Middle School Division Director University of California Los Angeles
Requisition Number: JPF09012
The position of Middle School Division Director for grades 6-8 will work under the direction of the Associate Head of School to lead the design, implementation, and facilitation of all of the Middle School instructional operations of Geffen Academy. They will ensure the continuity of experience and quality of programming, both academic and co-curricular, to ensure the division's student and family experience is in line with the school's mission, vision, and values. This position will work with the Department Chairs, the Academic Leadership Team, the Student Services Team, and Classroom Educators to develop and implement a successful educational program. This includes building and maintaining strong Educator and family relationships, as well as a comprehensive approach to management of Geffen Academy's Middle School student support, student activities, and athletics programs.
Core Functions & Duties
Under the direction of the Associate Head of School, develop strategies and practices to fulfill Geffen Academy's mission, vision, and values.
Facilitate and provide leadership for the Middle School program.
Facilitate and provide instructional leadership to Middle School Educators and academic departments engaged in academic and student life programs that transcend boundaries between disciplines.
Partner with academic department leaders in evaluating, modifying and implementing current and future programs, both within and between academic disciplines.
Create positive relationships within the Middle School. Manage conflicts with parents and guardians; among students and Educators; and between Educators as needed.
Partner with the health, campus and business operations team to help implement policies, procedures as needed.
Serve as school backup lead for the Associate Head of School per the school's continuity of operations plan (COOP).
Support the implementation of the school's education and business continuity plans. Serve in a leadership role as directed in the school's emergency preparedness plan. This will require participation in exercises, fulfilling assigned role(s), crisis communication, and taking the associated trainings as needed.
Academic & Student Support Management and Reporting
Provide oversight and direction for Middle School academics, including but not limited to: narrative comments, official notes reviews, parent/guardian conferences, course catalogue review, grade audits, report cards, finals process, and office hours with the support of Faculty Services Coordinator. Partner with the Dean of Faculty, Dean of Instruction, Academic Advising and College Guidance Office, and Learning Specialist Office as needed.
Manage and implement a communications system that ensures Geffen Academy meets its reporting and timely messaging responsibilities to Middle School families, both individually and collectively, as a grade or a division.
Lead Middle School family and community support through meetings, co-op leadership messaging, communications, orientations, presentations, affinity group support, and onboarding initiatives. Partner with the Development and Student Life Departments as needed.
Manage Middle School student support by providing academic communications, new student academic onboarding, student placement with departmental chairs, athletics support, and student retention/student application process out of Geffen Academy. Work closely with the Student Life department for Middle School student events, student attendance, retreats, and disciplinary matters.
Supervise the Assistant Middle School Academic Dean. Provide direction to the Assistant Athletic Director and Associate Dean for Middle School Students as required.
In partnership with the Dean of Faculty, Dean of Students & School Culture, and Department Chairs, approve any field trip requests and student participation. Assist with the chaperoning, supervision, and assignment of field trips. Attend events and trips as needed, including overnight retreats.
Coordinate requests for field trips beyond Westwood, off-campus activities at UCLA, and modifications of individual Educator or student programs necessary.
Partner with the Student life Department in the operation of systems for resolving conflicts involving students and complex behavioral issues.
Partner with appropriate Academic and Student Life Departments in the creation and management of new and existing co-curricular and extra-curricular programs so that those programs support the Middle School's instructional program.
Prepare and update the portions of the Family Handbook, Employee Handbook, and other miscellaneous handbooks regarding academic programs.
Contribute to the coaching and mentoring of Middle School Educators to ensure efficient, timely and accurate Classroom Educator observation and evaluation in coordination with the Dean of Faculty and Dean of Instruction,
Provide support in the Classroom Educator performance evaluation process with rounds visits, informal observations, and performance evaluation review.
Contribute to Educator training and professional development preparation and presentation, through all school and divisional meetings. Stay abreast of professional development opportunities to benefit Educators.
Partner with the Admissions staff for the assessment and placement of new students as well as Admissions and Advancement events and committee involvement as needed.
Participate and lead activities during and outside of the school day that contribute to the life of the school and community.
Assist in hiring and onboarding of Academic Leadership roles and Middle School Educators.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy, https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction jeid-9fdf64a1b820fd4d85dd4dfa981ade50
UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. UCLA offers undergraduate degrees in more than 127 majors and graduate degrees in 198 program areas. UCLA has 11 highly regarded professional schools. Eight are ranked among the nation's top 15 in their field by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA is consistently among the most popular campus in the nation for undergraduate applicants. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Benefits:UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.