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Academic Director

Job Description: Academic Director


Position Summary:

The academic director is responsible for overseeing all academic-related tasks within World Class Academy. The academic director manages and mentors roughly 20 teachers; works closely with students and their families on academic planning; provides support throughout the school year and acts as an integral part of the admin team to make sure that WCA policies are up-to-date and adhered to. The academic director works closely with students, parents, teachers, and admin team members.

The academic director is a critical role that’s focused on creating a strong student-centered learning environment. This position includes opportunities to implement new ideas and systems based on progressive teaching theories and best practices in education.

Directly Accountable to: Principal and Vice-Principal

Ideal Characteristics:

  • A passion for education and alternative education models
  • Ability to work in a dynamic and engaging work environment
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Can work well in a team structure
  • Innovative and creative
  • Organized
  • Passionate about experiential education
  • Exposure and a passion for outdoor sports
  • Eagerness to maintain, monitor, and create academic policies
  • Eagerness to share teaching best-practices and work with teachers in the field

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree 
  • Two years or more experience as a teacher or school administrator

Ideal Candidates:

  • Master’s in Education or applicable Master’s degree
  • Three or more years of experience as a teacher or school administrator

Work Schedule:
The workflow will fluctuate depending on the school year and the tasks at hand. The AD will need to be available five days per week, for an average of 25-30 hours per week. Outside of selected holidays, the AD will get 4 weeks of vacation. Weeks that include staff training, preparation of Academic Reports, and graduation week will see increased hours. The AD will join selected academies in the field.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Annual Salary of 30k-42k (years 1-2)
  •  Health Insurance from selected employee plans (estimated value of $350 per month)

General Responsibilities:

  • The academic director will support the admissions process by being involved with recruitment, answering academic questions posed by applicants, reviewing master applications, and advising on credit transfers and diploma requirements.
  • The academic director will create the quarterly academic schedule for each academy.
  • The academic director will create class rosters, place students, and help determine which classes are offered on a semester by semester basis.
  • The academic director will ensure that all student needs in the area of academics are being met. Some examples include enrolling students in courses, providing distance learning opportunities, creating and managing student learning plans, supporting students in the college application process, ensuring students are on track to graduate, etc.
  • The academic director will oversee teacher training, will support teachers throughout the year, and provide opportunities for professional growth. Some examples include delivering teacher-training modules, developing course curriculum, facilitating teacher professional development and classroom evaluations, etc.
  • The academic director will also seek out opportunities to advance and improve the academic program while working alongside the admin team.

Other Responsibilities include:

  1. Placement of new and return students into classes based on grade level, skill, and academic history.
  2. Lead admin role during faculty training (the week before the school year). Plan, prep, execution.
  3. Take responsibility for communicating with the students and faculty prior to and throughout the semester.
  4. Assign teaching responsibilities in cooperation with the ED.
  5. Order all books and organize/create curriculum prior to the start of each term. Assign books and materials to students and ensure their return to the library. Report a list of missing and/or damaged books to the WCA office at the end of the semester and assign billing to the appropriate party.
  6. Work with each academy’s program director and head coach to establish the daily schedule and progression of academic weeks. Each semester consists of 13 academic weeks. The number and progression of academic weeks should be communicated to the faculty for their course outlining and planning, both prior to and throughout the semester.
  7. Within the first two academic weeks of each semester, review established course outlines with faculty for each class and facilitate submission to the ED. Monitor all WCA curriculum for its adherence to educational standards and learning targets. Assist faculty with mapping these standards throughout their curriculum, from course description to assessment.
  8. Within the first two weeks of each quarter, complete a grade check to highlight students who are not reaching an appropriate level of understanding. Follow up with support for these students and their teachers.
  9. Monitor each teacher’s progression with the scheduled outline of course content by ensuring that their assignments and grades are consistently entered into their online gradebook on a weekly basis.
  10. At the end of each quarter, facilitate the submission of narrative grade reports by each faculty member and run student transcripts. All items must be submitted no later than one week after the quarter end date in order to reach the families in a timely manner.
  11. Help facilitate necessary academic and/or program improvements required for accreditation with Cognia and facilitate site visits by their representatives.
  12. Work with the College Board to support students taking the SAT and AP exams.
  13. Responsible for managing Thinkwave (online grading system) and ensuring that students’ previous academic credits are transferred appropriately.
  14. Monitor allocated academic budget on semester/annual basis.

If you’re interested, please send your resume and a cover letter that outlines your qualifications for this position to [email protected] and [email protected].

Teacher / Coach

Job Description: Teacher / Coach Position


Position Summary:
Travel the world while working as an educator and coach at the only accredited high school for competitive youth kayakers, kiteboarders, climbers, and mountain bikers. World Class Academy is dedicated to providing a rigorous, individualized academic program paired with an athletic training program specially designed for the world’s top young athletes. We are committed to providing an experience that will produce globally conscious young adults who understand the importance of individual action and feel empowered to make a positive impact.

Most faculty members take on many roles simultaneously, including teacher, coach, and mentor.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in the subject area you are applying to teach or in a transferable subject
  2. Experience working with youth inside or outside the classroom
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  4. Advanced to professional kayaking/kiteboarding/climbing/mountain biking skills
  5. A desire to share athletic knowledge and experience
  6. Experience coaching high-level athletics
  7. Passionate about WCA's mission and the development of our students
  8. Excited to travel with students and support their academic, athletic, and character goals
  9. Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certified
  10. Experience working with youth as a mentor

If you’re interested, please send your resume and a cover letter that outlines your qualifications for this position to [email protected] and [email protected].

Do you have a more specialized set of skills? If you have some but not all of the qualifications above, please get in touch. World Class Academy is committed to assembling a well-rounded staff and may consider candidates who have exceptional skills in one area.

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