Supervises: Lower School (K-4) Division Faculty & Staff
Term of Interim Appointment: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018
McLean School (mcleanschool.org), an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area, seeks applications for Interim Head of Lower School (K-4). McLean School has for sixty years been helping students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. McLean embraces both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning differences. Many of McLean’s students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
Dr. Sara Hines, who has served McLean since July 2013, will be stepping down as Head of McLean’s Lower School after this school year. Dr. Hines has led her program through a period of unprecedented growth, nurturing a talented faculty, reinforcing a culture of research-based innovation and student-centered instruction. During her tenure, McLean’s Lower School grew at an average rate of 12% annually, flourishing as a joyful and vibrant community for teaching and learning.
The School will make an interim appointment for the next school year, allowing it to conduct a search and appoint a new Head of Lower School during the 2017-2018 school year. The successful candidate for the Interim Head position may also become a candidate for the regular Head of Lower School position.
The Interim Head will be a passionate, innovative, and dedicated member of the McLean community who embraces the unique philosophy and traditions of the School while always striving for excellence. The Head of Lower School is committed to individual and professional growth, values, and respects every member of the community, and is devoted to helping students achieve success.
Responsibilities and Duties
Teaching and Learning Environment
Oversees a learning environment that is motivating and age appropriate.
Sets clear expectations for teachers regarding classroom management and structure.
Responds promptly and with care to parent concerns.
Communicates effectively with parents, colleagues, and other administrators.
Edits and oversees teacher preparation of well thought-out and thorough quarterly report cards and narratives (end of semesters) and other written documentation on student progress. Conducts conferences with all new parents, and all parents for quarter one and three as needed. Meets with parents throughout the year as needed in response to parent or teacher concerns
Meets weekly with classroom teams, support staff; monthly with encore teacher to discuss instructional program and student concerns.
Interviews and arranges visits for prospective faculty. With faculty support, makes final hiring recommendation to Head of School.
Handles student behavioral issues and communicates issues and consequences with parents.
Holds Lower School faculty meeting bi-weekly to discuss divisional and school-wide issues, and to share faculty initiatives and strategies.
Plans Professional Development activities for faculty. Attends and participates appropriately in full, faculty meetings and workshops.
Continues to update knowledge of best practices to share with faculty by attending workshops and reading journals and articles.
Observes faculty and provides helpful, supportive feedback regarding observations. Sets meaningful goals as part of the review process with faculty member.
Sets personal goals and discusses progress with Head of School.
School and Community
Maintains a positive attitude and approach and supports colleagues.
Represents McLean in a positive manner throughout the greater community.
Assists with projects and school-wide initiatives.
Performs other work-related duties as assigned by Head of School.
Interacts with the Parents Association Representatives to plan and coordinate Lower School events.
Heads Lower School Admission Team and interacts with Admission Office to facilitate Open Houses for prospective students.
Attends weekly Administration Team and Program Planning Group meetings to discuss school-wide issues of concern.
Meets weekly with Head of School to discuss Lower School Divisional concerns.
Education and Experience
Master’s degree in related field with prior teaching and administration experience. Candidates must have excellent oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills; as well as an ability to work with independence in dealing with the diverse elements of the academic environment. The ideal candidate has experience working with students with learning differences, and a commitment to differentiated instruction. This position requires confidentiality and professionalism.
Interested applicants should send or email (in PDF format) a cover letter and résumé, and contact information for references to:
McLean School of Maryland (www.mcleanschool.org) is an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area since 1954. Our mission has always been to serve a broad range of students including those with learning issues.