Friends Academy is seeking a confident, compassionate, and courageous Director of Middle School effective July 1, 2019. The essential duties/responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
In collaboration with the Leadership Team and the faculty and staff, articulate and implement a strong vision aligned with the Mission of Friends Academy and connected to the school’s Strategic Planning priorities.
Partner with the teachers and support staff to ensure that the Middle School’s program and culture are optimally supportive of the physiological, cognitive, social, spiritual and emotional needs of adolescents.
Support the strong sense of community among the teachers, parents and students rooted in Quaker values.
Cultivate a culture of high standards and accountability for students, faculty and staff.
Support and guide the faculty as they work collaboratively to build and pilot signature programming supportive of authentic learning.
Supervise and support grade level teams and curricular leaders to ensure timely support and communication to and with students and parents/guardians.
Serve as a member of the Leadership Team in working to implement strategic priorities.
Provide appropriate responses and actions, when needed, to faculty, student and parental concerns.
Represent Friends Academy as a member of the Leadership Team to faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni and community partners.
In concert with the Leadership Team, the next Director of the Middle School will be an experienced leader and change agent who will be responsible for inspiring the Middle School community toward the realization and implementation of a strong vision and goals. The ideal candidate will have a background that demonstrates most, if not all, of the following:
Ability to articulate the vision of Friends Academy and to inspire the middle school faculty in implementing that vision.
Proactive, timely and effective communication skills with all stakeholder groups including parents, students, faculty and community partners.
Demonstrated success in leading change and innovation within a school context.
A warm, compassionate approach to the middle school child and an understanding of the many facets of her/his journey.
A leadership approach that includes deep listening of many voices and an ability to make decisions when needed.
Teaching and administrative experience at the middle school level.
A sense of humor, a strong sense of self, and a deep love for the middle school child.