Employment at BWS

 

ABOUT THE BISHOP JOHN T. WALKER SCHOOL FOR BOYS:

Sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys is a tuition-free Episcopal school for children from traditionally underserved communities. The School nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, social-emotional, artistic and physical development of its students in a Christian community of learners that welcomes boys of all faiths and beliefs. Working in close partnership with students and families, the School strives to create an environment where each boy is challenged to reach his full academic potential and receives the structured support necessary to develop his unique gifts.  The Bishop Walker School seeks to foster a love of learning, intellectual curiosity, spiritual foundation, and moral character that each boy will need as a student, as a citizen and as a child of God.

The Bishop Walker School is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:



HEAD OF SCHOOL

As BWS entered into its 10th operating year, Executive Director James Woody announced his plan to retire at the end of the 2019-20 school year. The next school leader will be known as the Head of School. This intentional change in role and title is a reflection of the evolution of BWS in its development. In view of the School’s need to fundraise to meet its annual operating expenses, it is essential for the next Head to be skilled in fundraising, school promotion, and school finances. However, the School also requires a leader who will balance this external focus with the oversight and development of staff and the academic program. The demands of this position - attending to the needs and development of the whole child in a faith-based school environment, working with boys from primarily underserved communities and their families in an urban setting, securing funding for a tuition-free model, and overseeing the continuing development of the school’s instructional staff and academic program - will require wide-ranging experiences and competencies in the next BWS leader. Given the complexity of this role, the Head of School must also have an understanding of the demographics of the area and the ability to build and sustain excitement with donors and within the Diocese of Washington. The Head will be charged with supporting the close-knit community while acquainting regional and national constituents with the School. Finally, the School seeks a Head who will assist in helping realize its strategic goal of expanding to the Eighth Grade.

GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Model, reinforce, promote, and ensure compliance with the mission of the School. 
  • As a member ex-officio, maintain a strong working relationship with the Board of Governors. This includes working with the Board in developing and carrying out School policies, attending Board meetings, keeping trustees informed about all aspects of School operations, and engaging with the Board in strategic conversations and planning about the future of the School. 
  • While providing administrative staff an appropriate degree of autonomy, oversee and accept ultimate responsibility for all operational matters at the School, including staffing, program, School finances and budget creation/management, student recruitment, retention and outplacement, student discipline, fundraising, facilities management, parent and alumni relations, and health and safety.
  • Serve as the spiritual leader of the School by modeling a life of faith and by articulating and affirming the essential elements of the School’s Episcopal identity.
  • Represent the School within the BWS community, at the diocesan level, in the larger community, and with governmental agencies, educational associations and accrediting bodies. 

QUALITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS SOUGHT IN HEAD OF SCHOOL 

Professional

  • Having worked as an educator (teacher and administrator) and, promoting excellence and accountability, is able to oversee staff and program assessment and development
  • Having had experience and success in school promotion and fundraising, as well as with school finances . Experience working with an underserved population, especially with African American boys and their families, as well as having had experience working at a faith-based or Episcopal school
  • Possessing strong management and organizational skills and, having not only experience with daily school operations and in multiple management roles, is also skilled as a strategic thinker and long-range planner
  • Experience building a strong sense of community among all school constituencies
  • Experience working with an independent/ diocesan school Board of Trustees

Personal

  • A person with an ability to inspire, motivate and communicate effectively with others 
  • A person with a passion for working with elementary-age children, especially African American boys 
  • A person who views this opportunity as a calling, a unique, mission-driven commitment to selflessly serving this population and modeling this form of servant leadership 
  • Someone who is warm, approachable and kind, firm yet fair and consistent, open to new ideas, of the highest moral fiber, and a person of faith 
  • Someone who is innovative and open to new ideas, adaptable, able to multitask, and be responsive to multiple constituents 
  • Someone with cultural competence and an ability to understand and respond to the profound needs of and circumstances facing the families the School serves and also build strong relationships in the community 

To apply:

Interested candidates should provide a résumé, cover letter highlighting your interest and fit for the position, a statement of educational philosophy, and a list of five (5) references with all contact information, as a single PDF to the consultants: 


Peter Cheney, Senior Consultant - peter@educationgroup.com 917-676-4568 

Bob Kirkpatrick, Senior Consultant - bob@educationgroup.com 512-745-7955 

Katherine Moncure, Stuart - Consultant katherine@educationgroup.com 434-989-7054

To view the complete Head of School job listing, click here.



CLASSROOM LEAD TEACHER

The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys seeks dynamic Classroom Lead Teachers (K-5) for the 2018-2019 school year to educate and encourage the intellectual and social development of boys. The Classroom Lead Teacher is responsible for teaching a maximum of 16 students in all areas of the curriculum. The Classroom Lead Teacher should have a commitment to urban education and inspiring excellence.

Candidates should be familiar with Responsive Classroom, Guided Reading and Writer’s Workshop.

Qualifications

  • Three or more years of teaching experience preferred

  • BA or MA in Elementary Education or related field (e.g., Reading, Curriculum and Instruction)


Responsibilities

  • Establish high expectations for student academic performance and behavior.

  • Design and implement respective grade curriculum.

  • Instruct students in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science.

