Crossroads School is an independent, K-12, coed school of nearly 1,200 students, located in the beach city of Santa Monica, CA. Founded in 1971, Crossroads was founded on five core commitments: to academic excellence; to the arts; to the greater community; to a student body of social, racial, and economic diversity; and to the development of each student’s physical well-being and full human potential.
Crossroads has been recognized for decades as an innovative force in education and for the public good. Its progressive philosophy, strong community and culture, emphasis on diversity and inclusion (50% of students and 38% of faculty identify as people of color), and a belief that all domains of school life (arts, athletics, service, etc.) are equally integral to a child’s development and well-being have made it a top choice for families in Los Angeles. It is a particularly exciting time for the School: current initiatives include the fully endowed Equity & Justice Institute, an ambitious 15-point strategic plan and a capital campaign to construct a performing arts complex on the 21st Street campus.
Students at Crossroads own their education. Our student-centered approach allows young learners to celebrate their individuality and to build their individual curricular pathways. The Dean of Teaching and learning is a position in the Upper School, serving roughly 500 students grades 9-12. Crossroads School is a high-touch, high volume organization, which requires the dean of teaching and learning to maintain a visible profile on campus and a responsive, student-centered approach.
Dean of Teaching and Learning Major Responsibilities The dean of teaching and learning is a member of the Upper School administrative team and works directly with the head of Upper School, the dean of college counseling and the dean of students. Responsibilities include:
Curricular life of the Upper School as it relates to course offerings, faculty gradebooks, student transcripts and the scope and sequence of departmental curriculum.
Work with the director of diversity, equity and inclusion to assess and implement multicultural curriculum.
Support the head of Upper School in creating strategies to recruit and retain exceptional faculty.
Work with department chairs and advisors to guide students in making informed curricular decisions.
Work with the dean of students with regards to attendance and disciplinary issues around academic dishonesty.
Oversee the onboarding of new students and contribute to the Upper School admission process.
Work with Upper School grade advisors, counselors, learning specialists and the Dean of Students to help students with curricular difficulties.
Opportunities and Challenges:
Work with departments on course placements and recommendations.
Work with the dean of college counseling and department chairs with regards to University of California course approvals.
Attend parent coffees and student events as needed.
Serve on divisional and all-school committees as needed.
Audit pedagogical tools and practices and help align the School’s missions with its college preparatory goals (i.e., Mastery transcript opportunities). Propose alternative assessments measures.
Work with the head of Upper School on student and faculty systems beyond the classroom.
Provide faculty with professional development opportunities to learn more about current systems and practices.
Assist in fulfilling the K-12 strategic plan goal of enhancing student wellness from the academic perspective.
Required Experience, Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
B.A. required, master’s preferred.
Minimum 5+ years teaching experience and demonstrated growth and advancement in responsibilities.
Professional experience in progressive models of education and curricula.
Strong cultural competency skills and track record of successfully working with families from diverse backgrounds.- Exemplary skills in team building and complex project management
Experience with innovative assessment models for high school students.
Proficiency in word processing, MS Office, Google Docs and Blackbaud learning management system.
A friendly, gracious, professional manner and outlook.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Impeccable ethics and a demonstrated commitment to confidentiality.
Fluency in Spanish or a language other than English is preferred.
One of Crossroads School’s founding commitments is to developing a socially, economically and racially diverse student body. We are equally committed to a supporting a vibrant and diverse workforce. Crossroads is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer; we do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age or sexual orientation. People of color, women and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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