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UPPER SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Position Summary

Westmark School seeks an experienced educator to lead an Upper School that prepares ambitious students with language-based learning differences for college and post-secondary success.

The Director will shape the School’s curriculum and college placement process; attract and retain exceptional faculty; and ensure that best education practices are implemented to address the needs of students and their parents.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of School, the Director is responsible for maintaining the School's board-approved mission, academic activities and outcomes for Upper division students, to include college readiness.

Academic and Division Leadership

  • Act as the educational leader of the Upper School division (currently 101 students) responsible for its day-to-day operation; direct the activities of the members of the School instructional team of 16 and, in conjunction with the business manager and non-instructional staff; prepare a master class schedule that takes into account the various needs of the School community; and assign teachers and students to classes and other duties;
  • Review, enhance and continually improve the School curriculum to ensure that it incorporates best practices and standards for college preparatory high schools, taking into account the unique requirements of a school that prepares youth with language-based learning differences for success in college;
  • Thoroughly understand the profile of students with language-based learning differences; develop plans for meeting their needs, and for engaging all members of the community in student success;
  • Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing and evaluating of applicants for enrollment;
  • In conjunction with the college counselor, oversee and continually upgrade college preparation and placement support processes;
  • Manage the Upper School budgets; review and approve purchase requests and determine the most appropriate use of allotted funds;
  • In collaboration with the Head of School and administrative team, be an active member in all areas of the School; work toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise; keep the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities and problems of the School.

Students & Parents

The Director ensures that Upper School faculty provide appropriate academic instruction and guidance for students, while fully integrating parents in the process, including:

  • Review and continually improve Upper School curricula, processes, programs, technologies, practices, pedagogies and schedules with a focus on continual improvements that deliver superior outcomes for students and faculty;
  • Assist in establishing guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; monitor student discipline consistent with school policies; and maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship;
  • Maintain complete academic records on all students and oversee grading and other reporting according to best practices used by teachers to measure student achievement;
  • Communicate student progress clearly and consistently with Upper School parents;
  • In coordination with the Director of Student Life, school student council and parents, support and continually enhance after-school activities of Upper School students.

Faculty

The Director observes, mentors, and evaluates faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; supervises teaching; and reviews and evaluates academic programs. The Director will also:

  • Oversee the day-to-day activities and assignments of the Upper School department chairs, faculty and college counselor; provide an environment conducive to learning, a school climate which is supportive and that both establishes and reflects teaming and collaboration;
  • In close coordination with the Head of School, recruit and retain educators with the expertise, positive energy and focus required to successfully serve Westmark students; establish programs for the orientation of new teachers, assuring they adhere to school policies and practices;
  • Work collaboratively with tech committees and specialists to support educational technology initiatives and dynamic needs in the Upper School;
  • Work closely with the Head of School, Director of Lower and Middle School and faculty committees in planning and implementing a comprehensive professional development program for faculty;
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and agencies, and adherence with the educational standards established by the State of California and by those agencies that examine and accredit Westmark School.

Ideal Experience and Personal Characteristics

The Upper School Director should have the following types of experience, qualifications and characteristics:

  • A mission-driven individual with a belief in, and a career committed to, the independent school movement and the education process; preferably with experience helping students living with language-based learning differences;
  • Master’s degree; minimum of 7 years progressive experience in administration or equivalent managerial expertise in grades 9-12; strong curricular and college preparation and placement experience, with particular knowledge of trends and best practices;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholders of the School;
  • An ability to create a caring and dynamic culture for students and faculty; a good listener and strategist; comfortable receiving input from many sources and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Interested applicants should submit electronically and as separate documents the following materials:

Cover letter expressing interest in the Upper School Director position

Current resume

Statement of educational philosophy

Salary history

List of five references with contact information, including email, to:

upperschooldirector@westmarkschool.org

Westmark School

5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 91316

Deadline to Apply: January 30, 2017

LOWER AND MIDDLE SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Position Summary:

Westmark School seeks an experienced Director of Lower and Middle School.

The division head is charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty, as well as the ongoing development, implementation, and assessment of Lower and Middle School academic programming to ensure that best education practices are implemented to address the needs of the students and their parents.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Lower and Middle School Director reports to the Head of School and has responsibility for all academic activities and outcomes for the Lower and Middle divisions.

Academic and Division Leadership

The Director maintains congruency between the School’s board-approved mission and manages all division activities, including:

  • Act as the educational leader of the Lower and Middle School, responsible for its day-to-day operation by directing the activities of the members of the school instructional team and, in conjunction with the business manager, the non-instructional staff; prepare a master class schedule that takes into account the various needs of the School community;
  • Thoroughly understand the profile of students with language-based learning differences; develop plans for meeting their needs, and for engaging all members of the community in student success;
  • Continually evaluate and improve upon course objectives, materials, methods and means of assessment that incorporates best practices and standards;
  • Provide an orderly, controlled and supportive environment conducive to student progress;
  • Manage the Lower and Middle School budgets; review and approve purchase requests and determine the most appropriate use of allotted funds;
  • Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing and evaluating of applicants for enrollment;
  • In collaboration of the Head of School and administrative team, be an active member in all areas of the School; work toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise; to keep the head of school informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school.

Students and Parents

The Director ensures that Lower and Middle School faculty provide appropriate academic instruction and guidance for students, while fully integrating parents in the process, including:

Review and continually improve Lower and Middle School curricula, processes, programs, technologies, practices, pedagogies and schedule with a focus on continual improvements that deliver superior outcomes for students;

  • Maintain complete academic records on all students; to oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement;
  • Assist in establishing guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; monitor student discipline consistent with school policies; and maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship;
  • Communicate student progress clearly and consistently with Lower and Middle School parents;
  • In coordination with the Director of Student Life, school student council and parents, support and continually enhance after-school activities of Lower and Middle School students.

Faculty

The Director observes, mentors, and evaluates faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; supervises teaching, reviews and evaluates academic programs. The Director will also:

  • Oversee the day-to-day activities and assignments of department chairs, faculty committees and teachers; provide an environment conducive to learning, a school climate which is supportive and that both establishes and reflects teaming and collaboration;
  • In close coordination with the Head of School, recruit and retain educators with the expertise, positive energy and focus required to serve Westmark families and support Westmark students;
  • Work collaboratively with tech committees and specialists to support educational technology initiatives and dynamic needs in the Lower and Middle School;
  • Work closely with the Head of School, Director of Upper School and faculty committees in planning and implementing a comprehensive professional development program for faculty;
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and agencies; to maintain the educational standards established by the State of California and by those agencies that examine and accredit the school.

Ideal Experience and Personal Characteristics

The Lower and Middle School Director should have the following types of experience, qualifications and characteristics:

  • A mission-driven individual with a belief in, and a career committed to, the independent school movement and the education process; preferably with experience helping students living with language-based learning differences;
  • Master’s degree; minimum of 7 years progressive experience in administration or equivalent managerial expertise in grades 2-8; strong curricular experience, with particular knowledge of trends and best practices;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholders of the school;
  • An ability to create a caring and dynamic culture for students and faculty; a good listener and strategist; comfortable receiving input from many sources and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Start Date: July 1, 2017

Interested applicants should submit electronically and as separate documents the following materials:

Cover letter expressing interest in the Lower and Middle School Director position

Current resume

Statement of educational philosophy

Salary history

List of five references with contact information, including email, to:

lmsdirector@westmarkschool.org

Westmark School

5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 91316

Deadline to Apply: January 30, 2017


LOWER AND MIDDLE SCHOOL READING TEACHER

Position Summary:

We are seeking a Lower and Middle School Reading Teacher experienced in teaching the mechanics of reading to Lower and Middle School students with learning differences, following a structured reading program. Position starts August 2017.

Our ideal candidate will have a proven track record of demonstrating an exceptional knowledge and passion for teaching students with language-based learning differences.

As our Lower and Middle School Reading Teacher you will: organize and implement an instructional program that will capitalize on student strengths and be in accordance with Westmark School’s mission.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Teach Lower and Middle School students with learning differences
  • Plan, implement and follow the reading curriculum
  • Submit weekly lesson plans to Divisional Director and Reading Department Chair
  • Integrate technology into the curriculum
  • Maintain class Haiku page
  • Regularly update and post to Haiku class grade book
  • Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences
  • Provide a positive environment that encourages students to actively participate in their own learning
  • Communicate on a regular basis with Academic Counselors to discuss student progress
  • Model professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, and the community
  • Embrace and support the mission of Westmark School
  • Other duties, responsibilities, activities, events, and functions as requested by Head of School or designee

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education or related field
  • 3-5 years of classroom teaching experience or experience in a reading remediation clinical setting
  • Strong desire to work with students with language-based learning differences
  • Advanced degree or credentialing in Education preferred
  • Proven track record of successfully working with young and adolescent children
  • Training in a structured reading or literacy program such as: Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading, or Lindamood-Bell
  • Knowledge of multi-sensory teaching methodologies
  • Experience with technology- iPads, PCs and SmartTechnologies
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to effectively communicate with students, parents, and other professionals on a regular basis
  • Team player; ability to work collaboratively with fellow faculty, staff and administration
  • Accepts responsibility and is self-motivated
  • Demonstrates strong work ethic
  • Desire to continue to develop professionally by learning new programs and methodologies
  • Displays strong organization and time-management skills
  • Ability to identify and improve student results

Don’t let this great opportunity pass you by; apply by sending your resume and cover letter with salary history to: pcurtis@westmarkschool.org. Come join Westmark, we are waiting for you.

We offer excellent benefits and salary, a friendly, team oriented environment, and an opportunity for individual growth and development as a professional. Full Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement, Life Insurance and so much more.

Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and job performance. School policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions (including genetic characteristics or information), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, and local laws.

HISTORY AND MISSION

In 1983, Landmark School of Massachusetts opened Landmark West in Culver City, California as a west coast extension of their school. In 1994, the Landmark Foundation purchased a campus in Encino and in 1997 Landmark School was purchased by a non-profit corporation, Learning with a Difference, and the school was subsequently renamed Westmark School. Throughout its various incarnations over the last 30 years, the basic mission of the school has remained the same: – Westmark School prepares students with language-based learning differences for success in college.

The school accomplishes this through the use of the most current educational pedagogy and evidence-based methodologies, including the use of a multi-sensory approach, and by leveraging the latest research and assistive technologies. Westmark is distinguished by small student to teacher ratios, specially trained educators and staff, cutting edge facilities with state of the art technology and assistive software educational aids. In addition and to complete its offering, Westmark offers a comprehensive college and career-counseling program, individual tutorial sessions before and after school, and a whole child approach to education. Maximum class size is 12 students and Academic Counselors complete and monitor an individual education plan for each student. Parents are actively engaged and integrated into the process through seminars and frequent teacher interaction. This, along with championship California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) athletics, a student produced television network and news shows, a thriving visual and vital performing arts program, elevate Westmark to a superior category of private college preparatory school and unique in the area for its focus on serving students with language-based learning differences.

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