The Upper School Dean of Students at The Spence School is a dynamic school leader and educator with a vision for student life within the context of a girl’s school. Leading with purpose and passion, and caring deeply about student development, the Dean of Students understands that collaboration is a central component in supporting the individual identity development of high school students and fostering a positive divisional culture among Spence’s diverse student population. Through partnerships with other school leaders, grade deans, advisors, and other constituents, the Dean of Students will maintain student programs, systems, and structures and lead efforts to create new opportunities that support students’ development in service of the school’s motto: Not for school but for life we learn.
This administrative position reports directly to the Head of Upper School and to the Director of Institutional Equity.
Work with the Head of Upper School to oversee the student life program and student culture of the Upper School.
Work with the Director of Institutional Equity to support student culture, access, and belonging, and design Upper School student life programs aligned with the school’s K-12 curriculum of equity literacy.
Work with the Head of Upper School to support students and faculty in upholding the school’s community standards and the expectations outlined in the Upper School handbook related to discipline, academic integrity, and student behavior.
Design an Upper School advisory program through a developmental scope and sequence that supports students’ identity development, emotional literacy, social integrity, and leadership.
Support Grade-Level Deans in leading their grade advisory teams (including students and advisors) and integrating grade level initiatives into a cohesive Upper School student life program.
Champion the social and emotional wellness of students in partnership with the Office of Institutional Equity, the Health Department and the Upper School Counselor.
Oversee the Upper School student life calendar to maintain a cohesive Upper School student life program in support of a balanced, equitable, and affirming Upper School culture.
Coordinate Upper School student clubs and organizations and support student leadership development through student-run programs and groups.
Manage logistics related to student safety at school (drills, attendance, etc.) and off campus (field trips, retreats, etc.).
Coordinate student life opportunities offered through partnerships with the Parents Association, the Development Office, and other Spence offices.
Teach one class in the Upper School, to be determined based on interest and the needs of the school.
Spence is committed to an equitable program and a diverse faculty and student body. We therefore actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds.
Applicants should email a cover letter and resume as a single file in PDF format—please include the candidate's name - to [email protected] (no phone calls, please).
Finds joy in working with young people and in school life
Effective cultural competence skills and knowledge of adolescent development related to identity, bias, and empowerment
Regards collaboration as an essential component of professional growth; values working on teams and has a desire to learn from others
Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, balanced with strong systems thinking
Ability to manage lasting effective change within a complex institution
Capacity to build an equitable and inclusive community through a deep knowledge of systemic oppression and how it plays a role in school culture
Experience teaching, advising, or coaching in schools; Possesses a bachelor’s degree.
About The Spence School
The Spence School, founded in 1892, is an independent school for girls and young women with an enrollment of 750 students in Grades K–12.
Spence is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.