St. Paul's School Announces a search for the position of Director of Studies to begin duties July 1, 2023. The Director of Studies oversees and coordinates all operational aspects of the School’s academic program, ensuring that teachers and students thrive in an academic environment of integrity, excellence, and complete alignment with the mission and goals of St. Paul’s School. Reporting to and working closely with the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Director of Studies oversees student and faculty scheduling and class assignments; the creation of the student planner; and communication of all operational deadlines, special events, and critical schedule notes ( special program days). As a highly-visible academic leader, the Director of Studies is a respected teacher and colleague and a high-capacity, principled professional whose life and professional experience reflect personal and professional intellectual strengths and curiosity; personal traits of empathy and understanding; and great skills with collaboration, problem-solving, patience, and positivity.
The Director of Studies serves as a member of the Academic Department Heads, the Studies Committee, the Calendar Committee, the Student Support Team, the Student Review Committee, and the Board of Trustees’ Education and Student Life Committee. The Director of Studies works closely with the Registrar and other members of the Academic Office staff to meet the needs to students, teachers, and parents. The Director of Studies also works closely with the College Advising department regarding course selection and student advising on academic matters.
The Director of Studies will teach one or two academic classes, serve as a house adviser, coach one season, and perform other faculty duties as assigned. This position is considered an administrative position and requires work during the summer and school vacations.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
primary responsibility for the smooth operations of the academic program and facilities, from enrollment in courses and academic scheduling to classroom assignments;
primary responsibility for communicating with new students, returning students, parents, faculty, and staff regarding course assignments, grades, teacher comments, and adviser letters; academic policies and procedures; and schedule and calendar events;
with the Dean of Student Support, coordination of student learning needs and supports, including study hall assignments.
working with the Dean of Academic Affairs and the Dean of Faculty in guiding the development and implementation of an outstanding curriculum, including the development of modes of assessment, grading, tutoring, and support to promote excellence in our students’ experience;
working with the Dean of Academic Affairs to create, implement, and supervise academic review practices (assessment of teachers, classes, course offerings, departments, department chairs, and other academic program options) to promote best practices, including visits to other schools and internal assessment;
with the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Faculty, and the Director of Academic Technology, responsibility for the orientation and on-boarding of new faculty and for faculty support in the operations of the various learning management platforms.
with the Dean of Academic Affairs, responsibility for the integrity of academic record-keeping and policies regarding grading policies, standards, and communication, as well as records retention and access;
with the Dean of Academic Affairs, designing and implementing data collection for use in analyzing trends in student performance and experience;
writing reports for and presenting to the Board of Trustees and other constituencies as necessary; attending Board of Trustees meetings and participating in strategic planning and other Board initiatives;
with the Academic Dean, responsibility for planning and executing academic ceremonies and events ( graduation, awards ceremonies, etc.)
St. Paul’s is a completely residential, co-educational, Episcopal, secondary school in Concord, NH, welcoming to all faiths. St. Paul’s seeks applications from candidates who will promote the School’s commitment to attracting and retaining a highly talented and diverse faculty. A successful candidate will embrace the fully residential living experience and have a demonstrated gift for engaging a diverse student body and strengthening the St. Paul’s School inclusive community. In addition to teaching or administrative responsibilities, faculty at St. Paul’s School are responsible for a variety of activities typical to the boarding school environment, including advising, dormitory association, coaching, committee work and other duties.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred;
5+ years of faculty teaching experience or experience in academic environments, preferably with administrative experience as an academic department head or Dean;
demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusivity, and justice in professional practice;
demonstrated ability to collaborate and organize colleagues around practical and strategic goals; to work independently, set timelines, and hold self and others accountable for productive, timely processes and outcomes;
ability to create, gather, and analyze data for effective organizational improvement;
ability to work effectively at all levels and with all people engaged in a diverse, independent school community and to serve as a role model for excellence in character and scholarship, as well as teaching and faculty responsibilities;
high-energy, high-capacity problem solver with excellent leadership and communication skills;
an excellent listener who models empathy, compassion, resilience, and courage;
a role model in terms of being an individual unimpeachable character, fully committed to the well-being of students and colleagues and to the School.
Founded in 1856, St. Paul’s School is a fully residential independent high school located in Concord, N.H. The 2,000-acre grounds are home to approximately 535 students from more than 30 states and 13 countries. All students and the more than 100 full-time faculty members live on the grounds. The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as other nationally recognized agencies. In addition to its regular program for grades nine through twelve, St. Paul’s also offers the Advanced Studies Program each summer for academically talented New Hampshire high school juniors. Learn more at sps.edu.