NSU University School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, independent college preparatory school that provides a challenging and personalized education within a supportive environment for students of average to gifted abilities. At NSU University School, the classroom is our cornerstone, but we recognize that true development takes a combination of academics, areas, athletics, and community service. By allowing our students to focus on their individual talents and strengths, we are able to bring out the best in them today – and well into the future. Our students are prepared for productive lives and leadership roles through a program that focuses on academic excellence, extracurricular participation, and life0long learning environment. Our college-preparatory school serves approximately 1,800 students on the larger Nova Southeastern University campus in South Florida.
We seek a Lower School Director for the 2018-19 school year. The Lower School Director is charged with comprehensive responsibility for activities involving students and faculty in his/her division (Grades JK-5). Reports directly to Head of School and works in conjunction with Associate Heads.
Administers and supervises assigned areas of educational activity which relate to administration, curriculum and instruction, guidance, extra-curricular activities, public relations, teaching staff, associate directors and varied personnel.
Maintains congruency between the school's mission statement and all activities of the lower school and promotes and enhances the image and reputation of the division.
Acts as the educational leader of the school division, responsible for the day-to-day operation; develops a dynamic professional learning community within the division that actively engages all stakeholders.
Uses research-based practices to create, implement and monitor school improvement plans and improve academic and operational functions under his/her control.
Observes, supervises, and helps evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; supervises the teaching process, and reviews and evaluates the academic programs.
Makes recommendations to the Headmaster for improvements affecting economy, efficiency, and quality functions and operations; explains, interprets and enforces policies, methods and procedures.
Utilizes resources/expertise to improve personnel processes, instructional processes and all academic operations and functions under his/her control.
Develops, monitors and controls budget and funds as assigned.
Works closely with students, parents, school staff, agencies, NSU/community groups and other entities.
To be aware of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of our school community and to develop plans for meeting these needs.
Oversees and directs the activities of the department chairs, the sponsors of various student organizations and activities, and faculty committees.
Ensures compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and agencies; maintains the educational standards established by the State of Florida and by those agencies that examine and accredit the school.
Oversees physical condition of the building and grounds to assure student safety and forward requests to Physical Plant.
Works with other directors in developing coordinated programs which respond to mission and needs.
Preforms other duties as assigned.
Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
Ability to interpret and explain guidelines, policies and procedures.
Decision-making, problem solving, and analytical skills.
Excellent organization and planning skills.
Takes initiative, is flexible, and provides great attention to detail and accuracy.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Information gathering and monitoring skills, including the ability to analyze data and prepare reports while maintaining confidentiality.
Required Education: Master’s Degree; in an academic discipline
Minimum of five (5) years administrative experience in a school setting.
Experience in managing curriculum development, budgeting, group leadership, public relations issues.
Demonstrated leadership ability in promoting 21st century learning and technology integration.
Experience in a variety of areas within the education profession.
A fond regard and respect for children.
A commitment to implementing the school's mission with a focus on personalized learning and innovative programming.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate upon experience