St. Paul’s Episcopal School Oakland, California
Director of Sixth Grade and Middle School
St. Paul’s Episcopal School, an independent coeducational K-8 school in Oakland, CA, begins its 39th year of educating and serving a diverse group of students and their families. The current student population is 360, with students of color representing 61% of that number. From the founding of the School in 1975, students have served the community and brought their experiences into the classroom. Each year, St. Paul’s students in all grades provide more than 7,000 hours in service to more than 24 different organizations.
In the Episcopal tradition, the School encourages an understanding of and respect for world faith traditions. Families at the School are from all faith backgrounds, or none, and the weekly, student-run Chapel is non-denominational.
In the Fall of 2012, a new library, playground, and gym were built to complement a capital improvement initiative which included renovating a middle school building, 262 Grand Avenue in the 2005-2006 school year, and remodeling classrooms in the lower school building, 116 Montecito Avenue.
Director of the Sixth Grade and Middle School
The Sixth Grade and Middle School Program currently consists of 132 students with 40-44 students in each of the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. The Sixth Grade and Middle School admits between 8-16 new sixth grade students per year, while transitioning a cohort of students from the Lower School.
Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Director of the Sixth Grade and Middle School is responsible for all functions of the Middle School including curriculum, discipline, student elective program, advising, the sixth grade transition, recruitment and retention of students, and high school placement. The Director plays a pivotal role in shaping the Middle School through instructional leadership, social-emotional guidance of students, character education and the attraction and retention of new students. By possessing a clear understanding of the benefits of a St. Paul’s Middle School education, the Director effectively leads the faculty, students, and parents through the Middle School experience. St. Paul’s is proud of the Middle School program it has developed. The Director will focus on the following priorities:
Oversee the School's rigorous academic program, continuing the delivery of differentiated instruction based on student readiness and group size.
Maintain the commitment to excellence in teaching by providing ongoing evaluation and opportunities for professional development, and by creating a culture focused on professional collaboration and student outcome.
Foster the School's commitment to Service Learning and civic engagement by continuing to enhance and integrate service into different subject areas while also providing a robust, stand- alone Service Learning program.
Supervise the integration of academic technology into the curriculum and instruction. Three ways we are developing use of academic technology are implementation of innovative curriculum, application to student assessment, and integration of the arts, sciences, design, and civic engagement.
Oversee the School's social-emotional and academic programs that support students from a variety of backgrounds and learning styles. This includes meeting with parents, therapists, tutors and our Educational Care Coordinators as necessary to maximize student outcomes.
Manage the high school placement process, maintaining the school’s current outstanding record of student placement in parochial, independent, and public high schools.
Supervise the sixth grade entry point, integrating new students from surrounding independent, parochial, and public elementary schools with current students from the St. Paul’s fifth grade.
Preserve and nurture the value of diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion, and civic engagement
that is integral to the learning process.
The search is moving expeditiously. Interested candidates should submit the following materials electronically in PDF format by January 6, 2014 to Lisa Rappaport, Assistant to the Head of School (email@example.com):
A cover letter highlighting your interest and qualifications for becoming the next Director of the Sixth Grade and Middle School.
A current résumé.
A one page personal statement that includes your thoughts on the essential components of Middle School education.
At least one letter of recommendation and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.
Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree and a minimum of five years of experience in middle school education preferred.
St. Paul’s Episcopal School is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to promoting diversity in the workplace and to seeking a diverse and broad spectrum of qualified candidates.
St. Paul’s does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age, or sexual orientation.