Director of the Middle School EDGE Program
About Gulliver Preparatory School
Established in 1926 by Arthur Gulliver in Coconut Grove, Gulliver was likened to the prestigious academies of the northeast and initially attracted families who wintered in Florida. In late 1953, Marian Krutulis purchased the school. A pioneer in education, Mrs. Krutulis envisioned Gulliver as grand home where both students and teachers would feel part of a caring, inspiring family of learners. Over the course of 25 years, she relocated the school to Coral Gables, built an upper school for high school students in Pinecrest and achieved ‘Blue Ribbon School of Excellence’ designation by the US Department of Education. In 2000 Gulliver became a non-profit. Today, Gulliver Preparatory School serves approximately 2,200 students in Grades PK–12 on three campuses. Despite its significant growth over the last 60 years, Gulliver still upholds Marian Krutulis’ vision to maintain the physical and social-emotional health of its students and trains them to become people of integrity in everything they say and do.
Gulliver Preparatory School is looking for a Director for the Middle School EDGE Program for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. The role of the Director of the Middle School EDGE Program is to report to and partner with the Middle School Principal in the day-to-day administration and management of the Middle School EDGE Program. Our EDGE Program is designed to support students with targeted instruction to improve executive functioning skills. Our EDGE Program effectively supports students who are on or above grade level and can navigate Gulliver’s rigorous college prep curriculum. The first three letters – Enhance, Develop, and Grow – represent the action behind these goals, and the final “E” communicates the end result: Empowered students. Our program blends traditional and innovative approaches to develop skills and mindsets, enabling our students to become strong critical thinkers, problem solvers, and independent learners, and inspire and empower students to reach their fullest potential. The Director is responsible to inspire the close, supportive relationships that students develop with faculty members and counselors in this small environment, to foster resilience and enhance student well-being and achievement.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Oversee and implement the academic and emotional direction and needed modifications to best serve the students and families, and faculty in the EDGE program.
- Monitor students’ academic, behavioral, and social progress. With the counselor, review students’ interim and quarterly academic, effort, and conduct grades.
- Coordinate the review of requests for accommodations and supporting documentation, such as psycho-educational evaluations.
- Oversee student accommodations, student services counselors and student services, to meet the academic, emotional, and social needs of the student body. Assist with development of student services programs and seminars to provide information to the students.
- Assist in oversight of the Dean of Students regarding student discipline, attendance, and dress code. Monitor issuance of discipline reports, assign detentions, initiate student counseling and parent contact. Hold student and parent meetings and implement necessary procedures in cases of disciplinary probation or expulsion. Review students’ attendance records, issue tardy detentions and send out letters of warning and probation concerning attendance.
- Help to monitor the safety and security of students and teachers throughout the campus. Communicate as needed with the Director of Security and Maintenance Supervisor to ensure student, faculty, and staff’s safety. Attend appropriate related meetings.
- Work with the Director of Student Activities to ensure proper organization of on and off campus class grade level trips. Ensure student and chaperone safety; and enforce behavioral expectations of students. Maintain communication with parents.
- Observe and evaluate teacher performance in collaboration with the Middle School Principal. Conduct informal and formal teacher observations, completing appropriate teacher observations and follow up.
- Coordinate and ensure proper teacher supervision and training to achieve the goals of the EDGE program and the larger Middle School.
- Master’s Degree or higher
- Three or more years’ experience in school administration
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Familiarity with typical school database systems is necessary.
- Able to write and speak clearly and with authority in a style and tone that manifest professional maturity and a high educational level. The Director must also have demonstrably strong interpersonal skills in working with both students and adults.
Criminal Background Check, Level II Fingerprint Screening(s), and Drug screen
Gulliver is deeply committed to the principles of equity and diversity and seeks to create an inclusive community for all faculty and staff. Gulliver is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and a Drug Free Workplace.