Overview: Dwight-Englewood School, the largest independent school in Bergen County, NJ, and a growing, vibrant, and diverse learning community in the New York City metro area, is seeking to fill one of the three Middle School Grade Level Dean positions. The position requires an outstanding individual with a big picture perspective of schools, learning, and children who can lead and support students and work collaboratively with colleagues. Beginning work in our brand new Middle School building, the Grade Level Dean will have the unique opportunity of developing the culture and systems of this new space. The Dean is also expected to work collaboratively across divisions to maintain an integrated K-12 organization with strong, functional, student-focused systems.
Actively support the Mission of the School and put that vision into daily practice.
Work closely with the Middle School Principal and the Middle School Admin team to develop the future direction of the Middle School as well as facilitating the daily implementation of the program.
Lead the grade level group of students and oversee them in all aspects of their life at school.
Lead the grade level advisors in dealing with student academic, social, and emotional concerns including counseling students and working closely with the student support team to support and ensure student growth.
Act as point person for the grade with regard to student discipline and parent communication.
Help plan and execute the daily events of the grade level, as well as coordinate the student overnight trips for that grade level.
Teach two sections of class (or their equivalent) in the Middle School.
The ideal candidate will offer most or all of the following qualities or characteristics as well as the qualifications that follow:
A true love of working with Middle School aged students.
Be visible, approachable, encouraging, and positive.
Experience with restorative justice, conflict mediation, or similar student-growth-based discipline models.
Authenticity in engagement and being part of the internal and external community.
Clear, consistent, and dynamic communication with the ability to genuinely connect and listen to students, teachers, and parents.
Balanced in leadership philosophy; using both one’s heart and head when making decisions.
Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse educational environment.
Experience leading teams of students and adults.
A growth mindset.
Terms of Employment:
This is an extended teaching position with administrative duties. Deans return to school one week before the faculty arrive in August, and remain one week after the faculty depart in June.
Professional days are considered work days and participation in planned activities is mandatory.
A Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred).
At least five years of teaching experience, with a strong background in Middle School instruction (Some school leadership experience preferred).
Personal and professional alignment to the school’s mission, vision, and values.
Knowledge of and commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and anti-bias education in all aspects of the work with Middle School students, families, and colleagues.
Excellent oral, written, and electronic communication skills.
Leadership of after-school activities (in athletics, the arts, or other programs).
Fulfill certain night and weekend responsibilities that support the School and help build its community.