Rosseau Lake College
Lake College is a small independent co-educational day and boarding school in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, just 2 hours north of Toronto. Located on 50 acres along pristine Lake Rosseau shoreline, the campus is set in a serene landscape that provides a distinctive, natural environment for students to live and learn. RLC offers a unique exploratory educational experience for its 100 students in Grades 7 – 12, and is recognized for its commitment to outdoor education through strong traditions of camping outtrips, Winter Carnivals, the 18km “Hekkla Marathon” and seasonal Arts Festivals. Rosseau Lake College offers a true Canadian experience.
We have an exciting opportunity on our leadership team, beginning in the 2018 – 2019 school year. We are seeking a dynamic and innovative Academic Lead who is both qualified and certified to teach in Ontario.
Reporting to the Head of School, the Academic Lead is the director of teaching and learning. He or she will provide leadership in support of our Strategic Plan and in the delivery of academic excellence. This includes working closely with our teachers to develop, guide and support innovation in the planning and delivery of our curriculum. The Academic Lead supports the Rosseau Lake College mission, values and our philosophy of engaging and meeting the needs of all learners in order to develop a strong personal brand. As a member of the senior administration leads team, the Academic Lead will work alongside the Community Life Lead, Operations Lead, Student Services Lead, and Co-curricular Lead, as well as liaising with the directors of Finance, Admissions, and Advancement.
Instructional Program Leadership and Curriculum Development
- Ensure that the academic requirements of the Ministry of Education are met or exceeded
- Lead and work with faculty in the planning of units of study, promote interdisciplinary units of study, and ensure that assessment and evaluation are guided by the provincial Assessment and Evaluation policy (Growing Success)
- Be a passionate champion of teaching and learning, working closely with the Head of School, Student Services Lead, Edtech Integrator, Learning Space Integrator, Outdoor Education Lead, and Middle School Curriculum Lead to create a culture of innovation, sharing and openness
- Continue to develop the RLC curriculum model based on the strategic Future Forward priorities (Nature is Our Learning Lab; Discovery is Our Culture)
- Development and facilitate the weekly Discovery Days programme, ensuring that both inquiry-based and experiential objectives are communicated and maintained
- Design and monitor the weekly academic schedule, including faculty meetings
- Implement a system for training, instructional development, and best practices in the delivery of the Future Forward program
- Ensure that teachers model the learning, sense of discovery and outdoor engagement they wish to see in their students
- Assist students in identifying their learning styles and using them to achieve optimal learning goals
- Assist students with research into career passions and interests
- Ensure that students are able to master the necessary concepts in each of their subjects
- Create new learning spaces with a focus on lab and field-based activity as well as personalized learning
- Reshape RLC’s ELL program to be a real draw for international students who fit the RLC student profile
- Foster the growth of strong professional networks among faculty
- Use research findings and empirical evidence to inform decisions regarding best practices
- Conduct faculty performance observations, in order to provide monitoring and support
- Assist with the preparation for the bi-annual Ministry visit; Liaise with Student Services Lead to ensure that grades are processed to OUAC
- Support the school’s Strategic Plan for professional development (PD):
- Research and communicate PD opportunities available to faculty
- Make recommendations to teachers regarding in-school PD to fulfil programme objectives and requirements and to grow their professional learning networks
- Work closely with the Edtech Integrator to ensure that best practices are maintained for teaching and learning with technology.
- Meet regularly with the Academic Division Leads to ensure consistency with the Future Forward philosophy and meet curriculum objectives
- Develop a system to evaluate the success of the academic programme
- Attend Ontario Curriculum Leaders’ meetings
Documentation and Resource Management
- Provide current subject guides, achievement charts, and relevant forms for monitoring to faculty
- Maintain a record of completed subject course outlines, rubrics and other documentation for Ministry requirements, evaluation visits and accreditation
- Oversee the teachers’ curriculum development
- Work with faculty on the preparation and submission of samples for monitoring
- Develop and manage the academic operating budget, including subject-specific resourcing
- Meet deadlines for OUAC grade submission, CAS completion
- Facilitate the production and proof-reading of grades and comments for each reporting period
- Communicate with parents and students about the recently implemented Discovery Days programme in a manner that instills confidence in RLC’s whole-school project-based learning and experiential focus
- Celebrate and share with our community, through social media, the learning actively experienced by our students within the curriculum
- Articulate and bring alive for the staff, the mission, objectives and values of RLC
- Keep the staff up to date on all Ministry, CIS, and CAIS requirements and direction
QUALIFICATIONS & ATTRIBUTES
Ontario Teacher’s Certificate or equivalent
Strong interpersonal skills to inspire and positively influence innovative curriculum planning to increase student engagement.
Innovative in promoting academic excellence, the learner profile, holistic education and intercultural understanding.
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills, including being an effective listener and engaging speaker Positive, open-minded and collaborative team member with exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
The successful candidate is an energetic and committed educator who is intrinsically motivated and thrives in a team environment. The individual is intrigued by learner-centered techniques, offers enthusiasm/experience for this methodology, and is keen for the school’s strategic vision for the academic program. Applicants must also be enthusiastically committed to a full co-curricular and residential program, which includes coaching and residence supervision.
As a teacher at Rosseau Lake College, you will be part of a collaborative team of teachers that strives everyday to provide our students the best learning environment possible. Our program requires teachers to be familiar with the Ontario curriculum and RLC’s Future Forward Academic Program. Additionally, faculty members will be expected to demonstrate adaptability and innovation around the pillars of this program: Nature is our Learning Lab; Discovery is our Culture.
Successful applicants will be required to demonstrate proficiency through an interview process which may include a knowledge test and/or an observed teaching lesson.
Start date: August 27th, 2018
Application Deadline: May 18, 2018
How to Apply
Please provide a resume and covering letter specifically detailing how your background relates to the education and experience requirements to Jennifer Higgins at [email protected] no later than May 18, 2018.
While we appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Rosseau Lake College is committed to providing accommodation for persons with disabilities. Please contact our office 705-732-4351 or email us at [email protected] for further details or for information in an alternative format.