English Department Chair (Interim)

Township High School District 113 Highland Park , IL 60035

Posted 2 weeks ago

Position Title: English Department Chair (Interim)

Reports To: Principal and Assistant Principal

Building: Deerfield High School

Work Year: 10-Month Administrative Position (193 days)

Application Deadline: Until filled

Start Date: August 4, 2020 or upon hire

SUMMARY:

The English Department Chair exercises direct supervisory and administrative responsibility for teachers and programs in the respective department and is responsible for the safety and welfare of both students and staff. The English Department Chair responsibilities will include teaching two classes.

Must have reliable home internet to be able to work remotely if necessary.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Department Chair is responsible for the smooth functioning of the total school program as it relates to members of that department's staff. The Department Chair carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring recommendations and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

The Department Chair must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Required:

  • Master's Degree

  • Minimum of five years' experience in teaching and administration.

  • Successful completion or willingness to complete Illinois Teacher Evaluator Program

Preferred:

  • Master's Degree in Education, Supervision or Administration preferred.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Required:

  • Valid Illinois Professional Educator License with Teacher Leader, General Administrative (Type 75) or Principal endorsement.

  • License registered with Lake County ROE.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • The Department Chair has prime responsibility for assisting teachers to improve their instructional skills, and must be familiar with evaluation techniques and with other tools designed to assist teachers in analyzing their strengths and weaknesses. Through a systematic program of visitation and conferences, the department head is a teacher of teachers.

  • The Department Chair submits periodic evaluation reports on all personnel within the department, and must establish standards of evaluation for members of the department so that a staff member clearly understands what is expected, what the duties of the position are, and how the individual will be evaluated.

  • The Department Chair is responsible for identifying staff needs through careful assessment of programs and personnel. The Department Chair shall assist teachers in preparing and accomplishing annual and career goals. The Chair shall counsel teachers to use the resources of the Professional Advancement (PARC) program in facilitating their professional growth. Working cooperatively with the Principal and district administrators, the Chair helps recruit and select new staff members for the department, and directs retraining of experienced staff as appropriate. The Chair will assist in the selection and integration of transfer teachers when necessary.

  • The Department Chair, as first line supervisor, responds to the needs of administration as well as to the personal and professional needs of the teachers in the department. In this dual role, the Department Chair provides communication between the department and building administration. Within the limits of their skills, they provide counsel to individual members who have a broad range of personal or professional concerns.

  • The Department Chair will be responsible for the assignment, performance and evaluation of specialized supportive staff such as teacher aides, clerical staff, community volunteers and special assistants to the department.

  • Overall program development in the department is the responsibility of the Chair. In this capacity, it is necessary to conceptualize the program in its entirety with particular emphasis on the interrelatedness of courses within the department and with other departments. Student needs and how they can be best served by the department should be a major concern. The Chair will work with the building curriculum committee to revise the department program as necessary.

  • The Chair assumes building-wide leadership involving literacy development across all learners and all curricular areas and identifies ways in which to integrate this within a broad STEAM model.

  • The Chair gives leadership to the staff in assessing overall program impact and in designing instructional programs appropriate for a public secondary school.

  • The Department Chair will assist counselors in working with students to insure appropriate course selections. When offered courses do not attract sufficient enrollment, the Department Chair will work with counselors in finding an acceptable placement for students if placement within that department is necessary.

  • The Department Chair helps the staff translate broad educational plans into specific plans and relate operational needs to the broader programming of the department. In this capacity, the Chair gives leadership to specific program developments within the context of the overall plans of the department and the school. While responsible for one department, the Chair is expected to offer insight and to assist in developing total school or district positions. The Chair develops the department budget and makes staff assignments, in cooperation with building administrators, in relation to these overall plans.

  • The Department Chair will assist students, parents and counselors in selecting the appropriate level or section of courses.

  • The Department Chair will accept student referrals and conduct conferences to work toward the solution of student problems related to that department's personnel and curriculum.

  • The Department Chair will identify and recognize students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in his/her departmental area.

  • Specific administrative responsibilities include the following: CIC activities to articulate between high school and feeder schools; Faculty attendance; Staff roles in homeroom, study hall, open lab, resource center, and similar assignments; Supervision of substitute teachers including preparation for class activities; Student teachers assignment to staff members; Budget development and monitoring; Supplies and equipment procurement; Monitoring and making recommendations about facilities needed to ensure the program's success; Assignment to selected all-school administrative duties to assist in the general management of the school.

  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

  • The ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of employee, student and other sensitive District information per the district's confidentiality guidelines.

  • The ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.

  • The ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

  • The ability to work with mathematical concepts. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

  • The ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in a specific field.

  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and the school community.

  • The ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, bend, write, type, speak, and listen. In addition the employee may occasionally be required to bend, twist, reach and climb. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, peripheral and distant vision. The ability to work in an office environment, sitting, standing, light lifting, filing, operating office machines, computers, and communicating with staff and others.

The noise level in the work environment ranges from quiet/moderate to loud. The employee is required to interact with the public and other staff. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work output of students.

The statements in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by (an) individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities related to the position. This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity and School Board Policy and procedures. Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

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