The Archer School for Girls is seeking a Middle School Director. The Middle School Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations and experience of students in grades 6-8. As an educational leader, she/he oversees Archer’s ambitious program, supports excellence in teaching and learning, and sustains the School’s developmentally-appropriate, joyful culture. The MS Director works closely with the US Director, Department Chairs, Dean of Students, and the Head of School to advance the School’s mission. The current MS Director, Karen Pavliscak, will be transitioning to the Associate Head of School position and will also work closely and collaboratively with the new Middle School Director.
The following will be priorites for the next MS Director: • In close partnership with the US Director, continuing to seek and facilitate curricular connections amongst and between grade levels and divisions. • Exploring different and developmentally-appropriate ways of assessment. • Ensuring that Archer’s curricular programs continue to evolve to support students holistically— especially around social emotional learning, diversity and inclusion, and learning differences. • The Academic Center opens this spring and as the community adapts and grows into the space, the new MS Director will have the opportunity to facilitate its use and imagine new possibilities, too. • Imagine 2025, Archer’s new strategic plan, is underway and the new Middle School Director, alongside the rest of the leadership team, will help to operationalize the plan’s goals and aspirations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Supervision • Maintains a visible presence as an educational leader; works toward resolution of concerns—both routine and unique—as they arise; keeps the Head of School informed of opportunities and concerns that impact the Middle School program, students, and faculty. • Observes, supports, and supervises faculty to assure quality of teaching and learning in the Middle School; provides ongoing feedback and conducts formal performance evaluations. • In collaboration with the US Director, leads Department Chairs in overseeing the entire academic program, including creating department goals, scope and sequence, course objectives, and methods and means of assessment. • Leads faculty meetings and summits to support, develop, and enhance the professional learning community. • Coordinates, supports, and approves faculty professional development. • In collaboration with US Director, supervises the following professional staff: School Counselor, Learning Specialist, Librarian, Student Support Coordinator, and Dean of Students. • Coordinates screening and interview process; makes recommendations to the Head of School regarding hiring of faculty.
Students & Program • In collaboration with the US Director, oversees the academic program, curriculum, scope and sequence from grades 6-12. • Oversees the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities; oversees the planning and the presentation of School assemblies and programs; maintains a comprehensive calendar of School events; keeps the School community informed of various programs and activities. • Provides academic guidance for students; maintains academic records on all students; oversees the grading and the reporting of student achievement. • Works closely with the Dean of Students on issues and activities regarding student life and disciplinary action. • Participates in the Student Study Team (SST) to support and monitor progress of students at risk; works closely with School Counselor and Learning Specialist.
Administration & Coordination of Systems • Collaborates with the Upper School Director, Senior Administrative Team, and Head of School regarding school-wide policies and procedures. • Prepares a master schedule and assigns teachers and students to classes and other obligations. • Coordinates and oversees all Middle School student/parent events, including: Back to School Night; Parent-Teacher Conferences; MS Awards Ceremony; 8th Grade Recognition; and 6, 7, and 8 Grade Parent Nights. • Coordinates onboarding new students and Parent/Student Orientation in conjunction with the Dean of Students and Admissions Director and Grade Level Coordinators. • Contributes to the Admissions process by serving on the Admission Committee, reading all applicant files, presenting at Open Houses, and supporting events geared toward admissions and enrollment. • Oversees Department budgets and works with Business Office on budgetary issues. • Participates on Safety Committee, leads Professional Boundary training for teachers/staff, and maintains CPR and safety certification to ensure safety of all community members.
Community • Attends student events and productions to show spirited support for the School community. • Keeps parents informed of events, information, and student progress. • Maintains relationships with the Archer Parent’s Association (APA) officers and volunteers and parent affinity groups. • Works with facilities to manage and maintain the physical plant as it pertains to the Middle School.
Lead Learner • Attends and contributes to continued professional development opportunities, national conventions, and professional networks. • Meets regularly with direct reports to set goals and support growth. • Solicits surveys to gain feedback from parents, students, and direct reports on management style and techniques.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
In addition to excellent communication and organizational skills, the MS Director position requires many, if not all, of the following strengths: • Ability to synthesize and communicate the School’s mission while inspiring and motivating teachers, students, and parents to help further that vision. • Strong writing, public speaking, and presenting skills. • Significant experience in teacher development, supervision, and curriculum design. • Skill and experience in innovative, research-based pedagogy. • Initiative, strong collaboration skills, and follow through. • Strong time management with ability to prioritize and delegate appropriately. • Desire to work closely with faculty/staff to support School culture and facilitate their collaboration and collegiality. • Understanding of and appreciation for girls’ intellectual, social, and emotional development. • Commitment to educating girls according to the research on how they learn best. • A commitment to inclusivity and cultural engagement, with an awareness of the opportunities and challenges that being a part of a diverse learning community presents. • A growth mindset with regard to students and teacher development. • Desire and skill in holding individuals accountable, including having difficult conversations and managing conflict effectively. • A lifelong learner, who eagerly seeks and implements feedback. • An authentic, reflective, and approachable leader. • Balances the big picture with the details of logistics and operations. • Enjoys collaboration and seeking out the views of others, yet is decisive when needed. • Has an optimistic outlook and possesses a healthy sense of humor. • Has a desire to serve a feminist mission and has a true appreciation for Archer’s mission to empower future female leaders.
Education and/or Experience
An advanced degree in education. • At least 5 years experience as an educator. • At least 5 years experience in education administration. • Experience working in an all-girls school preferred.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials:
A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position;
A current résumé;
A statement of educational philosophy and practice;
A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission) to:
The Archer School for Girls, located in West Los Angeles, CA is an independent school that provides a highly collaborative, creative, and intellectual college preparatory program for girls in grades 6-12. The School’s founders established Archer based on a compelling vision to create an educational environment that explores and refines the ways girls learn best. Archer serves as a national model for modern single-sex education and is passionately committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive community where all students can thrive personally and academically.