Assistant Head of School for Student Experience

Head of School
April 14, 2021
Job Type


Saint Mary’s School is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades 9–12. The School is the fourth oldest girls’ boarding and day school in the country.  The School is located on a beautiful 23-acre campus which is within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions of downtown Raleigh.  Raleigh-Durham, NC is ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States by US News & World Report.

Saint Mary’s School is offering a unique and exciting opportunity for an Assistant Head of School for Student Experience to live and work on our beautiful historic campus for the 2021-2022 year. This benefited position offers campus housing provided by the School where you can participate in a vibrant campus life with other families and students and enjoy meals in the dining hall. This exceptional location is in the heart of downtown Raleigh in a gated campus with 24/7 security.

The Assistant Head of School for Student Experience will be charged with the comprehensive responsibility of all curricular and non-curricular development and activities involving students and faculty at Saint Mary’s, enhancing these programs in consultation with the Head of School and other key administrators.

The Assistant Head will be responsible for motivating and leading the faculty in the development and delivery of a state of-the-art curriculum focused on intellectual growth and moral character in adolescent girls while maintaining positive, effective communications with parents and other key constituents in the community. The Assistant Head will also provide leadership for the student experience, in keeping with the School’s Mission and Guiding Principles, and with a specific focus on residential life, athletics, student leadership, internships, extracurricular programming, and student activities.

The Assistant Head will encourage enthusiasm for the school’s special culture by cultivating a strong sense of community in which all know they belong and are respected, challenged, and supported.  The Assistant Head will be expected to assist the Head of School in development of a school culture commensurate with the school’s mission: to educate girls for college and life. The Assistant Head of School for Student Experience will report directly to the Head of School.

This position is residential and as such there is an opportunity to be a part of a close-knit residential faculty community where one lives on campus and works with students who board at the school. Residential Faculty members report to the Director of Residential Life and are responsible for duty of the girls at least one night a week and one weekend a month, including participating as a chaperone/sponsor or in some other capacity in aspects of the student life program.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Maintain congruency between the school’s board-approved mission statement and all activities of the school.
  • Oversee the academic and student life administration of the school.
  • 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.
  • Oversees student discipline and serves as the School’s communicator with students, parents, faculty and staff regarding student discipline.
  • Responsible for the management, leadership, training and professional development of student life and residential life staff and faculty in accordance with best practices in independent boarding schools.
  • Oversee the academic use of technology including curricular integration, learning management system, and student information system as it pertains to integration.
  • Guide and advise the residential life programs in conjunction with the residential life team.
  • Act as the educational leader of the school, responsible for its day-to-day operation.
  • Function as a chief 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 pedagogy and education.
  • Lead the academic policies/curriculum committee in the articulation of the school mission, school goals, department goals, course objectives, materials, methods, and means of assessment.
  • Observe, supervise, and help assess faculty and staff performance.
  • Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of student facing faculty and 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.
  • Keep the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school.
  • Assist in the admission process when necessary, making an effort to meet with all visiting families and present to prospective student groups when appropriate.
  • Oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs, including the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School and perform weekend and night responsibilities to support the life of the residential community and the academic program as required.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by an employee in this position. Employees are required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by those authorized to give instructions or assignments.

Other Duties:

This is a residential, twelve-month position, and, as such, the Assistant Head of School will be expected to maintain a residence on campus and participate in regular supervisory roles throughout the school term, including during weekends.


  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree in education or school administration preferred and a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in education, including classroom teaching and a minimum of two (2) years of experience as a senior administrator, preferably in independent schools or any appropriate combination of education and experience
  • Possess an understanding of, interest in and passion for girls, how they learn, interact and succeed
  • Proven track record of working collaboratively in educational leadership
  • Dynamic instructional leader with a solid understanding of the developmental and curricular needs of students of the particular division
  • Outstanding leadership skills
  • Effective communication (including listening), interpersonal and management skills
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, as well as presentation skills, and an inclination to contribute to high-level decisions
  • Excellent organizational and presentation skills
  • Strategic thinker and empathetic problem solver
  • Technologically savvy
  • A collaborative and collegial personality, well-suited to the School’s culture
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor
  • Willingness to support the school and its leadership at all times
  • Knowledge of boarding school culture
  • A commitment to Saint Mary’s School mission
  • Vigorous commitment to girls’ education
  • Availability on nights and weekends as needed for campus events and student needs

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Generally works in standard office environment
  • Works in a fast-paced environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a diverse array of contacts
  • Regularly sit, talk, hear and interact with employees, students, parents, board members and visitors
  • May work in varied extreme outside weather conditions during special activities or events
  • Ability to stand and/or sit for extended periods of time
  • Standing, bending, stooping, reaching and moving about to coordinate work
  • Some walking up and down stairs
  • May work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time
  • Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds
  • Be able to travel short and long distance by car, bus and airplane
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ability to drive at night

Saint Mary’s School is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive compensation and an excellent benefit package.  We cannot respond to every applicant regarding the status of his or her application.  Only those whose qualifications most closely meet our requirements will be contacted.

Saint Mary’s School is a drug-free workplace.  A background check satisfactory to the school is required.


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