Lake Ridge Academy seeks a highly collaborative, dynamic, and committed educator to serve as Director of its Lower School starting in July of 2022. The Director of the Lower School will be responsible for all day-to-day operations for our K-5 lower school division, joining the Director of Middle School (6-8) and Director of Upper School (9-12) in leading the academic and student life of the school. The Director of the Lower School will report to the Head of School and will serve on the Leadership Team.
Salary will be competitive with other independent schools of a similar size. In addition to common employee benefits including health insurance subsidized by Lake Ridge Academy and a 403(b) plan, Lake Ridge provides a generous tuition remission program for children of employees. Lake Ridge Academy will provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, gender, gender identity, age, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic background, or country of origin.
The Director of the Lower School will:
Work closely with experienced educators to support and encourage their continued success and celebrate their many accomplishments.
Serve as the educational leader of the Lower School, responsible for all aspects of its daily operations, including its academic program, teaching and learning, co-curricular programs, and student life.
Serve as a member of the school-wide Leadership Team, and collaborate closely with other areas of the school, including the Middle and Upper School, and the offices of Advancement, Enrollment Management, and the Business Office. Participate in school-wide strategic and operational decisions.
Model the school’s four core values of personal best, respect, integrity, and scholarship both inside and outside of classroom experiences.
Engage faculty with best practices to support appropriate child development and learning.
Lead all Lower School curricular assessment and planning, ensuring coordination with the other school divisions.
Hire, supervise, and evaluate all Lower School teachers.
Oversee the professional development of all Lower School faculty, ensuring all teachers have opportunities to hone their craft, with special attention paid to training related to the Responsive Classroom and related social-emotional learning techniques.
Work with other divisions and implement opportunities for Lower School students to interact with older students to support a “One Lake Ridge” culture at the school and integrate the school across divisions.
Honor the culture and history of Lake Ridge Academy; help create an environment that fosters a lifelong relationship with the school.
At least five years of experience teaching lower school students, ideally in an independent school environment.Experience mentoring, coaching, and leading teachers in a lower school environment. This experience could come from any number of previous positions, including but not limited to department chair, director of studies/faculty, director of teaching and learning, assistant head of lower school, or head of lower school.
The ability to build close and authentic relationships with teachers, students, and parents.
A commitment to embracing and supporting the culture of Lake Ridge, balanced by the ability to gain support for innovative changes.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that he or she has a proven track record of collaboration, flexibility, and innovation in a school environment. He or she should have a strong knowledge about best practices in lower school pedagogy, as well as experience in curriculum planning and development.
Demonstrate a commitment to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, including supporting students and teachers of all races, ethnicities, ages, religions, physical abilities and appearance, gender and sexual identity, socioeconomic status, education, marital status and diversity of thought.
Comfort and experience with successful conflict resolution.
Solid academic credentials including, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree and a demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and professional development.
A pre-employment background check will be conducted on the successful candidate, including a criminal history check, credit check, and confirmation of prior employment and educational background.