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Academic Dean

Company: Association Of Independent Schools In New England
Location: Concord
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

The Academic Dean is the lead program administrator of Tremont School, an independent day school for grades 5-12 located in Concord, MA. Tremont School’s vision is to be an industry leader in the educational landscape and a model learning community that embraces diverse capabilities and empowers students to access their capacity as engaged, joyful, global citizens. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Tremont’s mission is to provide an innovative approach to education that (re)ignites a passion for learning, honors and embraces students’ individuality, and empowers them to be critical thinkers and compassionate citizens. The Tremont School learning community values developing trust, building connections and fostering independence.

The Academic Dean is responsible for advancing and developing all facets of Tremont School’s educational program, overseeing faculty and program staff, delivering a program that is supportive and responsive to student needs, and communicating closely with all school constituents. The Academic Dean oversees student and teacher progress, reports on successes, challenges, and opportunities, and promotes a school culture that prioritizes inclusion, collaboration, kindness and excellence. The Academic Dean reports to the Executive Director.

At Tremont School, we use a Living Curriculum approach that combines student-directed learning with teacher-guided, project-based, thematic curriculum. Students and teachers learn together in a civic-minded community that highly values friendships and intellectual curiosity. Tremont is not a traditional school and seeks candidates who appreciate and want to be part of a dynamic learning environment that emphasizes expertise in learning to learn over content learning, and approaches curriculum as dynamic, changeable, and responsive to what is relevant. Tremont is a highly inclusive school community and creates a learning environment for all students, regardless of race, religion, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or economic background.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Educational Program

Ensure that all constituents have a deep understanding of our Living Curriculum approach to teaching-learning

Document our teaching-learning continuum, 5th through 12th grade

Assess and report on our educational program to address current and future school needs.

Oversee the design and implementation of these current program initiatives: expansion of the student advisory program, student engagement in community service, social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, and a comprehensive Post Graduate program.

Serve as lead steward of our NEASC Accreditation

Faculty and Program Staff

Hire and supervise all faculty and program staff. Work closely with the Executive Director on HR evaluations.

Oversee and collaborate with instructional staff to develop and evaluate Tremont’s educational program to meet student learning needs and enhance student engagement and growth.

Model and coach instructional staff for effective teaching-learning

Design and implement a comprehensive program for faculty professional development

Create a professional working and learning environment that encourages a high level of discourse and innovation, and a culture among instructional staff of mutual respect, trust and integrity

Student Relations

Steward our culture of students “learning how to learn” in a way that is challenging and allows for the growth of independence through trust and building connections

Develop and maintain effective individual and group relationships with students

Develop systems for effective communication with students about their academic, social and emotional goals and learning needs

Engage the students in the ongoing building of their community

In collaboration with instructional staff, including the Learning Support Specialist, measure outcomes and student growth by collecting appropriate data and using the data to improve teaching-learning

Parent Relations

Effectively communicate to our parent body about our educational program and Living Curriculum approach to teaching-learning

Develop and maintain effective individual and group relationships with parents, including regular meetings with leaders of the parent association, TPAC

Send weekly parent newsletters to keep the parent body informed about school events, updates and programs

Serve as liaison between the instructional staff and parent body

Consult with parents to enhance the school experience for their child

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

A master’s degree or equivalent experience

Three or more years of school leadership experience

Transparent and high integrity leadership

High-level strategic thinking and planning

Dynamic presence with the ability to create a strong inclusive community

Experience in a non-traditional learning environment

Experience in making expectations clear and strong follow-through

A history of successfully working with a community of committed educators, students and families to build success

AISNE - Association of Independent Schools in New England

Keywords: Association Of Independent Schools In New England, Concord , Academic Dean, Other , Concord, California

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