  • Collaborate with other Lead Teachers and Specials Teachers.

  • Form and maintain positive partnerships with parents.

  • Clearly articulate both verbally and in writing students’ progress.


Expectations

  • Promotes inquiry, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking

  • Designs curriculum which recognizes children’s interests and strengthens their skills

  • Creates engaging, hands on learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom

  • Incorporates differentiated instruction and flexible grouping

  • Assesses content, process and product of curriculum continuously

  • Recognizes the physical, cognitive and emotional needs of boys



Application requirements:

Please send the following items to sfolarin@bishopwalkerschool.org:

  • Cover letter addressed to Mrs. Stephanie Folarin, Principal

  • Resume

  • Names and contact information of 3 professional references

  • Copy of college or graduate school transcripts

No telephone calls, please. 


Part-Time Learning Specialist

Currently a part-time position with the potential to become full time in the 2019-2020 school year.


State Date: January 2019


Department: Scholar Support

Reports to: Principal


Purpose:  This position is responsible for collaborating with all members of the community (teachers, families, scholars, admission/outplacement department, outside consultants, counselor, and academic administration) to maximize opportunities for success for scholars at BWS.  All BWS staff are expected to work towards BWS’s mission and vision.

Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:


Professional Responsibilities:

  • Compliance with BWS’s policies/procedures as stated in the personnel handbook

  • Regular and punctual attendance

  • Participation in staff meetings, including division, department, grade-level, open meetings, professional development days, etc.

  • Participation in school-wide events, including assemblies on and off campus, Open Houses, Back to School Night, etc.

  • Compliance with deadlines

  • Participation in regular goal-setting, reflection and professional growth opportunities

  • Assessment of prospective scholars (Admissions)

  • Support with the coordination of tutors and other outside professionals that work with BWS scholars


Instruction &  Curriculum:

  • Alignment with BWS’s mission, philosophy, and program goals

  • Observation of individual scholars in classrooms in order to assist the teachers in assessing and supporting scholars who require accommodations/support

  • Collaboration with teachers and counselor to modify/adapt curriculum in order to meet the needs of the scholar(s)

  • Individual meetings with scholars to address various needs (organizational support, study support)

  • Collaboration with teachers  and counselor to formulate educational plans for scholars whose families present documentation of medical issues or learning differences

  • Purchasing of supplies/materials to support scholar’s learning, using allotted budget


Assessment & Feedback:

  • Preliminary screenings/assessments of scholars with learning differences (with family consent)

  • Review of progress reports for scholars with learning differences

  • Documentation of accommodations/modifications to instruction and/or curriculum

  • Recommendations for auditing/not attending a particular class due to learning differences

  • Attendance of scholars’ conferences when appropriate


Collaboration & Communication

  • Consultation with teachers on the interpretation of diagnostic testing, use of medications, auxiliary aids, adaptive devices, teaching techniques, learning accommodations, etc.

  • Ongoing communication with parents of scholars with learning differences

  • Assistance for families finding appropriate outside support (testers, tutors, therapists)

  • Collaboration with Admission and Outplacement Director in reviewing scholar files

  • Participation in the Admissions committee and support with Outplacement process

  • Collaboration with teachers and Counselor on morning meetings, homework load, grade-level expectations, etc.

  • Collaboration with colleagues on school-wide initiatives

  • Parent education around supporting scholars with learning differences


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree with a background in Special Education

  • Mastery of skills/content/understandings of special education and developmental stages of scholars, K-5

  • Experience using standard office equipment and school technology

  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team

  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal)


Please send cover letter, resume, and the names of 3 references via email to:

Mrs. Stephanie Folarin, Principal, at sfolarin@bishopwalkerschool.org

Please no telephone calls. 

 AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM TEACHER
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys’ after school program is designed to enhance the school day by offering dynamic academic, cultural, and recreational enrichment activities to Bishop Walker School students. Drawing on best practices in youth development and educational theory, staff members guide students to build academic and social skills in a meaningful and fun environment.
Along with the After-School Director, After-School teachers will work collaboratively with the BWS administration and faculty, volunteers, and other community resources as appropriate to plan, design and implement a high quality after school program for BWS students. The program runs Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

 PROGRAM GOALS

  • Reinforce academic skills the participants have learned during the school day  
  • Help participants develop positive attitudes and social skills  
  • Expose participants to a broad range of cultural enrichment activities
  • Engage the participants in a variety of creative, physical, and artistic activities
  • Increase parent/guardian engagement and satisfaction

 POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Detailed responsibilities include:

  • Actively engage and supervise children in all activities.
  • Assist in developing and implementing a developmentally appropriate after school curriculum.
  • Communicate and disperse information about upcoming events and activities to students and families.
  • Greet, monitor, and track all students and visitors, including parents and volunteers.
  • Take pride in and responsibility for program facilities, ensuring that all spaces used by the program are neat and organized and foster physical and emotional safety.
  • Support BWS behavior standards and discipline policies.
  • Set high expectations for students and hold them accountable for meeting those standards.
  • Participate in executing special events and field trips as needed.
To apply for the After School Teacher position, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to sfolarin@bishopwalkerschool.org. Please no phone calls.