The Madeira School invites nominations and applications for a passionate and experienced educator to serve as the School’s inaugural Dean of Teaching and Learning beginning July 1, 2022. The Dean of Teaching & Learning will report directly to the Head of School, Gretchen Warner, and serve as a member of the senior administrative team. As an educational leader, the Dean will support excellence in teaching and learning and sustain the School’s joyful, inclusive culture. The Dean will also ensure that Madeira’s curriculum is reflective of and aligned with the School’s mission and values.
The Madeira School is an independent boarding and day school that educates girls in grades 9-12. The scenic 376-acre campus is just 10 miles from Washington, DC. Enrolling 334 students from 21 states and 38 countries, Madeira was founded with the vision of leading innovation in girls’ education and the mission of launching women who change the world.
Madeira is a leader and an innovator in girls' education. Deep learning crosses disciplines and students make connections between STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) courses and courses in the humanities, between learning a language and learning a new art form, between classroom learning and experiential learning. The curriculum relies on excellent teaching and students who play an active role in choosing their academic paths. The focus on experiential learning through a renowned three-year Co-Curriculum internship program sets Madeira apart. Additionally, the Modular Schedule provides a framework that gives students the discipline to absorb and reflect while encouraging active student engagement, collaboration, and experiential problem solving.
At Madeira, learning is active and experiential, joyful and personal. The curriculum is intentionally designed, innovative, developmental, rigorous and girl-centered. The purpose is not only for students to obtain the skills they need to thrive at college but also for the students to understand themselves in relation to others, to be informed about their changing world, and to participate actively and confidently in life through leadership and service.
THE ROLE OF THE NEXT DEAN OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
The Dean of Teaching and Learning will focus on:
Ensuring alignment between the School’s mission, vision, curriculum, and faculty;
Ensuring inclusivity and cultural engagement throughout the academic program with an awareness of the opportunities and challenges that being a part of a diverse learning community presents;
Leading faculty supervision and managing faculty professional growth and development;
Integrating and aligning performance-based and formative assessments;
Promoting and providing ongoing, internal professional development for faculty
Maintaining a visible presence as an educational leader, anticipating and addressing concerns, leading faculty meetings and overseeing department logistics;
Coordinating the recruitment, hiring and retention processes for new faculty;
Managing new faculty onboarding and mentoring;
In collaboration with the Director of Educational Technology and Innovation, developing plans to leverage the power of technology to enrich teaching and learning;
Evolving the current STEM curriculum as the School moves into its new STEAM Academic Center;
The Dean of Teaching and Learning will work in collaboration with the Dean of Academics & Accessibility on:
Developing a comprehensive curriculum across all academic disciplines;
Leading and supervising the department chairs and program directors;
Providing feedback and conducting performance evaluations for all faculty and academic staff;
Designing and delivering professional development at the individual, small group, department, and full faculty levels, including the annual August Institute professional development workshops
Determining the academic calendar, the academic program, and teacher schedules
Master’s degree in educational/related field
At least five years’ experience as a master educator and a minimum of three years of educational leadership experience (Experience as a division director, department chair, or other educational leadership position preferred)
Demonstrated cultural competency
Experience using varied pedagogical approaches
Strong technology, administrative, management, and leadership skills
Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
Success with inspiring educators, building collaborative relationships, and leading new initiatives
An educational philosophy that aligns with Madeira’s mission and educational philosophy
The energy and desire to work with engaged and enthusiastic students and teachers
Deep personal and professional integrity and a great sense of humor
The search committee for The Madeira School will begin accepting nominations and will begin reviewing applications immediately. Applications materials include a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest. The search committee for The Madeira School is being assisted in this search by Storbeck Search. Although applications will be welcomed until the new Dean of Teaching and Learning is selected, for best consideration, candidates should submit materials by January 31, 2022 to MadeiraDean@storbecksearch.com.
Founded in 1906, The Madeira School is one of the nations’ top secondary schools for girls. Located just outside Washington DC, Madeira enrolls approximately 315 boarding and daygirls in grades 9-12. The school has a long tradition of rigorous academics and one of the country’s oldest Experiential Learning programs, currently known as Co-Curriculum.
As an all-girls college preparatory boarding and day school, The Madeira School is dedicated to providing girls with a top-notch education and the skills to lead lives of their own making. At Madeira, you will find an extraordinary faculty that engage and challenge the minds of our students.
Lucy Madeira founded her school with the belief that it is our duty and privilege to help young women to understand their changing world and to have the confidence to live lives of their own making, their own passions, their own dreams.
Launching women who change the world.
Leading innovation in girls’ education.
Our Strategic Goals:
Make Madeira the 21st century leader in girls’ education.
Bring the world to Madeira and Madeira to the world?
Advance our inclusive culture that flourishes in diversity.
Protect and enhance Madeira’s environment and facilities.
Assure Madeira’s financial sustainability.