The Associate Head of School reports directly to the Head of School and is responsible for all day to day management relating to the internal functions of the school, including curriculum, scheduling, student discipline and citizenship, and faculty recruitment, supervision, and professional development. The Associate Head of School is also responsible for ensuring mission consistency across divisions and departments.
Is a member of the Senior Administrative Team
Provides leadership and coordination for teaching and learning, including curriculum and program development; oversees all curricular aspects of the school
Provides leadership and guidance in articulating the vision for and overseeing the development, implementation and assessment of curriculum and student learning age 3 through grade12
Analyzes and interprets standardized testing data and communicates findings and resulting action steps to the faculty
Supervises the work of school-wide positions including the Division Leads, Director of Student Programs, Athletic Director, Technology Manager, Technology Integrator, Media Integration Specialist, Learning Specialist, Director of College Counseling, Registrar, Receptionist/Infirmary Coordinator, and Early Childhood Assistant
Guides and coordinates the work of Department Chairs
Supervises, supports, evaluates, and coaches all faculty members; assists the Head of School with faculty improvement plan processes; works collaboratively with the Division Leads and Department Chairs as part of the faculty evaluation process
Coordinates faculty hiring and retention
Creates master teaching and class schedules; determines teaching and classroom assignments
Coordinates faculty orientations, professional day activities, on-site professional development initiatives
Assesses request for professional development support and disperses professional development funds
Represents the academic administration in meetings with faculty, staff, parents and other members of the school and local community (i.e. student support, parent education, Parent Association meetings)
Assists in enrollment management (admissions and student retention) by talking with tour groups, providing input regarding student fit, and overseeing the internal merit scholarship process
Coordinates the program needs for the school’s Master Calendar in conjunction with the Administrative Team
Ensures congruency between the school’s mission and fundamental principles in all areas of his/her responsibility
Engages with students in and out of the classroom
Establishes guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; maintains student discipline and follow-through, correspondence, and record keeping consonant with school policies; monitors students’ adherence to established school rules; oversees student attendance and citizenship
Writes and maintains the Student / Parent Handbook
Is a visible presence in all areas of the school; works toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise; keeps the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities, and all other relevant matters pertaining to school life.
In the absence of the Head of School, the Associate Head of School oversees day-to-day operations
Works closely with the Head of School on other tasks as assigned
Employment Qualifications, Preferred Experience and Personal Qualities:
Advanced degree strongly preferred; minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree required
Proven success as an academic leader
Student-centered and committed to experiential education
Successful track record in developing and implementing strategic initiatives and leading educational change, including use of technology to support student learning
Multi-divisional independent school experience, with deep understanding of field-based programs
Thorough knowledge and experience in curriculum design and development
Strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills (has to be able to handle multiple priorities, to be a team leader, collaborative, cooperative, tactful and a good listener)
Able and willing to make informed decisions as part of a team and independently
Committed to building community, understanding and actively supporting cultural differences, and developing public/private partnerships
Exceptional writing, editing, proofreading and public speaking skills
Well versed in using educational research to inform and improve teaching and learning
Strong work ethic and a willingness to work long hours when necessary
A joy of teaching and learning, personal integrity, and a sense of humor
Additional Salary Information: Salary is Competitive.
To pursue this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation (one from someone who has been your supervisor, one from someone who has worked under your supervision, one personal or professional), and a statement of educational philosophy, no later than December 31, 2017, through the NAIS website.
Set on a beautiful 28 acre campus at the foot of Pikes Peak, The Colorado Springs School (CSS) serves a population of approximately 300 boys and girls, age 3 through grade 12, preparing them to think independently and to meet the challenges of a dynamic world with leadership, ingenuity, problem-solving skills, and personal integrity. CSS is unique in its emphasis on project-based learning which in...corporates local, regional, national, and international field studies. Through small classes and close relationships with experienced, supportive, and passionate faculty, CSS has prepared students for advanced study since 1962.