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Watkinson School, providing inventive teaching and learning since 1881, seeks a full-time Head of Middle School.
Reporting to the Head of School and a member of the Senior Leadership team, the Middle School Head leads the faculty, students, and parents within Watkinson’s middle school through oversight of the academic program, through support and evaluation of the school’s professionals, and overall guidance and direction for the division. The successful candidate will be an experienced and culturally competent educator and leader, well versed in seeking out, hiring, supporting and sustaining excellent teachers.
In addition, the Head of Middle School will have demonstrated experience and success in program development, design thinking, and leading through change. The Middle School Head will be a proven leader in the development of curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices within a context of mixed-age, heterogeneously grouped students and an increasing focus on interdisciplinary learning. Watkinson’s program balances the elements of personalized learning and a strong commitment to being a collaborative learning community.
The next Head of Middle School will bring knowledge and experience with student advisory programs and a deep understanding of the developmental needs, gifts, and particulars that make middle school students who they are. The Head of Middle School takes a lead role in working with teachers on the continual examination and improvement of teaching practice, including goal setting, professional development, and engaging adults in ongoing and meaningful learning that makes a difference for students. An Essential School, Watkinson School is committed to the ideas expressed by the 10 Common Principles as articulated by Theodore R. Sizer.
Watkinson School is an equal opportunity employer and an open and affirming community. We seek candidates of diverse backgrounds. This position commences July 2020, and is a twelve-month position. Qualified candidates please send a letter of interest, resume, and a list of no fewer than four references to: MSHeadPosition@watkinson.org
University of Hartford Benefit
Full-time employees may take up to four courses (12 credits) a year tuition-free at the University of Hartford. They must be taken in different semesters and cannot include PhD courses. Employees should not take more than one course per semester during Watkinson’s regular academic year. Do not schedule courses that meet on Tuesdays during the school year, as these conflict directly with Watkinson’s weekly faculty meetings.
Specifics about additional benefits, including vacation time, are detailed in Watkinson’s Employee Handbook. Should you be applying for a position at Watkinson, please ask to review a copy of the handbook.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Watkinson is committed to providing a work environment that is free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is and will continue to be the policy of the school that all persons shall have equal employment and advancement opportunities based on merit, qualifications, demonstrated skills and abilities. Employment practices and decisions will be made without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or any other characteristic or status which cannot lawfully be considered under local, state, or federal law as a basis for employment-related decisions. Watkinson expects all employees to act in accordance with these principles and to reflect their spirit in all relationships with each other and with customers, with vendors and with other business associates or contacts. This policy applies to every aspect of employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, screening, application, hiring, training, assignment, development, evaluation, promotion, transfer, rates of pay, benefits, discipline, termination and layoff.
Further, it is Watkinson’s policy that all vendors, suppliers, contractors and others doing business with the school adhere to these principles. Any employee who feels that he or she has not been treated in accordance with the policies and principles stated herein may bring the matter to the attention of his/her immediate supervisor, the Director of Finance or the Head of School.
Watkinson is committed to the employment of qualified individuals with a disability who with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job the individual seeks, wants to hold or holds. Employees with a disability who need or believe they need a reasonable accommodation are encouraged to review the matter with the Director of Finance. Supervisors and managers may be informed regarding necessary restrictions on the work or duties of the employee and reasonable accommodations to be made.