and teaching one class.
The ideal candidate will have...
Experience as an instructional coach supporting teachers’ pedagogical and professional growth.
Experience with supervision, evaluation, and support of faculty growth and development
Knowledge and demonstrated effectiveness with curriculum design and planning, and specifically interdisciplinary curriculum development.
Knowledge and understanding of research on up to date instructional best practices, including inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, as well as differentiation and performance-based assessment models.
Commitment and passion for creating and nurturing an inclusive and diverse learning environment to support the development of the whole child.
A positive, flexible, and professional approach to working with various school constituencies including faculty, students, parents, and school staff.
Cultural competence and understanding with experience implementing culturally responsive approaches to teaching and learning.
Excellent problem-solving skills and high emotional intelligence, an important combination in working with young people and colleagues in a dynamic middle school.
A demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and a willingness to take intellectual risks, ask questions, be open and welcoming of feedback, and comfortable having candid conversations in offering professional feedback to colleagues.
A Master’s degree or higher, preferably in educational leadership and/or curriculum and instruction
At least 8 years of distinguished classroom teaching experience, preferably with middle school students
At least 3 years of prior leadership experience
Experience with student-centered/inquiry-based teaching, project-based learning (PBL), performance-based approaches to assessment, and Understanding by Design (UbD) instructional planning.
Strong oral and written communication skills
Technology proficiency, including familiarity with Smartboards and Google platform and apps
How to apply: To be considered for the above-mentioned position, please send a letter of interest resume and contact information for three professional references to [email protected]. Please generate all documents as one MS Word or a converted .pdf file. Completed applications for this position will be accepted until Friday, December 4, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Thank you for your interest in St. John’s School. No phone calls or emails, please.
About St. John's School
St. John's is an independent, co-educational day school presenting a 13-year sequence of college preparatory training. A non-profit institution, it was founded in 1946 to provide the community with a school of exacting standards in the development of individual, spiritual, ethical, intellectual, social and physical growth. While the means to achieve that purpose may change, it remains the basic mission of the School. Located on a forty-one acre urban campus, the School has 1450 students supported by 340 faculty and staff members. The School seeks to develop the whole person in preparation for a lifetime of personal fulfillment and contribution to society. In particular, it is dedicated to the enhancement and the expansion of future leadership for Houston and the country. The School offers talented, motivated and energetic students a genuine challenge for academic accomplishment and for development of a sense of self-worth and of personal responsibility. The School in turn holds itself responsible for providing that challenge. Accreditation St. John's is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), recognized by TEA.