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Assistant Head of School

Position Type Administrator
Start 07/01/2020
School Name North Seattle French School
City, State Shoreline, WA 
Posted 01/16/2020

Assistant Head of School Job Description: Overview

The Assistant Head of School oversees the daily functioning and overall visioning of the school's preschool- 5th grade classrooms and specific programs and activities. The Assistant Head of School is responsible for ensuring classroom instruction, curriculum, and academic interventions are well-suited for the overall needs of North Seattle French School (NSFS) students. To ensure optimal student learning for the NSFS community, the Assistant Head of School continuously evaluates implementation of approved curriculum, as well as studies new instructional materials and methods. Additionally, the Assistant Head of School supports preschool-5th grade academic staff through coaching and mentorship around instructional programs and methods. In partnership with other members of the leadership team, the Assistant Head of School assists in day-to-day operations at the school and overall organizational leadership.

About North Seattle French School: North Seattle French School is an independent elementary and preschool offering bilingual education in an engaged community environment. The NSFS program blends strong academics in both French and English with a school-wide emphasis on creative problem solving, collaboration across subjects, and social and emotional learning. Students and faculty join us from the greater Seattle area and around the francophone world, united by the belief that learning another language supports children as they grow into flexible independent thinkers. Our students go on to middle school and beyond with confidence in both French and English, prepared to contribute as global citizens in the world. Learn more at northseattlefrenchschool.com.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


In coordination with the Head of School and the Director(s) of Curriculum :

a. Drive the school's instructional efforts by setting a tone of high expectations and holding the school accountable for student achievement

b. Engage families in the educational process by facilitating frequent opportunities for parents and teachers to discuss student growth and needs

c. Foster effective school/community relations by working with external partners and independent accrediting commissions; continue process of accreditation by NWAIS

d. Maintain a safe and orderly school environment for both students and staff

e. Ensure approved curriculum is rigorous, engaging, accessible and in line with current research

f. Use multiple data to reflect on student and program strengths, needs and progress and inform instructional decision making

g. Manage classroom and professional development budget with the assistance of the Operations Manager

h. Act as a leader within the organization

i. Meet regularly with the administrative and pedagogical teams

j. Collaboratively set organizational direction and strategy and problem solve big picture organizational questions

k. Work very closely and provide regular updates to the HOS


In coordination with Director(s) of Curriculum:

a. Supervise all school academic staff in successfully carrying out role-related responsibilities and collaborating to share and leverage their transdisciplinary expertise

b. Meet regularly with teachers to design student-centered instructional practices and offer support with additional classroom needs

c. Coordinate and, as needed, provide regular professional development (includes all curricula used such as Singapore math, Positive Discipline method, diversity, and more). Ensure that all staff is trained before school starts.

d. Work with and guide teachers to plan Curriculum Night

e. Organize and lead the work week prior to school starting

f. Prepare schedules and supervise their implementation.


a. Evaluate implementation of approved curriculum and adjust to ensure optimal student learning

b. Assist in monitoring and analyzing student outcome data to drive instructional decision making

c. Evaluate all professional staff in the School with the assistance of the Director(s) of Curriculum. Ensure all evaluation are in writing and filed accordingly and in a timely manner


with the support of the Office and Operations Managers

  1. Revise and manages all handbooks (parent and staff) and ensure signed copies are returned
  2. Revise and distributes the welcome packet provided to parents before back to school
  3. Revise and distributes curriculum night materials including curriculum guide


  1. Leads diversity committee in ensuring books, dialogue and communications are aligned
  2. Coordinate and organize professional development surrounding diversity


• Master's degree in education strongly preferred

• Demonstrated excellence as a classroom teacher; 5+ years of classroom teaching strongly preferred

• Experience in independent schools strongly preferred, preferably a bilingual school

• Excellent interpersonal skills and experience in a management role

• Strong communication and presentation skills

• French language fluency preferred

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience. NSFS offers medical and dental benefits, retirement plan, paid time off.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to positions@northseattlefrenchschool.com detailing your experience, qualifications for this role and include at least three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis to start July 1, 2020.

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