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Upper School History Department Chair 2024-2025

Upper School History Department Chair 2024-2025

School: The Lovett School
Available Position: Administrator, Non-teaching Staff
Description:

The Lovett School, an independent, coeducational day school in Atlanta seeks an experienced history and/or social studies instructor to serve as department head (starting in August 2024) supervising 12 faculty and overseeing the curriculum and instruction of all history courses offered at the school. This includes setting department goals, developing and implementing curriculum, and providing professional development opportunities for department faculty. The chair also serves as a liaison between the department and the school administration and works closely with other departments to ensure a cohesive and comprehensive educational experience for students. Strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills are essential for success in this role.

Reports to: Head of Upper School

Primary Responsibilities:
Carry out all department chair and teaching responsibilities in order to engage, inspire, and challenge faculty and students consistent with Lovett’s core values, mission, and whole child education model.
Lead, oversee, and evaluate department’s curricular design, opportunities, and effectiveness.
Provide primary mentoring, supervision, assessment, and evaluation of department faculty in the Upper School in coordination with the Assistant Head of Upper School and Head of Upper School.
Recruit and hire new department members in partnership with the Assistant Head of Upper School.
Foster constructive communication across all school constituencies.
Ensure efficient departmental operation.
Design purposeful curriculum as a classroom teacher, using multi-modal instruction and a variety of assessments in order to reach a diverse community of learners (academically, culturally, racially, religiously, etc.). Teach 2 sections of history or social studies classes.
Serve as an advisor to approximately 10 students from 9th through 12th grade; providing a sustained adult relationship to support their academic and personal growth, meeting daily to open school, providing primary academic advising, point of contact for parents, and mid-semester student-parent conferences. Attends assemblies and chapels with advisory each rotation.
Take part in the life of the School outside of the classroom through athletics, fine arts, extracurricular activities, or other Upper School responsibilities.
Participate in faculty, department, team, and grade-level meetings as called.
Fulfill additional duties as assigned, including occasional responsibilities that may occur on weekends and evenings (e.g. parent night, graduation events, admission open houses, and student or faculty interviews).

Position Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree with significant coursework in history or social studies education or a related field. A master’s degree is preferred.
Self-directed with good time management skills and the ability to manage concurrent responsibilities.
Love of working with adolescents and a willingness to engage them as whole students, balancing care and compassion with challenge and accountability.
Commitment to developing one’s own self-awareness, cultural competence, and emotional intelligence.
Excellent written and oral communication skills to facilitate effective communication with students, parents, colleagues, and supervisors.
A strong desire to work in a collaborative learning community, employ a growth mindset, and participate in ongoing professional development during the school year and summer.
Purposefully design curriculum, instruction, and assessment in order to reach a diverse community of learners (academically, culturally, racially, religiously, etc.).
Professionalism, consistent application of school policies, and regular and reliable attendance.

Physical Demands:  
NOTE: The Lovett School employment process includes a post-offer drug (hair) test and background check. See the employment application for more information.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands from wrist to finger, and talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk; and reach with hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.


Contact name: Patrick Boswell
Contact email address: patrick.boswell@lovett.org


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