Francis W. Parker School is a renowned JK-12th grade independent day school. Founded in 1901 on the tenets of progressive education, the School currently enrolls 935 students and employs 200 dedicated faculty and staff members who, in addition to assistant teachers, substitute teachers and coaches, work together to ensure that the School lives up to its Mission to “educate students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse, democratic society and global community.”
We are currently seeking a dynamic educational leader to be our next Intermediate and Middle School Dean of Student Life. The Dean of Student Life is the number two administrator in the division, with a diverse portfolio assigned by the Head of Intermediate and Middle Schools that includes student well-being and inclusion across Grades 4-8, student travel and community engagement, and critical support for the Head in managing a variety of daily administrative responsibilities and special projects.
Support the work of the Head of Intermediate and Middle Schools in areas that may include student conduct and well-being; faculty/staff support; parent communication and parent ed programming; assisting with the hiring of new employees; onboarding new colleagues (including co-advising with them in their first year); representing the division at admissions and development events; ensuring a smooth opening to school; and managing the division whenever the Head is away.
Manage day-to-day student behavioral matters that arise, while lending counsel to the Head on larger or more serious violations of school norms.
Plan, lead, and implement the Middle School Summer Bridge Program for new students and rising 6th graders.
Oversee student travel and community engagement programs, including 4th Grade K-Walking and the 5th Grade Taft overnight; MS fall retreats and the 8th Grade D.C. Trip; and MS Parker Partners (supporting the work of a faculty leader in that community service program).
Be present and engaged with students, colleagues, and families during arrival, lunch/recess, and dismissal.
Collaborate with the Head, Team Leaders, Counselors, and other colleagues to plan, facilitate, and evaluate wellness curricula in the Intermediate and Middle School.
Ensure a successful transition for students moving between divisions (Intermediate to Middle School and Middle School to Upper School).
Serve as a member of the divisional equity team, charged with working to ensure that school life is inclusive, equitable, and just.
Oversee management of the activities budget for the Director of Activities.
Attend and participate in MS grade-level team meetings weekly, and IS team meetings when the agenda involves student life.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in education or other human development field required
Experience in managing student life required
Experience working with early adolescents required
Enjoy working with middle school students in both classroom and non-classroom settings
Experience as a team-builder and collaborator; ability to build effective relationships
Effective organizational, managerial, and planning skills with keen attention to detail and follow through
Ability to articulate the role of student life programs to students, faculty, staff, parents, and outside constituencies
Strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills
The cultural competence and fluency in identity development needed to empower students to work for an inclusive and equitable community
Database management skills and comfort with technology
Commensurate with background and experience; comprehensive benefits package.
To Apply: Please submit cover letter with resume, references and salary requirements by email or fax to (no telephone inquiries please):
Laureen Sweers, Director of Human Resources Francis W. Parker School 330 W. Webster Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 [email protected] fax: 773.549.4430
The faculty, staff and administration of Francis W. Parker School are integral parts of the School's community. Through their passion, dedication and commitment to the School's mission, they create and support an environment where exceptional child-centered learning can occur.
Francis W. Parker School is committed to cultivating a community of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, administrators and alumni, who acknowledge, respect, and esteem diversity in our school; and who reflect, through their presence, the diversity of Chicago communities and the wider world.
Francis W. Parker School is an equal opportunity employer.