Director of the Design Center (St. Mary’s School in Orange County)


St. Mary’s School is an independent day school that serves over 700 students, Pre-K through Grade 8, in Aliso Viejo, CA. As the only independent school in Orange County that offers the international baccalaureate (IB) program from primary school through middle school, St. Mary’s is committed to a globally-minded and innovative curriculum that, in many ways, stands alone within the educational landscape in Orange County. St. Mary’s students are prepared not only for the next steps in their educational journey, but also to become courageous, caring, global citizens and enlightened leaders of tomorrow.

This summer, construction will begin on a 28,000 square foot facility which will include a design center comprising five specialty labs and a gallery space. The director of the design center will lead the transition into this new space, oversee the design center and its resources, and collaborate with faculty and academic leadership to fully integrate design thinking with St. Mary’s outstanding IB and design-centered curriculum. The director of the design center will report to the director of technology and innovation, and will bring an expertise in design thinking and a relational approach to leadership to the role. St. Mary’s looks forward to welcoming the director of the design center to start July 1, 2024, or later by mutual agreement.

Applications received by March 29 will receive priority review. For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit:



Priority Application Deadline: March 29, 2024

Remote Semifinal Round: Week of April 15

On-site Final Round: Week of April 22

Decision Announced: April 30, 2024

Start Date Window: July 1, 2024 (or later by mutual agreement)

Salary Range: $135,000 to $150,000

Reports To: Director of Technology and Innovation