For a position to begin July 1, 2022, Notre Dame seeks an experienced and engaging leader for its Upper School. Reporting to the Head of School, the Upper School Director will serve as a key member of Notre Dame’s leadership team, contributing to the strategic priorities of the school while leading the faculty and staff of the school’s senior division. The Director will manage the day-to-day operations of the Upper School. They will guide and support all curricular and co-curricular programs in the division to create a mission-aligned, student-centered learning environment. This is an exciting leadership opportunity for an experienced, thoughtful, dynamic, mission-driven educator who can guide and challenge students and faculty as they build on the current strengths of the division.
About the School
Notre Dame is an independent, college-preparatory, Catholic all-girls’ day school that was founded in 1856 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Enrolling 550 students in grades 6-12 (with 415 in the upper division), Notre Dame is dedicated to teaching young women “what they need to know for life” in preparation for responsible living in a global society. The Upper School boasts a talented teaching corps, curious students, and a rich array of programs that celebrate and support excellence in STEM fields, the arts, athletics, community service, campus ministry, and global education.
Who Should Apply
To lead its Upper School, Notre Dame seeks a talented educational leader and an effective administrator who is equally at ease working with students and adults. Teaching and administrative experience are essential; administrative work should have been at least at the level of dean or department head, and experience with budgets, strategic planning, teacher mentoring and evaluation, curriculum development, student life and activities, and management of complex processes will be particularly relevant. The ideal candidate will have most or all of the following:
Substantial leadership experience in an independent school setting, including personnel management
Experience working in an inclusive, faith-based community – a leader who will embrace and promote the Catholic values of Notre Dame.
An abiding belief in the power of single-sex education and a genuine enthusiasm for working with adolescent girls.
A high degree of cultural competence and a demonstrated record of support for DEI initiatives.
Proactive and self-motivated.
Decisive and fair-minded.
Superior judgment, especially in ambiguous, dynamic situations
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
Creative and innovative; solution-oriented and entrepreneurial
A dynamic presence who is eager to serve as an ambassador for Notre Dame and its Upper School
Authentic, warm, and approachable
Calm and confident
Resilient and optimistic
Intelligent and curious
An active and committed Catholic
Butler/White strategies is partnering with Notre Dame and its Head of School, Dr. Laura Hotchkiss, to lead the recruitment and selection process for this opportunity.
This is an expedited search. To nominate a colleague, interested parties should email Jo Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org). To express a personal interest in this opportunity, prospective candidates should email Jo as soon as possible and include a current resume with their message.
Formal applicants will be expected to submit a cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and a list of five professional references.
All inquiries and nominations are confidential. No references will be contacted without the permission of the applicant. Introductory materials sent to Butler/White will not be shared with Notre Dame without the candidate’s consent.
The review of applications will begin immediately. For priority consideration, candidates should submit their materials as soon as possible and no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, November 19. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through Friday, December 3.
Applications should be submitted to Butler/White Strategies (email@example.com). Materials submitted through NAIS may not be acknowledged or accepted.
About Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (in partnership with Butler/White Strategies)
Butler/White Strategies is an executive search and coaching firm focused exclusively on independent schools. The company was founded in 2021 by Jo Butler and Zachary White, who together have more than 25 years of combined experience recruiting independent school leaders.
A boutique firm with a forward-looking ethos, the company's approach to search is focused on community engagement, trusting relationships, seamless administrative support, and sourcing outstanding candidates. Knowing that no two schools are alike, the firm prides itself on its flexibility and tailors its approach to the timeline, budget, and leadership needs of each client.