Site Director, Horizons at Norwood
Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment. We are a diverse and inclusive community where the voice of every student is heard and where adults model a love for learning.
Norwood has an opening for a site director of its Horizons at Norwood program. For more than a decade, Norwood has served as a partner school for Horizons Greater Washington, a six-week academic, cultural, and recreational enrichment program for more than 100 low-income students, most of whom attend Rock Creek Forest Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD. Together, Norwood and Horizons have been making a nine-year commitment to every child to provide challenging, engaging academic programming during the summer beginning after kindergarten and continuing until high school.
June 22-26, 2020 Staff Orientation
June 29-August 7, 2020 Summer Program
Additional Organizational Background
Horizons Greater Washington (HGW) is an academic and enrichment program designed to help students from low-income families in the DC-area reach their full potential. HGW supports over 370 students in grades 1-9 with year-round programming and support.
Working in partnership with our families, sending schools, and host schools, HGW is committed to developing the whole child through experiences that build problem-solving skills, foster awareness of community responsibility, instill respect for self and others, encourage a lifelong interest in learning, and inspire a meaningful, choice-filled life. The program begins when a student enters first grade and extends until they enter ninth grade, allowing for a rewarding long-term relationship between a diverse set of learners and the nurturing staff who work with them every summer.
The site director is a year-long position designed to ensure that HGW programming is well-coordinated and successful. While much of the school-year work is done on a part-time basis and involves communication with central office staff, hiring of new staff, and planning for the upcoming summer, the position becomes a full-time job during the duration of the summer program, including the week-long orientation session.
The site director’s areas of direct responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Attend planning sessions during the school year
- Collaborate with the program director in the hiring of lead and assistant teachers and other site staff
- If applicable, attend training around state regulations related to operational and safety procedures
- Ensure compliance to local and/or state regulations around all operational aspects of the program
- Train lead and assistant teachers in the implementation of academic curriculum
- Conduct classroom observations and provide feedback as needed
- Mentor faculty in the development and implementation of quality, differentiated instruction, ensuring that students’ individual needs are met
- Create and execute daily schedule of program and operational activities
- Oversee all operational aspects of the program, including bus coordination, supply management, communication protocol, field trips, and food service
- Address disciplinary issues with the assistance of teaching staff and the program director
- Communicate student-related issues with families and document such conversations per procedure
- Coordinate campus resources as they relate to the program (e.g., classroom space, cafeteria, computer and technology usage, swimming facilities, etc.)
- Organize field trips, extracurricular activities, and community events in collaboration with the host school, outside partners, and the program director
- Oversee the ordering, expense reporting, and inventorying of supplies and equipment
- Serve as a liaison within respective host school and identify ways to communicate on behalf of the Horizons Greater Washington community
- Schedule permitting, attending conferences and speaking engagements as a representative of Horizons Greater Washington
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Matthew Gould, Head of School, Norwood School, at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.