Metairie Park Country Day School seeks a highly motivated, detail-oriented person to fill the position of Assistant to the Head of School. The successful candidate will be a capable professional with a diverse skill set, a well-polished demeanor, and a positive and friendly attitude who is able to adapt to ever-changing priorities and work demands. This full-time, 12-month position includes a comprehensive benefits package along with all school holidays. The Assistant to the Head of School reports to the Head of School.
Information about Metairie Park Country Day School is available on our website: www.mpcds.com
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Substantial calendar management, scheduling meetings with various faculty, staff, parents, members of the Country Day Community, and others;
Compose, proofread, and maintain Head’s correspondence;
Prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
Maintain subject matter files as directed by the Head;
Organize agenda, take minutes for, and attend weekly administrative staff meetings;
Process professional development and continuing education requests and assist with registration and travel arrangements;
Organize and plan special events including the annual holiday party, administrative staff retreat, Board of Trustees retreat, spring family picnic, and other events hosted by the Head of School;
Handle sensitive information in a confidential manner;
Act as Liaison to the Board of Trustees, including:
Take monthly meeting minutes
Prepare board packet for monthly meetings
Assisting with preparation for assigned Board committees
Greet visitors, answering and routing phone calls, responding to emails, managing office supplies, and receiving, sorting, and distributing mail;
Address meeting needs and accommodations from community groups;
Schedule and coordinate room requests for internal meetings;
Organize and manage the academic calendar of events;
Electronically collect and manage state required Mandated Services Time Logs for the academic year from all faculty and staff;
Lead weekly meetings with other Division Assistants;
Other related clerical or administrative duties as may be required.
A Bachelor’s degree is required along with 5+ years of prior administrative experience preferably in a school environment; Excellent attention to detail, punctuality, organizational skills, and multitasking ability; Superior communication skills and ability to positively represent the Head of School to students, parents, faculty, staff, and the public.
Strong technology skills (including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Google, and database management). Knowledge of office systems, equipment, and procedures.
Interested parties may forward a resume and cover letter as a single file listing their first and last name as the title of the file. Applicants may email that single file to Paul_Casadaban@mpcds.com and should include “Assistant to the Head of School Position” in the subject line of the email.
Although emailing is preferred, application materials may also be mailed to the following address:
Human Resources Manager
Metairie Park Country Day School
300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
Metairie Park Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
About Metairie Park Country Day School
OUR MISSION: Metairie Park Country Day School enriches the lives of talented young people in a dynamic learning environment, building strength of intellect and strength of character within a community that is simultaneously challenging and supportive. Our students learn to be flexible, to be adaptable, and to face the challenges of life with honor, optimism, confidence, creativity, and a sense of humor.
Metairie Park Country Day School was founded in 1929 on a 15-acre campus located in an attractive residential neighborhood north of downtown New Orleans. The School has a stable and growing enrollment of approximately 730 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade and sends its seniors to competitive colleges. Country Day has 96 teaching faculty, many of whom have advanced degrees and a long tenure with the School. The faculty to student ratio is approximately one to 8.7. While the School has a demanding course of study, with a number of opportunities to take electives, it comes out of a progressive tradition that puts a premium on challenging students to excel within their own frameworks of talent and ambition in a highly interactive environment. Values emphasized are ...a love of learning for its own sake, individual responsibility, critical thinking, strength of intellect, strength of character, creativity and self-expression, and communal values.
In supporting the character formation of each student, Country Day strives to sustain an atmosphere in which faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and others work together to foster a caring and nurturing environment. Students are encouraged to be tolerant of other views, to be morally responsible, to be adaptable to a changing world, to recognize and act upon a sense of social responsibility, and to see themselves as individuals who are also active members of a vibrant larger community. The School has a strong co-curricular program, including successful athletic teams in which most students participate, a fine instrumental and choral program, and a sturdy commitment to community service, all of which are actively supported by parents and alumni.
The current Head, Mr. Matt Neely, was appointed in 2017.
The School operates with an annual budget of $15 million. Various capital campaigns have raised the funds to upgrade school facilities over the past ten years including, most recently, raising funds to renovate and expand the Coleman Family Dining Room, build a new Science and Engineering Building, and renovate our Art and Lower School Science Building. Even while raising funds for these large capital projects, the Country Day Fund, our school’s annual giving campaign, continues to enjoy historic levels of financial support and unprecedented levels of participation across all constituencies.
Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin.