DEPARTMENT CHAIR/DIRECTOR OF LEARNING SKILLS PROGRAM
STARTING SUMMER 2024
 
Christchurch School is a co-ed Episcopal boarding and day school serving grades 9—12. Founded in 1921, Christchurch is located on a 125-acre waterfront campus on the Rappahannock River in eastern Virginia’s tidewater region. The school’s Mission is to inspire and guide each student's unique journey to self-confidence, purpose, and identity within a caring, structured community, where they discover their infinite value and develop the skills to become compassionate, successful, and engaged global citizens.
 
Position Overview. Christchurch School seeks our next Director of the Learning Skills Program. This position serves as the department chair of the school’s Learning Skills Program – a program that has served Christchurch School students and their families for over 40 years.  The program has had three directors in those 40+ years; we are looking for a dedicated professional to build on the legacy and tradition of the program as well as to guide the team in employing current best practices in the field.
 
Our Learning Skills Program is designed for students with a wide range of learning backgrounds in a main-stream, college-prep academic program. Students in the Learning Skills Program typically have been diagnosed with mild to moderate learning differences. The goal of the program is to help neurodiverse students understand their learning profile, learn and employ strategies to help them be successful in a main-stream, college-prep academic environment, and grow in their confidence in many areas of their lives and most especially in their academic life.  The department chair serves as the primary champion for how this type of program fits a college-prep school, leads and manages the departmental curriculum and expectations of the department, guides and supports a dedicated department of professionals, serves as the school’s expert on neurodiverse students, helps strengthen pedagogical practices for this profile of student among all of our professionals, collaborates with the admissions office in attracting, assessing, and retaining qualified applicants, and partners with the admissions office to cultivate and sustain relationships with consultants.  
 
Christchurch School fosters a student-centered approach to pedagogical practices, valuing the craft of teaching and embracing the boarding school model for meaningful education of the whole child.  Employees at CCS are expected to foster an inclusive workplace and contribute to a community built on equitable policies and procedures. This position also contributes to the school by leading an advisory of 7-10 students, being a part of a duty team one evening per week and 6-7 weekends per year, and participating in one season of co-curriculars (athletics, fitness, visual and performing arts, community service, and/or meaningful play).
 
Job Responsibilities
  • Lead a department of professionals 
  • Develop and maintain departmental curriculum (philosophy, goals, objectives, scope and sequence)
  • Serve with department chairs as a member of the academic leadership team 
  • Champion and model pedagogical approaches that serve neurodiverse learners
  • Engage in continuous professional development to maintain understanding of evolving trends in teaching neurodiverse students
  • Cultivate and sustain relationships with educational consultants in partnership with the admissions office
  • Read educational testing and make inferences from that testing to provide feedback for the admissions team and to develop learning profiles and accommodations
  • Establish, maintain, and model expectations for meaningful parental communication across the entire department
 
Qualifications
  • Advanced degree, demonstrated course work, professional development, or significant experience in working with neurodiverse students in an academic setting
  • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to lead a team of professionals
  • 5+ years teaching experience with neurodiverse students 
  • Experience leading some program of school life
  • Realistic and excited about teaching in a boarding school environment
 
Preferred
  • Master’s degree in special education or educational leadership (with an emphasis in special education)
  • 3-5 years as department chair
  • Experience in independent, college-prep settings
  • This position is also expected to participate in the school’s co-curricular program.  Women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, and softball are specific areas of possibility but not required to apply.
 
Work environment and physical demands:
  • Ability to be mobile around campus and buildings
  • Ability to work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods
  • Some travel required 
 
Equal Employment Opportunity: The School is an equal opportunity employer. The School provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and job applicants without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age, disability, genetic information or any other factor prohibited by applicable law. All aspects of personnel management – including hiring, promotion, demotion, transfer, recruitment, layoff, discipline, termination, compensation, benefits, training and working conditions – will be administered in accordance with this policy. Each employee is expected to do their part to maintain a working environment free of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
 
Conditional Offers: An offer of employment for this position is contingent upon the applicant’s right to work in the United States, authorization for and completion of successful background checks as may be requested by the school or required by law.
 
Compensation & Benefits: Christchurch School offers a competitive compensation package for this full-time position with benefits to include health plan options, retirement benefits, tuition remission for dependents, professional development, networking opportunities, and potentially on-campus housing.
 
Please submit an electronic resume and a letter of interest to teach@christchurchschool.org.  You can also go https://www.christchurchschool.org/at-a-glance/employment for more details about the position and working at Christchurch School.  Candidates will be contacted within two weeks of receiving application materials if we are interested in setting up an initial phone interview.
 
 

Christchurch School

49 Seahorse Lane,
Christchurch, Virginia 23031
804.758.2306