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Head of Upper School

Hampton Roads Academy seeking candidates for the position of Head of Upper School who are an experienced, innovative and forward-thinking educator who is committed to developing the very best skills, attitude and character in our students and faculty. Mission driven, the successful candidate will bring a willingness to understand and honor Hampton Roads Academy's traditions, be able to embrace the school's commitment to programmatic excellence in support of developing the talents and character of the whole child and have the vision and expertise to help create the path to what HRA will be in the future.

Reporting to the Head of School and a key member of the school’s administrative leadership team, the Head of the Upper School will manage the operation of the division and assist in implementing the school’s strategic vision and the fulfillment of its mission. The Head of the Upper School will serve as both the educational and instructional leader of the Upper School, contributing to all decisions regarding the full range of our curriculum and the development and encouragement of the best practices in pedagogy. We are seeking a capable administrator and a "teacher of teachers".

Working alongside the academic leadership team, he or she will ensure coherence across all educational programming, from curricular scope and sequence to best practices in developing the skills and enthusiasm of the students and the faculty. In addition to supervising and taking a lead role in the hiring of all Upper School faculty and staff, our Head of Upper School will oversee their support, supervision, management, and evaluation. Most importantly, through example as well as guidance, the Upper School Head is charged with advancing our Mission by assuring the development of our students "intellectually, artistically, physically and morally for higher education and for life within an inclusive community of service, compassion and excellence". This successful candidate must be someone who will promote the belief that "character counts" through their example.
The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree and substantial teaching and leadership in an independent upper school environment. This person will promote a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment throughout the campus. The Upper School Head, as a member of Enrollment Management Team, will also participate in the admission processes for the Upper School including student enrollment, placement and retention.

In summation the ideal candidate will have the following qualities:

1. Experienced - authentic level of leadership within an independent school
2. Innovative - evidence of introducing, guiding new programs
3. Creative - a proven willingness to adapt, change and/or enhance program
4. Communicator - ability to write and speak clearly, effectively, convincingly
5. Teacher of Teachers - evidence of developing, encouraging pedagogical skills in others
6. Connectivity - with students, faculty and parents
7. Vision - clarity of ideas where HRA can go, where should we go and how we get there
8. Sense of humor, compassion, enthusiasm

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and credentials that include a resume and references to Peter W. Mertz via email at No phone calls please.

Athletic Director

Hampton Roads Academy is seeking candidates for the position of Athletic Director (AD). This is a full time leadership position. The Athletic Director at HRA is a member of the Administrative Team and will support and collaborate with every other member of the leadership group; academic, admission, marketing, college counseling and finance. The AD reports directly to the Head of School.

The responsibility of the AD will be to actively promote and advocate for the role of athletics at Hampton Roads Academy and to supervise the entire program of interscholastic athletics for the school. The AD will be responsible for the athletic program for grades six through twelve, and in collaboration with Division Heads and coaches will ascertain programmatic needs to maintain the consistency of the program. He or she will initiate the recruitment and selection of coaches, make recommendations to the Head of School, and participate in employment decisions and faculty assignments. The AD will supervise and evaluate all coaches, ensuring that they are properly trained and certified and that they perform their duties at the very highest level of professionalism, with a focus on the health and safety of all students. He or she will maintain and revise the coaches’ manual each year and set up appropriate meetings with the coaches to review the information and standards in detail. The AD schedules all high school athletic contests and supervises home contests, acting as the host to officials and visiting schools; attends TCIS and state meetings; and advises all coaches of league and state policies and regulations. This person will also supervise athletic funds, prepare and administer a detailed operating budget, and manage and maintain all athletic facilities, equipment, and uniforms.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and extensive head coaching experience as well as demonstrated leadership in an athletic department, preferably in an independent school. He or she will have excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, and will be an energetic, enthusiastic team-builder. Most importantly, the AD will be an active proponent to further a clear and ambitious vision for the Athletic Department at HRA.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and credentials that include a resume and references to Peter W. Mertz via email at No phone calls please.

Upper School English Teacher

Hampton Roads Academy is seeking a full-time Upper School English teacher to join our dynamic staff. Our newest team member will be an enthusiastic educator who has a true affinity for all aspects of English teaching, including a strong background in British and world literature. English teachers at HRA should expect to emphasize, in addition to the content areas, writing of all types, presentational skills, analytical and creative thinking, as well as offer students the opportunity to work collaboratively on various assignments and projects. As a one-to-one iPad school, all faculty members should feel comfortable employing technology as a tool for increasing student learning. At HRA, we expect that our teachers will model the skills we strive to develop in our students: critical thinking, collaboration, effective communication and a willingness to explore new concepts and methods.
In addition to teaching duties, all HRA faculty engage with students in extracurricular activities as part of the school’s ‘whole-child’ approach. We encourage applicants to have, in addition to expertise in English, the experience to take on an additional responsibility such as: yearbook sponsor; MS, JV or varsity team coach; ESL instructor, etc.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and credentials that include a resume and references to Peter W. Mertz via email at No phone calls please.

Lower School Division Teacher

HRA seeks a talented, creative individual with an energetic spirit who works well collaboratively and who values and supports the school’s overall mission. The applicant must have a clear understanding and experience developing age appropriate, elementary curricula.  This teacher should demonstrate a passion for teaching and a creative enthusiasm which inspires young learners. Excellent communication skills are essential. The position also requires a professional who understands the importance of providing rigorous instruction in a nurturing environment fostering the whole child experience. The HRA Lower School experience encourages a student to grow – academically, physically and emotionally.

Essential Duties:
  • Utilize best instructional practices, methods, materials and technology to increase student achievement.
  • Inspire and encourage student enthusiasm for learning.
  • Effectively manage the classroom to foster our school’s culture which promotes high academic achievement and intellectual engagement.
  • Teach necessary developmental skills based on school’s scope and sequence.
  • Implement 21st century technology into classroom instruction as the Lower School embraces a 1:1 iPad program.
  • Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with fellow grade level teachers as well as students’ parents.
  • Maintain careful class records.
  • Carefully supervise and assure student safety daily.
  • Engage in the school community and sponsor after-school club opportunities.
Job Qualifications:
  • Preferably a M.A. in Elementary Education.
  • Four + years of elementary teaching experience.
  • Knowledge of elementary curriculum and instructional strategies.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Ability to anticipate and plan diverse instruction.
  • Strong classroom management skills, procedures and strategies for working with students.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for education and student engagement.
  • Sense of humor.
Please contact - Susanne Swain, Head of Lower School at 884-9109 or

Administrative Assistant for the Lower School Office
Hampton Roads Academy, an independent, college preparatory day school in Newport News, has an opening for a full-time administrative assistant in the Lower School. Qualified candidates should have excellent organizational, computer and communication skills. Experience in related administrative roles is preferred.

Candidates must have the following qualifications:
  • High degree of integrity, trustworthiness and confidentiality
  • Excellent oral and written communicator
  • Collaborative and ready to accept new responsibilities
  • Optimistic attitude that exudes warmth and patience
  • Extremely organized and capable of multi-tasking effectively
  • Reliable, responsible, discreet with a professional demeanor and presentation
  • PC Literate, proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Attentive to detail
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Susanne Swain at

Hampton Roads Academy

HRA is accredited through the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is a National Blue Ribbon School.