The Dean of Students reports to the Head of School, is responsible for students’ well being – emotional, behavioral, psychological, ethical, and intellectual – and manages schoolwide co-curricular programs that help students reach their maximum potential at Lick-Wilmerding High School. The Dean of Students collaborates with and supervises individuals working in these domains. The Dean of Students serves as a mediator between faculty and students and as a nexus between the School, the students, and their families. The Dean of Students is a member of the Administrative Team, chairs the Student Support Services team (Triple S), supervises the class deans, and co-chairs the Emergency Preparedness team. In partnership with the Head of School, and Academic Administration, the Dean of Students is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school. The Dean of Students may teach one class throughout the year.
Administration and Supervisory Responsibilities:
Collaborates with the Academic Administration Team (Team) in designing and reviewing school policies
Along with the Team, monitors the general safety of the members of the school community and addresses concerns about student harassment or discrimination in any form
Along with the Team, monitors the implementation of the L-W Crisis Management Plan, responds to school emergencies, and works collaboratively with other administrators in emergency situations
Supervises, supports and leads the hiring process for: Class Deans, Counselors, and Learning Specialists
Other duties as assigned
Student Support Responsibilities:
Leads the Student Support Services (Triple-S) team and works with its members to identify, monitor and support students experiencing difficulties
Manages the school-wide student support referral processes and its annual review
Oversees an annual review of the policies and norms outlined in the Student and Community Handbook
Oversees the Advisory system, and works with the Grade Level Deans, Director of Student inclusion and counselors to design, implement and review the advising program curriculum
Leads training of faculty-staff advisors and evaluation of the advisory program
Mediates between teachers, parents and/or students to resolve conflicts and questions; advocates for students when appropriate
In collaboration with the restorative practices group, manages the processes of student accountability, repair and reflection when community norms are breached
Creates and monitors individual student need-based agreements between student/families and the School
Student Leadership and Activities Responsibilities:
Collaborates with the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement in oversight of the Student Council and student clubs
Leads planning and manages the safety of student-focused school events, including school dances.
Leads planning for various school wide events such as assemblies, Back to School night, Parent-Advisor-Advisee conferences, graduation and other end of year events.
Collaborates with the Director of Communications on the production of the Student Handbook
Communicates with L-W families regarding student support resources, upcoming events, new school schedules, parent advisor conferences, etc.
Presents at Parent Association and/or board meetings when requested by the Head of School and/or the President of the PA
Meets regularly with PA President to hear parent concerns about student life at the school
Advises Parent Association on class-related and PA-sponsored events
At least five years of classroom teaching experience, preferably at the High School level
Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion work in a diverse community
Integrity coupled with flexibility while nurturing a dynamic student community
Sincere passion in working with adolescents, their parents, and the adults who mentor them
A sense of humor and an ability to balance the needs of multiple constituencies
Attention to detail and strong organizational and communication skills
Commitment to restorative justice practices as the foundation for student accountability, repair and reflection
How to Apply:
Apply via our employment page - https://www.lwhs.org/about/employment - Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references in MS Word or .pdf format by January 10, 2022. No calls or email please. In your cover letter you please address the following prompts:
1. How does your prior experience and work resonate with the school’s mission? AND, 2. Discuss what student support means in a college preparatory school that strives to center student wellness and belonging.
Mission Statement: A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart, and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.