St. John’s School seeks a highly qualified and experienced Assistant Head of Middle School beginning in July 2022. 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 Council (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 five 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 progress and grade reporting process; collaboration with middle school department team leaders regarding all aspects of the middle school academic program; liaising with the middle school admissions committee and K-12 programs as they intersect with middle school (academics, community & inclusion, spiritual life, athletics, fine arts, experiential education), participation in hiring and retention of faculty; serving as a member of the student support team, 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...
A commitment and passion for creating and nurturing an inclusive and diverse learning environment to support the development of the whole child. They have a love and appreciation for middle school students and this developmental phase.
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.
A demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and a willingness to take intellectual risks, ask questions, be open and welcoming of feedback, and be comfortable having candid conversations in offering professional feedback to colleagues.
Experience as an instructional coach supporting teachers’ pedagogical and professional growth.
Experience with supervision, evaluation, and supporting faculty growth and development
Knowledge and demonstrated effectiveness with curriculum design and planning, and specifically interdisciplinary curriculum development.
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 five professional references to [email protected] At least two of the references should include current or past supervisors. Please generate all documents as one MS Word or a converted .pdf file. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed, and priority consideration will be given to those who submit a completed application by November 12th, 2021. Thank you for your interest in 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.