Department Chair @ The Blake School

15 Feb 2012 7:43 PM | Anonymous


PK-12 Modern and Classical Languages Department Chair

2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR

The Blake School seeks to hire a PK-12 Modern and Classical Languages (MCL) Department Chair.  The ideal candidate has experience teaching at multiple divisions, experience in administration and a passion for sharing best practice pedagogy in the field.  Department Chairs work closely with Division Directors and report directly to the Assistant Head of School.  

The Modern and Classical Languages Department Chair will…

  • Collaborate with department members to articulate the shared vision consistent with Blake’s mission, to oversee the mapping and alignment of the MCL curriculum 4-12, and to assess the overall program; 
  • Oversee student placement in courses for students moving between Middle School and Upper School, as well as for those new to Blake or seeking to accelerate; this includes developing and coordinating proficiency-based placement testing.
  • Promote professional development, including summer opportunities, for all who teach in the MCL department so that each teacher can effectively implement a wide range of best-practice instructional and assessment strategies consistent with a proficiency-based approach to language instruction;
  • Coordinate the department’s efforts to increase interest and retention in MCL courses;
  • Work closely with department members to develop and coordinate international experiences for students, including both summer immersion experiences and sister school exchanges, as well as local cultural opportunities;
  • Serve on the Academic Affairs Committee and work closely with administrative colleagues to determine the appropriate role for language instruction in the Lower School and to determine the appropriate slate of second language offerings;
  • Collaborate closely with administrators on hiring, retention, professional growth and evaluation of faculty in the department;
  • Communicate with parents and the wider community about the department’s philosophy, vision, offerings, measures of success, challenges, etc.;
  • Be present on each campus each week, getting to know department colleagues individually and attending department and divisional meetings, as appropriate and realistic;
  • Teach the equivalent of two courses;
  • Oversee department budgets.

The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12, co-educational, nonsectarian, independent day school enrolling 1,380 bright, talented students from nearly 56 Twin Cities-area communities. Founded in 1900, The Blake School has the advantage of three campuses (Minneapolis, Hopkins and Wayzata) each with its own facilities designed for specific ages, schedules and activities. The mission of the school is to provide students with an excellent, academically challenging education in a diverse and supportive community committed to a common set of values. For more information on The Blake School, please visit Blake's Web site at:

The Blake School believes that a diverse society enriches all individuals and communities. Diversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and marital, parental or economic status forms the fabric of our society. As a result of these beliefs, The Blake School actively seeks students, families and employees who value and contribute to the fullness of a diverse community within the context of its mission. In doing so, we recognize our responsibility to help make each person's experience a success.

Send cover letter and resume to Joni Starr, Personnel Assistant, The Blake School, 110 Blake Road South, Hopkins, MN 55343 or via email to Letter(s) of recommendation and unofficial transcripts are welcome, but not required at the initial stage of the hiring process. EOE 2/15/12

Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures
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