Dean of Students, Division Head/Principal, Head of School
Pomfret School, a co-ed, independent, college preparatory boarding and day school consisting of 355 students in grades 9 – PG, is seeking a Dean of Students for July 2018.
Pomfret prides itself on recruiting and supporting administrators and teachers who are leaders and learners and who are deeply devoted to cultivating curiosity and love of learning in our students. An educator at Pomfret is committed to excellent teaching in service of the Mission of the School and its students. Pomfret administrators and teachers create a learning environments designed to fulfill the goals of the School’s program and Vision of the Pomfret Graduate. Faculty at Pomfret embrace the boarding school lifestyle and are committed to educating the whole child. They appropriately challenge students, and support and guide them to reach their potential in the academic arena, on the playing fields, in the dormitories, and within the overall community.
The Dean of Students at Pomfret is responsible for leading and managing the student life experience and monitoring the students’ overall behavior and well-being. This position develops and implements student life education, programs, and policies, and oversees students’ progress outside of the classroom.
Successful applicants are dynamic individuals able to thrive in a fast-paced, yet rewarding environment. The Dean of Students reports to the Assistant Head of School. This is a 12-month, full-time administrative position, and will begin July 2018. As is our standard, all faculty positions at Pomfret School are one-year appointments to be reconsidered annually.
Core Dean of Student’s responsibilities include:
Leading and managing all student discipline and overseeing the major disciplinary process, including oversight of disciplinary committee meetings
Leading and overseeing the student advisory program
Leading and overseeing the day and residential life programs
Designing and holding outreach and educational programs for students throughout the school year
Overseeing student clubs, leadership positions and elections, and leading student leadership training throughout year
Overseeing student daily attendance, and coordinating student weekend & weekday leaves and vacation travel plans
Designing and implementing faculty development and growth programming
Organizing and running new student orientation and onboarding initiatives for new students
Creating and fostering a safe and healthy environment for students
Serving on Student Support Team (SST) and Conduct and Compliance Team (CCT)
Serving on the Emergency Response Team and the Safety Committee
Serving on Events Committee and Calendar Planning Committee
Updating and revising student life policies, and maintaining the student handbook, Griffin Guide
Overseeing the Dean’s office team consisting of two Assistant Deans, Coordinator of Student Activities, Form Deans, and an Administrative Assistant
Additional responsibilities include:
Coaching an athletic team or supervising an afternoon activity for the equivalent of one-out-of-three seasons
Serving as a faculty advisor to a small group of students
Participating in the residential life program, which includes a rotation of weeknight and weekend School Officer in-Charge (SOC) responsibilities
Participating in the School’s student life program, QUEST
Pursuing continuous professional growth and development
Attending and at times leading faculty meetings, school meetings, chapel services, and other required school functions
Managing relationships with colleagues and parents that support the social and emotional well-being, intellectual development, and independent personal responsibility of students
Using time between school years and/or during the school year to maintain current knowledge of his or her discipline, to review and revise curriculum, and to grow their repertoire of teaching and learning strategies
Depending on the experience and skill set of the person hired for this position, as well as the further-determined needs of the School, the role and responsibilities for this position may be subject to change.
The ideal candidate for this position will be a committed, team player who:
Fosters a positive, caring environment consistent with the vision, beliefs and core values of the school.
Exhibits character and integrity consistent with professional expectations and Standards of Behavior of the School.
Is viewed as a leader who models integrity and fairness, and creates a nurturing, positive school culture.
Is passionate about, comfortable with, and find enjoyment in working with adolescents
Mentors faculty and staff, and is able and willing to lead and educate all school members in student life issues.
Demonstrates an ability to lead by positive example.
Makes sound decisions and implements them in timely manner, and tends to problems promptly.
Manages office duties in an organized fashion and meets deadlines and commitments
Is visible, approachable, and diligent, and possess a strong, proactive work ethic
Has excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
Is able to communicate clearly, timely, and confidentially with students, parents, and colleagues
Is able to multi-task and fulfill many responsibilities with diligence and resilience,
Is an empathetic leader and learner with demonstrated success in providing student-centered, solution-focused mentoring to high school-aged students
Is accessible and approachable, and maintains timely and effective communication with all appropriate persons and groups.
Maintains professional working relationships that allow others to feel comfortable with and supported by her/him.
Demonstrates visible, active engagement in the daily life of the School
Successfully satisfies the roles and responsibilities of this position with poise and a sense of humor
Preferred candidates will have teaching and administrative experience in a residential or day school setting and a strong desire to live and work in a boarding school environment. Candidates deemed most qualified hold advanced degrees.
Interested candidates should prepare a cover letter, resume, statement of leadership philosophy, statement of educational philosophy, and a list of 5 professional references, and email them to Richard K. Dempsey, Assistant Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org. When communicating, please include “Dean of Students” in the subject line of your email.
Pomfret School is an independent coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for 355 students in grades 9 through 12 and postgraduates. Set on a beautiful 500-acre campus in Northeastern Connecticut and brought to life by an exceptional faculty, Pomfret offers a challenging and rewarding experience for students from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Through an engaging... process of learning and leading, a commitment to service beyond self, and numerous opportunities for personal growth in academic, athletic, artistic, and residential settings, students emerge as ethical and active citizens of the world. With a clear mission, Pomfret School cultivates a healthy interdependence of mind, body, and spirit in its students as it prepares them for college and to lead and learn in a diverse and increasingly interconnected society.
Pomfret School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law in administration of its employment, enrollment, or educational policies, tuition assistance programs or other administered programs.