Commensurate with experience and benchmarked against 300-500 student schools in NAIS/NWAIS.
Sun Valley Community School is seeking an experienced and inspirational educator to become the next Middle School Head starting on July 1, 2022 (or earlier by mutual agreement). This is a full-time job with benefits.
The successful candidate will be a proponent of Sun Valley Community School’s emphasis on community, academic achievement, and its extensive Outdoor, Arts, and Athletics programs. The right candidate for this position will also understand the importance of close relationships between faculty and students and will nurture an atmosphere that builds the trust that is essential to those relationships. They should be an organized, energetic, and creative individual who motivates and inspires students, faculty, and parents. And finally, the successful candidate should be someone who embraces living and working in a mountain town.
The Middle School Head is the primary administrator for grades 6 through 8. The position is part of the senior leadership team of the school, which works collaboratively on behalf of the school community. The Middle School Head reports directly to the Head of School.
ABOUT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL The Middle School division comprises an experienced faculty and staff of approximately 20 professionals working with approximately 100 students in grades 6 through 8. The Middle School program offers diverse formative experiences in the classroom, on the playing fields, on stage, and in the backcountry. The academic program is rooted in proven best practices for middle school students, including project-based learning, student choice, integrated team teaching, standards-based grading, advisory groups, elective classes, thematic units, an appropriately challenging curriculum, and a staff who is committed to engaging early adolescents. We embrace diverse teaching and learning styles to both support and foster the academic success of all students. We also strive for a culture of mutual respect and trust between teachers and students, which creates an environment that is open and accepting, while fostering curiosity and student voice.
Oversee and evaluate all Middle School instructional and co-curricular programs in accordance with the school’s mission, goals, and guiding principles.
Hire, develop, and support an outstanding and experienced faculty.
Continue to integrate a standards-based grading program in the Middle School.
Facilitate ongoing faculty development through an evaluation process and professional growth program.
Manage the Middle School budget.
Communicate actively and constructively with parents regarding Middle School programs and student progress.
Represent the Middle School to external constituents and the greater Wood River Valley community.
Promote creative and meaningful synergies between divisions and departments to maximize the experience of the faculty and students in the spirit of being one school ECC-12.
Support, nurture, challenge, and inspire the Middle School and greater school communities, while having fun and maintaining a sense of humor.
Uphold and manage the policies and procedures of the school as outlined in the school’s Handbooks and in context of the school’s Community Standard.
Effectively communicate the benefits of Sun Valley Community School’s emphasis on academic achievement, its extensive Outdoor, Arts, Athletics, and Service Learning programs to current and prospective families.
Provide administrative support, oversight, and leadership for unique Middle School programs, such as Athletics, Outdoor, Arts, and Service.
Continue to evaluate and evolve the Middle School program to meet changing school, scientific, pedagogical, and societal understandings about middle school students.
Understand and embrace the unique culture of an independent school in a vibrant mountain resort town.
QUALIFICATIONS Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should have:
Extensive experience in the roles of a middle school administrator, teacher, advisor, and/or coach, with a demonstrated passion for working with adolescents.
A successful track record leading academic initiatives and programs.
An understanding of standards-based grading practices and philosophies.
Experience as a school administrator guiding, coaching, leading, and/or supervising faculty.
Demonstrated strong and effective communication skills (both written and oral), expertise in program development, scheduling, personnel management, and knowledge of current pedagogical research as it relates to middle school students.
The ability to lead, collaborate with, listen to, and rally a team of educators, adolescents, and parents.
A commitment to fostering diverse, culturally competent, and inclusive classrooms.
At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree, with preference for an advanced degree.
Since its inception in 1973, Sun Valley Community School in Sun Valley, Idaho has inspired its students to think critically, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives. The school serves more than 430 day and boarding students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. Close student-faculty relationships and experiential, project-centered learning define the school’s distinctive educational experience.
Our philosophy? Build community. Take risks. Grow your curiosities. Pursue your passions. Aim for personal bests. We are a preK-12 day and boarding college prep school of more than 400 students set in the iconic mountain resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho. Our faculty and staff are passionate about the outdoors, the arts, innovation, athletics, adventure, and the work they do with students. They are engaged and encouraging and believe in our student-centered approach.
Our students are open to new experiences, take advantage of the natural environment, thrive in a small-town community but have a solid sense of the broader world. A Sun Valley Community School experience balances intellectual inquiry with adventure. We ask students and faculty alike to push comfort zon...es and seek understanding. We value inclusivity, authenticity, and critical thinking. Please see our website for further details about our school’s guiding principles as well as our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work.
Our mission: "From our campus to the wilderness, we inspire students to think critically, engage confidently, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives."