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Watershed School

Director of Academics and Community Partnerships

Join us, and help shape the future of education.

Watershed is a 6-12 independent school in Boulder, Colorado with a progressive educational model that is research-based, future-focused, and community-centered. We know that students learn best when engaged in learning not just about the world, but in the world and for the world. 

Watershed seeks a thoughtful, collaborative Director of Academics and Community Partnerships to begin July 1, 2022.  This is a new position for Watershed.  Our recently adopted Strategic Vision for the school endorses the idea that students should be engaged in Work that Matters – that is, work that has a direct impact on the human and ecological communities beyond the walls of the school.  This is a cornerstone of our commitment to become a truly community-centered school, helping to make our world more just and more sustainable.  

The Director of Academics and Community Partnerships will lead our efforts to fully realize the academic components of our new vision, supporting students and teachers to build our model of community-centered learning.  This will include academic program leadership, educator support, and the development of deep partnerships with external organizations who are working toward a more just, more sustainable community.  

The Director of Academics and Community Partnerships will be a member of the school’s administrative team and report to the head of school. This is a full-time, year-round, exempt position.

Essential Duties

Academic Program Leadership

  • Provide instructional leadership in the implementation of strategic vision initiatives, and incorporation of evolving educational best practices into the School’s academic program

  • In collaboration with educators, oversee the development of courses that align with the strategic vision

  • Analyze feedback on the academic program and devise strategies to meet evolving program needs in collaboration with educators and administrators

Educator Support

  • Provide counsel, guidance, assistance, and coaching to educators 

  • Coordinate meaningful professional development opportunities for educators

  • Support educators as they explore partnerships for students to engage in work that matters

  • Facilitate the development of and maintain structure and process for educator professional growth and evaluation – including participating in supervision

  • Support and maintain the structure and process for recruitment and retention of staff in collaboration with educators and administrators

  • Coordinate and lead the orientation of new staff in collaboration with head of school and assistant head of school

Community Partnerships

  • Initiate, cultivate, and steward relationships with potential partner organizations in our community focusing on organizations that work on justice and sustainability issues

  • Help partner organizations understand the types of work our students can do to contribute to the common good

  • Maintain a database of partners to support educators as they build opportunities for students


  • Teach one course section each trimester

  • Serve as educator or administrative support during May Term

  • Participate fully in the life of the school including attending special events, school functions, and other activities

  • Serve as staff support for Board committees as appropriate

  • Represent the school at appropriate conferences, sharing the work we do

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the head of school

  • Support the school and its leadership

Ideal Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in education or a related field

  • Minimum of ten years in schools, including a range of responsibilities; administrative experience a plus

  • Experience working in multiple divisions and departments preferred

  • Understanding of, and commitment to, progressive education – in particular to our emphasis on students doing high-quality work that has an impact beyond the walls of the school

  • Demonstrated cultural competence and understanding of how power and inequality, influenced by race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc. impact students, educators, and families

  • Demonstrated belief in the importance of staff and student voice

  • Capacity to make and support decisions based on data, neuroscience research, and best practices

  • Sense of humor and joy

  • Ability to think and act strategically, while also pitching in to help as needed

  • Superb listening skills and excellent communication skills, both written and oral

  • Proven organization and management skills

  • Courage to make difficult and/or unpopular decisions, when needed

  • Strong work ethic

Compensation:  Salary range 70K-85K (depending on experience).

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected].  In your cover letter, be sure to address Watershed’s focus on engaging students in work that has an impact beyond the walls of the school.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit materials by January 10, 2022.