Reporting to the Assistant Head of School and Director of Innovative Teaching & Learning, Department Chairs work collaboratively with each other, faculty, division heads, and their supervisors to design both discipline-specific and transdisciplinary curriculum, and implement instructional practices aligned with the school’s mission, commitment to DEIJ, and Portrait of a Graduate. Utilizing evolving research in neuroscience, education, and global futurism, department chairs monitor trends, developments, and best practices in educational theory and practice, support and evaluate faculty, lead departmental professional development, and model master teaching. These positions are exempt from overtime.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Curriculum Development and Evaluation:
Collaborate with the Director of Innovative Teaching & Learning to create, implement and continuously revise discipline-specific and transdisciplinary courses that meet the school’s aspirations identified in the mission, Portrait of a Graduate, commitment to DEIJ and Commitment and which utilize leading edge technology and media.
Work in partnership with the division heads to ensure vertical alignment k-12
Promote summer school classes to internal and external students and ensure congruence with school year coursework
Assist the upper school administration with the UC accreditation process for new courses, and the AP approval and audit process annually
Join with the Assistant Head of School, Director of Innovative Teaching & Learning, and division heads in creating, organizing, and evaluating a range of professional development experiences for the entire faculty, departments and individuals;
Collaborate with associate department chair to lead department to discuss innovations in the field, to review and revise curriculum and instructional practice, and to assess departmental programs, etc
Partner with the associate department chair to plan and lead departmental meetings to review administrative policies, discuss current department issues, etc. Oversee the business of the department.
Work with the Assistant Head of School, associate department chair, and each department member to set annual department member goals, assessing strengths and areas of growth
Possess expertise in discipline-specific and transdisciplinary content and instructional practice to serve as the department’s master teacher.
Partner with the associate department chair to coach, mentor, and evaluate the department’s teachers both formally and informally to ensure the use of best practices, to provide support and feedback; and coach and mentor the associate department chair.
Assist the Assistant Head of School, Director of Innovative Teaching & Learning, and division heads with recruiting, interviewing, hiring and retaining candidates who advance the school’s mission, Portrait of a Graduate, commitment to DEIJ, and Commitment
Assist Director of Summer School with summer faculty hiring
Review, together with associate department chair, all prose reports within the department
Oversee development and evaluation of final semester projects and assessments
Review grade distribution in the department and among the department’s teachers
Meet with other department chairs and senior administrators to develop academic transdisciplinary opportunities and ensure coordination between departments and divisions
In conjunction with the associate department chair, Assistant Head of School and division heads, determine student placement and faculty allocations.
Review carefully standardized test results as a means to evaluate department strengths
Represent the Department at Calendar Meetings as appropriate
Submit minutes of department meetings to department chairs and senior admin
Assure that department class lists are verified
Meet regularly with the Assistant Head of School, division heads, and deans
Attend and participate in admissions, enrollment management, and faculty/staff recruiting events to promote the school internally and externally
Respond to communication from parents/guardians within one business day
Serve as an advisor, provide lunch supervision, host office hours, chaperone field trips and outdoor ed, participate in committees, and other duties, as assigned.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Possess the minimum of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, graduate degree preferred
Minimum of three (3) years teaching experience
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Models the highest standards of professionalism and creates warm, uplifting and trusting working relationships marked by humor, optimism, humility, empathy, excellent emotional intelligence, extraordinary interpersonal skills, and collaboration.
Demonstrates great individual integrity, initiative, self-awareness, commitment to personal and professional growth, and the ability to receive and apply feedback.
Possesses passion for education in an independent school environment conveyed by a solid understanding of educational practice philosophy grounded in DEIJ.
Relishes the joys and challenges of working with K-12 students and faculty and possess a deep understanding of human development, including a particularly strong understanding of the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of children, early-adolescents, adolescents, and adults.
Demonstrates adaptability, dependability, good judgment, strong social skills, impressive communication skills in writing and speaking, and the abilities to read, assess, imagine, evaluate, calculate, & make wise decisions.
Significant experience managing change and implementing program
Models a growth mindset and continuous learning.
Possesses and utilizes leadership skills and knowledge of models of adult learning to motivate, educate and excite faculty.
Demonstrates strong and timely communication skills in person, in writing, by phone and through other electronic means (such as Zoom).
Thinks and acts strategically and creatively.
Outstanding project management skills including ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and follow through in a timely manner.
Additional Salary Information: This is a year-round position. Benefits include a choice of 3 medical plans, 2 dental plans and a vision plan plus 100% match on contributions to the retirement savings plan up to 5% of earnings; and 4 weeks of paid time off in addition to breaks and holidays.
About The Buckley School
The Buckley School, a K-12 college preparatory school with 830 students, is one of the most respected independent schools in the Los Angeles. Buckley is known for its unique educational philosophy, the 4-Fold Plan of Education, which melds a whole-child approach with elements of structure, as well as for its warm, intimate educational environment.
The school’s curriculum balances academics, the arts, physical development and moral education. Its creative, personalized approach to education emphasizes high academic standards for all students, and includes traditional touches that develop the character and discipline that unlock students’ full potential.