The Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts is a private, Catholic school, sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and is based on the educational philosophy of their foundress, St. Julie Billiart. The Academy offers co-educational programming from Pre-K through 8th grade in the Lower School, and a college-preparatory Upper School for young women. Our mission focuses on educating the whole person for life through a curriculum rooted in spiritual formation and academic excellence. We nurture a belief in the goodness of God and the dignity of each person. We are committed to community-building, diversity, global justice and service to those in need.
The Academy of Notre Dame seeks an experienced and visionary leader and teacher to serve as Middle School Principal (Grades 6-8). The school seeks a leader who will advance the middle school curriculum and programs, inspire teachers, build teamwork, plan strategically, budget wisely, and work in close collaboration with other key administrators at the school. The Middle School Principal is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and reports directly to the President.
Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the middle school program
Provide an orderly, controlled environment in which learning can take place, in a school climate which is supportive and reflects high morale
Clearly articulate the program internally (to colleagues and parents) and externally (to visitors and applicant families)
Oversee scope, sequence and integration of the 6th - 8th grade curriculum, and regularly review and evaluate the academic programs
Take lead in and responsibility for the creation of the academic schedule, in partnership with the data base administrator
Create teams and/or committees to oversee curriculum revisions and lead in the pacing and management of curriculum revisions or refinements
Manage the calendar and schedule in collaboration with the Upper School Principal and other academic administrators, attending to balance, load, smooth transition to high school, and overall effectiveness of the program
Oversee schedule updates and/or overhauls, manage the schedules of specialists shared with the Upper and Lower schools, and create schedules for special events
Collaborate with the Upper School Principal and Upper School Guidance Department in the design and implementation of a highly effective high school transition process
Work in partnership with the Upper School Principal and Lower School Principal, on the integration of curriculum and co-curricular programs across disciplines, grade levels, and school levels
Manage the report-card and conference process, assuring high quality and effective communication
Effectively integrate STEAM curriculum throughout grades 6-8
Hire, inspire, and supervise the middle school team of teachers, through one-on-one goal setting, classroom visits, professional development and the timely articulation of challenges and strengths that individual teachers (or teaching teams) encounter
Utilize a comprehensive teacher performance assessment program that measures teacher performance throughout the academic year and culminates with an annual summative performance evaluation
Organize regularly scheduled faculty meetings, grade level meetings, ad hoc meetings, and staff in-services as needed
Organize and lead weekly division meetings
Create, implement, and manage an effective school supervision/duty schedule for the middle school faculty and staff
Parents and Students
Develop and nurture a strong and positive sense of Catholic community among students, faculty, and parents in the middle school
Attend to the spirit and tone of the middle school, assuring that the middle school culture is inclusive and kind
In collaboration with the Dean of Students, construct/monitor/oversee student discipline, articulating the school’s philosophy around student social/emotional growth and assuring that students learn from challenges they have encountered
Oversee/monitor all programs that support students’ social-emotional learning
Create parent educational events (coffees, evenings) that help parents understand and manage their children’s developmental journey
Assure that parent communication about school programs is effective, timely, and substantial
“Showcase” school curriculum and student work for parents at special events
Welcome and create orientation for new students
Serve as a member of the graduation planning team
Enthusiastically contribute to admission events, tours, students visits, and screenings
Support diversity initiatives across the school and within the middle school
Assist with school-wide special events and performances
Attend administrative meetings with other members of the senior staff team
Assist in the planning of school liturgies and special days of religious formation
Embrace the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur charism and the mission of the Academy of Notre Dame Tyngsboro.
Possess passion for working with middle school students, faculty and parents
A dedicated learner with personal and professional integrity and the capacity to serve as a role model of openness and acceptance
3-5 years of successful experience in academic leadership, preferably at the secondary level
A Master’s degree in educational leadership, administration, or other relevant field
The Middle School Principal is a full-time, twelve-month, exempt position eligible for benefits. The position is based in an office and school environment on a 200-acre campus in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. The ability to occasionally lift files and storage boxes, walk up and down stairs, attend meetings in varying locations throughout campus, and continually use computers and related office equipment is required. Not all buildings on campus have elevators.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, statement of philosophy, and three to five references.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.