Position Summary: The Director of Student Enrichment and Innovation is a new position aligned with Westmark’s strategic vision to create and develop, facilitate, and deliver positive and enriching learning experiences for students with learning differences. The Director works closely with the Head of School, Division Directors, Curriculum Team, and faculty to plan and implement meaningful and sustainable distinctive experiences to enhance student life. The incumbent gathers data and formulates appropriate reporting mechanisms to evaluate programs and provide feedback with the goal of increasing participation and upgrading the student life experience at Westmark School.
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Oversees and coordinates all extracurricular aspects of students' lives on a daily basis;
Partners with researchers, division heads, school counselors, and faculty to develop and implement innovative opportunities to enhance student engagement, social-emotional learning, service, leadership, and sense of belonging for all students;
Cultivates relationships with students and families to create a positive and supportive community through effective communication and engagement;
Advises and supports our division heads and other staff members about matters related to service learning, community agencies, athletics, sustainable environmental practices, student travel, retreats, after school care and transportation, diversity and inclusion, and student opportunities;
Collaborates with school counselors to plan and coordinate student field trips and retreats that complement curricular programming including international travel;
Collaborates with school counselors to address community issues in the areas of cooperation, conflict resolution, and healthy living; and
Supports division heads and school counselors in sustaining effective student behavior management programs and maintaining high student morale.
Research, Innovation, and Student Enrichment
Supports the curriculum team and administration by conducting research to inform evidence-based, student life programming innovations that are conducive to high quality learning outcomes and overall well-being for neurodiverse learners;
Collaborates with research partners and assessment coordinators to measure and report student engagement progress to inform student-centered teaching and learning initiatives;
Partners with the Advancement Department about dynamic storytelling and marketing based on student engagement achievements and success; and
Stays current on social emotional assessment theories, trends, supports and developments in the LD field.
Supervises Student Council advisors in Grades 2-12; schedules routine check-ins with division advisors/homeroom teachers; and attends student meetings and conferences, as needed;
Manages Westmark’s signature WestLAB program which provides Upper School students full-day immersion opportunities in vocational settings. This program aims to provide students with a better understanding of particular industries and careers to help inform their post-secondary options;
Partners with the Director of Upper School and college counselor to support Upper School students in their preparation and transition to their post-secondary opportunities;
Coordinates assemblies; creates and implements programming designed to increase student connectedness and their sense of belonging/community;
Identifies existing and creates new leadership opportunities for students;
Develops service learning and community service opportunities for Grades 2-12; tracks community service hours for Grades 9-12;
Co-facilitates Upper School Student Council which includes: attending weekly meetings, coordinating student events such as Prom, Homecoming Dance, Student Council Elections, and other Student Council events/activities; and
Manages after school Lower, Middle, and Upper School programs, including recruiting and vetting outside vendors and independent contractors, recruiting students, and regularly evaluating student and parent satisfaction.
Serves as Student Life primary contact for all Westmark outreach events including parent orientations, Back to School Night, Open House, and others;
Manages all budgets related to Student Life programming;
Attends weekly administrative meetings, and supports Administration as needed;
Provides Student Life content for the Westmark website, other media, and school publications;
Represents the school on committees and task forces related to service learning, community service, social justice education, and diversity and sustainability issues;
Cultivates relationships with other independent school professionals for the purposes of teaming and collaboration in the areas of service learning and community building projects;
Support daily student supervision duties; and
Other responsibilities, as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred in Education or a related field and 5+ years of experience.
Demonstrated commitment to student life and leadership development of students in grades 2-12, anti-bias education, cultural inclusion, and diverse learning.
Strong written, verbal and presentation communication skills, project management, problem solving, and organizational skills. Knowledge and experience in addressing students calmly and professionally to gain trust and build rapport to facilitate growth.
Westmark School is a creative and supportive college preparatory school dedicated to educating, empowering and celebrating students with distinct learning styles, providing the tools necessary to achieve successful and fulfilling futures.
Located in Encino, CA, Westmark offers competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. We seek talented professionals committed to excellence.