Marin Primary & Middle School is looking for a Primary School Director to join their team in July of 2018.
The Primary School Director acts as the educational and administrative leader of the primary school (junior kindergarten through fourth grade), and is responsible for the day-to-day operation and activities of students, faculty and staff. S/he demonstrates by example a high standard of professional and personal ethics and integrity and models effective leadership through collaborative teamwork. The Director embraces the MP&MS mission statement and educational philosophy and aligns all activities of the primary school with the school’s mission and values. The Primary School Director reports to the Head of School.
Primary School Director: The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
I. Educational Leadership
Support and guide the faculty by serving as an educational leader and supporting high expectations for teaching and learning. Facilitate purposeful meetings with faculty to discuss curriculum, student support, instruction, educational research, and routine school matters.
With the faculty, develop an engaging and respectful primary school culture that recognizes the strengths and needs of individual students and promotes the teaching of social-emotional and communication skills necessary for children to participate effectively in a collaborative learning community.
Develop, review, and evaluate with faculty and the Head of School an exciting and developmentally appropriate academic program; stay informed of current trends, programs in other schools, and current research; and share this information with faculty.
Direct school resources and personnel to address the intellectual, aesthetic, physical, and social emotional development of all students, with appropriate attention to each student’s learning needs. Ensure educational opportunities and support for all students, including collaborating with the Learning Resource Center.
Coordinate the co-curricular programs of the school and assist in the planning and presentation of school assemblies and programs.
Participate in board meetings, faculty meetings, teams of teacher meetings, individual teacher meetings, and Leadership Team meetings; attend school events, including development functions.
II. Faculty Development
Observe, support, and evaluate the primary school faculty, including formal written reviews of each teacher according to the school’s evaluation procedures.
Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty.
Plan and implement in-service training and staff professional development opportunities for all teachers to access new ideas, improve performance, and ensure professional growth. Create opportunities for knowledge creation and sharing by the members of our school community.
Encourage participation in local networks to maintain a professional learning community of high intellectual quality.
Mentor/guide new teachers and new teams.
Design a personal program of professional development, including attending state and national conferences and reading professional publications and websites.
Share information with all constituencies about the primary school’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other topics necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed regarding events, ideas, issues, concerns, and programs.
Develop and maintain an atmosphere of collaboration, openness, confidentiality, and trust.
Meet formally and informally with parents to present the school philosophy and curriculum, and to support parents in their parenting roles and students in their learning.
Establish and maintain procedures that ensure the safety and health of MP&MS students and faculty.
Oversee the maintenance of complete academic records on all primary students, in addition to the grading and reporting of student achievement.
Assist in the admission process and serve on the Admission Committee.
Manage a primary school budget for the effective use of resources and allocate supplies, equipment, and instructional materials to reflect learning priorities.
Knowledge and Skills Required
Master’s degree in child development, early elementary education, or related field highly preferred.
At least six years of teaching and supervisory experience.
A strong background in curriculum development.
A consensus builder who understands the importance of building relationships with faculty, students, and families.
A commitment to collaboration and working as part of a team.
Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
To apply please submit, cover letter, resume, and an educational philosophy statement by March 1 to: