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Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity and expression, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, or any other unlawful consideration.

Westmark School specializes in preparing students with language-based differences for success in college. Since the founding over 30 years ago, Westmark School has been committed to providing a superior academic education and comprehensive curriculum to grades 2-12 students with dyslexia, language processing issues, and other related learning differences.

We offer excellent benefits and salary, a friendly, team oriented environment, and an opportunity for individual growth and development as a professional. We offer full Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement, Life Insurance, Training allowance and Enrichment Fund to name a few.

Current Positions Available

Director of Middle School

Position Summary:

Westmark School seeks an experienced Director of 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 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 Middle School Director reports to the Head of School and has responsibility for all academic activities and outcomes for the Middle division.

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 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 Middle School budget; 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 Middle School faculty provide appropriate academic instruction and guidance for students, while fully integrating parents in the process, including:

Review and continually improve 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 Middle School parents;
  • In coordination with the Director of Student Life, school student council and parents, support and continually enhance after-school activities of 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 Middle School;
  • Work closely with the Head of School, Director of Upper School, Director of Lower 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 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 6-8; 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, 2018

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

Cover letter expressing interest in the Middle School Director position

Current resume

Statement of educational philosophy

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

msdirector@westmarkschool.org

Westmark School

5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 91316


Musical Producer/Director

Westmark School, is currently seeking a Musical Producer/Director to run our High School Spring production.

Westmark School specializes in preparing students with language-based differences such as: dyslexia, language processing issues, and other related learning differences.

Our ideal candidate will have experience working with students with language-based learning differences. The Producer/Director possesses a great deal of independence and exercises independent judgment in performing a wide variety of duties. This position reports directly to the Director of Student Life and the Head of School.

Essential Functions:

  • Conceive, develop, and implement the artistic vision and focus of our High School theatre troupe
  • Supervise all production team members and volunteers, including: Assistant Director, Technical Designer, Production Manager, Musical Director, Choreographer, Orchestra/Band Members, Sound and Lighting Crew, Designers, Stage Manager, Production Assistant(s), Volunteers, and student cast and crew members of the production
  • Point person for all aspects of the production, and is under the supervision of the Director of Student Life and Head of School
  • Run and supervise all rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances on the production calendar
  • Maintain communications with parents, students, production staff/faculty, and the Westmark community
  • Oversee the design and application process of the set and properties (props), lighting, sound, costumes, and make-up for spring production.
  • Assist production staff, including the Production Manager, Musical Director, Choreographer, and the Technical Designer.
  • Advise the cast, technical crew, and production team on the specifications of the production, and supervise the implementations of approved technical designs, blocking/staging needs, and all other matters regarding the cast.
  • Conduct Casting/Auditions and assist in the hiring and evaluation of all artistic personnel including directors, performers, designers, and managers, with the approval of the Director of Student Life.
  • Hire, rent/purchase, and implement various needs and duties for production (i.e. sound, musicians, choreographers, lighting needs, costumes, make-up, etc.), with the approval of the Director of Student Life. Design and delegate all costume, hair, and make-up needs for the production, including all make-up and hair sheets, costume organization, and costume return.
  • Oversee the Technical Designer on the monitoring of the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arrange for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints (approval from Director of Student Life); performs preventive maintenance on equipment.
  • Maintain a budget for the production meeting with the Director of Student Life on a regular basis to advise of updates and plans.
  • Lead students, and initiates all rehearsals after school from 2:45pm - 5:15pm on Monday through Thursday.
  • Transition the rehearsal process off to the Assistant Director, Technical Director, Designer, Choreographer, and/or Music Director for the scheduled portion of the rehearsal (school events and emergencies are excused).
  • Attend all dress rehearsals and performances in the weeks leading up to the performances. The production calendar will be set, but is subject to change.
  • Make recommendations to the Technical Designers regarding the design of the set, properties, and digital artwork.
  • Communicate with the facilities crew to build and implement all designs for production via electronic ticket system, Schooldude, and in scheduled meetings.
  • Collaborate with Tech Designer to organize, oversee, and delegate all necessities for each performance (i.e. concessions, tickets, programs, t-shirts, posters, etc.) to parent, staff, and faculty volunteers.
  • Communicate with the Production Team and Facilities crew with respect to scheduling work to be completed.
  • Prepare weekly newsletters for Cast and Crew via Powerschool
  • Development, maintenance, and constant communication of the Production Page on Powerschool for all students, parents, and production staff.
  • Supervise students in the front of house during all dress rehearsals and performances
  • Fill-in for sound and lighting personnel as needed.
  • Supervise all students is responsible for the safe return of all materials (e.g. Script, rentals, costumes, etc.)
  • Order and license all materials for the production.
  • Facilitate all ticketing communications and procedures.
  • Oversee the strike for the final clean up of the productions. (set, sound, costume, properties, etc.)
  • Determine the necessary production supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, properties (props), special needs, costumes and make-up, for spring production performances presented at the facility.
  • Create and implement the production calendar at the beginning of each production, and create contracts for all members of the production. Maintain and safeguard the production assets of the theatre, including supervising the use and maintenance of stage facilities during spring production

Qualifications:

  • Ability to analyze and evaluate the need for production support for various events and performances;
  • Plan, develop, schedule and provide the production supports required for each event or performance; communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Design and construct sets; design lighting and sound systems appropriate to the performance or oversee stage crews and volunteers; perform minor repairs and preventative maintenance on equipment; maintain inventory of necessary supplies;
  • Lead the budget preparation; establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of various groups, vendors, co-workers, and others;
  • Maintain irregular and extended working hours;
  • Ability to lift, push or pull objects up to 50 pounds using appropriate tools.

Interested applicants please send your resume and cover letter to shamilton@westmarkschool.org.

Mission and History

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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