The Assistant Head of School for Student Life will be an essential member of the Subiaco Academy leadership team. As the face of all elements of the out-of-classroom student experience, the Assistant Head is charged with the comprehensive responsibility of all co-curricular development and activities involving students and staff at Subiaco. This person will function as a spokesperson of the school’s mission, programs, activities, and the residential and student life administration according to Subiaco’s mission: “to grow our students graciously to manhood.” The Assistant Head of School reports directly to the Head of School and will have responsibility for its day-to-day operations including athletics, corrective and disciplinary protocols, student activity and residential staff performance. This position will be supported by numerous employees at the institution. The Assistant Head will recruit, train, and evaluate staff as part of his/her role. The Assistant Head is charged with cultivating Subiaco’s strong Benedictine sense of brotherhood and community in which all know they belong, are respected, challenged, and supported. This is a residential, twelve-month position and as such the Assistant Head of School for Student Life will be expected to maintain a campus residence and presence to provide a supervisory role throughout the school term, including during certain weekends.
The Assistant Head of School will be challenged to: • Maintain congruency between the school’s board-approved mission and all activities of the school. • Oversee the student life administration of the school. • Act as the co-curricular leader of the school, responsible for its day-to-day operation to include all emergency management drills and exercises, and oversight of athletics and all other student activities. • Lead, develop, and sustain a comprehensive student and residential life program that is aligned with the school’s mission and achieves the school’s strategic plan and vision. • Oversee student discipline and serve as the school’s communicator with students, parents, faculty and staff regarding student discipline. • Direct the management, leadership, training and professional development of student life and residential life staff in accordance with best practices in independent boarding schools. • Guide and advise the residential life programs in conjunction with the residential life team.
• Function as a spokesperson of the school’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed and cognizant of their individual roles. • Be a visible presence in all areas of the school. • Be knowledgeable and able to articulate advances and trends in student life. • Observe, supervise, and help assess staff and their performance. • Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of student-facing staff. • Conduct regular meetings with faculty and student life staff that will deal both with routine school matters and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern. • Work toward a resolution of all problems — both routine and unique — as they arise.
The successful candidate will exhibit the following: • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree in education or school administration preferred and a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in education. • Be a practicing Catholic. • Proven track record of working collaboratively in an educational setting and possess an understanding of, interest in, and passion for boys’ education, how they learn, interact and succeed.
• Dynamic educational leader with a solid understanding of the developmental and co- curricular needs of students.
• Effective communication, interpersonal and management skills. • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, as well as presentation skills, and an inclination to contribute to high-level decisions. • Willingness to always support the school and its leadership. • Knowledge of boarding school culture. • A commitment to Subiaco Academy’s mission, rooted in the hallmarks of Benedictine education.
Subiaco Academy is an all-boys Catholic school for students in grades 7-12. Continuing a 1,500-
year tradition of Benedictine education, the monks of Subiaco Abbey have shaped the hearts and
minds of young men since 1887. The academy works to instill in its students the spirit of St.
Benedict’s Rule: a respect for the value of prayer and work, development of personal talents, both
known and unknown, in the service of others, a sense of brotherhood founded on the dignity of
each student, self-discipline, humility, and trust in God. The academy is situated on a historic,
1,600-acre residential campus in the Arkansas River valley. As a college-preparatory boarding and
day school, its mission is to prepare young men for college and life by immersing students in a
dynamic learning environment that emphasizes whole person development.