From the Early Childhood Center to the Upper School, La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) offers students a safe environment to explore, exchange thoughts and ideas, make mistakes, challenge the status quo, develop a work ethic and grow to become the best versions of themselves.
We honor that each child is an individual, therefore the educational journey is nurtured and customized for each student. Our team of educators is deeply invested in knowing and supporting students in and out of the classroom. Our academic program is designed to offer students the skills and tools to succeed in a rapidly changing world and an unknown future. The curriculum fosters critical thinking, creativity and collaboration while also cultivating resiliency, adaptability, self-awareness and empathy.
The assistant head of school for academic affairs supports the work of the head of school with a focus on streamlining, uniting, and guiding all academic areas across all divisions and departments within the school. This individual serves as an advisor and mentor to our division leaders, and facilitates the curriculum development and continuous improvement process of our academic programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Support and assist the head of school in promoting and articulating the school's educational mission and goals within the school and larger community
Lead the Teaching and Learning team, comprised of division and department leaders
Oversee implementation of instructional initiatives and programs that cross divisions and facilitate implementation of instructional strategies and programs within divisions
Direct the curriculum mapping initiative
Oversee implementation of school-wide scheduling changes
Meet regularly with division heads and work to maximize and best utilize their academic programs and resources
Facilitate curriculum task forces and study groups
Coordinate the WASC reporting process
Coordinate professional growth and mentorship of faculty
Coordinate with human resources on the hiring, evaluation, and retention of faculty and academic personnel
Collaborate with the chief financial officer in assessing the school's academic budget
The assistant head of school for academic affairs must have significant teaching and administrative experience; be global in perspective and value diverse cultures; be a community builder; have a passion for and a vision of teaching and learning; and be ready, willing, and able to successfully direct and support academic programs. An advanced degree in Education or a related field is required, along with a minimum of five years of administrative experience, preferably in an independent school setting.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point) and Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, etc.), and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Apple TV, On Record, Blackboard, etc.).
The ideal candidate is committed to anti-racist education and culturally responsive instructional practices. They will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, adaptability, vulnerability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
We have retained DRG search consultants to aid us in attracting the very best professionals for what has to be one of the most attractive jobs in the country. The two primary principals that will be working with us know independent schools like ours exceedingly well: Jennifer Fleischer was most recently the Upper School Director at Polytechnic School in Pasadena and Andrew Watson is the retired Head of School at Albuquerque Academy.
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La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students, faculty, and staff of exceptional character and possess a strong work ethic and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Infusing every aspect of our school is a dignity model created by Donna Hicks, PhD. Based at Harvard University, Dr. Hicks has more than twenty years of experience in international conflict resolution. LJCDS is featured in chapter five of her book, Leading with Dignity: How to create a culture that brings out the best in people. This honor and LJCDS’ commitment to Leading with Dignity in every way—and every day—ensures rigorous academics, arts and athletics, transformative community service and a culture of philanthropy wherein the whole student is developed to Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.