Bennett Day School Intermediate and Middle School Director
Bennett Day School is a progressive independent day school looking for passionate educators with an innovative spirit and rich background in learning and school experience. We are a new type of independent school; unabashed believers in the values of progressive education, we put students at the center of the process of learning.
**To be considered, please fill out an application on our website**
Bennett Day School is hiring an Intermediate and Middle School Director. In this role, you’ll be part of the educational team and be responsible for implementing the core characteristics of our progressive, project- and competency-based intermediate and middle school.
The Intermediate and Middle School Director position will evolve over the next two years. We have grown significantly over the past eight years, and are currently transitioning from a start-up school to a more established institution. The Bennett Day Middle School, currently only grade 6, opened 2020-2021. The Middle and Intermediate School is at the epicenter of that transition; our 5-7th grade classes contain many “founding” families who have been with the school since its inception. We have a high school that began two years ago, so the intermediate and middle school role will exist between the oldest and newest divisions within the school.
The position will encompass grades 2-7. You will take on the role of Director of Intermediate and Middle School, grades 3-8, in 2022-23. Reporting to our principal, you’ll bring your experience to the team to oversee and manage the intermediate and middle years program that is true to our progressive mission.
As one of our Division Directors, you’ll be intimately involved in every aspect of the educational program of our school, and have input into major pedagogical and/or curricular decisions that the school makes. You’ll interact with parents, faculty and students on a daily basis, and you’ll bring your management experience with you each day to engage in the oversight of the day-to-day program. You’ll have the opportunity to develop meaningful educational relationships with other administrators, including our education and executive team, as well as our intermediate and middle school faculty. You’ll also learn from your colleagues during weekly education team meetings, as well as the 5+ hours per week of professional development, which occur on Wednesdays when students are released early.
THE LIKELY TRAJECTORY:
WITHIN ONE MONTH YOU’LL
Learn about all the major elements of the school, including its history, mission, vision and core competencies to become acquainted with the school’s ethos by meeting with major stakeholders, including the CEO, Principal, faculty and parents
Learn about the day-to-day operations of the school by observing and/or shadowing a non-teaching faculty member
Learn about our early childhood and high school programs so that you can better see the developmental arc of our students
Participate in programs for the orientation of new faculty and in-service training of all faculty
Oversee the day-to-day operation of grades 2-7, including absences and leaves/substitutes, coaching new faculty, managing behavioral issues that arise among students, and division-specific meetings
WITHIN THREE MONTHS YOU’LL
Take on the oversight of individual behavior and learning plans for second through seventh grade students
Conduct regular meetings with faculty which will deal with routine school matters
Engage with parents as stakeholders and work with them to manage the process of their children’s learning experience at Bennett Day
Function as the primary articulator of your division’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed and consistent with their individual roles
Participate in regular meetings with core faculty groups within the school, including the Learning Resource team and the Operations/Administrative team in order to effectively manage academic and logistical operations
Take the lead in the academic guidance of students in grades 2-7; maintain complete academic records on all students; oversee the pedagogy and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement in relation to our developmental and competency map
Maintain awareness of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of our school community in grades 2-7 and develop plans for meeting these needs
Attend admissions and marketing events as needed to share the school’s story to potential Bennett Day families
Act as lead in the process of ensuring that teachers in grades 2-7 are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school operation.
WITHIN SIX MONTHS YOU’LL
Observe, supervise, and help evaluate grades 2-7 faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; supervise the teaching process, and review and evaluate the academic programs
Make recommendations to the principal regarding the hiring and retention, and the grade-level assignment, of faculty in grades 2-7
Present to prospective families at information sessions
Be a part of admissions events for the purpose of vetting of student applications for admissions
Oversee the interview and vetting process for middle years faculty
Serve as a consultant/coach to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
Assist in the admission process for interviewing and evaluation of applicants for enrollment.
BY THE END OF 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR, YOU’LL
Help make enrollment decisions to finalize students for admission in grades 3-8 in the fall of 2022
Contribute to the master school class schedule and to assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations
Be a visible presence in all areas of the school; work toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise in grades 2-7; keep the principal informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school.
THE ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS
5+ years experience working with children and/or adolescents in an education setting
Experience in a school that uses an interdisciplinary or team-teaching approach
Interest in/Experience working in teams
Commitment to the continual development of one’s cultural competence
Commitment to ongoing professional development
THE SKILL SET
A passion for organization; the ability to work within administrative systems and create new systems where needed
The ability to engage thoughtfully with parents and families about challenging topics, including those that arise in regard to learning differences
People management: The ability to manage groups of people effectively, be they families, faculty, or students, empathically and maintain a healthy school culture
Time management: The ability to manage time and delegate responsibilities effectively
A knowledge of, and support for, project based learning and progressive pedagogy
A desire to collaborate: to strive for unity, harmony, and cooperation through tact, helpfulness, respect, and a recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each fellow faculty member.
A clear and coherent ability to relay the expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed consistent with their individual roles
Dedication to supporting innovative and nontraditional curriculum
Comfort in a startup culture in which specific roles and responsibilities are in the process of developing
About Bennett Day School
Bennett Day School is a new PreK-12 independent school in the heart of Chicago. Currently operating grades PreK, JK, SK, and First, Bennett Day School is founded with progressive roots. A fundamental and driving force behind our Reggio Emilia-inspired program is the belief that children of all ages learn through questioning, exploring and discovering. We are committed to advancing creativity, leadership and a love of learning for students and teachers.