Department Chair of Computer Science and Head of Robotics

Job Level
Senior position
Job Category
Assistant / Associate Head, Department chair
  • Applied Tech (STEAM / Maker / CS / Design)
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Computer Science
  • Robotics

The Woodward Academy Upper School strives to help students fulfill their potential in every facet of their lives. Woodward provides opportunities for students to expand their horizons through academics, the arts, athletics, and community service.

Our dedicated teachers excel in their respective fields, and provide a stimulating, fun, and challenging environment. Whether they are promoting academic excellence or demonstrating personal accountability, the Upper School teachers find creative and meaningful ways to communicate with their students.

This position involves supervising and managing the Upper School Computer Science Department, teaching various Computer Science courses in grades 9-12, and directing the co-curricular Robotics program.

Specific duties include:

  • Serving as a member of the Academic Council

  • Daily supervising and evaluating teaching personnel within the US Computer Science department including supervision of teacher lesson planning and curriculum implementation

  • Providing a vision and plan for implementation of department curriculum for grades 9-12

  • Teaching a full load of classes including courses in Computer Science, Robotics, and Engineering

  • Directing the Upper School Robotics program while competing in local, state, and national US First Robotics competitions

  • Requisitioning of instructional material and department supplies

  • Overseeing and managing the significant budget for the Computer Science department and Robotics program

  • Overseeing collection of all Upper School reports (including book orders, maintenance requests, furniture orders, Capital Funding Requests, etc.)

  • Overseeing student scheduling and academic placement

  • Overseeing classroom coverage and faculty absences

  • Selecting and securing teaching materials (library reference material, supplementary resources, classroom technology, software, etc.)

  • Working collaboratively with US Administration to interview and hire teaching personnel for the department

  • Encouraging professional growth opportunities for all members of the Department including conferences during the school year as well as summer enrichment opportunities

  • Constantly seeking improvement of the design of department courses, programs, and teacher instruction

  • Maintaining an outstanding and appropriate instructional environment within the department

Required Skills:

  • Possess a variety of skill sets across fields of Computer Science and Robotics

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills demonstrating tact and diplomacy

  • Competency with basic word processing, spreadsheets, and internet

  • A solid understanding of learning challenges as well as the accommodations and differentiated learning techniques to support students’ needs

  • Strong organizational and classroom management skills

  • Teaching and directing experience with large groups of mixed ability students

Minimum Job Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s degree preferred. Computer Science degree or specific training or experience teaching a variety of courses across fields of Computer Science and Robotics.

  • Five years of teaching experience minimum

  • Leadership experience preferred

The Department Chair of Computer Science position is an exempt, salaried, ten-month position.