Assistant Head of Upper School

St. Catherine's School
Richmond, VA United States

St. Catherine’s School is an Episcopal day school in Richmond, Virginia, founded in 1890 enrolling 946 girls age 3 through grade 12. Located on a 16-acre campus in the western part of the city, St. Catherine’s core values include pursuing academic excellence, developing character, nurturing spiritual growth, celebrating individuals, and building community.

St. Catherine’s School provides a rigorous education that prepares girls with diverse perspectives for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service in a global community.

St. Catherine’s School seeks an Assistant Head of Upper School (AHUS) to serve alongside the Head of Upper School in leading more than 60 faculty and staff and 350 students in pursuing educational excellence and upholding the School’s Mission and Core Values. The AHUS will be a seasoned educator and administrator with exceptional leadership skills who finds joy in the richness and complexities of school life. The AHUS will be a key partner for the Head of Upper School in decision making, program generation and implementation, and mentoring of Upper School students and

Supervisor: Director of Upper School
Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A
Position Status: Salaried, exempt, full-time, 12-month
Hours of Work: Standard work week. Occasional evening chaperoning and travel supervision.
Note: This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work to
be performed by employees within this classification. This position description should not be
interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required or assigned to an
employee in this position. Nothing contained in this position description restricts St. Catherine’s
School’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.

● Assist the Head of Upper School in creating a vibrant learning environment that upholds and
celebrates the School’s Mission and Core Values
● Champion and assist in implementing the School’s access, equity, and belonging initiatives
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● Assist in implementing curricular initiatives and new programming
● Assist with faculty hiring, goal setting and evaluations
● Oversee the Division’s Saints for a Lifetime Coordinator, Yearbook Advisor, and Service
Learning Coordinator
● Assist the Dean of Students with new student orientation programming, advisory, and student
activities as needed
● Lead in scheduling and hosting speakers and other special programming
● Manage the Upper School scheduling and course registration process
● Represent the Upper School in all-school operations meetings
● Assist with the Division’s X-Term program as required
● Stand in for the Head of Upper School in her absence and serve as a strategic thought partner
in determining the direction of and in serving the Upper School community
● Initiate and take part in parent programming and in communicating with parents regarding
students’ academic, social, and health needs
● Teach one Upper School course and serve as an Upper School advisor

● Minimum of three years teaching experience
● Minimum of a master’s degree in relevant field related to the applicant’s area of teaching or
in education
● Proven track record of working collaboratively with administrators, teachers, staff, and
students and implementing strategic priorities at the ground level
● Experience as a major program leader, department chair, or in other administrative positions
● Experience in overseeing budgets
● Ability to effectively gather adult teams to build and implement student programming
● Experience working with Blackbaud or other school learning management systems and
scheduling experience is an asset
● Record of sound decision making in regards to student safety and sensitive situations
● Attention to detail and processes related to school programming and operations
● Ability to be cognizant of the wider picture of the needs of the Division and the School in
executing initiatives and making decisions for the Upper School
● Excellent communication skills in working with students, parents, teachers, staff, and
● Finds joy in the richness and complexities of School life

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to sit; stand; walk; use hands
to handle and feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop,
kneel, crouch and crawl; talk and hear; engage in moderately strenuous physical activity both indoors
and out; and smell. The employee may occasionally lift or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision
abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision,
depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Ability to become CPR and First Aid Certified.

Occasional overnight and out-of-area travel may also be required for special events.

St. Catherine’s School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or
national and ethnic origin in the administration of its hiring practices. St. Catherine’s School is
committed to providing an inclusive educational environment. We actively engage students, families,
faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our School community respects the
differences in ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. Consistent with
the School’s mission, St. Catherine’s fosters in our students, and experts from all others, respect for
the dignity and wholeness of every person. For more information about the school’s Access, Equity
and Belonging please follow this link

An offer of employment for this position is contingent upon the applicant’s right to work in the United States, authorization for and completion of successful background checks as may be requested by the school or required by law, and ability to comply with the school’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires employees to be vaccinated from COVID-19 consistent with applicable law.

St. Catherine’s School offers a highly competitive compensation package for this full-time position with benefits to include excellent health plan options, retirement benefits, exhaustive professional development and networking opportunities as well as state-of-the art facilities.

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