The role of the Dean of Students is to create and cultivate a vision for the school with respect to all issues related to the cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical growth of students at Holderness. These areas include but are not limited to the following: ensure student health & safety; support the school’s systems connected to accountability with regards to attendance, community norms; and, promote a culture of equity and inclusion. Holderness Universal Employee Objectives: All employees should act in support of the mission and strategic goals of the school.
The mission is: Holderness School fosters equally in each student the resources of the mind, body, and spirit in the creation of a caring community, inspiring all to work for the betterment of humankind and God’s creation. Leadership at Holderness is each person’s journey to best serve and empower others. It is expected that all employees of Holderness model leadership in their conduct and the performance of their jobs through the exhibition of four characteristics:
Be a proactive and continuous learner: take opportunities to learn new skills and to extend one’s education.
Strive to Continuously Improve: regularly looks for ways to improve practice.
Anticipate Challenges: be prepared to deal with difficulties and rise to challenges.
Be a Role Model: colleagues should look at you as a positive model and a resource.
Actively Seek Feedback: gather feedback from peers, supervisors, and those you serve in order to improve your performance.
Collegial and Congenial: be respectful, supportive, and caring of those around you.
Consistent Achiever: Effectively and efficiently manage all areas of responsibilities.
Diligent: Be on time and meet deadlines.
Active Communicator: take the initiative to communicate important information to the appropriate people in a timely and professional manner.
Positive Force: seeks and recognizes strengths in others and provides specific and positive feedback to others.
Supportive and Preventative: supportive of others, working both individually and collectively to construct and maintain a safe environment.
Deal Directly: do not participate in gossip, either through listening or speaking. Feedback and communication should be made directly, not through others.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Dean of Students
• Develop and manage social policies, protocols, and practices that serve to support student development, learning, health, and safety.
• Collaborate and maintain oversight of the Student Life team (Office of Inclusion & Equity, School Counselor, Assistant Dean of Students, etc) to provide student counseling & HW initiatives.
• Promote high standards and expectations for student leadership, personal integrity, and community responsibility.
• Oversee culture, communications, and systems of support for student conduct and discipline.
• Address disciplinary, social, and honor infractions, as well as communicate the details of these cases to parents, faculty, and students where appropriate.
• Counsel students when necessary, working closely with the school nurse, school counselor and psychologist.
• Ensure the health and safety of students on campus as well as in residential programs.
• Champion leadership systems at the school in collaboration with the ADoS and senior leaders as well as with respect to the service leadership program connected to daily community responsibilities on campus.
• Coordinate and lead student orientation programs on an annual basis.
• Coordinate and schedule special programs and events for attendance by the student body such as assemblies relevant to discipline, health and wellness, and safety initiatives.
• Collaborate & communicate changes and additions to the school’s master calendar relevant to student life initiatives.
• Develop and implement the Student Handbook.
• Keep the Head of School & Associate Head of School informed regarding student issues and campus life.
• Coordinate and plan out (in collaboration with selective Deans) a slate of dynamic weekend activities over the course of the school year.
• Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred
• 5+ years of experience in education and proven success as part of an administrative team
• Outstanding organizational skills
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills
• Demonstrated success as a confident problem solver
• Proven track record as an independent and goal-oriented team member
• Passionate about acting as a boarding parent, living in boarding houses with students
• The Dean of Students will also teach a course and/or coach a season (typically as an assistant at the varsity level or leading a JV team)
If interested in this position, please send a resume with a cover letter and an educational philosophy statement to Andrew Herring at email@example.com. No phone calls please. We prefer electronic attachments rather than paper.
Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until February 15, 2018. An onsite interview is required.
Criminal background checks are performed on all new hires.
Holderness School is an equal opportunity employer, and will not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination against any employee or applicant in any manner prohibited by law.
Located amid the lakes and mountains of central New Hampshire since
1879, Holderness School is a traditional co-ed independent secondary
school, serving grades 9-12. Holderness strives to strike a balance in
fostering the resources of the mind, body, and spirit: the mind through a
challenging college preparatory curriculum; the body through outdoor
activities and required interscholastic athl...etics; and the spirit through
school and community service and affiliation with the Episcopal Church.
Holderness remains by choice a small school where everybody plays an
important role, and where students, faculty, and staff maintain close