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General Education Department Head 58549 - Ella Grasso Technical High School, Groton, CT

Connecticut Tech Education & Career System
Quaker Hill, Connecticut
Closing date
Jul 22, 2024

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Job Role
Department Head
General description of the position:

A CTECS General Education Department Head is responsible for instructional and departmental responsibilities related to the effective implementation of the curriculum, district and school improvement plans, and instructional programs. The General Education Department Head will manage and support instructors in the General Education Department including English, Social Studies, MTSS/Literacy Lab, Bilingual/TESOL, Music, Art, and Spanish. The General Education Department Head is an instructional leadership role at the school level supporting teaching practices that reflect high expectations and current pedagogy of teaching and learning methods, strategies, and technologies e.g., student-centered, gradual release of responsibility, differentiation, student discourse, and blended-learning; collaborative learning environments; and professional learning communities.

A department head is a teacher that is an instructional leader who promotes student achievement for all and facilitates the operations of the department. As a Department Head, you are responsible for the duties outlined above, as well as responsibilities related to instructional support, leadership and operations within your department.

Qualifications required, (e.g., education, degrees, certification, licensing, skills, knowledge, abilities, specialized training):
  • State of Connecticut teaching certificate
  • Active State of Connecticut teaching certificate (#105 Department Chairperson or #092 Intermediate Administration or Supervision AND any of the following: #015 English 7-12, #026 History & Social Studies 7-12, #009 Bilingual PK-12, #111 TESOL PK-12, #049 Music PK-12, #042 Art PK-12, #023 Spanish 7-12, #097 Reading and Language Arts Consultant or #102 Remedial Reading and Language Arts 1-12), or Eligible for a State of Connecticut teaching certificate in subject area (includes ARC candidates).
  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year university or college.
  • Professional experiences related to the field of teaching in Humanities and/or general education: English, History/Social Studies, Bilingual, TESOL, Music, Art, Spanish, and/or Reading.
  • 21st century standards-based lesson planning aligned to the CT Core Standards in English Language Arts; CT Core Standards in History/Social Studies; College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies; CT Arts Standards; CT English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards; CT K-12 World Languages Performance Standards.
  • Experience, skills, and training in effective teaching and instructional leadership.
  • Experience with varied assessments to inform instruction and promote learning; data disaggregation and data-driven decision making.
  • Training and skill in professional learning communities (PLC).
  • Experience planning and implementing professional development.
  • Positive classroom management and climate strategies.
  • Experience in TEAM and Teacher Evaluation and Support.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with administrators, teachers, parents, students, and staff
  • Effective, active listening skills.
  • Organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent public relations skills.
  • Entry-level computer skills including Microsoft Office and Google Products.
  • Preferred candidates will have experience in teaching or substitute teaching and be able to demonstrate varied methods of lesson delivery, assessing student knowledge, and the use of educational technology. This may include involvement in student/community activities.

Supervisor: School Principal and Assistant Principal

Hours/Time Requirements: 188 days per school year, 7 hours daily. Review SVFT bargaining unit contract for more information.

Working Conditions:
  • Interaction among adolescents and colleagues
  • Repetitive hand motion, e.g., computer keyboard, typing, calculator, writing
  • Regular requirement to sit, stand, walk, read, hear, see, speak, reach, stretch with hands and arms, crouch, kneel, climb, and stoop
  • Frequent interruption of duties by staff, students, visitors and/or telephone
  • Occasional requirement to lift, carry, push and/or pulling various supplies and/or equipment up to a maximum of 20 pounds

Essential duties and responsibilities. Functions that the employee must be able to perform. Mental and/or physical requirements should be described and where applicable, quantified:

Responsibility Area #1: Instructional Support
  • Supports teachers with intentional planning to prepare lesson plans that achieve clear objectives, use appropriate techniques, and serve the needs of all learners in the classroom through differentiation
  • Reviews lesson plans, observes classroom instruction, and provides feedback and support as needed to improve instruction, classroom management, and professional growth
  • Participates in the PLC process
  • Assists with the implementation of the instructional program within the department, including supporting substitutes
  • Assists and monitors in the implementation of the curriculum, aligned to state & national content standards
  • Models a variety of instructional strategies that accommodate different student backgrounds, cognitive abilities and learning styles

Responsibility Area #2: Leadership
  • Assists in the school's implementation of district and school initiatives including school improvement planning to promote student success
  • Plans and leads PLCs within the department and with other departments as well as administration.
  • Participates and provides building and district level professional development and collaboration
  • Provides school-wide leadership support and recommendations for professional development and direction on effective instruction and programming, including instructional rounds
  • Serves on committees when requested and acts as a liaison between the department, Administration and Central Office
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Maintain confidentiality concerning personnel, student, and operational concerns of the district

Responsibility Area #3: Operational
  • Manages departmental budgets, prepares and submits OF-95s.
  • Assists in the identification of scheduling courses for departmental staff.
  • Completes all required departmental inventory tasks and assists in the removal of outdated instructional materials, including repair of equipment.
  • Maintains and submits department records, student data and PLC minutes, and performs other professional duties as required by the administration.

Closing date is July 17, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Applications will be accepted via E-Mail or Fax only.

E-Mail address: or Faxes may be sent to - CTECS Recruitment 860-706-5756.

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