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Academic Dean

Merion Station, PA

Merion Mercy Academy, an independent Catholic college preparatory school for girls in grades 9-12 outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, seeks an innovative and dynamic educator well versed in best practices in independent education to serve as the Academic Dean beginning July 2024.


Reporting directly to the Assistant Head of School for Academics, the Academic Dean works collaboratively with administration to further the well-being of the school and its community. The ideal candidate must embrace the school’s Mercy mission and demonstrate a commitment to helping create and sustain a student-centered learning environment in collaboration with an accomplished faculty. The Academic Dean must also have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to engage effectively with students, parents and faculty, as well as embrace a growth mindset, possess a good sense of humor, and show enthusiasm for lifelong learning.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

●     Ensure alignment between the school’s Mission, Values, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement, Strategic Vision, and all academic programming.

●     Facilitate curricular and programmatic coherence and consistency across grade levels and departments.

●     Ensure curriculum and instructional integrity, including alignment of core academic skills.

●     Oversee the day-to-day operations of the academic program.

●     Oversee the Student Support Team process.

●     Strengthen student performance by collaborating with stakeholders to provide supportive instruction and resources tailored to students' needs.

●     Stay current with educational trends and support best practices in curriculum and pedagogy based on research.

●     Act as the primary contact for students and parents regarding academic issues, eligibility concerns, recognition, opportunities, and challenges.

●     Collaborate with the admissions department to recruit and retain mission-appropriate students.

●     Ensure curriculum alignment of summer credit courses and programming.

●     Collaborate with the Assistant Head of School for Academics in designing and implementing faculty and staff onboarding and in-service training.

●     Support the orientation of new teachers and staff.

●     Support the mentorship program for new faculty to support understanding and adherence to school policies, procedures and practices.

●     Enhance faculty culture through clear communication, transparency, and supportive intervention.

●     Collaborate with the Assistant Head of School for Academics on classroom observations and evaluation of teachers to ensure fulfillment of curriculum standards.

●     Manage Teacher Induction Reporting.

 

The Academic Dean plays a major role in the life of the school and is expected to be deeply involved in the day-to-day work of faculty and students. An ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, experience as a school administrator and secondary-school classroom teacher, and is able to demonstrate expertise and passion regarding all-girls’ education.

 

Founded in 1884 by the Sisters of Mercy and located on a beautiful 12-acre campus on Philadelphia’s Main Line, Merion Mercy currently enrolls 400 students from diverse geographic areas and socioeconomic groups. Merion Mercy’s academic program consistently challenges each student to prepare for college and a lifetime of service, thus developing competent and compassionate women for the future. Merion Mercy’s faculty and staff are committed to providing a holistic education that not only stresses academic and personal excellence but also encourages all students to “Live Mercy and Seek Justice,” an educational philosophy that builds a true sense of sisterhood that extends beyond the classroom.


Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and statement of educational philosophy along with three professional references to Anne Gregg, Executive Assistant to the Head of School ([email protected]).

Merion Mercy Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its hiring practices.


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