Washington, DC United States
Beauvoir, the Washington National Cathedral Elementary School, is an Episcopal school located on the majestic grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. As an Episcopal school, we know that our strength and successes stem from our long-held commitment to equity, inclusion and belonging. The Assistant Head of School for Student and Academic Affairs works in close partnership with the Head of School and Academic Administration to advance the School’s mission and vision, promote the School’s Episcopal identity, lead and sustain a culturally competent community, and manage both the curriculum design and day-to-day operations of the School. This individual reports directly to the Head of School and will have primary oversight for the School during the Head’s absence. The Assistant Head also will represent the Head of School as needed at community functions within and outside the Beauvoir community.
Specific duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Head will include:
- Represent the interests of and assist in implementing the plans established by the Head of School, including the strategic vision, and other initiatives or special schoolwide programs.
- Convenes and organizes weekly and/or as needed meetings with the S.E.A.S. Team members.
- Contribute meaningfully to efforts in Admissions and Operations with the Head of School, Business Manager, and Board of Trustees, as needed.
- Serve as the Head of School’s point person for creating an optimal faculty culture and teaching practices across the School, involving collaborating with the Head of School to design and instill best practices and a positive, culturally competent school climate.
- Work collaboratively with the Head of School to strategically design all professional development programs including faculty orientations, in-house workshops, committee work, and faculty evaluations.
- In partnership with the Office of Human Resources and Social, Emotional, Academic, and Spiritual (S.E.A.S.) Leadership team, coordinate hiring needs and best practices regarding hiring academic faculty in all divisions.
- In close collaboration with the Head of School, provide instructional leadership through curriculum oversight, assuring responsiveness to students’ needs and interests, vertical integration, excellence in all disciplines, congruence with mission and strategic vision goals, and ongoing innovation.
- Review and adopt new curricula and assessment tools.
- Maintain a strong presence within the faculty and facilitate curriculum planning, faculty meetings, and serve a resource as needed.
- Support teachers, specialists, and staff in instructional design, DEI curriculum integration, curricular alignment, professional development, classroom management, Responsive Classroom implementation, differentiated instruction, and adherence to school principles of collaboration, responsibility, inquiry, cultural competency, adaptability, and communication.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS POSITION:
- Serve as an instruction and curriculum expert and be fully apprised of Beauvoir’s mission/educational philosophy, and current educational trends and best practices, including early childhood development, educational research, brain research, and successful teaching practices.
- Work closely with the Head of School and S.E.A.S. team to ensure a cohesive, relevant, and intentional curriculum scope and sequence across the school.
- Coordinate and communicate (in partnership with others) Orientation Week for Faculty and Staff, Back to School Nights, Book Studies, Parent Conferences, Transition Meetings, Summer Stipends, Curricular Committee work, etc.
- Partner with the Head of School to lead discussions for faculty, parents, caregivers, and administrators, to inform student and programmatic growth.
- Recommend and prioritize purchase recommendations for supplies, texts, and furniture needs for approval by the Business Manager and/or Head of School.
- Coordinate with faculty to develop the master schedule and classroom schedules.
- Serve as a key member of the Admissions Committee (review student files, participate as a member of the committee as needed).
- Create and develop internal and external recruitment communications to a wide range of constituencies.
- Attend monthly board meetings and lead various school-sponsored events in the evening and on occasional weekends, as needed.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, YEARS’ EXPERIENCE):
- Master’s degree is required, preferably advanced degree in education or a related area.
- Five or more years of experience in education, preferably in early childhood and/or elementary school.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a forward-thinking leadership team.
- Strong organizational management skills to oversee multiple programs.
- Strong communication skills and the cultural competence to work well with diverse constituent groups including students, faculty, parents, and caregivers.
- Proven commitment to elementary education and/or early childhood and the capacity to lead and continue development of effective curriculum and training across ELC through Third Grade. Experience with Responsive Classroom, Fountas and Pinnell, Contexts for Learning, andPhonics and Word Studyis a plus.
- Experience and empathy to be a mentor to faculty and staff and a key resource to parents and caregivers.
- Strong ability to strike the right balance between maintaining a warm, approachable presence and being a clear, decisive leader.
- Record of past leadership activities, which may include grade level leadership or leadership on select committees.
- Ability to manage difficult conversations and follow through on feedback given.
- Energy, optimism, and a sense of humor necessary to take joy in the leadership of Beauvoir and its close-knit community.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES (EX: BEST PRACTICES, TEAMBUILDING, DETAIL ORIENTED, PHYSICAL DEMANDS, WORK ENVIRONMENT):
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, and detail oriented.
- Handle multiple tasks in a fast pace environment.
- Process high-volume and time-sensitive information.
- Take initiative in collaboration with the SEAS and Departmental Administrative Directors (D.A.D) Teams to advance the mission and vision of the School.
- Demonstrated effectiveness meeting and working with both adult and child learners.
- Highly organized, and able to maintain strict confidentiality and discretion.
- Possess a high-level of technological skill and an ability to learn and assume responsibility for projects.
- Some travel involved.
- Passing periodic background checks, FBI background check and, at the discretion of the School, drug, and alcohol screening.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Strong writing and editing skills; ability to write and format professional correspondence, memos, and support documentation.
- Mature judgment and discretion; ability to maintain confidentiality and composure under pressure.
- Consistent and prompt attendance.
- Compliance with the provisions of the Beauvoir Faculty & Staff Handbook.
WORKING CONDITIONS (SCHEDULE, PHYSICAL DEMANDS):
- The position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, and stooping in the performance of daily activities.
- The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in preparing reports using a computer keyboard.
- The position also requires near and far vision for reading and preparing written reports and other required documents.
- Acute hearing is also required when providing phone assistance.
- The need to lift, drag, push, and pull files, reports and other materials weighing up to 25 pounds is also required.
Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions based on merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status, national origin or ancestry, race, religion, registered domestic partner status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, a medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal
Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume to: Cindi Gibbs-Wilborn, Head of School, at Cindi.Gibbs-Wilborn@cathedral.org with “Assistant HOS— (your name)” written in the subject line.