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Princeton Day School Math Department Chair

Position Type Administrator
School Name Princeton Day School
City, State Princeton, NJ 
Posted 10/23/2017

Princeton Day School Math Department Chair

The Math Department Chair will guide the Department in the continued development of a strong and effective approach to teaching math, guided by five fundamental priorities:  


- Create a vibrant curriculum that engages our students, stimulates their curiosity, and awakens them to the power and relevance of math in their future lives.

  • Ensure that all students, regardless of their future college and career trajectories, acquire a baseline of mathematical literacy.

- Offer our most motivated, ambitious students a rigorous, dynamic experience that will propel them into future professional opportunities as leaders in mathematics.

- Teach math in an integrated, experiential fashion that mirrors the “interdisciplinary” connections between math, science, and technology in the actual world.

- in collaboration with the Chair of the Science Department and the school’s STEAM coordinator, play a leading role in the advancement of Princeton Day School’s signature STEAM curriculum.


Primary Responsibilities:


Department Chairs have three primary areas of responsibility:  facilitating the professional growth of their faculties; exercising curricular leadership; and performing managerial functions necessary for the efficient operation of each Department.  


  1. Facilitating the Professional Growth of Teachers.  

The majority of a Department Chair’s time should be devoted to cultivating the human capital and professional excellence of the teachers within each Department.  


Specific responsibilities of the Department Chair include:  

  • Supervision of teachers.

  • Establish expectations for teaching, assessment, and classroom management.  

  • Engage in daily or weekly classroom observation of all teachers.

  • Provide mentoring and professional development.  

  • Oversee the formal evaluation of faculty, in concert with Division Heads.  


  1. Exercising Curricular Leadership.  

  • Lead Departmental conversations about teaching, learning, pedagogy, and curriculum.  Ensure that the PDS Department is a leader in education and is conversant with “best practices” in the field.

  • Develop and articulate “Departmental Priority Learning Outcomes” for the PDS Department

  • Regularly review and assess the entire curricular sequence of courses from Grades X-X.  

  • Ensure that all course offerings align with the Department’s Priority Learning Outcomes.     

  • Foster a curriculum – and a teaching culture – which is both “challenging” and “supportive,” with a special emphasis on cultivating a “growth mindset” in students.

  1. Managing the Day-to-Day Functioning of the Department

  • Lead regular Department meetings with clearly developed, organized agendas.  

  • Assist with interviewing, hiring, and training of new faculty

  • Oversee the course placement process.  Determine staffing and sectioning requirements in concert with the Division Heads.  Coordinate the process of placing students – both new and returning -- in appropriate courses.  Administer placement tests to facilitate this process, as necessary.  Work with course scheduler.  Respond to student and parental questions about the placement process.  

  • Attend Department Chair Meetings and Academic Affairs Meetings.  

  • Develop and manage the Department Budget.

  • Find substitute teachers when faculty are away from school.

  • Communicate with parents when subject-related questions and concerns arise  

  • Teach at least two courses.  


Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree

  • Teaching experience (10+ years).

  • Proven success in mentoring faculty.

  • A passion for learning and a commitment to academic excellence and student achievement

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting, facilitate discussion, and lead groups to consensus

  • Expertise and experience with curriculum design, development, implementation and assessment.  

  • Knowledge of “best practices” in both content-specific instruction and teaching more broadly.  

  • Experience with integration of technology.  

  • Experience with differentiated instruction.

  • Creative and resourceful, with a sense of humor and strong work ethic

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.


Applicants should submit resume and cover letter via email to Marybeth Roach, Director of Human Resources, at mroach@pds.org



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