Assistant Director of the Upper School and Student Dean
Holton-Arms School, Inc.
Location: BETHESDA, Maryland
Type: Full Time
Salary: Based on Experience
Holton-Arms School invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of the Upper School and Dean of Students. The Assistant Director of the Upper School and Dean of Students reports to the Upper School Director and is an integral member of the Upper School Leadership Team. Working with the Upper School Director, the Assistant Director, and the Dean of Students is responsible for supervising student activity and developing positive, constructive student behavior.
The Assistant Director of the Upper School and Dean of Students is responsible for supporting the Director of the Upper School and faculty in programmatic and academic endeavors while upholding the mission of the school
Supports the Upper School Office Team, oversees Class Dean meetings, and relays important information to students and teachers as appropriate.
Collaborates with the Upper School Director in hiring and supervising the Upper School leadership team.
Supervises student attendance and activities both during and after the school day.
Serves as a liaison between the registrar and faculty to ensure grade verification and changes are timely and accurate.
Helps to build schedules and staffing models, as well as assessment calendars
Partners with students, faculty, and staff to ensure assemblies and gatherings are well organized and the content aligned with the goals and objectives of the School and division.
Along with the Upper School Director, ensures the Student Handbook is reviewed, revised, and updated annually.
Member of the US Admission Committee
Member of Senior Project/Experiential Education Committees
Oversees the Awards process for the US and works with the Advancement office to ensure follow-up and cultivation are on time.
Helps with preparation and running of the US Awards ceremonies, Convocation, and Commencement
Operates as an essential partner with the Upper School Division Director, spearheading initiatives, attending and running meetings, and maintaining and editing essential Upper School documents. Acts in their stead when not available.
Participates in the Upper School community through teaching, coaching, or other instructional activities.
Advises the Student Government Representative Assembly (RA).
Meets regularly to shape agenda and support the students, as well as advise on roles and responsibilities.
Plans retreats, Plans the RA student government retreat, which is held prior to the start of school. each year, including making location arrangements, setting the agenda, and leading the retreat discussion and activities.
Oversees the election process for student government and supervises the elections process and succession planning.
Manages Upper School student behavior and discipline on a proactive and reactive level.
Has a deep understanding of Social Emotional Learning and its impact on behavior
Comfortable working with parents to build partnerships around disciplinary actions and restorative justice.
Responds to any concerns raised by faculty, class deans, students, or parents/guardians regarding student behavior.
Ability to bring people together to have courageous conversations around difficult topics.
Displays empathy and effective communication with diverse groups of people and mentors and models for a culture of inclusion and collaboration.
Proven cross-cultural competency skills demonstrating self-awareness, awareness of others, and the ability to foster inclusive perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors in oneself and others to drive inclusion and belonging in the ongoing development and maintenance of an inclusive campus community.
A sense of humor to enjoy lighthearted moments, a sense of gravitas when needed, and the awareness of when each is appropriate.
Effective time management and executive functioning skills.
Patience with colleagues, students, and families when working through complex situations.
Nimbleness and flexibility and a sense of knowing when to employ them.
Displays and conveys a learner's mindset and can build energy and create pathways for others to grow their leadership.
Strong communication skills as a speaker, writer, and listener.
Required Skills and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred.
Five to 8 years of teaching experience.
Three to 5 years of progressive academic leadership experience.
Ability to problem solve and consider multiple outcomes when building strategies and making decisions to serve the School best.
Proven competence in Veracross, Canvas, Scoir, or comparable systems
Awareness of social media and its impact on learning
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging:
Holton-Arms cherishes the uniqueness of each of our members including current and former students, faculty, and staff. We seek to create an inclusive environment that sees, values, and supports diverse identities and experiences, cultivates engaging discourse, and empowers our students to be thriving members of the global community.
At Holton-Arms, each of us is responsible for fostering an equitable, respectful, and just community. We are committed to:
Discovering, developing, and valuing our full authentic selves.
Deepening awareness of personal and systemic biases and being accountable for the impact of our words and actions.
Developing an understanding of the historical origins and perpetuation of systems of power and privilege.
Engaging in open and brave conversations that promote growth, understanding, connection, and agency.
Embracing every individual as essential to the community
To apply for this opportunity please submit your cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy and contact information for three references HERE
The mission of the Holton-Arms School is to cultivate the unique potential of young women through the "education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit." Founded in 1901 by two visionary women, Holton-Arms continues to cultivate a diverse, inclusive and equitable school community, to tend to the health and well-being of its members, and to build a global curriculum that responds to the learners in our classrooms and the world around us. In this vibrant community committed to academic excellence, our students are scholars, artists, and athletes who find their voices, take risks, learn from mistakes, pursue opportunities for leadership, and build lifelong friendships.
Caring, dedicated faculty and staff inspire our 665 girls and young women in grades 3-12 to realize the School's motto, "I will find a way or make one."
We seek candidates who are dedicated to the School’s mission and will work to inspire our 665 girls and young women in grades 3-12 to realize the School’s motto, “I will find a way or make one.” within the School and in local, national, and global communities.
We believe that with intellectual curiosity, self-reliance, tenacity of purpose, and commit...ment to others, Holton women will make a difference in a complex and changing world.
We seek applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds, talents, and interests who share a dedication and commitment to helping girls learn, grow and make their way in the world.