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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.

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 Lower School

Position Summary:

Westmark School seeks an experienced Director of Lower 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 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 School Director reports to the Head of School and has responsibility for all academic activities and outcomes for the Lower 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 Lower 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 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 Lower School faculty provide appropriate academic instruction and guidance for students, while fully integrating parents in the process, including:

Review and continually improve Lower 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 School parents;
  • In coordination with the Director of Student Life, support and continually enhance after-school activities of Lower 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 students;
  • Work collaboratively with tech committees and specialists to support educational technology initiatives and dynamic needs in the Lower School;
  • Work closely with the Head of School, Director of Upper School, Director of 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; 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 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 2-5; 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 Lower School Director position

Current resume

Statement of educational philosophy

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

lsdirector@westmarkschool.org

Westmark School

5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 91316


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


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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