Founded in 1879, Saint Mary’s Hall is an independent co-ed day school serving students and families of all faiths. Since its founding, Saint Mary’s Hall has called four campuses home. Though the faces and structures change over time, the heart of Saint Mary’s Hall endures from generation to generation.
Situated on a picturesque, tree-covered 60-acre bluff above Salado Creek in Northeast San Antonio since 1968, the campus, located at 9401 Starcrest Drive, serves all students in a beautiful state-of-the-art facility. Saint Mary’s Hall is a special place built on strong community bonds, rich traditions, and a culture of belonging for all students. Graduates leave Saint Mary’s Hall confidently armed with the skills, knowledge, study habits, and self-awareness needed to thrive in college and find fulfillment in life.
The Assistant Head of School for Academics will lead the academic, curricular, and instructional programs at Saint Mary’s Hall. The Assistant Head will partner with the Assistant Head of School for Student Experience and the Heads of Lower, Middle, and Upper School, to ensure that Saint Mary’s Hall provides an unparalleled academic and student experience that meets its mission to prepare students for success in college and fulfillment in life. The Assistant Head will be a collaborative thought leader, who knows how to empower others, students, faculty, and staff toward common goals in a student-centered environment. Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Assistant Head will be an entrepreneurial thought partner engaging in strategic decisions that aim to enhance the student academic experience.
Serve as a key thought partner to the Head of School in leading the School and participating as a collaborative, dynamic member of the Leadership Team
Partner and collaborate with the Assistant Head for Student Experience and the Division Heads to support division-specific initiatives in teaching, learning, and curriculum alignment with institutional goals
Lead and oversee the College Counseling team and program
Lead and support academic initiatives related to the School’s strategic plan
Facilitate Curriculum Council and lead that group to ensure their broad participation and engagement for academic initiatives
Facilitate Instructional Technology Team meetings
Oversee faculty/Staff/admin professional development, including New Faculty Mentoring Program, and travel, advanced education, and curriculum grants
Oversee the Parent Education Series (Parent Institute)?Survey parents for topics
Lead the faculty recruitment and hiring process in close partnership with Division Heads and Human Resources
Plan and oversee New Faculty and Staff Orientation and the Faculty Mentoring Program
Work with Division Heads to support faculty members’ goals through professional development and oversee the annual faculty review process in a non-evaluative capacity.
Oversee ISAS accreditation processes
Support the Assistant Head of School for Student Experience, the Director of Community Belonging, and the Division heads to ensure that Wellness Team and DEIB initiatives work from shared principles and have a coordinated approach
Oversee academic policies and procedures to ensure consistency across divisions.
Coordinate with the Division Heads to establish the academic calendar and master schedule
Serve as a thought leader within the SMH community and nationally, sharing expertise and best practices, speaking and presenting on SMH signature programs and initiatives, and helping to elevate the visibility and reputation of SMH
Build new and strengthen relationships to engage, cultivate, enroll, and retain members of the community
Build positive relationships with parents, faculty, staff, students, and administrative teams
Substantial independent school experience as an administrator, college counselor, teacher, coach, or advisor
Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Student-centered, collaborative, and transparent leader who is accessible to students, parents, colleagues, and other key stakeholders and is adept at building relationships
A leader with extraordinarily high expectations of her/himself and the ability to inspire and motivate others
A genuine care for people and desire to serve
Previous experience with developing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion curriculum (preferred)
Ability to help effect and drive change and sustain excellence
Exceptional written and verbal communications skills required
An unquestioned integrity and impeccable reputation, where commitments are honored and peopled are approached in a straightforward and personal way
An entrepreneurial, bright, highly motivated, hard-working, and enthusiastic personality with a serious commitment to excellence
A leadership style marked by enthusiasm, agility, entrepreneurialism, desire to innovate, tenacity, follow-through, courage of conviction, and setting an example for others
Well-developed interpersonal skills to deal effectively with a wide range of constituents
The ability to move comfortably in social settings, forge relationships within the community
An ability to think systematically and be detailed minded while remaining focused on the big picture and the School’s mission
A well-organized, results-oriented mindset with a high energy level and a strong sense of urgency
Dynamic New Leadership
Len Miller joined Saint Mary’s Hall as the 25th Head of School in July of 2020. Len comes to San Antonio after a 25-year career in independent schools. He served previously at some of our nation’s top schools, including The Hill School, The Lawrenceville School, and The Shipley School. His tenure has been hallmarked by a deep commitment to the quality of the academic program, the student experience, and the long-term sustainability and growth of the institution. He has been at the forefront of developing innovative academic programs and recruiting and retaining dynamic teachers. Robust, intentional, student wellness programs are the result of his collaborative leadership.
Len’s forward-thinking efforts in strategic planning, enrollment, advancement, and fiscal matters have underpinned the overall strength and quality of the schools he has served. As a leader, he strives to empower his leadership team to build programs, effect change, and make significant and meaningful impacts on the students, faculty, staff, and School culture. Len is committed to educating the whole student with a deep focus on connection and belonging among the student body.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
Work in a rigorous academic environment dealing with a wide variety of physical and intellectual challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts
Work primarily in a traditional office or classroom setting
Work intermittently in outside weather conditions
Must be able to communicate with a diverse population
Occasionally walk, stand, bend and stoop
May work at a desk for extended periods
May work occasionally on nights and weekends
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required by the employed. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
If you are interested in joining our dynamic professional and learning environment that encourages innovation, send us a cover letter, resume, and complete our SMH employment application. Please email your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can download our employment application by visiting www.smhall.org/about/employment-opportunities. Applications will be processed as they are received.