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Dean of Academics - St. Mark's School

  • Job Description:
    St. Mark's School (, a coed, independent, college preparatory boarding and day school serving 360 students grades 9-12 seeks a Dean of Academics for July 2018.

    St. Mark’s Dean of Academics oversees the School’s academic curriculum: what is taught, when, and how. Additionally the Dean oversees the academic progress of St. Mark’s students and their day-to-day academic experience, ensuring that the conditions exist for their best possible intellectual and character growth in St. Mark’s classrooms. The Dean of Academics chairs the Academic Council, provides curricular leadership and oversight of academic discipline, and is responsible for the design and management of the academic schedule and the smooth running of the Academic Office.

    In defining its mission, St. Mark's states that it "educates young people for lives of leadership and service" challenging students "to develop their particular analytic and creative capabilities by both inspiring their academic and spiritual curiosity and kindling their passion for discovery." Valuing "cooperation over self-interest", the School encourages "each person to explore his or her place in the larger world beyond our campus." In keeping with these goals, St. Mark's developed its 2020 Strategic Plan to inspire its graduates and prepare them to lead the way in the global community at the heart of the 21st century. St. Mark’s accurately characterizes itself as “Intentionally small. Thinking big.”

    It is a dynamic time to be a part of the St. Mark’s School community. In recent years, the School has been engaged in implementing its thoughtful, forward looking strategic plan, St. Mark’s School 2020 that includes innovative curricular initiatives. During the 2017-18 school year, faculty are focused on “living into” the numerous changes that have been implemented in recent years, including a new schedule, an ambitious Saturday program, and Lion Term, a three week experiential educational immersion that ends the school year.

    The School’s well-appointed 250-acre campus is in the picturesque suburb of Southborough, Massachusetts, 25 miles from the abundant cultural and social opportunities in Boston. The small size of the community, its ideal location, and its rigorous intellectual atmosphere make St. Mark’s a great place to live and work. Founded in 1865, St. Mark’s is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and rooted in that tradition. The community is inclusive, supportive and encouraging of diversity, and students, faculty, and staff come from many varied faith and non-­faith traditions. The School’s motto Age Quod Agis “Do what you do, do it to the very best of your ability” is echoed and affirmed by the strategic initiatives set forth. The Dean of Academics will be a part of the School’s leadership in advancing St. Mark’s fundamental educational philosophy framed in the three core values of intellect, character and leadership.

    The Opportunity
    The next Dean of Academics will be an experienced, and energetic educational leader who understands the importance of building and stewarding strong relationships and community in an independent boarding and day school. He or she will be an inspiring, visible, confident educational leader who will engage positively with students, faculty and parents. The Dean reports to the Head of School and is a member of the School’s Senior Administrative Team. The successful candidate will enthusiastically embrace and champion St. Mark’s curricular initiatives and will be:
    • A highly experienced and respected classroom teacher
    • Well versed in both latest pedagogical trends and successful stalwarts, with the ability to assess and effectively communicate what is mission appropriate for St. Mark’s
    • A skilled group leader and inspirational manager who has the ability to seek input and adroitly balance process with action and forward movement
    • Highly organized, prioritizing the running of an efficient Academic Office day‐to-­day (e.g., streamlining grades and comments process, managing standard communications to families, notifying faculty in advance of schedule changes, setting up meetings with families in a timely way)
    • Empathic and a good listener with the ability to communicate genuine caring about colleagues, students and the School
    • Adept at supporting faculty, enjoy coaching and mentoring and will continue to foster an environment committed to professional development and curriculum innovation
    • Able to skillfully and calmly manage the myriad of tasks, challenges and activities of school leadership
    • Passionate about—and possessing understanding of—all aspects of life at a boarding school
    • A trusting and trusted member of the Senior Administrative Team
    • Able to deal sensitively with conflicts among constituencies in the St. Mark’s academic community.


    • Chair the Academic Council, providing leadership for curricular planning and evaluation
    • Oversee the creation, implementation, and regular review of the School’s academic policies
    • Supervise Associate Dean of Academics, Scheduling Officer, Registrar, Gray Colloquium Coordinator, Director of Library, Director of Academic Technology, Director of Saturday Program, and along with the Assistant Head of School/Dean of Faculty, the Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, and an Executive Assistant
    • Oversee Academic Discipline
    • Oversee the academic advising process and provide final approval for course enrollments in consultation with Department Heads
    • Lead Faculty Meetings on student progress

    • Engage in regular contact with students, parents, graduates and prospective families around academic policy matters
    • Coordinate the distribution to parents and faculty of grades, comments, advisor letters and other academic materials, employing technology effectively and efficiently
    • Work with the Students and Faculty Administrative Group to ensure coordination of the School’s academic, residential and athletic programs
    • Oversee the course enrollment process and creation of the School schedule
    • Coordinate with College Counseling Office in providing information for colleges and the NCAA
    • Maintain professional contacts to help bring “best practices” to the School

    Other Contributions
    • Teach one section
    • Advise students
    • Serve in Residential Duty Capacity, as identified by Head of School and Dean of Students

    The opportunity to serve as St. Mark’s School’s Dean of Academics is a tremendous one for an individual seeking to be part of a strong, forward moving school community with a commitment to excellence. Most importantly, the Dean of Academics will be a part of a school with a sincere commitment to educating students well in all ways.

    The School offers a competitive salary, housing and a generous benefits package including retirement plan, paid vacations and medical insurance.

    For Consideration Please send a resume, letter of interest and a personal statement and/or statement of educational philosophy to:
    Jane Armstrong and Bill Lyons, Managing Partners, Independent Thinking
    617-332-3131 (p)

     St. Mark's School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, valuing diversity in its many forms. This commitment is exemplified in numerous ways, such as our welcoming Chapel program, our Pathways and STRIDE programs for students of color and international students, school representation at the People of Color Conference, a student-led Gay/Straight Alliance, a faculty-led Community and Equity Committee, and our Board of Trustees Diversity Committee.
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  • School
    St. Mark's School
    Southborough, Massachusetts, United States of America
    Start Date: July 01,2018
    Administrative only, Full Time Permanent
  • Contact
    Bill Lyons
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