Does Your Job Match Your Job Description?

Does Your Job Match Your Job Description?
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It’s spring, and that means recruitment season for most independent schools in the US.  Of course for every position for which we recruit, we attach a job description outlining the various tasks and expectations.  However, as I’ve meandered through  various positions in a school from teacher to administrator, I find that nailing down a job description for an administrator to be laughably difficult.

Of course there are the common phrases that you’ll find on any administrator job description:

  • Lifelong learner,
  • Educational leader
  • Disciplinarian
  • Mentor

But at the end of the day, does a job description really do your job justice?  This question made me think of a few descriptors that could be used to describe my job. 

 They include:

marriage counselor, police officer, firefighter, teacher, singer, songwriter, poet, mom, dad, psychologist, learning specialist, MC, inspirational speaker, chaplain, student, nurse, doctor, IT technician, referee, private investigator, diplomat, secretary, friend, boss, researcher, counselor, movie producer,

What am I missing?  Add it in the comments below.


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Author: Andy Aldrich

Andy is a founder of Learn[ed]Leadership as well as a school administrator at Punahou School in Honolulu, HI. In addition to pontificating on ideas in education, Andy stays busy chasing after his daughter and impressing his wife with his big muscles.

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  1. Brother, partner, colleague, and definitely comedian. You must bring laughter or a smile to someone’s day. Btw interesting that u would list marriage counselor first.

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