Social Studies Department Chair
Job Details
Full Time

Reports to: PK-12 Dean of Faculty


Position Summary: 

Department Chairs collaborate with the Dean of Faculty, the Dean of Studies and the Lower, Middle and Upper School division heads in the development and delivery of mission-aligned curriculum and instructional practices. The Social Studies Department Chair is responsible for leading the successful implementation of a high-quality educational program and managing the professional performance of the faculty in the department.  The chair works closely with the IB Coordinators to support the development of curriculum aligned with the expectations of the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programs.  The chair will oversee faculty and continue the development of coursework in our award-winning Entrepreneurial Studies program. Saint Andrew’s seeks a dynamic and skilled leader who will build positive relationships with students, families, faculty and other administrators and support the ongoing growth of a strong Social Studies faculty team that emphasizes students’ development of strong research, writing and critical thinking skills, the capacity for civil discourse, and a love of history.


Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Collaborate with the Dean of Faculty to manage the support and development of departmental faculty according to the Guide to Performance Management

  • Collaborate with the Dean of Studies, division heads and department faculty to develop and implement the scope and sequence of academic coursework, curricular content, course material, and assessment practices

  • Collaborate with the Dean of Studies and division heads regarding faculty teaching assignments, in conjunction with the Dean of Faculty

  • Collaborate with the division head and Dean of Studies regarding student placement in department courses

  • Serve on the Academic Programming Committee, the Instructional Leadership Team, and the hiring committee for departmental faculty

  • Manage the department budget

  • Oversee the daily operation of the department

  • Set departmental goals and hold regularly scheduled department meetings

  • Work with parents, faculty, and relevant senior administrators when student concerns arise

  • Manage department representation at school-wide events (i.e. open houses; curriculum coffees)

  • Coordinate department-specific events (i.e. Poetry House, Math Games) 

  • Teach up to three sections

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School





  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred

  • A strong background in curriculum and instruction

  • Outstanding teaching skills

  • Outstanding leadership skills

  • Clear written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Cultural competence

  • Strong work ethic

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