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Assistant Upper School Director

Posted by Executive Director

Dec 28, 2022

Mounds Park Academy - St. Paul, MN

Mounds Park Academy is a PreK-12 independent school in Saint Paul, MN that serves approximately 575 students from throughout the Twin Cities area. Since 1982, Mounds Park Academy has engaged students in a rigorous college preparatory experience that is demanding, but not draining, and goes far beyond memorization. Students are challenged to apply their understanding to stir the human spirit, stand for justice, and shake the world. This is what we call rigor with purpose, and it grounds our students in the radical idea that their identity in the world is not measured by a test score, but rather by the depth and decency of their impact on the world.

MPA is committed to embracing diversity, seeking equity, and continually striving to be inclusive. As a community, MPA is focused on fostering a safe and inclusive space, aspiring to be cognizant of gender identity and equality, religious understanding, socio-economic diversity, and racial justice.

Mounds Park Academy is seeking a motivated professional for the role of Assistant Upper School Director. Reporting to the upper school director, this person will serve as a key member of the upper school administrative team.  This full-time, year-round position will work with the upper school director to foster a positive culture of belonging for students, serve as the lead coordinator of student wellness and support and provide guidance and action plans in support of student success.


Responsibilities include:

  • Foster a positive culture of belonging that supports students’ academic, social, and emotional well-being through collaboration with the upper school director, faculty, staff, students, and families.

  • Oversee and coordinate the homeroom/advisory program, including the development of homeroom/advisory programming and communicating advisor expectations.

  • Lead the planning and coordination of the upper school retreat program.

  • Provide oversight of upper school service requirements and projects.

  • Serve as the lead in interfacing with parents, teachers, learning specialists, outside professionals, and administration as needed, regarding strategies to assist students.

  • Liaise with families to support social-emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges.

  • Partner closely with the Upper School CARE Team to help maintain the health, safety, and well-being of students.

  • Teach ninth and twelfth grade seminar classes

  • Meet with current 8th grade students to educate them on the upper school course registration process and to provide support as they transition from middle to upper school.

  • Work with ninth-grade students to create a four-year individualized academic road map.

  • Facilitate consistent communication with families, specifically around student academic concerns, plans, and progress.

  • Work closely with the upper school director to develop and implement clear action plans and strategies, proactively and in a positive manner, to address all student disciplinary, attendance, and interpersonal issues with the goal of enabling student success in school.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Three years of relevant experience

  • An open and collaborative working style 

  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written


  • Scheduling experience

  • Demonstrated ability to follow through

  • Teaching experience

  • Administrative experience

This is a year-round position with a generous benefits package including tuition remission for qualified children and half-day Fridays in the summer. Occasional nights/weekends may be necessary. 

To Apply: 

Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply as Mounds Park Academy is dedicated to better reflecting our student body and the Twin Cities area through this addition to our exceptional faculty and staff.   Information about our school can be found at

APPLY HERE by submitting a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and a list of three professional references.

Priority consideration is given to applications received by the end of business day on December 15, 2022

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