The Head of the Upper School reports to the Assistant Head of School for Academic Leadership and serves as a member of the Leadership and Academic teams. The Upper School Head supervises the Director of College Counseling, Upper School Social Coordinator, Upper School Dean of Students, and the Upper School Faculty. All members of the Stuart administration, faculty and staff are expected to work together to create an educational environment where the Goals and Criteria of the Sacred Heart are lived and where all are committed to educate to:
• A personal and active faith in God
• A deep respect for intellectual values
• A social awareness which impels to action
• The building of community as a Christian value
• Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom
While serving the school community in this senior leadership position, the Head of the Upper School is expected to:
• Develop and maintain the academic curriculum and co-curricular programs in collaboration with the Assistant Head of School for Academic Leadership, Upper School department heads and faculty, ensuring that they are mission appropriate, cutting edge, research based, and meet the needs of 21 Century students.
• Immerse her/his self in the life of the division by visiting classes regularly, attend performance and sporting events and be seen in the halls and lunchroom to establish a strong presence in the lives of the students and faculty.
• Promotes an environment that is exciting, welcoming, and supports learning. • Work with, support and evaluate the faculty. Ensure the best teaching techniques, methodology, and curriculum are implemented throughout the division.
• Recommend to the Head of School, in consultation with the Assistant Head of School for Academic Leadership, those teachers and staff members to be hired, retained and dismissed.
• Supervise the day-to-day operations of the Upper School, including arranging for all special events related to the Upper School and managing all budgeted expenses for the Upper School.
• Oversee the creation of the master schedule for the Upper School.
• Ensure that those parts of the physical plant designated for Upper School use are maintained and any recommendations for capital improvements are made when needed to ensure the students have a safe and welcoming learning environment.
• Attend Leadership/Associate Leadership Team, Division, Academic Team, SPA Meetings, Board Meetings as requested, and other meetings important to the life of the Upper School.
• Work with the Admissions Office in attracting, interviewing, accepting and placing new students and developing programs for and relationships with Middle School students and parents to improve the retention rate of students from the Middle School to Upper School in order to maintain and increase enrollment. •
Schedule regular division meetings and related agendas based on faculty and staff input that meet the needs of the division.
• Maintaining timely and clear communication and relations with students, faculty, staff and other divisions as well as outside constituencies (i.e., SPA, class parents, other schools, etc.).
Promote and champion the successes, strengths and mission of the Upper School with both the internal and external community.
• Working with faculty, staff, parents and students to maintain standards of education and behavior that encourage the development of each student and the professional development of each faculty member. Work closely with advisors and the Student Crisis Team to ensure the emotional, social and academic needs of all students are met to the best of the school’s ability.
• Actively support the Head of School and work to promote and implement Stuart’s Strategic Plan.
• Support the Office of Institutional Advancement as needed.
• Ensure a robust athletics program for the entire school.
• Support the office of college guidance to ensure continued strength of student placement at the college level.
Mission-driven and faith-filled servant leader that embraces, models, and champions the traditions and values of Catholic education and the Religious of the Sacred Heart charism.
• Advanced degree in an education related field with a minimum of five years instructional and five years administrative and leadership experience in a college preparatory environment, recent experience in an all-girls environment is a preferred.
• Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.
• Accomplished, passionate and student-centered academic leader, with a demonstrated ability to lead an extensive, innovative, and academically rigorous curriculum that ensures success for all students, based on high standards of excellence.
• Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and public speaking skills while serving as a visible and engaged public face of the Upper School in building constructive relationships with all constituencies.
• Accessible and approachable leadership style, with a willingness to relate to faculty, staff and students while being extremely visible and interactive on campus and at school events.
• Demonstrates an understanding of the conditions for market leadership in an extremely competitive college preparatory environment.
• Familiarity and comfort with promoting and supporting all school advancement and enrollment management initiatives throughout the school community.
• Inspirational, humble, and authentic mentor who instills leadership in others.
• Able to establish immediate rapport and trust with students, faculty, staff, board members, parents, and alumnae communities.
• Skilled at identifying, attracting, developing, and retaining high-quality educators with a commitment and passion for delivering a transformational educational experience.
• Fair, fun and compassionate leader who embraces collaboration while serving with missionary zeal.
Additional Salary Information: To apply, please submit the following
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• Cover letter that aligns your
experiences and skill sets with
the current needs of the school
as you understand them.
• Current resume with all
appropriate dates included.
• Statement of your philosophy of
• List of five references including
names, relationship, phone
numbers and email addresses.
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