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Director of the Upper School for Boys

Position Type Administrator
Start 07/01/2021
School Name Annie Wright Schools
City, State Tacoma, WA 
Posted 10/14/2020

Annie Wright Schools are seeking a Director of the Upper School for Boys, to begin July 1, 2021. The role of Division Director reports directly to the Head of Schools. This position is charged with comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty in the Upper School for Boys and is a full time, senior leadership position.

School Overview

Tradition meets innovation at Annie Wright Schools, where we honor our rich history and traditions, embrace the present, and continue always to move forward. Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12, welcoming students from around the world. We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, delivering the IB program in every division.

Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society.

Position Overview: duties & responsibilities

The Division Director:

•Directs the activities of the faculty and staff in performing their daily duties.

•Evaluates the faculty to ensure professionalism, teaching excellence, community involvement, and engagement with professional development.

•Champions boys’ education and understands the research supporting a single-gender academic approach.

•Oversees academic records and the communication of students’ academic progress.

•Builds the daily academic schedule and makes class assignments for faculty; builds and disseminates individual student course schedules.

•Conducts regular meetings with faculty.

•Ensures compliance with the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and co-manages the DP Coordinator, who oversees the Diploma Programme across the two Upper School divisions.

•Manages the USB Assistant Director, who executes the co-curricular and extra-curricular programs and who oversees all disciplinary proceedings.

•Manages the Learning Specialist and Director of College Counseling, who oversee learning support and college counseling, respectively.

•Co-manages the School Counselor who oversees social emotional counseling across the two Upper School divisions.

•Writes the Friday Flash, a weekly communication to students and parents and The Week Ahead, a weekly communication to the USB Faculty

•Develops and maintains a comprehensive calendar of USB events; keeps the entire school community informed of various USB programs and activities.

•Leads the hiring process for new USB faculty and staff.

•Fosters a healthy, positive culture within the student body and amongst the faculty.

•Is a visible presence in all areas of the USB and school.

•Assists in the admission process at the direction of the USB Admissions Director.

•Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Head of Schools


The Division Director:

•holds a bachelor’s degree and, ideally, a master’s degree;

•has administrative experience at the high school level, preferably within independent schools;

•demonstrates experience with the IB Diploma Program as an administrator or teacher;

•has excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to interface well with varied constituencies;

•has the ability to handle multiple projects/tasks with great attention to detail in an environment with near constant interruptions;

•is eligible to work in the United States.

Salary & benefits

Compensation includes competitive benefits and salary commensurate with experience.

Application process

Annie Wright Schools remain firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Annie Wright shall hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all other employment related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Applicants of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, email: a cover letter, resume, and email and telephone contact information for 3-5 professional references, all in PDF format, to Ms. Erin Gann, Executive Assistant to the Head of Schools, at erin_gann@aw.org. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, November 10th, 2020.

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