Author Topic: Westwood High School DoF  (Read 3255 times)

Nick Burr

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Westwood High School DoF
« on: May 19, 2014, 11:43:12 AM »
Posting this on behalf of Westwood - Backchannel (gmail is smarke9) if you'd like to chat about the job.


Westwood High School is seeking a Director of Forensics for the 2014-2015 school year. This is a full-time teaching position with Round Rock ISD; however, teaching responsibilities and coursework will be for debate classes only.  A successful candidate should have national level experience coaching either CX or LD and be able to provide adequate coaching and leadership to Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum Debate, and Extemporaneous Speaking.  The Director of Forensics should have passion for the value of the debate experience in the lives of high school students. 

Westwood High School is located in Austin, TX.  Austin is a midsized city with a vibrant music scene, fantastic restaurants, and excellent schools. Austin was ranked #1 by Forbes Magazine for 2014 as the next biggest boomtown in the U.S.!  As a city repeatedly voted one of the most livable cities in the country, many agree Austin, TX is a great place to live and work!

Westwood High School is an academically rigorous public school that has consistently been ranked in the US News and World Report’s top 100 schools nationally. Not only does Westwood High School have students from diverse backgrounds, most of its students are academically inclined and achievement motivated.  Westwood routinely sends many students to Ivy League colleges--including many former debaters. 

The debate program includes more than 200 student participants and as such is one of the largest debate programs in the country.  The strength of the program continues to attract talented and dedicated students who are passionate about speech and debate!

The Westwood debate team has an extensive travel schedule and a history of competitive success across events and levels of competition, including Policy, Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum Debate, and Extemporaneous Speaking. The team is supported by the parent-run Westwood Speech and Debate Booster Club (“WDSB”). WDSB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps the Director of Forensics manage the team through fundraising, tournament logistics, and hiring assistant coaches.

This is teaching position with Round Rock ISD, hence the candidate must either already be certified to teach speech in Texas or be able and willing to obtain certification during his or her first year on the job. 

For more information about the position and directions on how to apply, please send questions to Additional information can obtained about the program from the booster club website at

Responsibilities include:
-   Teaching Debate I, JV debate and Varsity debate classes.
>Planning, implementing, and assessing lessons
>Classroom management for students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles
-   Coaching students to achieve competitive success in Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking
-   Leading the team’s development of original research and argumentation for all debate formats
-   Travelling extensively with students to debate competitions on the local, state, and national circuits
-   Directing and managing part-time assistant coaches which may include other Westwood teachers involved with debate
-   Hosting and directing an annual UIL Invitational tournament at the end of February for approximately 50 schools and 1,000 student competitors
-   Working closely with the Westwood Speech and Debate Booster club to coordinate the hiring of assistant coaches, fundraise, plan tournament travel logistics, and communicate with parents about the value and expectations of debate
-   Managing the Student Travel Budget, Debate Activity Fund Budget, and UIL Tournament Budget
-   Other duties as needed and assigned