Reporting to the Associate Head of School, the Director of Extended Learning is responsible for developing and envisioning future auxiliary and summer programs that dynamically blend the traditional independent school model with innovative auxiliary and community partnership offerings, while generating net income for WIS. This role requires vision and leadership to develop and manage exceptional auxiliary and summer programs for Washington International School (WIS). Such programs include but are not limited to: after-school care; after-school co-curricular classes , a portion of which align to school-year curricular offerings at WIS; and summer learning opportunities, including camps.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of Extended Learning will:
Design, develop, lead, and manage high quality auxiliary and summer programs in keeping with WIS’s strategic goals, Mission, core values while maintaining the high expectations set for WIS during the day program. .
Plan and coordinate marketing, public relations, and marketing initiatives for auxiliary and summer programs in collaboration with WIS’s marketing team.
Coordinate and organize administration for all programs, including registrations, licensing, budget planning, supply orders, etc.
Expertly manage programs to ensure safety and security for children, including establishing routines, policies, procedures, and guidance, in alignment with WIS’s policies.
Effectively lead and manage direct reports who support auxiliary programs, ensuring appropriate allocation of resources, collaboration, and goal alignment. The DEL will serve as the final arbiter on quality control/quality assurance.
Act as primary liaison to outsourced service providers, such as HR and accountancy services, overseeing all outsourced provision.
Recruit, hire, train, onboard, manage, and support seasonal, part-time and temporary staff members for program delivery and administration.
Manage all unit financials: P&L, balance sheet, etc. and share with the Business office in a timely manner.
Review unit financial reports and meet with WIS business team members to share performance.
Collaborate with WIS leadership on ensuring top-quality programs that create possibilities for reaching audiences beyond the immediate Washington, DC area.
Approach auxiliary and summer programming with an entrepreneurial mindset, envisioning new program ideas, with an income generating lens.
Provide WIS with any reports needed to support insight into WIS families’ use of co-curricular programs.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by WIS.
Master’s degree or higher preferred
Demonstrated leadership experience with income-producing auxiliary programs, summer camps, and program development, including building and launching new programs
Outstanding managerial competence to ensure the highest degree of quality control and assurance
Clear business acumen
Proven understanding of digital marketing
Experience and comfort with a variety of technological platforms, including Google Suite and CampBrain
Excellent listening, written, and oral communication skills
Able to work evenings and weekends as necessary to support programming
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Preschool through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS gra...duates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.