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Head of Upper School

Location: Boca Raton
Posted on: January 20, 2023

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Saint Andrew's School - Boca Raton, FL


Saint Andrew's School seeks a dynamic and innovative Upper Head of School to lead a community of 640 Upper School students and 87 faculty, beginning July 2023. Focused on the school's mission, the Saint Andrew's community values dedicated faculty, creative learning by enthusiastic students, and ongoing support and participation from parents, alumni, and friends. The school embodies a strong sense of school pride and warm spirit among its community. The next Upper School Head will find happy, engaged students who consider Saint Andrew's a home away from home, inspiring teachers, well-qualified administrators, and sound leadership from the Board of Trustees. This is an exceptional opportunity to join a family-oriented yet ambitious school with a forward-thinking, global outlook.

Compensation will be competitive nationally and can include tuition remission and campus housing. This position reports to Dr. Chris Harth, Assistant Head of School for Academics, and serves on the senior leadership team of the school. The Head of Upper School will lead the Upper School administrative team that includes the Dean of Students, Grade 9 Dean, Director of College and Academic Guidance, and administrative support.

Duties and Responsibilities:
With a new strategic plan, the school's aspirations are high, and its vision is big. The next Upper School Head will join Saint Andrew's during the construction of a new, purpose-built Upper School building, the continued integration of the IB program, the enhancement of both core and signature programs, and the development of pedagogical goals.

Initiatives include:

  • Reinforcing the framework, alignment, and assessment that support the AP and IB/DP curricula as well as those in standard and college prep courses
  • Improving organization, systems, policies, communication, and coordination to make the Upper School function optimally and efficiently
  • Move Upper School classroom pedagogy further towards a more student-centered approach
  • Collaborate in the PreK-12 curricular alignment with Middle and Lower School leaders and the Academic Council
  • Lead faculty in thoughtfully adopting, implementing, and acting on the strategic plan's goals as they relate to the Upper School


    • Master's degree required
    • 7+ years of experience as an administrative leader, preferably in independent schools
    • Proven success at working collaboratively in educational leadership
    • A solid understanding of the developmental and curricular needs of students
    • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
    • Excellent organizational and presentation skills
    • Approachable and accessible: present in the life of the Upper School - from classrooms, to playing fields, to performance spaces
    • Ability to have a finger on the pulse of the Upper School while not micromanaging
    • Significant and successful classroom teaching experience and a track record as an effective instructional leader
    • Empathy for the day-to-day demands of teaching, strong classroom teaching experience
    • Genuine affection for and understanding of teenagers
    • Well-versed in and committed to equity and inclusion practices with experience in guiding students, colleagues, and parents in their growth in these spaces
    • Forthright and authentic: able to give adults concrete feedback to support professional development and programmatic excellence
    • Ability to manage difficult conversations with grace and compassion
    • Open to feedback with the ability to be discerning and discreet
    • Humility and integrity
    • Strong communication skills - both verbal and written
    • Calm, clear, and kind
      Saint Andrew's School is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, gender, race, religion, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital or familial status, pregnancy, disability or handicap, genetic information, military status, or any other protected status in accordance with the requirement of all federal, state, and local laws.

      Saint Andrew's is a drug-free workplace. All employees must successfully maintain an acceptable Level II criminal background check. Saint Andrew's School may, in its discretion, modify or adjust the position to meet the school's changing needs.

      To Apply
      Saint Andrew's School has partnered with Carney Sandoe & Associates to fill this vacancy.
      Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents
      (preferably PDFs) the following materials:
      A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position;
      A current and comprehensive rsum of no more than four pages;
      A list of five professional references with name, relationship, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate's permission) to:

      Benjamin L. Bolt
      Senior Search Consultant

      Jess Roberson
      Search Consultant

      Scott Nelson
      Search Consultant

Keywords: ST ANDREWS SCHOOL OF BOCA RATON INC, Boca Raton , Head of Upper School, Other , Boca Raton, Florida

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