The Buckley School, Los Angeles’ oldest K-12 coeducational learning institution, has an opening for a Middle School Dean for the 2018-2019 school year. The Middle School Dean is charged with supporting the academic and social-emotional growth of every middle school student and bringing to life our community’s shared values of kindness, respect, honesty, loyalty, self-discipline, and self-reliance. The Dean’s primary role lies in developing and implementing behavior and discipline policies that help students make responsible choices and build and maintain positive relationships. The Dean is central to creating and upholding a nurturing and inclusive school culture where all students feel a sense of belonging. The Dean reports directly to the Middle School Division Head and works closely with the Middle School Assistant Head and other administrators to ensure consistency of policy and mission across all aspects of the school. The Dean’s responsibilities also include teaching one full class (section) each year, teaching an exploratory class each trimester and chaperoning one middle school outdoor ed trip.
Responsibilities include the following
Student Behavior and Support
Work with middle school leadership to design, implement, and refine school policies on student behavior that focus on building positive relationships, giving students the tools to manage their own behavior, and upholding the school’s values
Serve as the point person for dealing with behavioral issues and student crisis-intervention; elevate critical situations to the Middle School Head and Middle School Assistant Head
Provide direct preventive behavioral and relationship-based supports to individual students or groups of students who demonstrate the need
Manage a system to collect, input, and analyze student behavior referrals; identify areas of concern and behavioral trends to share with the Middle School Student Support Team (SST)
Support teachers in the implementation of classroom behavior management strategies and in their efforts to hold all students to high and consistent behavioral expectations
Assist teachers, students, and parents in the effective creation and implementation of individual behavior plans; work with School Counselor as needed.
Social and Emotional Learning
Work with MS Head and MS Assistant Head to build and refine 6th-8th grade advisory structures and curriculum, including the incorporation of Council into middle school
If applicable, act as a student advisor for a group of 7-8 students
Participate in weekly Student Support Team and monthly SEL Team meetings
Collaborate with Middle School leadership to plan activities that build community, celebrate students, and positively impact school climate, such as Middle School Welcome Back Week, spirit week, assemblies, dances, and other Middle School events
Work with Middle School Buckley Student Council adviser to plan assemblies, dances and other Middle School events
Work with Middle School Assistant Head to create cross-divisional opportunities through current and new programs, including the National Honor Society-6th Grade Buddy Program
Work with Administration to support and facilitate transition of students from lower to middle school and from middle to upper school, including curricular and co-curricular programming as well as social events
Communication with Families
Effectively communicate with families with respect to student attendance, student conduct, school programs, and school performance
Work with School Counselor and Learning Specialist to provide targeted pre-emptive support for families of students who are at risk
Attendance: develop attendance policies. Oversee the middle school attendance program. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records.
Prose reports: in collaboration with school registrar and Middle School and Upper School Division Heads, oversee process of posting, proof-reading, printing, and distributing first and second semester prose reports and report cards; communicate relevant information to all constituencies.
Scheduling: in collaboration with Middle School and Upper School Heads and Assistant Heads, develop Master Schedule. Create, set-up and structure schedule in Education Edge software (SIS). Input student course requests and teacher restrictions in walk-in scheduler. Run scheduler and revise data.
The Bulletin: gather information for, format and distribute the daily Griffin Bulletin email.
Student Supervision: oversee supervision of students before and after school and atr lunch. Set up the supervision schedule and serve, on a rotational basis, along with all faculty and administration members.
Work with Upper School Dean: collaborate with Upper School Dean on tasks including, but not limited to, assigning and overseeing student lockers and maintaining and emptying campus lost and found.
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in a relevant field (psychology, counseling, etc.) preferred
K-12 independent school experience required; middle school experience preferred
At least five years’ relevant experience, including teaching, educational leadership, and management experience
Kindness, compassion, sensitivity, and the ability to listen carefully
Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
Demonstrated expertise and experience in childhood development and social-emotional learning
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse populations, including students, parents, and faculty.
Genuine interest and excitement in working with students and a desire to support their learning and growth
Flexibility to occasionally work long hours, including attendance at weekend and evening events.
Proficiency working with technology, especially MS Office, Internet navigation, databases, and e-mail
Additional Salary Information: Compensation includes full benefits, 100% match on retirement plan contributions up to 5% of earnings
About The Buckley School
The Buckley School, a K-12 college preparatory school with 830 students, is one of the most respected independent schools in the Los Angeles. Buckley is known for its unique educational philosophy, the 4-Fold Plan of Education, which melds a whole-child approach with elements of structure, as well as for its warm, intimate educational environment.
The school’s curriculum balances academics, the arts, physical development and moral education. Its creative, personalized approach to education emphasizes high academic standards for all students, and includes traditional touches that develop the character and discipline that unlock students’ full potential.