St. Paul Academy and Summit School seeks individuals with leadership experience for the position of full-time Lower School Assistant Principal. The LS Assistant Principal supports the LS Principal in all aspects of the routine operation of the Lower School and serves as the administrative point-person when the Principal is off campus.
About St. Paul Academy and Summit School:
St. Paul Academy and Summit School (SPA) is a coeducational, non-sectarian, college preparatory day school serving more than 920 students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our two campuses are located approximately a mile apart in St. Paul, Minnesota, serving Grades K-5 on our Goodrich Campus and Grades 6-12 on our Randolph Campus. The school draws students from St. Paul, Minneapolis, and throughout the eastern and western suburbs.
Our mission—shaping the minds and the hearts of the people who will change the world—is a promise to our students and our families, and it pushes us to be thoughtful about everything we do. It inspires us to be our best and reminds us that we have the responsibility to respect the unique potential in every child. Our mission gives us purpose and represents our greatest aspirations and values. But most of all, it reflects our deep belief in the talents and capabilities of our students.
For additional information about the school’s curriculum, community, and culture, please visit our website at www.spa.edu.
About the Lower School:
When you walk through the front doors of our Lower School, you'll immediately feel just how special a place this is for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. From the welcoming Living Room just inside the front door (often warmed by a cozy fire in the fireplace), to the bright and spacious classrooms and hallways adorned with student artwork, to the five acres of open green space just outside our back door, the Lower School is designed around the academic, social, and emotional needs of young children. Our culture is defined by our warm and welcoming community, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and our innovative curriculum.
Our small classes, 7:1 student/teacher ratio, and team-teaching model are the building blocks of the Lower School experience, along with the TOOLBOX social/emotional program, which gives both children and adults a common language for community values and problem-solving.
As a key member of the Lower School Administrative Team, the LS Assistant Principal is responsible for:
Supporting the safety and well-being of Lower School students and articulating and upholding LS community norms,
Supporting excellence in curricular and co-curricular programs,
Providing leadership in curriculum development and the supervision of teachers,
Furthering the diversity, equity, and inclusion work within the Lower School,
Promoting the academic and social-emotional progress of the students.
As an academic leader, the LS Assistant Principal should possess a passion and expertise for teaching and learning, especially with respect to core curricular components in the homeroom program, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development to deepen curricular expertise. The LS Assistant Principal will:
Coordinate conversations about and professional development for core homeroom curriculum components (e.g., Math in Focus, Units of Study Readers/Writers Workshops, Fountas & Pinnell Classroom),
Serve as liaison to the K-12 Department Chairs,
Serve on the K-5 Academic Committee and the K-12 Academic Council,
Support the Principal in mentoring faculty new to the school,
Coordinate student placement and scheduling.
As a community leader the LS Assistant Principal should demonstrate a deep understanding of child development and its impact on the whole child, and find joy in working with young children, their teachers, and their families. The LS Assistant Principal will:
Coordinate, in collaboration with the LS Counselor and LS Learning Specialist, conversations about student conduct and norms, in alignment with the Toolbox and Beyond Diversity approaches,
Lead student disciplinary processes and communication with students, teachers, and families,
Collaborate with the Principal in the development of orientation for new students and families,
Oversee after-school activities and extended day programs
Serve on the LS Student Support Team, the LS Admission Committee, the LS Reps Committee, the LS Security Team, all LS hiring committees, and others as assigned.
This is a full-time, 11-month position, reporting to the LS Principal.
A successful candidate will bring:
Expertise that enables them to support academic and community programming,
Commitment to the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the ability to pursue it in meaningful ways,
Deep understanding of child development and its impact on the whole child and the skill to nurture the growth of student emotional intelligence while also supporting and developing the academic program,
A collaborative approach when working with faculty, staff, and families,
Excellent communication and strong organization and time-management skills,
Success as a collaborative, confident and creative problem solver,
Commitment to professional growth and high professional standards,
Flexibility and a strong work ethic,
Kindness, warmth, and positive energy.
Candidates must have at least 5 years of teaching and leadership, preferably in elementary school divisions and in independent schools. Candidates holding advanced degrees and with relevant school leadership experience are preferred.
How to Apply:
The position includes a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and a list of references. To apply, please visit our website at www.spa.edu/employment.
SPA is committed to diversity and equal opportunity.