Seattle, WA

Middle School Assistant Director, Lakeside School

The Organization – Lakeside School

Lakeside School is an independent, coeducational day school offering a broad curriculum in the liberal arts for students in grades 5-12. Lakeside’s highly motivated and talented students hail from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds. The school employs a similarly diverse group of faculty and administrators. Lakeside is currently recruiting for a Middle School Assistant Director. This will be a full time extended school year position beginning in August 2024.

Additional Information
The School’s Mission and shared commitment of all Lakeside employees is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a global society. We provide a rigorous, dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning. We are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.

The Assistant Director’s main responsibility is for the Middle School’s student programs, which focus on students’ growth and development in academic, co-curricular, social, and personal dimensions. The Middle School Assistant Director reports to the Middle School Director and is a member of Lakeside’s Directors Group, the Student Support Team, and the Middle School Department Heads Group. Specific responsibilities of the Assistant Director include:

  • Work in partnership with the Middle School Director to lead the division.
  • Manage student discipline and coordinate with the Upper School Assistant Director regarding disciplinary issues. This includes working proactively to cultivate a community of inclusivity and respect, communicating the Community Expectations, handling daily discipline and conduct matters with teachers, students, and families, coordinating the Discipline Council which consults which makes decisions about consequences for major infractions, and coordinating with the US Assistant Director to ensure alignment across divisions.
  • Oversee the advising program in the Middle School.
  • Be an active member of the Middle School Student Support Team. Serve as the middle school administrator when significant concerns arise such as academic probation and discipline. Supervise high risk situations along with the Director of Family and Student Support and coordinate with the US Assistant Director during the 8 th grade student transition to the upper school.
  • Lead and coordinate the co-curricular program for students in grades 5 through 8, including after school clubs, the after-school study hall program, dances, and other Lakeside extracurricular activities. Manage and oversee all budgets related to this work. Coordinate Middle School participation in school-wide events like May Day and Tailgates.
  • Collaborate with and lead the Deans to oversee coordination of all grade-level activities including grade-level welcome nights for parents and guardians, New Student Orientation, and other events as assigned.
  • Publicly represent the Middle School at events such as Admissions Open Houses, admissions panel events for parents and guardians, Coffee and Tea with Middle School Administrators, and Parents and Guardians Association meetings of the Middle School Class Representatives.
  • Serve as Middle School transportation liaison for the Metro Bus system.
  • Advise a group of 8 to 9 students and participate in grade-level activities.
  • Take part in faculty professional growth and teacher evaluation.
  • Participate in outdoor trips, Global Service Learning (GSL), service learning, and Middle School duties as assigned.
  • Explore the possibility of teaching or coaching as part of their responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Previous experience working with and a deep appreciation for middle school-aged students.
  • Demonstrated qualities of initiative, good judgment, and strong teamwork with a can-do attitude.
  • Commitment to culturally-responsive practices and embracing diversity, including self-awareness of personal identity lenses. The candidate should understand various perspectives, engage respectfully with cultures different from their own, and establish meaningful relationships with individuals from diverse cultural frameworks.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to foster relationships with key stakeholders such as middle school students, families, and employees.
  • Dedication to Lakeside’s core values of academic excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), and global citizenship.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment when interacting with faculty, staff, students, and parents/guardians.
  • Candidates must satisfactorily complete three criminal history background checks.

Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range: $130,000 – $155,000 based upon experience and education.

Lakeside School is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding candidates and provides a competitive compensation package. Benefits include:

  • Use of school library and gymnasium
  • Paid holidays and vacation
  • Computer loan program
  • Passport Corporate membership
  • Reduced facility rentals
  • Housing assistance program
  • Bus/bike benefits
  • Free parking
  • Free lunch
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life/disability insurance
  • Retirement with generous employer contribution
  • Dependent medical and vision subsidy
  • Employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance (based on FTE)

Lakeside School is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding faculty candidates who will add to the racial, cultural and gender diversity of our school community. We provide a competitive compensation package that includes, but is not limited to, a monthly salary, excellent health and welfare benefits, access to funds for professional development, housing down payment assistance, and school-provided lunches. Additionally, Lakeside offers faculty and staff opportunities to participate in non-classroom teaching programs such as Summer School, coaching, etc., for extra compensation.

Application Process
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and work history via the online application located on Lakeside’s website ( From the home page choose About Us / Careers / View and Apply for Available Jobs. Applications will be accepted until March 1st.

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