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Middle School Director

Position Type Administrator
Start 07/01/2022
School Name Villa Academy
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 11/24/2021


ANNOUNCEMENT: (Full-Time / Full Benefits)


APPLY TO: Villa Academy, Seattle, Washington OPEN DATE: December 1, 2021

Julie Thenell Grasseschi CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

Interim Head of School POSITION START: July 1, 2022


The Director of the Middle School is the educational and spiritual leader of the Middle School. Reporting to the Head of School, the Director is responsible for all aspects of the Middle School program, including but not limited to: the development and review of curricula; assessment and development of instructional practices; hiring of certified staff and the assessment of personnel performance; scheduling; budget development and management; Middle School communication with the parent community; student discipline and the development and implementation of all academic and administrative policies related to the operation of the Middle School. The Director of the Middle School shall work in a close, collegial manner with the administrative team and the Middle School faculty in fulfilling some of these responsibilities, particularly in student spiritual and faith formation, the development of curricula, the assurance of instructional quality and the development of academic policies and procedures.

The Director of Middle School reports to the Head of School and is a key member of the Administrative Team. In this role, the Director is responsible for contributing to the overall leadership of the school. The Administrative Team acts in a collaborative approach to managing the programs and operation of the school.


  • The Director of the Middle School (the Director) has oversight responsibilities for all aspects of the academic program of the Middle School (6th - 8th Grade), including experiential and enrichment programs. In this regard, the Director establishes strategies and methods of meeting the spiritual, intellectual, academic, social, behavioral and physical needs of Middle School students in developmentally appropriate ways;
  • The Director works with the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, other administrative colleagues, and the faculty in the continual review and revision of curricula, related programs and instructional practices to ensure that the Middle School continually provides an innovative, challenging, and developmentally appropriate middle level education;
  • Working closely with the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and the Director of the Lower School, the Director of the Middle School assures curricular continuity and coherence between the divisions and the thoughtful social transition of students from lower to middle school;
  • The Director shall hire, support, mentor and evaluate a dedicated team of Middle School faculty and staff who bring expertise in middle school education within a Pre-8th grade school, a love of children and passion for the craft of teaching;
  • The Director shall collaborate with the Coordinator of the Extended Day and Summer Programs to ensure quality enrichment opportunities for middle school students.
  • The Middle School Director, in collaboration with the Lower School Director and the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, shall oversee programs for the orientation of new teachers. The Middle School Director shall schedule and plan “in-service” training and the related professional development of all Middle School teachers; the Director shall foster a growth-oriented faculty culture, leading or generating conversations about best practices and important trends in education and implementing faculty growth and evaluation programs;
  • The Director shall serve as a resource and guide to faculty in their search for solutions to problems and in their work with individual students and parents;
  • The Director shall conduct regular meetings with faculty that focus on routine school matters and issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern;
  • The Director shall establish formal and informal means of communication with parents regarding the philosophy and program of the school, student progress, student behavior, and administrative policies and procedures;
  • The Director will work closely with the School Counselor and Learning Support Specialists to assure individual student needs are communicated to appropriate faculty and supported in all school programs;
  • The Director, working collaboratively with the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services, shall assist with the oversight of the admission and retention of students in the Middle School, and oversee the successful application process to competitive high schools in the greater Seattle area.
  • The Director shall prepare and administer the annual operational budget for the Middle School;
  • The Director shall actively engage in the life of the school by being present at Middle School events in particular, and at school-wide events, as appropriate;
  • As directed by the Head of School, the Director shall represent the Middle School and its program to the Board of Trustees, the parent community, the Administrative Team, alumnae/i, professional organizations and the broader Seattle community;
  • The Director shall perform other duties, commonly associated with the position, as assigned by the Head of School.


It is essential that the Director of the Middle School create a collaborative, positive and inclusive environment conducive to open communication.

  • Essential Characteristics:
    • Villa’s new Director of the Middle School will be a practicing Catholic who has experience in and a commitment to Catholic education; this person must understand, embrace and be able to articulate the mission and vision of Catholic education in general, and of Villa Academy specifically, and must possess the ability and willingness to relate well to students and members of the school community and to interact with them regularly.
    • The new Director will have had a successful background in teaching and leadership/administrative experience in a school setting. The candidate who takes on this role will be a dynamic, energetic leader who facilitates learning, growth, and collaboration both inside and outside the classroom.
    • The Director shall possess an earned Master’s Degree in Educational Administration or similar advanced degree;
    • Ideally, the Director shall be certified as a Principal or be eligible to become certified by the State of Washington as a Principal;
    • The Director shall have excellent communication and organizational skills;
    • The Director will be able to articulate a vision of Catholic education in the 21st century that includes technology and current teaching methodologies; shall have a sound knowledge of school finances and development and an understanding of marketing and recruitment strategies in a competitive environment;
  • Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • The Director shall demonstrate a commitment to the mission of Villa Academy as an independent Catholic school;
  • The Director shall demonstrate a commitment to maintaining congruence between the School’s Mission Statement and all academic activities;
  • The Director will be able to articulate a genuine love for and understanding of middle school learners, grades six through eight.
  • The Director shall articulate and demonstrate a commitment to cultural competence and an understanding of its important role in academic excellence and student preparation. Consistent with our unique history and ethos, Villa Academy is committed to building and fostering a richly diverse and inclusive school community;
  • The Director will demonstrate a willingness and enthusiasm for making Villa’s thirty-acre, outdoor spaces an integral part of the curriculum and instruction;
  • The Director will demonstrate an ability to collaborate and team with colleagues as part of a professional learning community;
  • The Director shall demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement and professional development.


Please provide, via email, the items listed below (preferably in one PDF document):

  • A cover letter specific to this position.
  • A current resume with relevant educational experience and three references.
  • Teaching and/or Administrative Certificate (if applicable)

Villa Academy is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate in admission, access, treatment or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, creed, age, national origin, marital status or disability.

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