The School

Founded on 1838, Sewickley Academy is the oldest independent school in western Pennsylvania. Located approximately 12 miles northwest of Pittsburgh on a 16-acre campus, the school today enrolls 532 students from PK-Grade 12 with 226 in the Senior School (grades 9-12).

The Position

The Head of Senior School serves as the educational leader of the Senior School Division; developing, revising, and maintaining a culture and educational program that fosters a dynamic and rigorous learning environment and deepens the sense of belonging for each member of the learning community. The Head of Senior School is responsible for the overall operation of the Senior School, working in collaboration with the Head of School, Assistant Head of School, Division Heads, Administrative Team, and All-School Department Chairs, to ensure alignment of the Academy’s board-approved mission statement with all academic activities of the school. The Head of Senior School reports to the Assistant Head of School.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • collaborate with the other academic leaders of the school, supervise, direct, and maintain the day-to-day academic program of the Senior School.
  • support the All-School Department Chairs in their function as professionals responsible for implementing the rigorous and innovative curriculum of the Academy.
  • serve as a consultant and mentor to teachers in matters of classroom management, pedagogy, equity and inclusion, and general school procedures.
  • observe, supervise, and assist in the evaluation of Senior School faculty.
  • recommendations to the Head of School and Assistant Head of School regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty.
  • assist in planning for faculty development.
  • conduct Senior School faculty meetings on a regular basis which deal with both routine school matters as well as the exchange of ideas of educational and philosophical interest.
  • oversee and direct the daily activities of Senior School students, working closely with the House Deans and Student Activities Coordinator to provide stimulating and educational experiences, including retreats, assemblies, and social events.
  • work closely with the Dean of Students to support an advising system, develop effective student leadership, and handle disciplinary issues.
  • work in coordination with the Support Services Department as a member of the Support Team to address student academic, social, and emotional concerns.
  • supervise the House Deans/Grade Coordinators by attending regular meetings as they plan, guide, and evaluate the academic and social progress of the student body.
  • address parent concerns through effective communication, while assisting and mentoring faculty in the development of productive communication techniques.
  • supervise and evaluate the College Counseling staff, supporting college placement strategies and standardized testing procedures.
  • supervise and evaluate the Senior School Registrar and Assistant to the Head of Senior School in their daily responsibilities.
  • prepare and monitor the budget for the Senior School.
  • support the Head of School, the Academy, and its leadership.
  • be a visible presence at school functions including athletic, fine arts, and other student events.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree(s) preferred.
  • Seven years of progressively more responsible experience in teaching and administration or supervision, including work with children in this age group, with a minimum of three years administrative experience.
  • Superior interpersonal skills including the ability to engage effectively with students, parents, faculty, and other members of the school community in a way reflective of the school’s culture.
  • Proven track record as an institutional leader of faculty, students, and programs in independent schools or other comparable educational settings.
  • Solid understanding of UBD (Understanding by Design) principles and implementation in an independent school environment, well-developed curriculum mapping skills, and superior understanding of google classroom and the google suite of applications.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, current resume, statement of educational leadership philosophy, and a list of 5 references to:

Marcus Hurlbut at