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St. Paul Academy and Summit School seeks candidates for the position of Upper School Director of Debate

About St. Paul Academy and Summit School:

St. Paul Academy and Summit School (SPA) is a coeducational, nonsectarian, college preparatory day school serving more than 920 students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our two campuses are located approximately a mile apart in St. Paul, Minnesota, serving Grades K-5 on our Goodrich Campus and Grades 6-12 on our Randolph Campus. The school draws students from St. Paul, Minneapolis, and throughout the eastern and western suburbs.

Our mission—shaping the minds and the hearts of the people who will change the world—is a promise to our students and our families, and it pushes us to be thoughtful about everything we do. It inspires us to be our best and reminds us that we have the responsibility to respect the unique potential of every child. Our mission gives us purpose and represents our greatest aspirations and values. But most of all, it reflects our deep belief in the talents and capabilities of our students.

For additional information about the school’s curriculum, community, and culture, please visit our website at

About the Upper School:

The Upper School is home to students in Grades 9-12 and is characterized by advanced inquiry, lively discussion, deep engagement with topics, a strong sense of community, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Students develop the habits and relationships that will carry them through high school and into the world of college and beyond. The Upper School’s rigorous academic curriculum and seminar-based learning model is complemented by a network of support that includes teachers, advisors, college counselors, and resources for both academic and social/emotional well-being.

For more information about the Upper School, please visit the Upper School section of our website.

St. Paul Academy and Summit School seeks an Upper School Director of Debate. Core Responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching classes in Beginning and Advanced Debate and possibly within another academic discipline
  • Serve as Head Coach of highly accomplished and nationally visible Public Forum Debate Team, and develop and sustain our Congressional Debate Team
  • Spring semester course release for post-season competition
  • Supervise Debate Coaching Staff
  • Manage Debate Program Budget
  • Collaborate in a re-envisioned Senior Speech Program, and direct, and supervise the Senior Speech Program
  • Lead the envisioning and creation, and eventually teach, an Upper School curriculum in Speech and Rhetoric
  • May involve supervision of students during travel depending on postseason opportunities

Position Begins: mid- August 2022

Status: Full Time, Exempt

Department: Instructional Faculty, Upper School; Director of Debate reports to Dean of Academics

Candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree is preferred), and should have experience leading, supporting, and maintaining a high-quality Public Forum debate program. Candidates should also be able to sustain and sharpen our Congressional debate program.  We are interested in candidates who have experience in building and supporting a speech program and curriculum. Successful candidates should demonstrate the ability to coach students new to debate as well as veteran debaters with experience competing at state and national tournaments. Strong organizational skills are a must, as is the ability to inspire and supervise assistant coaches. Candidates should expect to work some weekends during the debate seasons, as well as regional and national travel to support student competition. We are especially interested in candidates who have experience teaching debate, speech, rhetoric, and communication.

In every search, we seek candidates who have a demonstrated passion for working with young people. We seek educators with a drive to better understand the emotional and developmental needs of their students and who support a program where self-reflection, empathy, and flexibility are the goals. We also seek candidates who are committed to developing and practicing cultural competence in their teaching. Excellent interpersonal skills are required. Candidates should support the mission of SPA, the vision of the Upper School, and be eager to join a professional community where collaboration is valued, and where openness to growth is the norm.

SPA is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse faculty and staff, and maintaining a workplace culture in which all are treated equitably.

Interested candidates should apply here.


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