The Academic Dean, Grades 11-12, has the primary responsibility for those parts of the school mission that address educational and curricular leadership in Grades 11-12. The Dean is also responsible for all academic affairs, including implementation and representation of academic practices and policies for these students. Public presentation is an important function of this office. The Dean works together with the Academic Dean, Grades 9-10, to insure consistency and coordination of academic programs. Ongoing coordination with the College Counseling Office is also important. The Academic Dean, Grades 11-12, reports to the Head of the Upper School and resides on campus.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Demonstrate leadership in the areas of teaching, learning, and curricular change; supervise the academic program for grades 11-12 and work in coordination with the other deans to implement policy, set tone, and respond to student needs.
Exercise responsibility for programs and daily operation of the academic office, grades 11-12, including:
attend to student, faculty, and parent questions about academic policies;
organize and present major academic programs for students and parents;
respond to concerns regarding academic calendar and schedule.
Support faculty in meeting school mission and setting high standards of respect, communication, and community in classrooms and the academic offices; support individual teachers in areas of pedagogy, learning differences, and classroom management.
Serve as member of the administrative team and take leadership role in articulating school policies.
Work with department heads to communicate academic expectations for faculty and students in consonance with school mission and policies.
Work closely with the registrar throughout the school year to meet deadlines for registration and scheduling calendar and to make changes in student schedules; support the college counselors in assessing student needs, help supervise administrative assistant in meeting office needs.
Work with all counselors, faculty, and advisers to insure that students receive individual counseling and support when appropriate; counsel students and families as needed; serve on the Student Concerns Committee.
Provide leadership and strategic thinking in the areas of standardized testing, construction and implementation of an IEP (individual educational plan), coordination with college counseling office in identifying and securing appropriate 504 plans.
Co-chair the Educational Policies Committee with the Academic Dean, Grades 9-10, providing leadership role in areas of learning, teaching, and curricular change.
Organize and lead meetings that bring together student, parents, and faculty member in matters of academic concern.
Maintain currency of Faculty Handbook, in coordination with Dean of Faculty.
Support other administrators with special events and activities, including opening of school, student orientation, Parents Visiting Days, Homecoming.
Master's Degree in related field.
Five or more years teaching experience and working in a secondary school setting required with counseling and administrative experience preferred.
Strong interpersonal skills are required to interact/communicate effectively with parents, faculty, students, and administrators to support a successful academic environment and resolve academic performance issues.
The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The position requires frequent and ongoing contact with students, parents, faculty, and administrators where sensitive and confidential matters may be discussed. This contact requires resourcefulness, tact, negotiating/problem solving ability and a working knowledge of policies and procedures with a firm knowledge of academic requirements and school policies and procedures.
The ability to maintain confidentiality is essential.
About Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School
Cranbrook Schools, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is comprised of three coordinated educational divisions with students ranging from early childhood to the twelfth grade. Together the coed lower school, single-sex middle schools and coed upper school serve more than 1,600 students. Housed on two internal campuses, Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School offers a rigorous college-preparatory program in a day/boarding environment. There are approximately 800 students in grades 9-12 in the upper school, including 260 residential students from across the country and around the world.
The Schools are a part of the 319-acre campus known as Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC). CEC also includes Cranbrook Institute of Science, Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook House and Gardens and the Cranbrook Academy of Art for graduate fine art studies.