Director of Teaching and Learning

Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain - Las Vegas, Nevada - Full time


Not far from Red Rock Canyon in Southern Nevada sits a mature-for-its-years early childhood to grade 8 independent school with an amazing history behind it and an exciting trajectory in front of it. The Alexander Dawson School, located on 33-acres in the beautiful community of Summerlin—about fifteen minutes west of the Las Vegas airport—has had the financial and operational support of the Alexander Dawson Foundation since its doors opened in 2000. In the last twenty years, the school has embraced all aspects of student-centered education and modern learning as it continues to build and improve upon an exceptional core academic program.

With Dawson’s highly respected assistant head of school—who also serves as the current director of teaching and learning—set to become Dawson’s next head of school in July, the community is seeking a forward-thinking, collaborative educational leader capable of overseeing ongoing institutional change and designing transformative professional development to a dynamic faculty. The director of teaching and learning serves on the senior leadership team and reports to the head of school. The position starts July 1, 2020.

For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.


Post Date: February 3, 2020

Application Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 5:00pm PST

Remote Semifinal Round: March 5 and 6, 2020

On-site Final Round: Week of March 16

Decision Announced: March 27, 2020

Start Date: July 1, 2020


Curriculum and Instruction

  • Work with the head of school, administration, and faculty to articulate, implement, evaluate, and continually improve the curricular and instructional program at Dawson.
  • Inspire and guide programmatic changes through pragmatic, socially aware and thoughtful leadership decisions, communications, and presentations.
  • Pursue, establish, and maintain meaningful collaborative partnerships with external organizations that support and inspire EC-8 transformative change, and stay on top of current trends, research, and emerging ideas in the education space.

Faculty Supervision and Development

  • Lead the hiring process for faculty and ensure a high-quality induction program for new faculty.
  • Guide and lead the faculty in its exploration, implementation, and assessment of modern learning approaches that deepen student understanding and improve learning outcomes.
  • Facilitate a professional development program and teacher academy sessions for all faculty members by way of a process that aligns with the pedagogical goals of the school and is customized to the differentiated needs of teachers.
  • Support high-quality collaboration among teaching teams in a way that values individual talents and clarifies school-wide approaches to curriculum planning, documentation, assessment and technology integration.

Leadership and Administration

  • Supervise and appraise all direct reports in accordance with school procedures and evaluation processes.
  • Work collaboratively with enrollment managers on retention strategies and admission procedures, and business managers on the overall academic budget.
  • Develop productive parent partnerships and educational opportunities characterized by open communication, mutual trust, and a shared understanding of Dawson’s curriculum.
  • Work with senior administrators and campus leaders to foster and support a student culture of collaboration, dignity, and resilience, as well as a respect for individual differences.
  • Maintain a visible presence throughout the school and at events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


Professional Qualifications:

  • Experience as a school administrator leading trainings and major initiatives related to curriculum, pedagogy, and student experience—preferably at a progressive school offering a EC-8 program
  • Experience designing, implementing, and improving co-curricular programs and events that connect directly to a school’s mission and values
  • Immersion in diversity work—both in training and in implementation—and a commitment to fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms
  • Experience guiding parents and guardians on sensitive student-related matters
  • Multiple years of experience as a middle or elementary school teacher
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, which is a minimum requirement, though preferably possession of a graduate degree

Leadership and Personal Qualities:

  • Inspirational, pragmatic, diplomatic, and patient leadership that honors the core values of Dawson, but also encourages risk-taking
  • An ability to create organizational systems and apply project management skills in support of institutional-wide change within a complex academic program
  • Authentic empathy, warmth, and collegiality, and an ability to spread these qualities across an entire staff
  • A passion for inspiring programmatic change, but an understanding that to do so requires establishing lasting peer-to-peer relationships
  • Savvy communication and dynamic presentation skills—both written and oral
  • A collaborative, cooperative, and growth-oriented mindset
  • Enthusiasm for students and teachers to pursue their passions, talents, and interests, both in and out of the traditional classroom
  • A vision that is aligned with the needs of a dynamic and diverse staff
  • A love of learning and love of school, and a willingness to support unique and unpredictable learning journeys of both young students and staff


For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.

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District / Charter Chief Academic Officer

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Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain

Located on 33-acres in the beautiful community of Summerlin, Alexander Dawson has embraced all aspects of student-centered education and modern learning as it continues to build and improve upon an exceptional core academic program.

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