Commonwealth School, a small independent high school in Boston’s Back Bay, is looking for a full-time Dean of Students, starting summer 2018.
The Dean of Students reports to the Assistant Head of School. The chief responsibility is to promote the wellbeing and success of students in school. This includes both support for students facing emotional and psychological challenges and coordination of learning support—tutoring and accommodations—for students who need more than the usual teacher conferences (including students with learning profiles). In the former the Dean works closely with our School Counselor, and in the latter with the Coordinator of Academic Support. The Dean is also responsible for working with families to facilitate support for students (at times including help outside of school) and consulting with faculty members to serve students within the community. The Dean of Students will also teach part-time in an area of expertise.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Dean of Students will:
Work with the school leadership to develop and manage academic and social policies, protocols, and practices that serve to support student development, learning, health, and safety.
Collaborate with the team to provide academic support, student counseling, and testing.
Coordinate and facilitate communication between student, family, school, and other involved professionals.
Partner proactively with faculty and administration to support students with different learning styles and teachers in their efforts to advance students with different learning needs.
Develop and write, alone or in collaboration with consultants, student accommodation/learning plans with long-term goals and specific objectives.
Oversee and supervise advising, wellness, and counseling systems.
Counsel students as appropriate and necessary, working closely with the school counselor.
Coordinate new-student orientation.
Maintain confidential student records and keep accurate documentation of sessions, meetings, and assessments.
Initiate and schedule parent conferences as needed.
Recommend in-school and community resources for identified students.
Work with professionals outside the school to support students.
Network with colleagues at other independent schools.
Pursue professional development opportunities.
Participate in committee, department, and staff meetings as well as school-sponsored events that would benefit from your area of expertise.
Be involved in the school community at large.
Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Head of School.
Founded nearly fifty years ago, Commonwealth offers its 150 students an education that sets very rigorous academic standards, makes the arts a part of everyday life, and, through various programs with the surrounding city, promotes social responsibility. More information about the school can be found at www.commschool.org.
Candidates should have
An advanced degree as well as relevant work experience in an educational setting.
5+ years of experience in education and a record of success as part of an administrative team.
Demonstrated ability to provide or coordinate support for adolescents from diverse backgrounds.
Knowledge of learning differences, neuropsychological testing, and in interpreting, evaluating, and translating educational assessments and testing.
Outstanding organizational and communication skills.
Strong networking skills to ensure effective marshaling of resources in the broader community.
Comfort and capability in using technology.
Enthusiasm about working in a lively, intellectually exciting community.