The Dean of Students oversees the student life program for both resident and day students of the Leadership Academy. As a member of the Headmaster’s leadership team, the Dean of Students provides proactive and collaborative leadership to engage all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to support students’ academic achievement, personal and social development, character formation, health and wellness, and leadership development. The Dean of Students works cooperatively with faculty, staff, students, and parents toward building and maintaining a positive, supportive, and impactful school climate and culture.
Develops, maintains, and administers a formative student life program for both resident and day students of the Leadership Academy that supports their educational achievement, character formation, health and wellness, and leadership development.
Develops, maintains, and administers a proactive and positive student behavior support system and intervention strategies for the Leadership Academy.
Supervises and evaluates the Dorm Heads and Resident Assistant staff of the Leadership Academy including assigning duties to such staff as appropriate to fulfill the Academies’ mission; assists with the recruiting, interviewing, and selection of new members of the Student Life staff.
Coordinates and supports the student prefecture structure of the Leadership Academy.
Collaborates with the Commandant of Cadets of the Military Academy to create a synergized whole-school environment focused on character-based leadership development that supports personal growth toward the independence and interdependence of all students and cadets of the Academies.
Collaborates with the Chaplin and/or counselor(s) to address character, spiritual, guidance, and mental health needs of students.
Cooperates in overseeing the coordination of travel arrangements for students and cadets of the Academies.
Conducts, attends, and participates in various leadership team meetings and other operational and strategic planning meetings as assigned and as necessary.
Communicates with parents as necessary to foster positive and supportive relationships between the Academies and student families. From time to time, this communication may include uncomfortable interactions stemming from difficult situations in cases where students violate the standards of the Academies.
Communicates and cooperates with internal and external legal resources as well as law enforcement as needed to address situations of a legal or criminal nature that may arise as a result of student actions.
Collaborates with Academy safety personnel to maintain the safety and security of the campus environment for all students and staff.
Attends weekend events as needed (Families Weekends, Excalibur, Commencement Weekend, Enrollment Registrations, Open Houses, etc.)
Chaperone Duty (24 hours per academic year; summer sessions as needed)
Experience in leadership of a student life program in a boarding school environment.
In-depth knowledge and understanding of adolescent cognitive and behavioral development.
High degree of professionalism, integrity, and consistency.
Ability to work with a high level of independence and professional discretion while remaining team-focused and collaborative.
Highly developed effective communication skills, both oral and written.
Attention to detail and a proactive nature.
Even temperament and a strong sense of fairness both when interacting with adults and with children.
Ability to create and maintain a positive and supportive yet firm and equitable environment for students.
Ability to effectively collaborate in a team-based leadership environment.
A positive outlook toward life and a belief in the inherently positive nature of children and people in general.
A sense of humor and humility that helps form a balanced perspective of work and life.
Willingness and ability to learn the effective use of new information management and communication systems as required and related to the execution of the position.
Bachelor's degree required (master’s degree preferred) in education or counseling.
Demonstrated experience in administering a student life program in a boarding school environment.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Valid driver’s license
While performing the duties and responsibilities of this position, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, climb, reach above shoulders, and move from place to place. The incumbent is frequently required to talk and listen and use hands to finger or handle. Specific vision requirements for this position include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The incumbent will occasionally be required to lift up to 25 pounds.
The employee works in an office environment located on a Boarding Middle/High School Campus where the noise level is moderate. Occasional local travel for company business is also required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The above statement reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the occupation describes and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work that may be inherent in the occupation.