The Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro 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 is seeking an Upper School Principal who will assume leadership on July 1, 2019. We seek a visionary educator whose leadership will ensure excellence in our academic program, and who will promote the mission and values of the school. The Principal is responsible for ensuring that the Upper School is a challenging and supportive environment that emphasizes scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and service, as well as high standards of character. The Upper School Principal has broad responsibility for all activities involving the Upper School and is a visible and supportive presence in the classrooms, athletic fields, performances, co-curricular activities, and parent and admission events. This position reports directly to the President and is a member of the Leadership Team.
The Principal also oversees curricular and co-curricular programs related to the operation of the Upper School, and collaborates with the Leadership Team on long-term strategic planning and mission delivery. We seek a leader who has exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, a strong commitment to excellence in education, and can lead an outstanding faculty in an inclusive and progressive way. It is an exciting time to join the school.
Essential Job Duties:
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Upper School.
Capacity to inspire commitment to a long-term vision while also juggling the day-to-day logistics and challenges of leading a school.
Manage daily schedule.
Maintain alignment between the school’s mission and the goals and culture of the Upper School.
Be culturally responsive, prioritizing diversity and inclusion in all facets of the school.
Provides for the spiritual development of students in consultation with the Campus Ministry Office.
Develop/maintain trusting relationships with all constituencies.
Promotes open communication with the faculty and staff.
Outstanding communications and relational skills in order to connect and communicate effectively and frequently with faculty, staff, administration, parents, and students.
Ensure clear communication with faculty, staff, students, and parents, serving as mediator when needed.
Available to students and/or parents for consultation.
Plan and facilitate Upper School faculty meetings.
Review and approve Upper School written communications.
In cooperation with the Director of Admission and the Dean of Students, help plan and implement the orientation of Upper School students.
Assist the Admissions Office in decisions as needed.
Collaborate in creating the all-school calendar and periodic event calendars.
Ensure compliance with legal requirements and educational standards.
Develops/approves the general academic procedures and programs, including graduation, awards, and honors.
Plan and supervise Commencement, Curriculum Night, and various school functions.
Delegates the development of parent/teacher conferences and other parent/teacher programs.
Responsible for teacher class loads, co-curricular responsibilities, and teaching schedules.
Responsible for the implementation and evaluation of student discipline policies.
Responsible for the supervision, evaluation and development of the faculty and support staff under Principal’s jurisdiction.
Develops the job descriptions for all personnel related to academic operations.
Delegates student scheduling and course selection.
Works in conjunction with the Business Office and keeps open lines of communication regarding school finances.
Develops the budget, with the CFO, for the various curricular areas and co-curricular areas.
Signs/approves all academic department requests for spending.
Other administrative duties/projects as assigned.
Ability to work collectively with the leadership team as well as department chairs to hire and develop an outstanding faculty and staff.
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues while also able to make difficult decisions.
Serve on School’s Leadership Team
Participate in school-wide events and meetings
Accept and perform other duties, as assigned
Demonstrate a passion for the Academy of Notre Dame and a keen ability to convey the school’s program, opportunities and vision to an array of constituencies.
A passion for the education of young women.
Demonstrate excellent and effective written and verbal communications.
Exhibit a cooperative team approach, complete with a good sense of humor and demonstration of a united front.
Understanding of program design, curriculum development, and co-curricular programs (including College Guidance and Athletics) at the Upper School level.
Joyful and collaborative servant leadership combined with a sense of urgency and track record of exceptional results in a mission-critical environment.
Knowledge of best practices regarding upper school curricula and pedagogy.
Commitment to ongoing creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment
Display initiative, internal motivation, and a willingness to take on responsibilities beyond those explicitly defined.
Execute responsibilities efficiently, accurately and on or before deadlines.
Exhibit sound judgment related to confidential conversations, projects, and information related to the school or any of its constituents including the effective communication regarding such matters to the appropriate individuals.
Five to seven years of related professional experience at high school level.
Must hold and advanced degree in Education Administration.
Perform tasks which are supportive in nature to the essential functions of the job, which may be altered or redesigned as necessary.
Ability to periodically work beyond and outside the typical work day in order to meet the needs of the school.
Maintain a valid driver’s license and the ability to transport oneself and others when needed, to local schools, admission fairs, and community events.
Must be detailed oriented, thorough and accurate.
A collaborative, trust-based work style.
Must possess good judgment, tact, sensitivity, and discretion in the handling of confidential information, materials and situations.
Personal qualities including resilience, approachability, and kindness.
Must possess good social skills and ability to interact and work with a diverse school community including faculty and staff, students, guardians, and parents.
Provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or legal resident alien status; evidence of criminal check (CORI) and fingerprinting will be required.
The Upper School Principal is a full-time, twelve (12) 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.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
About Academy of Notre Dame
The Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro - a private, Catholic school, sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur - 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.