St. Mary’s Episcopal School seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and inspiring educator to serve as Head of Upper School beginning in July 2020. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Mary’s is an independent college-preparatory school for girls two-years-old through grade 12. Founded in 1847, we now employ 217 faculty and staff who serve 830 girls from 36 zip codes with a 29% ethnic and racial diversity.
The mission of St. Mary’s Episcopal School is to provide a superior educational experience for girls which will encourage and enable each student to reach her individual potential.
St. Mary's is committed to academic excellence, offering a classic liberal arts curriculum in conjunction with strong science and math programs. Students also enjoy a thriving performing and fine arts program, work with the latest technology, and participate in a multitude of athletics, extracurricular activities, and community service. We approach teaching and learning with an intentional blend of tradition and innovation. Our Episcopal identity and Christian foundation compel us to cultivate a diverse community devoted to lives of faith and of service.
As an Episcopal school, St. Mary’s is committed to creating, maintaining, and nurturing a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Students, families, alumnae, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences collaborate in the often challenging and courageous work of understanding and respecting each other.
With the opening of our new 60,000 square foot Athletic and Wellness Center in January 2020, we will provide grades 6-12 a new varsity gym, dining hall, strength and conditioning center, and additional classrooms. This year, with completed construction, a successful five-year SAIS accreditation, and the adoption of the next Strategic Vision, St. Mary’s, and the Upper School in particular, is poised for even greater health and achievement.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
The Head of the Upper School serves a central role in the school's leadership and daily administration. This position reports to the Head of School and is charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all curricular and non-curricular development/activities involving students and faculty in the Upper School.
The Director of the Upper School:
Serves as the academic, cultural, and operational leader of the Upper School.
Oversees the academic, social, and emotional well-being of Upper School students in coordination with the Director of Studies, Dean of College Counseling, and Upper School Counselor.
Ensures the academic program is rigorous, innovative, culturally responsive, and student-centered.
Has primary responsibility for student discipline.
Oversees reporting of student progress in coordination with the Registrar.
Oversees communication between school and parents and meets with parents about issues of mutual concern.
Works with the Assistant Head of School and department heads to recruit, hire, evaluate, and retain Upper School faculty.
Collaborates with colleagues on the school's academic team to ensure a consistent and cohesive preK-12 program.
Collaborates with the Director of Admission in the enrollment and retention of Upper School students.
Collaborates closely with the college counselors to support students' transition to post-secondary education.
Leads the Academic Council and sits on the Academic Team and Admission Committee.
Experience and Qualifications
The Upper School Head champions all-girls education, exhibits a passion for working with girls and their families, and has a solid understanding of the developmental and curricular needs of high school students.
The successful candidate will ideally have a minimum of five to seven years of teaching and administrative experience at the Upper School level, preferably at an independent school.
A strong candidate has earned a graduate degree, preferably in education administration or a related field.
The successful candidate will demonstrate success in leading and inspiring an exemplary faculty.
Candidates should provide evidence of exceptional written and oral communication skills and excellent organizational and presentation skills.
St. Mary's Episcopal School is a college-preparatory school for girls in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 located in Memphis, Tenn. Since 1847, St. Mary's has been known for its superior academic program, its bright, motivated students, and its highly qualified faculty. Our nurturing and diverse environment encourages each student to reach her individual potential and promotes the development of honest, compassionate, and self-confident young women who excel not only in academics but also in athletics, the arts, community service, and leadership.