The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, an independent, college-preparatory, Catholic girls’ day school, seeks an experienced and engaging Upper School Director to begin July 1, 2021. Founded in 1856 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the school is the only all-girls’ Catholic academy on the Main Line outside Philadelphia, dedicated to teaching young women “what they need to know for life” in preparation for responsible living in a global society.
Reporting to the Associate Head of School, the Upper School Director will lead and inspire the faculty and staff of the division (grades 9-12), manage day-to-day operations of the Upper School, and contribute to the strategic priorities of Notre Dame as a dedicated member of the leadership team. The Upper School Director guides and supports all curricular and co-curricular programming involving students and faculty in his/her division to create a mission-aligned, student-centered learning environment. The successful candidate is an exceptional communicator with demonstrated experience partnering with and balancing the priorities of multiple constituencies (parents, students, faculty, staff, administration). They should have experience in the realms of both Upper School student life and academic programming,
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Upper School Director:
Maintains congruence between the Academy’s board-approved mission statement and all activities of the division.
Serves as the educational leader of the Upper School, responsible for its day-to-day academic operations.
Supports Upper School teachers in matters of pedagogy, curricular development, classroom management, and overall school procedures.
Leads, guides, and directs all Upper School co-curricular activities, including all student events and programming.
Assesses and supports the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the Upper School student body.
Articulates the division’s programs and expectations both internally and externally, confidently representing the Upper School to all constituencies, including current and prospective families, alumnae, and Board members.
Oversees and maintains the budget for the division.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Associate Head of School.
The Upper School Director partners closely with the Middle School Director. They maintain shared responsibility for:
Ensuring that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies as outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook, Faculty Policies and Procedures, and Honor Code.
Making recommendations to the Head of School and Associate Head of School regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty.
Maintaining complete academic, disciplinary, and attendance records for all students in the division.
Collaborating with Department Chairs, the Registrar, and the Director of Information Resources and Technologies in facilitating course sign-ups, approvals, sectioning, and the building of the academic schedule.
Overseeing cross-campus scheduling, including (but not limited to) academic courses, co-curricular events, Back to School Night, Parent/Teacher Conferences, and exams.
Conducting grade- and division-level meetings with faculty.
Overseeing administration of all student grading programs in collaboration with the Director of Information Resources and Technologies.
Maintaining and communicating a weekly calendar of academic and co-curricular activities.
Collaborating with the Director of Campus Ministry, the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Student Council Advisors in planning school-wide and division-specific activities.
Partnering with Admissions and Enrollment Management in welcoming prospective students and families, including interviewing candidates, developing programming, and hosting events as needed.
In collaboration with the Associate Head of School and Department Chairs, leading the Curriculum Committee in the articulation of division and department goals, course objectives, materials, methods, and means of assessment.
In collaboration with the Associate Head of School, establishing programs for the orientation and mentoring of new teachers and the ongoing growth and evaluation of faculty.
Coordinating and leading Student Orientations each fall.
Dynamic and joyful instructional leader with a deep understanding of the developmental and curricular needs of Upper School students
Proven success in working collaboratively with others
High degree of cultural competence and dedication to faith-based girls’ education
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Strategic thinker and empathetic problem solver
Advanced degree required
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter, along with three professional references, to Dr. Liz Willis, Associate Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Academy of Notre Dame de Namur
Located just outside Philadelphia, in Villanova, Pennsylvania, the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school that commits itself to the education of young women in grades 6 through 12 for responsible living in a global society.