Scope of Position:
Blair Academy seeks a Dean of Teaching & Learning
for full-time employment beginning July 1, 2015. The
Dean of Teaching & Learning is charged with promoting teaching excellence
across the Blair community. She/he will provide support and inspiration
to the teaching faculty and foster a culture that embraces curricular
innovation while respecting individual teaching strengths and approaches.
As a thought leader, the Dean of Teaching & Learning will work in
close and enthusiastic collaboration with the Head of School, Assistant Head
for Academics and Dean of Academics and will partner with Academic Department
Heads and teaching faculty across disciplines.
Expectations & Responsibilities of the Position:
The Dean of Teaching & Learning is responsible for supporting
the teaching mission of the School and the work of the faculty through
identifying, researching, presenting and overseeing the effective integration
and assessment of best teaching/learning practices into the Blair curriculum.
Candidates must enjoy working with
adolescents and possess an exceptional work ethic, strong communication skills,
a commitment to collegiality and a sense of humor. Preference will be given
to candidates with significant experience as classroom teachers and with the
pedagogical/academic infrastructure of independent secondary schools.
This position will include the teaching of at least one section.
In addition, the successful candidate will:
Serve as a productive resource for faculty in the development, planning and execution of new ideas, courses and learning initiatives, including direct management and/or oversight of certain projects as required.
Provide day-to-day management and implementation of professional development opportunities in consultation with the Assistant Head and Dean of Academics, including serving as a co-chair of the Professional Development Committee and developing/presenting on-site workshops over the course of each academic year.
In partnership with School leadership and faculty, develop and implement effective curricular and pedagogical assessment strategies.
Work with key stakeholders to explore the development of innovative teaching spaces at Blair to support curricular work across departments.
Collaborate with the Director of Technology on effective use of technology in the classroom.
Collaborate with the Assistant Head, Dean of Academics and Department Heads in providing supervision and feedback to teaching faculty (formative & summative evaluation).
Attend department meetings on an
basis and support individual departments with more focused/long-term pedagogical, teaching and learning matters.
Oversee and support the development of working documents (e.g., Curriculum Maps) to track common areas of interest and concern among and within departments. These areas will include skills, curriculum, assessment; effective communication, team-based problem solving, ethical decision-making, service & relationship-building.
Additional professional responsibilities (e.g., coaching, dormitory duty) will be determined on an individual basis.
How to Apply:
Résumé, letter of interest, undergraduate/graduate school transcript(s) and two letters of recommendation should be forwarded to Jackie Roecker, Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 600, Blair Academy, Blairstown, N.J. 07825-0600 or, by email, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications must be received by December 5, 2014. Your letter of interest must address how/why Blair’s academic mission resonates with you and in what ways your skill set, interests and experiences will serve you in this leadership role.