The Academic Department Chair (ADC) is responsible for overseeing the educational programs including curriculum, professional development, assessment, evaluation, and quality assurance for our K-5 lower school. The Academic Department Chair reports to the Dean of Faculty for Laurel Springs School. The ADC is a virtual position. The ADC may spend up to 25% of the calendar year traveling to attend conferences, year-end celebrations, and to work collaboratively with managers, specialists, coordinators, and teachers in the field.
Specifically, the Lower School Academic Department Chair is responsible for:
- Supervising a team of virtual independently contracted teachers.
- Quality control related to all teaching and learning practices within their department.
- Supporting the school’s live academic help room.
- Supporting the strategic plan for Laurel Springs School education and curriculum.
- Ensuring the LSS curriculum guidelines reflect both national standards and current educational research.
- Identifying and developing data based professional development to best support teachers and students.
- Recommending and consulting on the selection of curriculum.
- Working closely with the Dean of Curriculum & as the subject matter expert to review and develop curriculum materials.
- Working closely with the Dean of Faculty on developing and delivering professional development and training for teachers in their department.
- Interpreting and reporting student results on standardized tests to students and parents, and uploading results to SIS as applicable in your content area.
- Participating in any accreditation process for Laurel Springs School.
- Post department teaching jobs as needed, interview new teachers, and take an active role in the new teacher onboarding and training process.
- Representing LSS at educational conferences and associations.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Must have an advanced degree in education with a strong background in curriculum and instruction, online learning, asynchronous learning, and blended learning at elementary level.
- Must be knowledgeable about educational research and educational product/program implementation and development.
- Must have excellent communication and presentation skills.
- Must have strong leadership skills and a keen understanding of the requirements of a for-profit business.
- Must have virtual management experience.
- Must have had experience teaching in K-12 schools, public and/or private, and in working with stakeholders of those schools.
- Must have a successful track record of collaborative educational leadership.