Military School Job Openings

Location: Mendota Heights, MN
January 17, 2023

Commandant of Cadets


Saint Thomas Academy is seeking a Commandant of Cadets to lead the development of an independent military leadership program in grades 9-12. Since 1885, Saint Thomas Academy has prepared young men to lead lives of excellence through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, moral and spiritual formation anchored in the teachings of the Catholic Church, and leadership and personal development through its military program.

Saint Thomas Academy’s military leadership program develops mind, body and spirit of the cadets through 1) Academic Excellence, 2) Character Development, 3) Personal Motivation, 4) Physical Development, and 5) Leadership Development. In collaboration with the leadership of the Academy and under the guidance of the Headmaster, the Commandant develops and establishes the leadership culture for the Corps of Cadets, ensuring a supportive and orderly atmosphere for learning characterized by self-discipline, mutual respect, and esprit de corps.

The Commandant oversees the military leadership program and reinforces an ethically grounded, balanced, fair system of promotions, incentives, recognition, and awards. A high level of communication and interpersonal skills; impeccable integrity; military bearing and physical fitness; mature judgment; and a passion for the development of young men are required.


The Commandant has the following primary responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for the furtherance of the school’s independent military program and Corps of Cadets structure, maintaining its tradition of excellence and setting the course for programmatic enhancements and improvements.
  • Develop, execute and supervise all aspects of leadership development, curriculum, and military discipline in accordance with the Academy’s regulations and policies, including evaluation and performance management of military instructors.
  • Serve as a member of the administrative cabinet and advises the Headmaster on issues of leadership, management, military discipline, and integration of the military program into
    school life.
  • Assists the Headmaster and the administrative cabinet in formulating policies and programs that support the Academy’s visions and goals.
  • Assist in the management of student behavior by establishing and maintaining effective military discipline and motivational techniques.
  • Build support and clarify issues of vision or policy regarding the management of a compulsory independent military program for members of the Academy’s community, including faculty
    and staff.
  • Establishes standards and policies, and monitors performance for all aspects of leadership development and an independent military curriculum.
  • Oversee the ongoing development, implementation, review, and improvement of the program of instruction and curriculum course material.
  • Handles all issues regarding the uniform, dress of cadets, and military ceremonies.
  • Manages the military leadership program effectively and efficiently, including the Quartermaster Store, within the budget established by the administration.
  • Provides oversight and/or support to the Crack Drill Squad, Rifle Team, Ranger Team, Cannon Crew, and the STA Honor Guard.
  • Attend all Academy events, conferences, fundraisers, athletic events as prescribed.
  • Serves as a link between the school and the veteran/alumni community.
  • Promotes the Academy’s military traditions.
  • Develops a positive working relationship with students, parents, coworkers, and Alumni.
  • May be required to teach a military leadership class as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Headmaster.


  • Employment in and by the Church is substantially different from secular employment. Church employees must conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with and supportive of the mission and purpose of the Church.  Their public behavior must not violate the faith, morals or laws of the Church or the Archdiocese, such that it can embarrass the Church or give rise to scandal.  While it is not required in this position for the employee to be a member of the Roman Catholic Church, it is expected that all employees will respect Catholic doctrine and religious practices.  Reasonable accommodation for the religious practices of employees not of the Roman Catholic faith will similarly be provided.
  • In support of the mission and goals of Saint Thomas Academy, employees will follow all school policies and procedures.
  • All employees will support Saint Thomas Academy and the St. Paul/Minneapolis Archdiocese’s mission and goals by actively articulating them to the Academy’s constituents and the wider community.
  • Actively participate in the leadership functions of the Academy


The Commandant of Cadets possesses the following experience and skills:

  • Retired, Reserve or Guard military officer (any service, preferably field grade officer)
  • Extensive leadership experience at the platoon, company, and battalion level (or service equivalent)
  • Bachelor’s Degree minimum (Master’s preferred)
  • Proven teaching experience (ROTC, JROTC, or service school experience preferred)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional intellectual and analytical capabilities, open-mindedness, and flexibility to balance the strong traditions and practices of STA’s independent military program with the need for innovation and continuous improvement to achieve goals, maintain and further develop a premier independent military program
  • Proven organizational skills in educational management, including but not limited to, curriculum development, lesson planning, instructional techniques, and assessments
  • Theoretical understanding and practical experience involving adolescent males
  • Knowledge of the functioning and administration of a student-led Corps of Cadets
  • Strong base of knowledge in leadership theory, philosophies and instruction
  • Working knowledge in the instruction of military history
  • Superb knowledge of military protocol, including drill and ceremonies
  • Willingness to undertake additional school responsibilities, coaching and /or moderating student co-curricular organizations
  • Experience and demonstrated effectiveness working with individuals from
    diverse backgrounds


The Commandant of Cadets demonstrates the following personal characteristics:

  • Leadership effectiveness shown through decisive behaviors and successful communication
  • Strong values and ethics that align with Roman Catholic and military values and traditions of Saint Thomas Academy
  • Innovator
  • Collaborator and relationship builder
  • Networker
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Positive role model
  • Others-oriented
  • Passion for the development of adolescent males
  • Servant leadership
  • Uncompromising integrity


Interested individuals should submit the following:

  • Cover letter outlining your interest in the position and Saint Thomas Academy
    ● Please include any specific salary requirements
    ●  Current resume, including your last 3 military positions, and all relevant instructional experiences (not to exceed 4 pages)
    ●  Copy of your Officer Record Brief (ORB), Enlisted Record Brief (ERB), or service equivalent
    ●  Copy of last 3 military award citations
    ●  Copy of last 3 military Officer Evaluation Reports (OER), Non-Commissioned Officer Evaluation Report (NCOER), or service equivalent
    ●  Three letters of recommendation
    ●  A statement of educational philosophy, not to exceed 2 pages

This position is for hire for a preferred start date of 1 April 2023.

Please submit your materials via email by FEBRUARY 6, 2023 to:

Colonel Neil Hetherington (Retired)


Saint Thomas Academy

949 Mendota Heights Road

Mendota Heights, MN 55120


Deborah Berglund

Human Resources Manager

Saint Thomas Academy

949 Mendota Heights Road

Mendota Heights, MN 55120