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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3250813
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : March 23, 2020

Job Description


Position Title:    High School Science Department Head


FLSA:                 Exempt


Reports to:        LHS Principal


Terms of Employment:   0.75 FTE Supervision and Evaluation/0.25 FTE Teaching


ALA – Category VI       ALA Salary Schedules FY21


Salary:  Salary is commensurate with educational attainment and experience as specified by the Association of Lexington Administrators’ Salary Schedule Category IV.  Salary and days may be prorated based on date of hire.


Work Year:  10 month – 196 days (184 school days and 12 additional days)


Benefits as per ALA contract


Supervision Responsibilities: 


  • Follows and implements the supervision / evaluation guidelines as dictated by the district for all teachers in the department
  • Supervises and evaluates department staff in conjunction with building administration
  • Works with teachers to ensure best practices in the classroom and in PLC and team meetings
  • Maintains professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the district and self-selected professional growth activities.
  • Shares professional growth opportunities as well as current trends and methodologies within the english department
  • Maintains an accurate inventory of materials and supplies necessary to effectively support instruction in the department
  • Plans agendas and leads district wide department meetings as appropriate
  • Continue to develop and implement the curriculum units and lessons with teachers
  • When appropriate, plans and leads curriculum reviews in conjunction with K-5 and 9-12 Department Heads to ensure vertical alignment of curriculum and to make curriculum changes as indicated by DESE guidelines.
  • Assists with the development and updates of relevant and necessary communication between the department, school, parents and /or community.
  • Collaborates with other department heads in the district to ensure consistency of district policies and programs.
  • Collaborates with building leadership to coordinate and implement the hiring process  
  • Participates in building leadership meetings


Teaching Position Responsibilities:



  • Meets and instructs grade 9-12 students in Science during assigned class time and in the locations and designated.
  • Plans a program of study that, as much as possible, meets the individual needs, interests and abilities of the students.
  • Prepares for classes assigned and shows written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate superior.
  • Encourages students to set and maintain standards of classroom behavior.
  • Guides the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals and, in harmony with the goals, establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units and projects to communicate these objectives to students.
  • Employs a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media, consistent with the physical limitations of the location provided and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved.
  • Assesses the accomplishments of students on a regular basis and provides progress reports as required.
  • Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.
  • Maintains accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulation.
  • Assists the administration in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct, and for the classroom, develops reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedure, and maintains order in the classroom in a fair and just manner.
  • Makes provision for being available to students and parents for education-related purposes outside the instructional day when required or requested to do so under reasonable terms and as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement if applicable.
  • Attends staff meetings and serves on staff committees as required.
  • Develops lesson plans and instructional materials and provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each pupil.
  • Translates lesson plans into learning experiences so as to best utilize the available time for instruction.
  • Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.
  • Evaluates pupils’ academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records, and prepares progress reports.
  • Identifies pupil needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping pupils solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
  • Supervises pupils in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day.
  • Administers group standardized tests in accordance with district testing program.
  • All other duties as assigned.



Job Qualifications & Physical Demands:


Job Qualifications:


Must possess or be eligible for a MA DESE license in the appropriate subject area, at the appropriate grade level.


Must have appropriate DESE license for supervising and evaluation staff


Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and possess a high level of capability with technology. 


Must be able to assist in the protection of students and school property, assist the principal in fire and other emergency drills as required by law and School Committee policy.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands or arms.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.



Experience and commitment to working in a racially and culturally diverse teaching and learning community.


Applicants for employment are considered without regard to age, physical, mental or psychiatric disability, genetics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, or military status.


  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Categories : Administrator > Principal/Dean/Head of School
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  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Lexington Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Kari Grossman , Human Resources Office Manager
    • 146 Maple Street
    • Lexington, Massachusetts 02420
    • Phone: 781-861-2580 x68048
    • Fax: 781-861-2582
    • Email: click here

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