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Middle School Director

Position Type Administrator
Start 07/01/2022
School Name Northwest School, The
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 10/12/2021

The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 450 students in grades 6 through 12, including international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to diversity and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members. The Northwest School strives for its faculty and student body to reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The Middle School Director serves as the division director for the Middle School and is responsible for the overall direction and operation of the Middle School, grades 6-8. This position serves on the Senior Leadership Team and shares responsibility for setting the direction for the Middle School.

This is a full-time, 12 months per year Administrator position beginning July 1, 2022.

Essential Functions:

Lead a community of teaching and administrative faculty, and over 150 students in a manner that is congruent with the intentional, intellectual, and diverse culture of The Northwest School and aligns with the strategic plan and goals of the School.

Act as the educational leader of the Middle School, responsible for the day-to-day operation and the direction of the activities of teaching and support faculty in the division as well as serve as a member of the Curriculum Committee responsible for setting curricular direction for the program. Act in a manner that ensures the highest quality of instruction in the Middle School academic program, fostering a culture of professional growth among faculty, including recognizing, developing, promoting, and supporting teaching excellence.

Lead efforts to promote, monitor, and evaluate efforts with diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Collaborate with administrators and program coordinators in the delivery of a co-curricular program that, combined with the curricular program, prepares our students to graduate with the discipline, agility, and creativity to conquer the toughest global challenges as thoughtful, humane world citizens who are critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and effective communicators.

Ensure effective coordination of planning, review of student progress, workload balance, and student dynamics within each Middle School grade.

Serve as a leader of communication efforts in the Middle School and broader school community by articulating the philosophy of the Middle School and the needs of Middle School students to parents and the wider school community, maintaining close communication with the Head, Assistant Head and other administrators about life in the Middle School, and maintaining regular communication with parents about issues of academic performance, behavior, school philosophy and practice, teaching, curriculum, and events. Guide teachers and advisors to ensure proper communication with students and families about school life and performance.

Collaborate with the Assistant Head of School and Director of Admissions and Enrollment to represent the school effectively in communication with applicant families, and consult with the Admissions Office and Registrar in determining the qualifications of applicants and in selecting new students and the placement of students in classes and advisory groups.

Essential Functions:

In collaboration with the Assistant Head, Upper School Director, and departments, assist in defining staffing needs in the Middle School and manage the hiring, orienting, and mentoring process for new teachers and the supervision and evaluation of Middle School teachers.

Collaborate with the Senior Leadership Team to carry out the strategic plan and goals of the school as it relates to the Middle School.

Partner with the Upper School Director to ensure philosophical and programmatic alignment of the school program and ensure that the full school program is implemented effectively.

Serve as a member of the Budget Committee, which defines budget priorities and policies for the school as a team.

Serve as a member of the Financial Aid Policy Committee, which reviews and steers the development of the schools philosophy and methodology for financial aid policies.

Minimum Qualifications:

All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the schools mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.

A bachelors degree and seven years of progressively responsible experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job are required.

Ability to communicate effectively with large groups, as well as in writing.

Experience in a school with international students.

A minimum of 2 years of teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

A Masters degree is preferred.

Competencies; A successful incumbent will be:

Philosophically student centered

An environmental steward

A champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Global minded

Social justice oriented

An excellent communicator in written and verbal methods

At ease speaking to a crowded room

Energized by working collaboratively and appreciate process deliberation, and intentionality

A thoughtful listener

Able to manage multiple and shifting priorities


Salary is highly competitive with top independent schools in the region and commensurate with education and experience. The Northwest School offers an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life and accident insurance coverage, fully paid for employee only coverage. A retirement program matches up to 6% of an employee's salary after one year of service in a 403(b) plan. An intentional, mission focused school culture, generous time off, lunch, access to the on-site fitness facility, an exceptional commitment to professional development, and a unique urban location are also benefits of working at the Northwest School.
Application Process:

Please submit a cover letter and resume online: http://northwestschool.org/about-the-school/employ...
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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, or marital status.

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