Under the general direction of the Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning, the JK-12 Department Chair (“Chair”) is responsible for the management and overall effectiveness of pedagogy and the optimization of student learning in a specific discipline. The Chair serves as a faculty leader with a deep understanding of curriculum, best-practice pedagogy, instructional technology, and child and adolescent development. The Chair partners closely with the Division Heads and the Coordinator of Pedagogical Innovation.
The JK-12 Department Chair:
Builds strong relationships with students, faculty, and parents so that there is a shared understanding of and commitment to the forward momentum of the Science Department and the delivery of the MICDS Mission within the science curriculum;
With other MICDS academic program leaders, establishes a vision for the Science Department while responding to emerging best practices and research;
Manages a reduced teaching load in order to serve as a master and mentor teacher for faculty at all grade levels;
Supervises, manages, and oversees the development of MICDS science teachers;
Assists the Division Head with the recruitment and selection of new faculty;
Assists the Division Head with teacher evaluation and professional development;
Serves as a member of the All-School Academic Leadership Team and as a member of the academic committees in all three MICDS divisions;
Oversees curriculum development, mapping, and alignment;
Coordinates best practices for research and technology;
Oversees textbook and teaching material selection and recommends library books, materials, and other learning media acquisitions;
Conducts regular Science Department faculty meetings to ensure timely communication of information that impacts teachers and students;
Serves as a mentor to Science Department teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and School procedures;
Provides academic guidance to and placement for students;
Complies with all of the essential functions, job requirements, qualifications, and duties of MICDS science teachers.
Prepares course materials such as a syllabus, homework assignments, and handouts that fit into the framework of a one-to-one laptop environment.
Evaluates and grades students’ class work, assignments, and papers;
Compiles, administers, and grades assessments;
Works with the department chair to plan, evaluate, and revise curriculum, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction;
Attends faculty meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops, as well as stays current with professional readings and research in order to maintain and improve professional competence;
Uses effective classroom management techniques to ensure effective learning.
Serves as an advisor for 10-12 students;
Maintains regularly scheduled office hours in order to advise and assist students;
Maintains expertise in subject matter through professional development;
Meets with parents and guardians to discuss their child’s progress;
Assures effective two-way communication at all levels of responsibility;
Serves on divisional and school-wide curriculum and program committees;
Serves as a mentor to new faculty;
Other projects and responsibilities may be added at the School’s discretion
Job Requirements and Responsibilities
Bachelor’s degree in subject matter, with a preference for a master’s degree as well;
Minimum of five years of teaching experience;
Experience working in a one-to-one laptop environment or equivalent experience; with instructional technologies;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Demonstrated leadership and group facilitation skills;
Experience working and learning with children and adults.
Founded in 1859, MICDS is a nonprofit, independent, preparatory school offering non-sectarian education to qualified students regardless of national origin, race or religion. MICDS consists of the Ronald S. Beasley Lower School, for grades Junior Kindergarten-4; Middle School, offering a coordinate model of single-gender education in the core curricular classes, for students in grades 5-8; and the Upper School for grades 9-12. MICDS is recognized as one of the nation's leaders in independent education.