Position Statement for Dean of Students
Begins: July 1, 2017
Scope of Position
The Dean of Students is the senior administrator charged with supervising the social development of students at the Academy, whether they live in the residence halls or off campus with their parents. The Dean of Students oversees student conduct, school discipline, residential life, student programming, and student counseling services. The Dean of Students reports directly to the Head of School.
The American Hebrew Academy is the only international Jewish college preparatory boarding high school in the world. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, on a 100 acre wooded campus, the Academy offers our academically motivated students, who come from 28 states and 35 countries, the opportunity to receive a rigorous college preparatory education while exploring and strengthening their Jewish identity. Approximately ninety percent of our students live on campus, while the other ten percent are day students.
With a maximum class size of twelve, Academy students are taught by an esteemed faculty most of whom have advanced degrees in their field (67% hold master’s degrees/31% hold doctorates or rabbinic ordination). Technology is central to every student's experience at the Academy. Each classroom is equipped with Smart Boards and each student receives a Microsoft Surface Pro-3 hybrid computer. The Academy’s unique classroom design fosters the Socratic teaching pedagogy and technology integration.
The Academy is committed to providing an outstanding Jewish education to all our students, regardless of past Jewish experience, knowledge, or background. The Academy is a serious academic environment with emphasis placed on preparation for admission to prestigious colleges and universities. The curriculum includes extensive A.P., Honors, and early college courses. Jewish Studies and Hebrew language instruction comprise 20% of our students’ academic schedule. Students take foundational courses in traditional texts, Jewish history, and Jewish thought, taught by our consortium of scholars and rabbis representing all major Jewish denominations. Advanced topics are introduced as students progress and choose among courses and perspectives they find most engaging.
Our residential campus includes 16 dormitories, housing students including a senior honor student prefect and private apartments for two in-house resident house parents per building.
The Dean of Students lives on campus and assumes residential responsibilities as part of a house team, in addition to the duties listed below.
- Provide a safe and healthy environment in which our students will develop character, values, and life skills steeped in Judaism.
- Develop a set of campus rules and guidelines with the school’s Honor Council (Va’ad HaKavod), which minimizes student discipline issues.
- Communicates with parents on students’ progress and adjustment to residential life, and provide feedback as necessary.
- Supervise the residential staff, the Director of Student Programming, and the Student Life Operations Manager.
- Oversee the hiring, training, and evaluation of residential House Parents, Associate House Parents, Academy Fellows, and Madrichim (senior prefects).
- Develop and facilitate the teaching of the residential life curriculum to all residential life faculty, staff, and students.
- Oversee, with the Director of Student Programming, the Academy’s extracurricular student clubs, social activities, and major campus events (e.g. Family Weekend).
- Facilitate a full program of intramural house and student activities.
- Oversee with the Dean of Jewish Life, the Academy’s Social Action (Tikkun ‘Olam activities), Israel related activities and coordination of all Student Life programs with Jewish Life programs.
- Serve on the Academy’s Executive Committee
- Deep knowledge of teenage behavior and psychological development
- Solid understanding of Jewish values and practices and their application in a pluralistic Jewish environment
- Deep understanding of the learning process model in hopes of achieving continuous improvement and innovation throughout the campus community
- Integrity, creativity and a keen sense of humor
- Experience in managing people in complex interpersonal environments
- Familiarity with coordinating multifaceted work schedules
- Proficiency in balancing multiple duties and responsibilities with excellence
- Acute organizational skills and attention to detail
- Adept at communicating with teenagers, teachers, and parents on a wide variety of topics
- Aptitude for leading in complex and stressful situations
- Creativity in problem solving and in programming
- Propensity for making decisions that are perceived as fair and consistent
Education and Experience
Candidate must have a Masters Degree or equivalent graduate education or a four-year college degree in appropriate field of study, plus a minimum of two years of leadership experience in a teen setting.
In addition, four to six years of experience in a boarding school, day school, summer camp, or equivalent setting is required for this senior-level position. A strong desire to work in a residential environment and any combination of attributes may be substituted for experiences specifically stated.
Position within the Organization
This is a twelve month position reporting to the Head of School. Office space is provided for the Dean of Students in the Student Union building in close proximity to the residence halls.
Dean of Students Living Arrangements
The Dean of Students lives on campus and may be called upon to serve on a house team in conjunction with other administrative duties.
Room and board are provided for the Dean and his/her family. Each residential house has an attached 2,400 square foot apartment. This apartment has two floors. On one floor is a master bedroom with private bath, and three additional bedrooms and a second bath. On the other floor is a spacious living room, dining room, kitchen space, a foyer, a bathroom, and a large personal study. The personal study connects to the living space in the residence hall, and provides privacy for the Dean’s family. All House Parent apartments have a private entrance at ground level.
A two car garage is provided near the entrance to the campus. An electric golf cart is provided for convenient transportation on the Academy’s pedestrian campus.
Salary and Benefits
The Academy offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with the candidates’ qualifications, credentials, and level of experience.
The Academy provides a health insurance plan, life insurance plan, dental insurance plan, TIAA-CREF retirement plan, vacation, and holidays. Additional optional insurance plans for extended coverages are also available at additional costs.
The American Hebrew Academy was founded in 1996 by Maurice “Chico” Sabbah, z”l and his wife Zmira who dreamed of developing a first of its kind Jewish community in which Jewish teenagers from around the world and from all Jewish denominations and backgrounds could come together and live in a serene environment to enrich their knowledge of Jewish culture, history and religious practice, both traditional and modern while preparing for admission to college and university and future positions of leadership in the community.
In 1999, the first foundational steps were made with the purchase of 100 wooded acres and lake frontage in Greensboro, North Carolina. By early spring 1999, Frank Lloyd Wright’s associate architect, Aaron Green, was commissioned to create the master plan for the campus and building designs for every building the Academy would eventually need for the immediate future and for years to come.
On September 10, 2001, the Academy opened its gates to 77 pioneering (“Chalutzim”) students. Today, the Academy is a thriving Jewish educational institution whose graduates have all gone on to continue their education at the finest colleges and universities in the United States, Israel, and around the world.
Statement of Employment Policy
Discrimination based on an individual’s sex (including gender or pregnancy), race, color, national origin, veteran status, age, disability, sexual orientation, or other legally protected status is strictly prohibited at the American Hebrew Academy.
The Academy provides equal employment opportunities for individuals regardless of religion in most positions. However, the Academy is committed to the growth and teaching of Jewish values, traditions, and practices of the Jewish faith to the students enrolled. Thus, while the Academy employs many who are not Jewish, even persons who are not Jewish will be expected to demonstrate and promote Jewish values, traditions, and beliefs where necessary to meet the requirements of their positions. There are certain positions at the Academy that require the individual employed to be Jewish in accordance with Jewish law. The Academy reserves the right to determine which positions will be held exclusively by Jewish employees to best meet the mission of the school.
The above position statement is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
Direct resumes and inquiries to:
American Hebrew Academy
4334 Hobbs Road
Greensboro, NC 27410