Purpose of Position: The Dean of Students works with the faculty as an advocate, counselor, facilitator and disciplinarian for students; while overseeing the basic quality of life of the students while at the Academy.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Organize and implement an effective character based, responsive discipline system. Discipline is part of a larger program of character education that permeates the Academy. It involves working closely with faculty to clarify, communicate and oversee the enforcement of policies and procedures outlined in the Student & Family Handbook as well as convening Citizenship Committees when appropriate. Create a positive system for integrating the Eight Pillars of Bowden in all aspects of school life.
Oversee the processes and procedure of the Citizenship Committee. Serve as coordinator of the committee and communicate with the Associate Head of School regarding committee recommendations. Oversee the plans put into place as a result of a disciplinary hearing. Oversee training for all members of the committee.
Develop and maintain an effective approach to daily attendance and student body decorum. The attendance system includes but is not limited to attendance at classes, meals, community meetings, study hall, athletics and afternoon activities as well as daily permissions, weekend travel and a system for excusing absences. Decorum issues include overseeing implementation of campus civility. Maintain the appropriate correspondence and records related to the program.
Arrange and run meetings with both boarding and day students at the beginning of the year to discuss and review the school’s policies, procedures and behavioral expectations.
Collaborate with the Dean of Residential Life, International Student Coordinator and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to meet the social and emotional needs of our students, paying particular attention to the needs of our unique student populations (international students, day students, residential students, and students from diverse backgrounds ranging from socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, religious, gender and other forms of diversity).
Review the Student and Family Handbook annually and work with the Associate Head of School to make updates and changes as precipitated by the changing needs of the school.
Collaborate in the planning of orientation for new students and families and participate as needed in admission events.
Communicate with parents regarding concerns about behavior in a proactive manner.
Serve as a member of the Health Team and Student Life Teams.
Maintain good communication with faculty, administration, parents and students with regards to student life
Keep the Associate Head of School and Head of School fully informed about student issues and other relevant matters pertaining to school life
Teach 1 class and/or coach 1 season
Serve as Administrator on Duty (AOD) and run one weekend team
Perform other duties as assigned by the Associate Head and Head of School.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and 7-10 years residential and/or equivalent administrative experience, preferably in a boarding school at the secondary level. Master’s degree preferred.
Classroom teaching experience is preferred. Coaching experience at the high school level is preferred.
Experience in equity and inclusion work that promotes a diverse community environment is preferred
Experience in having direct and honest conversations with colleagues, students and parents is preferred.
Skills and Abilities
Superior organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail as well as decision-making skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and superb interpersonal skills that include demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and creatively.
Ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure and in a timely manner
Ability to administer policies fairly and consistently.
Proficiency with Google systems and familiarity with Microsoft Office preferred.
Ability to work weekend and evening hours is required.
Requires good judgment and ability to handle confidential/sensitive information with discretion
Knowledge of social emotional competency areas and adolescent development
Cheshire Academy is eager to consider applications from traditionally underrepresented groups.
About Cheshire Academy
Founded in 1794, Cheshire Academy is a co-educational college preparatory boarding and day school serving students in grades 9-PG. Our student body, comprised of approximately 344 students from over thirty countries and nineteen states, has the opportunity to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma in grades 11 and 12. We challenge our students to maximize their potential by developing the confidence, character, and critical thinking skills that enable them to thrive as global citizens.