REACH is an independent elementary and middle school designed for students with learning differences and academic or social challenges. At REACH, we appreciate the unique talents and learning styles of each child, and craft an individual program for each student. Our goal at REACH is for students to become confident and successful, and to discover a lifetime love of learning. REACH shares a campus and other resources with two sister schools Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance.
Rolling Hills Preparatory School (RHP), Renaissance (Ren), and REACH Schools, a blend of three great schools in one vibrant school community, is a model unique in the independent school world. The schools are able to help students meet their potential as learners, innovators, and global citizens. Students are drawn from a diverse economic, ethnic, religious, and social background.
The RHP, Ren and REACH Schools’ community are a place where all learners are celebrated and supported. Ren and REACH are both designed to support students with learning differences. RHP is known for being “an academic powerhouse with a soul,” believing firmly that, given talented, committed teachers, passionate about their disciplines and supportive of the whole child, a school can prepare young people for success and happiness in college and beyond without burning them out in the process.
Located in San Pedro nestled between horse farms and the harbor, this 31-acre campus is home to students and faculty that are passionate about inclusion, come from diverse backgrounds and identity markers, and believe education should be student centered.
Each division head reports to a member of the senior leadership team. The division head is charged with the comprehensive responsibility of all curricular and non-curricular development/activities involving students and faculty in his/her/their respective division (Lower School, Middle School, or Upper School) to support a dynamic learning environment. The division head also oversees the supervision of instructional and support personnel.
Strengths and Opportunities:
Ensuring consistency in programming across Lower School/REACH and vertically in coordination with other division heads.
Furthering the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging throughout the curriculum and our community.
Collaborating with student services to promote an integrated approach to learning support.
Collaborating across schools in terms of programming and space use. Looking for opportunities for all three schools to partner.
Working with the advancement team on areas of fundraising that directly impact Lower School/REACH.
Collaborating with the enrollment management team on admissions and retention of mission appropriate students.
Teaching at least one class per year and possibly more depending on capacity.
Areas of Focus:
Building trusting relationships with all faculty and staff, identifying their needs and strengths, and supporting them using Elena Aguilar’s transformative coaching framework.
Becoming immersed in student life and getting to know students well.
Gaining a solid understanding of Lower School/REACH curriculum and instruction framework and the schedule with a lens on how to best leverage our resources.
Staying current and bringing forward current education research and initiatives especially those centered on working with neuro diverse populations of learners, DEIB, and Universal Design for Learning.
Working with the Director of Schools to do an evaluation of current programming and identify professional development opportunities that will support strengthening our program.
Embracing collaboration with the senior leadership team.
Leading, while continuing to develop one's leadership capacity.
Understanding of one's own identity markers and how these impact and influence your work with others.
Maintaining positive and productive relationships with all community members faculty and staff, students, and families.
Facilitating parent education and faculty and staff education.
Supporting the budgeting process by determining and monitoring the division budget
A leader who models a growth mindset and comfort with change, inspires and motivates others, and at the same time brings focus and balance to a hardworking, aspirational community.
A person who values and respects children in the developmental ages and stages present in the division and beyond and seeks to bring their voices forward.
Someone that is comfortable bringing their whole authentic self to work every day.
A manager that values diverse perspectives and is decisive when needed.
A positive outlook on life with a good sense of humor.
Desired Experience and Skills:
Background in coaching teachers and facilitating adult learning.
Experience working with a neurodiverse student population.
Some previous leadership experience (this can be in a teacher leadership position such as department chair) preferably in an independent school setting.
A solid understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice; skill in growing and supporting programs and practices in these areas; and a recognition of one’s own identities and biases and how they may impact one’s perspectives and actions.
Classroom teaching experience at the Lower School/REACH.
A deep level of knowledge around Lower School/REACH education and student developmental levels.
Engagement with research and innovation about the future of education.
Knowledge and experience with working with students with a range of learning differences.
Understanding of best practices in an inquiry and project-based learning progressive approach to teaching and learning.
Ability to understand and engage in problem solving with administrators and when needed the Board of Trustees.
Ability to set clear priorities and define an appropriate pace of change that balances progress and innovation with reflection and sensitivity to the community.
Position start date July 1, 2022
Compensation Range $65,000 - $95,000 depending on experience
Applications are being screened as they come in with plans to make a hire no later than mid-February 2022.
How to Apply:
Please send a letter of interest, a resume, a personal statement about your leadership philosophy/style, and three references (these will not be contacted without candidate’s permission) to [email protected]