The Upper School Director has a critical role in the leadership of the Upper School to facilitate student success academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. The Director will be expected to run effectively the day-to-day operations as well as set and implement goals and objectives needed for student and institutional success. Frequent and consistent communication with all members of the Sacred Heart community is of paramount importance. The Director will serve on the school’s leadership team and will work collaboratively with all school administrators to advance the institution. The Director reports to the Head of School. The Director should embody, manifest and advocate the mission of the school as presented in the Goals and Criteria of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
The Upper School Director:
Works closely and collaboratively with the Director of Studies and the School Counselor to lead and direct the Upper School. While the Director will be primarily focused on student life, the position requires a team player who will work collaboratively to manage and serve both the academic needs and the student life of the school.
Focuses on student life in the school; managing activities including, but not limited to, Student Council, dances, clubs and class activities.
Works closely with faculty moderators who manage exchange, service, leadership among other areas.
Coordinates co-curricular/extra-curricular activities. Plans or assists with organizing assembly programs, retreats and special activities. Supports homeroom and club moderators and assists in planning field trips and international trips.
Supports the spiritual life of the school, planning liturgies as well as reflections among other activities.
Oversees student conduct and maintains student discipline; addresses rule infractions; educates students, parents and faculty about school uniform expectations; maintains correspondence with parents and concerned parties.
Serves on the school’s administrative team that coordinates all-school activities as well as Upper School activities throughout the year.
Facilitates communication among faculty, students and parents, including a weekly e-newsletter.
Ensures the health and safety of students on campus.
Prepares and maintains the student life budget.
Develops and implements the Student Handbook.
Serves on the Upper School Admissions Committee and develops strategies to recruit and to ensure retention of students.
Coordinates, with faculty, new student orientation.
Other duties as assigned.
Employment begins July 1, 2018
Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in education or school administration preferred
Five to seven years’ experience as a lead teacher; two to three years’ experience as an administrative leader, preferably in independent schools
Proven success at working collaboratively in educational leadership
Dynamic educator with a solid understanding of the developmental and curricular needs of Upper School girls
Outstanding leadership skills
Exceptional written and oral communication skills; excellent organizational and presentation skills
Strategic thinker and empathetic problem solver
Technologically savvy; strong time management skills
Possesses a good sense of humor, even temperament, sensitive to students’ needs but with a good sense of boundaries
Approachable, collaborative, inclusive in style
An educational philosophy consistent with the mission of Sacred Heart Academy
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a current resume by