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Vice President for Academic and Student Life/Associate Head of School

Vice President for Academic and Student Life/Associate Head of School

School: Woodward Academy
Available Position: Administrator


Woodward Academy is seeking a new Vice President for Academic and Student Life who will succeed the incumbent upon retirement in the summer of 2022.

The Vice President for Academic and Student Life serves as equivalent to Associate Head of School, reporting to the Academy President. This key leadership position is responsible for strategic oversight of all academic and cocurricular initiatives that deliver on Woodward’s vision of being the national model in college-preparatory education. The Vice President leads the planning, development, and implementation of programs that foster an environment of academic excellence and create a robust learning community. The Vice President for Academic and Student Life manages a team of 11 faculty administrators, which includes the principals of our five schools, and the directors responsible for Athletics, Character Development, College Counseling, International and Global Connections, Learning Design, and our unique Transition Learning Support Program.

The Vice President works in collaboration with other members of the senior leadership team and the President to define the goals of the Academy and make key organizational decisions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversees the hiring of faculty and instructional support personnel.
Leads the development of curriculum planning and educational policies.
Drives and promotes innovation, collaboration, and partnerships across all areas within Academic and Student Life, including arts and athletics.
Intentionally builds a diverse offering of programs that provide students the opportunity to pursue their passions and interests.
Supports the ongoing professional development of faculty and instructional support personnel through enrichment opportunities.
Manages the annual budget and allocation of resources for Academic and Student Life.
Facilitates the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
Serves on the Admissions Committee and the Financial Aid Committee.
Assists in the development of grant proposals to provide unique funding to assigned academic programs.
Represents the Academy in the wider educational community through participation in accreditation visits and conferences and serves as an advocate for the institution.

Qualifications and Experience:
The ideal candidate is a dynamic and collaborative leader with outstanding academic credentials. One who understands the changing nature of the educational landscape, with ideas for what quality independent education should include in the decade ahead.
Ability to inspire confidence and build community.
Willingness to explore new and innovative ways of learning are essential.
Fiscal responsibility and accountability.
Success leading, guiding and evaluating performance of senior level school administrators.
Commitment to, and success in, advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
A master’s degree or higher from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
Ten (10) years of relevant experience with at least five (5) years in a senior leadership role in education.

To Apply:
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply online at by submitting the following materials, preferably in PDF format:
Cover letter that clearly expresses your interest and qualifications for the position.
Current resume.
Personal statement regarding your view of educational leadership philosophy and practice.
List of five references with names, physical addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. No references will be contacted without your knowledge and approval.


Contact name: Christy Browne
Contact email address:

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