Reports to: Head of School Direct Reports: Assistant Head of Upper School and Dean of Students, Upper School Administrative Assistant Status: Salaried, Exempt, 12 Month Start Date: July 1, 2021
Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, Texas, a coeducational school of nearly 800 Pre-K (3-years old) through grade 12 students, seeks a Head of Upper School to lead the Upper School division of a preeminent college preparatory educational institution in South Texas. Saint Mary’s Hall seeks a collaborative leader who has a demonstrated track record of innovation and culture building. With new leadership ushering in a dynamic, ambitious, and innovative new era, SMH aims to educate the whole person with a rich, rigorous, liberal arts curriculum; passionate, expert faculty; extensive fine arts; and a competitive athletic program. The Head of Upper School oversees the daily operations of the Upper School, supervises all Upper School faculty and staff, and is responsible for an unparalleled student experience.
• Act as the educational program leader of the Upper School. • Model core values of Saint Mary’s Hall and support its Mission Statement. • Maintain congruency between the School’s Mission Statement and all academic activities. • Establish a culture of belonging where every student is known. • Partner with the Department Chairs to oversee curriculum evaluation and development, ensuring an approach to educating the whole child, and annually oversee the updating of the SMH Upper School Curriculum Guide. • Work closely with the Lower and Middle School Division Heads to ensure vertical alignment and a coordinated approach to pedagogy. • Participate as a member of the School’s Leadership Team reporting to the Head of School. • Lead the Upper School Faculty Advisory Council and Administrative Team to enhance the student experience, coordinate Assemblies, Chapels, special events, and the co-curricular activity programs of the School, and revise and maintain the Student Handbook. • Plan and maintain the daily schedule. • Prepare and maintain the Upper School budget; assist in the preparation and review of all departmental budgets. • Present information about the School and its educational program to prospective students and their parents, to new families, and to current families. • Represent the School at various events and serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the School, its values, its mission, and the programs offered to further the mission. • Teach one section of a course based on previous teaching experience and qualifications. • Conduct other duties as assigned by the Head of School. • Support the School and its leadership. • Be a good steward of sensitive and confidential information. • Be computer literate, proficient in Microsoft Suite, technologically savvy, and able to multi-task well. • Demonstrate maturity, tact, diplomacy, and excellent communication in all interactions with parents, students, faculty, and visitors.
Responsibilities to Students:
• Monitor student academic progress; develop and coordinate programs to address student academic problems. • Confer with parents regarding academic and other issues affecting student performance and sense of wellbeing within the Upper School community; make recommendations to parents regarding support for the student; facilitate communication between parents and teachers. • Work with Upper and Middle School Counselors to ensure teachers are notified to support students and make recommendations for adjusting expectations for students where needed. • Work with Upper School Counselor and Learning Specialist to ensure programs are available to assist and support students with documented learning differences and disabilities and monitor the implementation of accommodations. • Oversee special reporting to parents regarding student academic performance, such as progress reports, report cards, teacher commentaries, faculty web pages, school portal, etc. • Oversee proper placement of students in classes by heading the Scheduling Committee; make recommendations to students and parents regarding a student’s educational plan and selection of elective and other courses. • Assist in the admission and recruitment process. • Conduct meetings in the summer with incoming freshman and transfer students and parents to introduce them to the Upper School, plan student schedules, and introduce the college placement process. • Plan, coordinate, and oversee the orientation program for new students and their families. • Work with the Assistant Head of Upper School/Dean of Students to oversee effective, consistent, and fair execution of the Code of Conduct.
Responsibilities to Faculty:
• Prepare agendas for monthly faculty meetings and quarterly grade level team meetings to coordinate the efforts of department heads in their respective departments. • Serve on the Curriculum Council to review and evaluate Upper School academic programs, monitoring trends in education and facilitating change where needed through discussions regarding introduction of new courses and/or revisions of existing courses and their prerequisites. • Observe, supervise, and help evaluate the Upper School faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum, and as part of the Merit Pay program, supervise pedagogy and discuss teaching performance with faculty members. • Ensure compliance with the educational standards established by Independent School Association of the Southwest in its accreditation of the School. • Interview potential new faculty and make recommendations to the Head of School regarding hiring and teaching assignments. • Oversee programs for the orientation of new teachers and for in-service training of all teachers. • Ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of school operation. • Oversee the grading methods and reporting standards used by teachers in measuring student achievement to foster fairness, consistency, and furtherance of the School’s mission. • Set specific expectations for the extent of communication to be expected from faculty. • Monitor grade distributions among faculty and disciplines for consistency in adopting and maintaining grading standards. • Serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures. • Encourage and support the professional development of the faculty through their attendance at seminars, workshops, conferences, and other programs providing support to educators. • Provide support to faculty members and facilitate resolution of conflicts that may arise with parents and/or students.
Dynamic New Leadership:
Len Miller joined Saint Mary’s Hall as the 25th Head of School in July of 2020. Len comes to San Antonio after a 25-year career in independent schools. He served previously at some of our nation’s top schools including The Hill School, The Lawrenceville School, and The Shipley School. His tenure has been hallmarked by a deep commitment to the quality of the academic program, the student experience, and the long-term sustainability and growth of the institution. He has been at the forefront of developing innovative academic programs and recruiting and retaining dynamic teachers. Robust, intentional, student wellness programs are the result of his collaborative leadership. Len’s forward-thinking efforts in strategic planning, enrollment, advancement, and fiscal matters have underpinned the overall strength and quality of the schools he has served. As a leader, he strives to empower his leadership team to build programs, effect change, and make significant and meaningful impacts on the students, faculty, staff, and School culture. Len is committed to educating the whole student with a deep focus on connection and belonging among the student body.
Taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in their fields, students are able to reach their full potential in all subject areas through a vertically aligned curriculum in Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School. The leadership of the school’s curriculum and instructional programs is provided by the Curriculum Council, composed of the Department Chairs (SMH Department Chairs are responsible for PreK-grade 12 curriculum in their subject area), Division Heads, Director of Technology, Director of Libraries, and the Head of School. In place since 2005, this coordinating body does an exceptional job of providing direction and alignment for the curriculum and instruction of the entire academic program.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
• Work in a rigorous academic environment dealing with a wide variety of physical and intellectual challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts. • Work primarily in a traditional classroom setting. • Work intermittently in outside weather conditions.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required by the employed. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
If you are interested in joining our dynamic professional and learning environment that encourages innovation, send us a cover letter, resume, and complete our SMH employment application.
Len Miller Head of School Saint Mary’s Hall 9401 Starcrest Drive San Antonio, Texas 78217
• Substantial independent school experience as a teacher, coach, advisor, and administrator • Seven or more years significant academic management/leadership experience • Student-centered, collaborative, and transparent leader who is accessible to students, parents, colleagues, and other key stakeholders and is adept at building relationships • Academic leader with extraordinarily high expectations of her/himself and the ability to inspire and motivate others • Proven skill in recruiting, supporting, developing, and motivating high-quality faculty • Previous experience with developing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion curriculum (preferred) • Ability to help affect and drive change and sustain excellence • Advanced degree (required) • At least two years of creditable teaching experience as a classroom teacher • Other skills and qualities necessary for this position: expert verbal and written communication skills; masterful teaching and classroom-management capabilities; ability to assess talent and train and mentor both early and late-career teaching professionals; genuine willingness to work closely with students and colleagues; experience supervising diverse personnel; high energy level, and a good sense of humor • Character above reproach and unparalleled integrity