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Department Head: STEM 

About the Organization Fusion Academy is a revolutionary alternative, accredited private school for grades 6-12 that offers a fully individualized classroom: one student, one teacher. As the nationwide leader in one to one schooling, Fusion Academy has campuses throughout the country.

Every student at Fusion is unique - some students are accelerated learners; some need flexible scheduling; and others have special learning needs due to attention challenges, learning differences, or social and emotional difficulties. No matter why students come to Fusion, our model is simple - through compassion and acceptance, Fusion students learn on their terms, on their schedule, and in their learning style.

Our model is a unique academic program offering services year-round on a rolling admissions basis. Our environment is highly personal and socially inclusive. Equal emphasis is placed on students' emotional well-being as it is on academic achievements. In addition to full time enrollment, students at Fusion Academy may take a class for credit or enroll in our tutoring/mentoring program.

The Fusion culture offers a special place to work, teach, and learn. Fusionites are a special brand of educators--they are creative, passionate, embrace change, and have fun! They communicate honestly and with compassion to both students and colleagues. People join the Fusion family for more than just a paycheck; they seek to work with peers who share these values. And because Fusion is growing rapidly, we offer considerable opportunity for career advancement throughout the country.

Pay Range  
Location Palo Alto  

Position Summary:

The Fusion departmend head will provide support and guidance for teachers, focusing on creative, standards-based, and differentiated instructional practices and overall high quality education. It is part of a Fusion Department Head's mission to strive for excellence in their academic subject areas, stay abreast of and bring visibility to best practices within the given field, and to uphold a culture of accountability and professionalism.

Your Day to Day:

  • Hold teachers accountable for excellence in teaching, accurate record keeping, and overall high-quality and professional daily practices.

    • Guide teachers in a process of professional reflection and goal setting.
    • Conduct routine observations, both full hour (2 annually per teacher within the department) and walkthroughs (one per week, rotating teachers), of all teachers in the department and provide constructive feedback responding to the professional growth goals of each teacher.
    • Conduct routine file checks to serve as accountability measures in meeting required documentation and deadlines.
    • Assist teachers in meeting target growth by providing resources and support.
    • Participate in the on-boarding and training of new teachers within the department
  • Develop resources and best practices in the content areas.

    • Hold monthly department meetings to collaborate and calibrate policies and practices within the department.
    • Work with regional curriculum teams to ensure the correct usage of Fusion-wide curriculum and resources.
    • Provide teachers with ongoing support as a go-to for instructional ideas, parent communication, and assistance in the content areas.
  • Contribute to and benefit from the campus community as leader.

    • Assist in the planning of campus events, such as field trips or lunchtime activities.
    • Participate in the hiring of new teachers and the exit of those moving on by acting as transitional support. Conduct mock teaching interviews as needed to assess applicant fit.
    • Maintain positive and regular communication with leadership to align campus-wide efforts for continual improvement.
    • Set standards of professionalism, accountability, creativity, and fun through everyday role-modeling.
  • Practice Professionalism through engaging in ongoing professional development, particularly with respect to leadership development and maintaining a practice of professional reflection for growth.

Position Requirements

What you bring to the team:

  • Bachelor's degree is required.
  • Relevant academic experience, preferably at the middle school or high school level, is desired.
  • Self-directed, proactive, intelligent, knowledge of curriculum and assessment, multi-tasker, problem solving skills, professional written and verbal communication skills, ability to connect to students with patience and compassion.
  • Consistently positive attitude, strong teamwork, passionate, genuine, organized, internally motivated, service orientation, proactively strengthens family and peer relationships, open minded and open hearted.
  • Expertise in the relevant subject area.
  • Understand learning differences and emotional difficulties.
  • Ability to mentor as a positive role model.
  • Understand and support each student’s Formal Education Plan (FEP).
  • Commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Project a positive image.
Number of Openings 1  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

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