The Director of Administrative Initiatives/Assistant to the Head of School serves in a chief of staff capacity and provides executive-level support to the Head of School, Associate Head of School, and Board of Trustees. This position serves as a member of the Administrative Team and plays a key role in coordinating, executing, and communicating the strategic activities of the school. This position organizes, manages, and performs administrative duties requiring independent judgment, discretion, and confidentiality. This position requires an individual who is flexible and comfortable in a dynamic environment. It is important that the individual in this role enjoys both the details of the school’s inner workings and appreciates how those details inform the larger picture. A desire to collaborate with all constituent groups, strong organizational and communication skills, and a professional demeanor are essential for this position. The Director of Administrative Initiatives/Assistant to the Head of School reports to the Head of School. This position supervises the Assistant to the Deans and the Registrar.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of Administrative Initiatives/Assistant to the Head of School directly supports the Head of School, Associate Head of School, and Board of Trustees.
Draft agendas and meeting materials to support the work of the Head of School, Associate Head of School, Board of Trustees, and administrative team;
Support the Head of School and Associate Head of School in scheduling meetings with their direct reports and ensuring appropriate follow-up on urgent and important matters;
Build and maintain the internal calendar;
Manage event-specific logistics and any necessary travel arrangements for the Head of School and Associate Head of School;
Plan, coordinate and/or support major events that require the Head of School’s or Associate Head of School’s involvement, including commencement, parents’ weekends, and Board of Trustees meetings;
Supervise the Assistant to the Deans and Registrar and ensure that such offices are able to offer effective and active support;
Manages special projects and performs other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
The Director of Administrative Initiatives/Assistant to the Head of School partners with the Board of Trustees, Administrative Team, and other offices to ensure Holderness School’s success and advance the school’s strategic priorities.
Partner with and support the work of the Administrative Team and Strategic Planning Oversight Committee;
Liaise with the Board Governance & Nominating Committee and actively manage the membership of all Trustees;
Engage with the Advancement Office to set strategy for Head of School development prospects;
Collaborate with instructional and operational offices to plan and forward important initiatives, like strategic planning and accreditation;
Serve as a bridge between instructional and operational offices, working to promote a more integrated professional culture.
The Director of Administrative Initiatives/Assistant to the Head of School works to establish thoughtful messaging, consistent with the Holderness mission and Head of School’s intent.
Produce clear and timely internal communications relevant to daily operations;
Partner with the Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications to draft compelling communications from the Head’s office;
Produce clear and timely communications for the Board of Trustees;
Draft communications on behalf of the Head of School, Associate Head of School, and Board Chair.
Bachelor’s degree required
5-7 years of relevant experience with increasing responsibility, preferably in an educational setting but all backgrounds will be considered
Proven ability to collaborate and work effectively with a variety of community members, including teachers, administrators, trustees, parents, alumni, and students
Outstanding and demonstrated writing, editing, and proofreading skills
Discretion and the ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters appropriately
Demonstrated leadership and project management skills
If interested in this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Andrew Herring, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. We prefer electronic attachments rather than paper. An onsite interview is required.
Criminal background checks are performed on all new hires. Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Holderness School is an equal opportunity employer, and will not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination against any employee or applicant in any manner prohibited by law
About Holderness School
Located amid the lakes and mountains of central New Hampshire since
1879, Holderness School is a traditional co-ed independent secondary
school, serving grades 9-12. Holderness strives to strike a balance in
fostering the resources of the mind, body, and spirit: the mind through a
challenging college preparatory curriculum; the body through outdoor
activities and required interscholastic athletics; and the spirit through
school and community service and affiliation with the Episcopal Church.
Holderness remains by choice a small school where everybody plays an
important role, and where students, faculty, and staff maintain close