The Awty International School seeks an exemplary early childhood educator to serve as Head of the Early Learning Campus (ELC). This is a unique and very exciting opportunity at one of North America’s premier international schools. The position reports to the Head of School and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
The Awty International School is an independent, not for profit, co-educational, college preparatory day school enrolling 1750 students from Preschool through 12th grade. The School is located in the Spring Branch/Galleria area of Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States. Houston is a cosmopolitan and international city, with high quality of life and low cost of
At Awty, we believe that students learn best and employees perform best in a culture of vibrant diversity. Diversity is an essential quality of our school environment; our commitment to learning and the pursuit of excellence can occur only in such a context. It helps us guide our students to become responsible world citizens. Our commitment to learning about and respecting one another’ s diversity brings distinct richness to the Awty experience for students, alumni, employees, and parents.
Presentation of the school
The Awty International School is a marriage of a North American independent school and a French school sustained by the Mission Laïque Française. It operates and is administered as an integrated school with two diploma programs - one leading to the French baccalaureat, the other to the International Baccalaureate - offering harmonized curriculum and common classes between the two programs where possible. Awty International is the only school in Houston fully accredited by the French Ministry of Education.
The Early Learning Campus, a short walk from the Main Campus, is a child’s paradise, home to students grades PS/PK3-CP/1 and staff. As is the case throughout Awty, the ELC functions as One School, with programs in three languages (English, French, and Spanish).
We seek a leader who will support and lead an exemplary faculty, will work collaboratively with other administrators, and who will communicate effectively with our families. The ideal leader will bring energy and enthusiasm, joy and wisdom, calm confidence, international experience and, ideally, at least bi-lingual capacity. The Head of the ELC will have a deep commitment to and expertise in language immersion education.
This division head position entails oversight of exemplary early years instruction, security and safety; engagement with, support, supervision and discipline of students; management of hiring and staffing, support and evaluation of faculty, and leadership for exemplary standards in a multilingual environment. The Head of the ELC will lead in welcoming, educating and communicating with parents. Curriculum development, full participation with the Admissions Office in student recruitment and selection, in addition to the management of an independent campus are all in the portfolio of the Head of the Early Learning Campus.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an exemplary early childhood educator to lead a vibrant early learning center and collaborate with an outstanding senior administrative team.
The Head of Early Learning Campus is responsible for all aspects of the division. This person:
Ensures a safe, happy, active environment in which students learn and thrive
Understands and respects French, International and US Independent School educational systems
Identifies and implements a rich & effective early childhood learning program that includes literacy, numeracy, and experiential learning opportunities.
Works effectively with people from diverse and international cultures and backgrounds
Maintains appropriate standards of behavior and opportunities for students to grow into being self-disciplined and responsible young people
Assists in the admission and placement of new students
Assesses and advances student learning outcomes and progress
Has oversight responsibility for curriculum, including assessment and development
Leads the Early Learning Campus Student Support Team with a student-centered approach
Works with the Head of Lower School to ensure vertical alignment of the curriculum and continuity of the student experience
Supports a strong faculty through hiring, respectful engagement, guiding professional development, supervision and evaluation
Manages the academic/class day schedule, as well as coordinating events and activities
Works respectfully and warmly with parents, through effective and proactive communication, programs of interest to parents, engagement with our Parents’ Association and volunteers, and meeting needs of individual parents in regard to their child
Assists, as needed, with Accreditation processes
Represents the Early Learning Campus and the school as a whole at key events
Is a vital member of the senior administrative team
Fluency in more than one language. English is a must; French and Spanish highly desired; all other languages welcomed and appreciated
At least five years full-time teaching and/or school leadership experience
International and/or independent school experience
Experience in early childhood educational leadership
Experience in language immersion education
Experience with the Reggio Emilia approach
We seek a mature, wise, joyful, balanced, and enthusiastic leader with appropriate academic and administrative qualifications. The following list indicates attributes that would be valued in this person:
A love of children, and successful experience in connecting with them and creating an environment where they flourish
Successful experience as an administrator in an international or multicultural community
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
The ability to inspire, challenge and support students and staff
The skills to serve the needs of the division, and to build on its strengths
Team leadership skills that will further unify and support a talented faculty
Excellent planning and organizational ability
Proven experience in sound decision making
Experience in support, supervision and evaluation of faculty
Cross-cultural openness and understanding
Willingness to engage in the school, the local and our international community
Knowledge of the French National curriculum and international curricula
Experience as an effective member of a senior management team
The Head of The Early Learning Campus is supported by an executive assistant, a receptionist, a deputy head, two administrators with responsibility for curriculum coordination (international curriculum and French National Program), a school counselor, a learning support specialist, and a number of teachers who serve as cycle and grade level coordinators.
Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the responsibilities of the position.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of references who can be contacted to the Director of Human Resources, Lilian Habib-Shenoda at LHabib-Shenoda@awty.org. The search for this position is actively open and will close when filled.
The Awty International School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ethnic or religious beliefs, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and athletic and other school-administered programs or in its employment practices.
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