Director of Teaching and Learning
Rivermont Collegiate is a co-educational, independent school offering an exclusively college preparatory program. Its eight and one-half acre campus is located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in Bettendorf, Iowa. Founded in 1884, Rivermont is the only Preschool through 12th Grade college preparatory, day and boarding school in the Quad Cities.
Rivermont Collegiate seeks an energetic, proactive, and expert director of teaching and learning to develop and implement programs that bridge gaps between teachers’ teaching and learners’ learning. This position will oversee the Academic Achievement Center designed to provide supplemental support and instruction to students. The director of teaching and learning is a full-time, year-round, benefit-eligible position, reporting to the headmaster and assistant head of school for academics.
The ideal candidate will have expertise and experience in curriculum design and alignment, instructional methods, assessment design, academic interventions, and accommodations. Serving as the school’s learning support specialist, the director of teaching and learning works closely with the headmaster, assistant head of school for academics, director of faculty, and teachers.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop and deliver professional development and ongoing support for faculty in curriculum design, instructional methods, assessment methods, and alignment.
- Continuously monitor student achievement by analyzing independent work, standardized tests results, and other data points in order to facilitate interventions. .
- Advise the faculty director, assistant head for academics, and headmaster on systemic and individual matters impacting to student outcomes.
- Oversee the students of concern list, coordinating and communicating with teachers, parents, and students as needed, ensuring student success.
- Operate the Academic Achievement Center, coordinating subject specialist “office hours,” after school, as needed.
- Teaching 3-4 academic classes in the Academic Achievement Center and making it available for drop-in support/guided study during planning periods.
- Developing, scheduling, and supervising a cadre of student tutors.
- Conduct classroom observations and follow-up with targeted feedback and support to help teachers become even more effective.
- Collaborates with the director of faculty to complete teacher performance evaluations.
- Attend weekly leadership team meetings and collaborate on organizational decisions.
- Clearly articulate student performance goals for each grade level and work with teachers to set measurable student goals in individual classes.
- Lead the implementation of habits of success within the grade level and classroom community.
- Facilitate PLC meetings for Early School, Lower School, Middle & Upper School.
Professional Qualities of Rivermont Collegiate Faculty & Staff
- Contributes to the delivery of the mission, vision, and values of the school community.
- Passion for pedagogy intellectual interest in curriculum development, assessment, and models of instruction.
- Able to communicate effectively with students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators with ability to invest stakeholders in student goals.
- Follows community policies and procedures and models respectful behavior.
- Works effectively as a team member and develops professional and productive relationships with colleagues.
- Understands boundaries and embraces responsibility for the care of students.
- Manages time effectively and meets deadlines and commitments.
- Communicates and responds to all school communications in a timely manner.
- Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability to change as needed.
Education and Experience
A master’s in education is required, and a strong background in curriculum and instruction is preferred. At least 3 years prior teaching experience required. Minimum of 1 year of adult management/teacher coaching experience required.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, and presentation skills with keen attention to detail; ability to invest stakeholders in student goals.
- A solution-oriented mindset and ability to bring a new lens to challenging problems.
- Zest, grit, hope, curiosity, social and emotional intelligence, gratitude, self-control, and a sense of humor.
- A current driver’s license will be required. A criminal multi-state background check is required and must be successfully completed as a condition of employment.
The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. As prescribed by law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Continuous speaking, hearing, and visual effort. Frequent walking, sitting, standing, and reaching is required.