Sandy Spring Friends School seeks an inspiring leader and student-centered advocate to serve in a newly created Co-Dean of Students role for 2021-2022. Together, the Co-Deans of Students support the personal, social, emotional, and academic growth of students in the context of the school community and culture, while also supporting our families in helping their children to thrive. The Co-Deans are an important part of the Family-Student Resource Team which consists of the Head of Upper School, Assistant Head of Upper School and Academic Dean, as well as Counselors, Dean of Boarding, and Grade Deans. The Co-Deans work collaboratively with the Upper School Administrative Team, with faculty, student leaders, Grade Deans, and other school administrators to ensure dynamic student programming, effective support and intervention strategies, and equitable and just resolution to student conflict and transgressions.
The Co-Deans have direct oversight of the advisory program, clubs and extracurricular programming, and student discipline. Grade Deans are key leadership roles in our Upper School and will report to Co-Deans in their efforts to support students in their grades individually and collectively. Co-Deans of Students report directly to the Head of Upper School and will teach two classes in their area of interest/expertise.
Professional Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required; 3+ years of experience in education and proven success in student support and student-centered leadership; knowledge of good practices in anti-bias and experiences with multicultural education working with diverse students, families, and colleagues; a proven commitment and professional development in diversity, equity, and inclusion with a high level of cultural competency; outstanding organizational skills, follow-through, and ability to multi-task; exceptional written and oral communication skills, and experience communicating with parents, students, and faculty; demonstrated success as a confident problem solver and team player who practices collaborative leadership; proficient with current technology including G suite; and proven track record as an independent and goal-oriented team member.
Physical Requirements: The ability to navigate stairs as part of daily routines; mobility around a large campus with the uneven pavement; bending and squatting as required to participate in activities; lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds; and the ability to maneuver as necessary within a regular classroom and office setting.
Commitment to Diversity: Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representatives of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring, and other school-administered programs.
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Frie...nds School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.