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Elementary Director

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Category: Elementary Education
School: Stratford School
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Date Opened: May 24, 2022
Job ID: 12821

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The Elementary Director is responsible for the delivery of the instructional program and overall supervision and management. This person is responsible for the curriculum delivery and teaching practices of their department in accordance with the high expectations and standards at Stratford School. Reporting to the Head of School, the Principal is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. The Director works closely with all administrators in the leadership of the school. The Director brings life to our purpose of “connecting students to their unique futures.”  The Director provides leadership aimed at providing the best possible school climate, as well as maximum opportunities for student growth and development.



Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Uphold and perform all duties described in the Elementary Director Job Description
  • Providing proper visual supervision and enforce standard school policies like dress code and conduct standard, sustained and well-planned emergency drills.
  • Enforce classroom, playground and online discipline in accordance to Stratford policies
  • Regularly observe, document, coach and provide timely, relevant feedback to all department teachers
  • Provide consistent, immediate and relevant information on children’s progress on a daily basis both academically and socially. If necessary, hold parent conferences to gain agreement on current situation, desired outcome and agree on a written, measurable plan to track. Provide thorough and timely follow-up to implement any countermeasures or changes.
  • Oversee department meetings in Elementary, provide overall objectives for mentor teachers and provide the agenda and outcomes for all mentor teacher discussions.
  • Hold grade level meetings along with overall elementary team meetings to reinforce school policy, school objectives and to communicate, train, coach and motivate the teachers.
  • Review, plan and analyze various assessments and grading policies as well as approving all instruction materials
  • Coordinate activities, events and projects between departments and across the campus including, but not limited to: Back to School nights, Tech Night, Open House, Holiday Shows, Monthly Assemblies, Variety Show, Pumpkin Carving, Promotions, etc.
  • Recommend curriculum updates on a yearly basis and conduct EOY inventory
  • Ensure grading integrity and appropriate semester and year end examinations
  • Analyze CTP scores and suggest measurable goals for the coming school year across each grade level and each teacher.
  • Ensure full support and attention is given to PLP plans with regular oversight and review for each child, at least two times per academic year.
  • Suggest, staff, and execute elective courses and have oversight on all tutoring or academic enrichment across all elementary grades.
  • Ensure Enrichment classes are scheduled for appropriate time blocks, assessments are appropriate and student achievement is making appropriate progress.
  • Conduct entrance exam testing including scheduling, administering, grading and communication to the parent and administration on the student candidate’s ability to assimilate into the Stratford environment.
  • Support the Winter Camp program through integrating international students into elementary classrooms.
  • Conduct parent meetings to provide regular updates on a child’s progress and clearly and immediately document any academic or social concerns.
  • Assist teachers with incorporating the use of technology in the classroom
  • Consult with the Middle School Principal and Preschool Principal to facilitate transition into JK/K and Middle School
  • Keep Head of School informed of all happenings in their grade levels or around campus.
  • Assist in any other campus duties as assigned.
  • Be available to mentor as needed.


Candidate Qualities:

  • Exudes courageous, compassionate, and caring leadership style that engenders support among colleagues, staff and the community through his/her knowledge, experience, creativity, vision, and dedication to the school’s mission.
  • A leader who can clearly articulate the vision of the school and has the ability to inspire both internal and external customers.
  • A creative individual who thinks globally, works collaboratively, is open to new ideas and embraces change.
  • Demonstrated leadership in ability to teach, train, supervise and support teachers in best practices.


Personal Attributes:

  • An individual of high integrity and reputation who understands the importance of trust, respect, collaboration, and high standards of excellence.
  • A good listener who is intuitive, thoughtful, considerate, and compassionate about relationships with others.
  • A mission driven individual who leads by example with enthusiasm, passion, and sparkling intelligence.


Job Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education at a minimum.
  • 3-5 years of leadership experience in a lower school environment preferred.
  • Administrative experience strongly preferred.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).



Physical Requirements:

Position frequently involves long hours and widely diverse duties.  Must be able to bend, stoop, and perform extensive walking.  Lift up to 30 pounds.  Be able to move quickly from one place to another to ensure safety Extensive computer time, sitting and driving are necessary in this position.  Air travel may be necessary from time to time. 



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