The Upper School seeks a Dean of Students for grades 9-12. The Dean promotes a culture of equity, access, voice, and joy for young people in the Upper School at BFS, and they understand discipline as a personalized process in which a purposeful praxis is the method of intervention, i.e., listening, discussion, understanding, and mutual reflection before action. Together, and in close collaboration with the Head of Upper School, the Dean helps to establish a positive culture and a strong student community, one that demonstrates compassion, responsibility, reflection, and integrity. With the Upper School’s Guiding Principles as the core of their professional practice, the Dean helps to develop student leaders, facilitate student teams that explore issues in the school (both student and community), and designs innovative ways for the student body to become independent, confident, respectful community-minded thinkers and changemakers.
The ideal candidate will have the skills and mindsets to be a leader in strategic planning for the division and be able to lead, manage, and shape change in areas including behavior policies, equity and inclusion, advisory, and social-emotional learning. The Dean reports directly to the Head of Upper School and works closely with the Assistant Head of Upper School and advisors to ensure consistency of policy and mission across all aspects of the division. The Dean’s responsibilities also include teaching each semester, coordinating and facilitating grade-level retreats and orientations, assisting faculty in finding meaningful ways to engage with students, and minding the health and well-being of students at BFS.
Collaborate with Head of Upper School to address social, emotional, and academic needs of students.
Oversee the processes by which students embrace and demonstrate or have challenges with the US Guiding Principles and coordinate with the Head of Upper School.
Run the Student Council and help facilitate clubs and affinity groups.
Work with Head of Upper School to add/revise/implement campus protocols and policies and edit parent-student handbook, as necessary.
Work with advisors to help facilitate the advisory program for student academic and emotional wellbeing.
Collaborate with entry, academic, and exit programs. This includes but is not limited to working with Enrollment Management and the Assistant Head of Upper School to design and facilitate innovative middle to upper school transition programs; ensure the smooth transition of students from middle to upper school; collaborating with the IB Coordinator to ensure students are academically informed and appropriately placed; partner with College Counseling to ensure strong preparation, support and a smooth transition between school and college.
Serves as the hub for individual communication, support, and success by assembling the appropriate support teams to ensure the success of all students within their grade, e.g., depending on the circumstance, forms ad hoc support teams.
Be an active member of the Deans Team.
Implement and manage an effective student attendance accountability and attendance intervention system, ensuring that faculty provide accurate attendance data.
Facilitate student support team coordination, student scheduling coordination, student leadership and activities coordination, instructional programs support.
Takes a leading role in monitoring and improving student conduct on campus and in the neighborhood.
Responsible for the Fall Pre-Treat, Legacy Day, Spring Senior Day and other annual events.
Creating fun and engaging traditions for students.
Oversee course planning and registration in collaboration with the Assistant Head of Upper School.
Communication with families, students and faculty regarding student social-emotional care, social issues, wellness, field studies and other trips as needed, and ensuring the Head of Upper School is appropriately informed of all student concerns, needs, and successes.
Actively monitors hallways and common areas during free periods and after school and is responsible for enlisting students to help maintain the cleanliness and organization of the campus.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of Upper School
We are seeking candidates who:
Have experience in their subject area.
Are passionate about project-based, student-centered pedagogy.
Have experience with or an interest in helping a student body become independent, community-minded thinkers and changemakers.
Understand discipline as a personalized process that always engages listening, discussion, understanding, and mutual reflection before action, i.e., as an ongoing praxis.
Are interested in the collaborative work of faculty, including curriculum planning.
Have a respectful sense of humor and a respect and love of the life of schools and young people.
How to apply
Please submit an updated CV, cover letter describing your interest and experience, a one page, single-spaced student support philosophy or values statement, and three references with contact information. Send applications to[email protected]. Only electronic applications will be accepted.