• Full Time
  • Hillsborough
  • This position has been filled
  • May 30, 2024

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The Nueva School

Middle School Assistant Division Head

Starting August 2024


The Position


The Middle School Assistant Division Head coordinates, inspires, and supports curricular and academic programs and initiatives of the Middle School. The Middle School Assistant Division Head works closely with the Middle School Division Head and Middle School faculty to create, strengthen, and sustain programs, courses of study, systems, and processes to provide innovative interdisciplinary and interdivisional learning opportunities for students. The Middle School Assistant Division Head will also work with school leadership to ensure consistency of policy and mission across all aspects of the school. The Middle School Assistant Division Head has a full-time, twelve-month administrative position and reports to the Middle School Division Head.


We are seeking applicants who represent the full diversity of our community in the Bay Area. Our ideal candidate will possess a deep appreciation for the diverse socioeconomic, racial, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, academic, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. In joining our team at Nueva, you will become a part of an inclusive, iterative and equity-minded community that recognizes that equity and social justice is a lens with which we examine all aspects of our school community in order to ensure an educational experience where all students and colleagues can thrive. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Nueva, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with Nueva’s Mission, Vision, and Values.


The successful candidate demonstrates the following:

§  Proactive approaches, careful listening, and superb follow-through

§  Respond flexibly and creatively with a desire to work in a dynamic and collaborative environment where new ideas, mistakes, and iteration are embraced

§  Openness to feedback and improvement, modeling lifelong learning

§  Joy in working with adolescents

§  Ability to balance multiple demands from various constituencies with an excellent sense of humor, optimistic outlook, and a calm presence



Teaching and Learning + Administrative Duties

§  Teaches 1 academic class each year

§  Directs the Innovative Teaching Program at the middle school, supporting and running workshops for the middle school associate teachers

§  Works with Director of Teaching and Learning and Middle School Division Head to lead and organize Middle School faculty discussions, sharing teaching practices and curricular models

§  Works with the deans and MS Division head to create the Friday schedule


Academic Advising — Middle School

§  Helps Middle School Division Head and Deans in developing and supporting the advisory program

§  Manages electives course selection and rostering; works closely with the PE & Athletics director to ensure that PE classes and Athletics are covered by MS teachers

§  Supports Grade Level Deans, World Language and Math teachers with rostering; helps create and roster classes within the Blackbaud system

§  Leads, with the Middle School Division Head, weekly “Kid Meetings” to discuss students, especially for academic concerns

§  Manages and works closely with our Learning Specialist in supporting students with learning differences

§  Coordinates out-of-grade student schedules and independent study classes

§  Works with Middle School Division Head to uphold the Beloved Community through disciplinary policies and restorative justice practices


Faculty Support and Service

§  With the Middle School Division Head, creates the annual duties roster for teachers

§  Leads, with the Middle School Division Head, faculty evaluations and professional growth

§  Conducts class/teacher observations on a regular basis; meets with teachers to discuss observations and feedback for growth

§  Creates opportunities for reflection and conversation regarding lessons, ideas, and challenges

§  Supports the New Teacher Orientation and New Teacher Crew meetings in collaboration with the Middle School Division Head Works with the leadership team to shape and organize New Teacher Orientation activities

§  Attends weekly Deans Meetings, supporting the dean teams and helping with Student Council Support the development and implementation of special programs like Grade Level Time, Maverick Dives, and Intersession

§  Attends weekly student support meetings and assists with student follow up

§  Works with Middle School Division Head to plan weekly faculty meetings


Recruiting and Hiring

§  Teams with Middle School Division Head to determine staffing needs and faculty positions

§  With the school’s leadership team, participates in the recruitment and hiring process for new Middle School faculty

§  Leads the hiring process for associate teachers in the middle school division

§  Works with appropriate administrators from other divisions concerning cross-over and all-school teaching opportunities

§  Teams with Middle School Division Head to onboard new faculty

§  Assists in the recruitment of new faculty and staff


Other Administrative Duties

§  Partners with administrators in the lower and upper school divisions to coordinate crossover faculty schedules and work on other issues as needed

§  Helps to create and refine academic policies and procedures — for example, academic integrity policy, restorative justice policies, and codes of conduct

§  Supports and helps to implement PreK–12 initiatives and programs

§  Assists in the Admissions process and attends Admission events, including Open Houses and New Student and Parent Information Sessions, as determined by the Director of Admissions and Head of School

§  Attends school and division community events as needed to represent the school and our academic program


Position Qualifications

§  Skillful oral and written communication skills

§  Experience leading a teacher growth and evaluation process

§  Successful teaching experience in middle or high school with a minimum of five years’ teaching experience

§  Bachelor’s degree required and advanced university degree desirable

§  Experience building a schedule and doing rostering with Blackbaud or another Learning Management System




The full-time equivalent salary range for this position is $105,000 – $150,000. The starting salary is based upon, but not limited to, several factors that include type and years of experience, education level, and expertise.


We offer a full benefits package that includes fully paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance for employees, employer contribution toward dependent insurance premium, a generous match on our retirement plan, flexible spending account, and free lunch. Eligibility rules must be met.


To Apply


Please send your application information (cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references) to the Nueva Employment Website. To address specific questions, please email Karen Tiegel, at ktiegel@nuevaschool.org.


The Nueva School is an Equal Opportunity Employer we do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability or sex. We welcome applications from people of color and those with experience outside the education field.


About The Nueva School


The Nueva School, an internationally-recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted and talented students since 1967. Today, Nueva serves nearly 1000 students PK-12. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six different counties throughout the Bay Area of Northern California.


A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award, the US Department of Education National Green Ribbon Award, and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability; has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School; co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series; hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Us in the chapter Average Is Over.


For more information about The Nueva School, visit our website:www.nuevaschool.org