Connelly School of the Holy Child is seeking passionate Head of Upper School to join our outstanding faculty for the 2021-2022 school year. We welcome candidates that demonstrate a strong commitment to high-quality teaching, innovation, academic excellence, and a joy for learning. Building an inclusive and diverse school community is a priority and we are committed to hiring faculty with diverse experiences and backgrounds to empower our students to connect, belong, and grow.
Connelly School of the Holy Child is a Catholic, college preparatory school, committed to the intellectual, spiritual, artistic, physical, and social development of young women in grades 6 through 12. The school emphasizes academic challenge, joy of learning, and education of well- rounded women of faith and action.
This position will afford an individual the opportunity to join an energetic, collaborative, and innovative team that is focused on being a leader in an all-girls school committed to developing women of action. The Head of Upper School will be given wide-ranging responsibilities and be charged with the direction and supervision of the entire upper school program. In close collaboration with the Head of School, and other members of the school’s executive leadership team, the Head of Upper School will provide input on hiring, evaluation, curriculum, budget, enrollment, development, and operations.
Ensuring and pursuing the Holy Child mission so that all student programming needs are addressed through the use of research-based practices and all instructional decisions are guided by data;
Developing a smooth and equitable schedule and sectioning assignments that matches teacher strengths and knowledge with student needs;
Adhering to supervision evaluation protocols to ensure all programs are delivered with fidelity and all teachers have access to the tools and resources required to provide exceptional instruction at all times;
Collaborating with department chairs when assigning faculty to appropriate classes/teams and helping develop faculty to meet personal and school-wide goals;
Monitoring the progress of every child in the upper school in conjunction with faculty, learning specialists, and counselors;
Being a visible and prominent leader who sets a positive tone and leads with integrity and by example at all times;
Developing and encouraging a culture of inquiry and innovation while keeping teaching practices that are reflective of current research in the field of learning;
Expanding school programming for students and families to enhance and enrich the experience for all members of the community;
Communicating both in and out of school frequently and effectively;
Ensuring compliance with all legal requirements of Maryland and all accrediting bodies (AIMS, NAIS, Holy Child Network)
Overseeing the coordination of co-curricular and extracurricular programs in conjunction with faculty, Campus Ministry, Student Life, Athletic Director, Visual and Performing Arts, and the administration team;
Establishing and ensuring guidelines with the Dean of Students for appropriate student conduct;
Collaborating with the Admissions Office to ensure flexible and seamless open house, visit days, enrollment, and programming of new students;
In conjunction with the Head of Curriculum and Instruction, counselors, and learning specialists, serving as consultant to all faculty in the division in matters of instruction, classroom management, and general school procedures;
Collaborating with the Development Office to ensure the broad financial needs of Holy Child are met;
Managing the upper school division budget and maintaining records throughout the year;
Developing, nurturing, and supporting positive school culture;
Collaborating with families and other community members regularly;
Striving for unity and cooperation through respect, and recognition of individual differences in interactions with all faculty, children, families, and colleagues;
Working to ensure that all systems (schedule, faculty trainings, PD days, progress monitoring, meetings, dismissal, morning supervision, lunch duty, etc.) are run with efficiency and purpose; designing new and redesigning existing systems that are not running effectively or efficiently in conjunction with faculty;
Holding regular meetings with faculty to discuss school process, establish and secure positive culture, generate ideas to enhance the quality of all aspects of our program;
Seeking to further develop community-wide expertise in the area of learning differences, attention, arts-based instruction, diversity 21st century teaching and learning, and leadership in order to best meet the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of our community;
Ability to communicate, interact and work effectively and cooperatively with all people, including those from diverse ethnic and educational backgrounds;
Ability to contribute to cultural diversity for educational enrichment;
Collaborate with Head of Curriculum and Instruction to coordinate and facilitate professional development to support teachers’ continuous improvement of practice for student achievement;
An active commitment to enhancing our school community through involvement on committees and in student life activities.
Effective and consistent communication with students, parents, staff, and community with the help of the Communications Office.
Develop, select, and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of a diverse population.
Provide an atmosphere and environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of young women.
Master’s Degree in administration or related field
Demonstrated administrative experience
Previous teaching experience required
Build culturally responsive classroom that fosters a sense of belonging and
ensures that all students feel respected and challenged
Excellent communication and writing skills
Energetic, driven, creative, and dependable
Demonstrate history of leadership
About Connelly School of the Holy Child
Connelly School of the Holy Child is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 6 through 12, in Potomac, Maryland.
Founded in 1961 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, the School is a member of the Holy Child Network of Schools in the United States, and a part of the larger community of Holy Child schools.