Convent of the Sacred Heart, 91st St | New York, NY | Middle School Academic Dean

Convent of the Sacred Heart is New York City's oldest independent school for girls. As an independent, Catholic school, educating students in Pre-K through 12, we are part of an international network of 160 schools. We are committed to a set of principles shared by all Sacred Heart Schools. Known as the "Goals and Criteria," these principles articulate the core components of a Sacred Heart education and charge our community with a unified educational mission.

At the heart of our philosophy is the belief that each child possesses unique gifts. Our job is to unearth those gifts, nurture them, and empower each child of the Sacred Heart to share those gifts with the global community. Convent of the Sacred Heart is committed to building a community that is anti-racist, anti-bias, fair, inclusive, and welcoming to everyone and seeks candidates who connect to our 
Mission and Goals.

Middle School Academic Dean, Link to Apply:
Middle School Academic Dean
Beginning August 15, 2022

Position: Middle School Academic Dean
Reports to: Middle School Division Head
FLSA: Exempt, Full Time
Date Posted: January 14, 2022
Start Date: August 15, 2022

The Convent of the Sacred Heart seeks an experienced candidate who has strong academic background and interpersonal skills who can work closely with the Head of Middle School to oversee the academic program in the middle school. In collaboration with the faculty and Head of Middle School, the Academic Dean’s role is to inspire and assist in supervising professional growth within the faculty and the success of each student. The Middle School Academic Dean manages the day to day running of the academic program in Middle School. The Academic Dean is a key position in the administration that ensures that the Goals and Criteria of the Convent of the Sacred Heart are implemented for the education of the whole child focusing on the academic life of the middle school students.

  • An understanding of the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart as well as the ability to articulate them.
  • Masters Degree: Degree in Curriculum and/or Administration preferred.
  • 5-10 years experience.
  • Knowledge of Middle School Education.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Proficient with current educational technology, especially blended learning platforms and strategies.
  • A demonstrated interest in promoting the academic success of students.
  • Knowledge of, appreciation for, and demonstrated commitment to anti-racist, anti-bias education, multicultural teaching, and culturally responsive pedagogy.
  • Evidence of professional growth with particular focus on improving academic preparation for students.
  • Ability to demonstrate inquiry based pedagogy.
  • Previous Administrative experience.
  • Experience teaching at the middle/high school levels.
  • A demonstrated interest and previous experience in implementing a program of differentiated instruction in the classroom.
  • Ability to explain the results of standardized testing to the parent body.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Along with Department Chairs and Head of Middle School, assigns class coverage for teachers who are absent.
  • Works with faculty on developing curriculum and confer with Head of Middle School on curricular decisions.
  • Assists the Head of Middle School in planning curriculum nights.
  • Conducts ongoing and formal evaluation of teachers.
  • Works with Head of Middle School and Department Heads in the mentoring of new faculty.
  • Works with the Head of Middle School to create a schedule that is reflective of curricular priorities and meets the developmental needs of the middle school students.
  • Works with the Academic Dean of the Lower School and Upper School Dean of Studies to ensure a smooth transition of students from lower school to middle school and middle school to upper school.
  • Oversees the preparation and administration of all standardized testing.
  • Meets with parents to review results of standardized tests.
  • Works with the middle school teachers to implement the results of testing to improve curriculum.
  • Supports students who miss a significant number of academic classes due to an illness.
  • Assists the Head of Middle School with overseeing the process of report card writing, reading and editing progress reports.
  • Supports the Admissions Team in interviewing middle school candidates.
  • Member of Academic Team, which includes Department Chairs and the Head of Middle School, that determines policy and student placement in academic courses.
  • Supports the Head of Middle School in implementing all administrative decisions.
  • Conducts teacher and/or faculty meetings when appropriate.
  • Schedules and manages all examination periods, reviews study guides and exams, and meets with students to review study strategies and organizational plans.
  • Manages test calendars for middle school.
  • Along with Learning Specialist and Head of Middle School, monitors student progress at each grade level including recommending tutors or after school study buddies.
  • Works closely with the Head of Middle School when students are under academic review in the implementation of a structured study plan.
  • Assists Head of Middle School and Department Head in hiring of new faculty.
  • Collaborates with Head of Middle School in setting/reviewing MS academic policies.
  • Academic Dean serves as member of the Middle School Deans team.
  • Also has teaching responsibilities

It is the policy of Sacred Heart to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants. This means that all employees and applicants will be treated on an equal basis without regard to race, religion, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, military status, Vietnam or other veteran status, sexual orientation, domestic partnership status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, unemployment status or any other status protected by law. In addition to the protected classifications included in our EEO policy, the School also prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment based on being a certified medical marijuana patient, arrest or conviction, or domestic violence victim status in accordance with state law. This policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including but not limited to: hiring, training, faculty development, promotion, compensation, benefits, educational assistance, employee facilities, termination, and retirement. Any employee who engages in conduct that violates this policy is subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.  Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.