Girls Preparatory School (GPS) was founded to provide girls with the necessary courses to pursue a college education. GPS has proudly graduated almost 6,000 young women since 1906. Currently, 113 faculty and staff serve nearly 600 girls in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum that includes a full complement of humanities, arts, and STEM courses and cocurricular programs of leadership development, athletics, performing arts, and community engagement.
The Middle School Dean of Students works closely with and at the direction of the Head of Middle School to cultivate a positive, caring, and supportive student culture and learning environment in which students feel a sense of community with their peers and teachers. They will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, parents, and other administrators to provide programming and leadership opportunities that enable girls to flourish in a healthy Middle School community. The Dean of Students must be an excellent communicator and be able to balance compassion with opportunities for growth while guiding the personal and social development of students in an all-girls educational environment.
Major Responsibilities and Duties
Develop and implement ongoing Middle School student programming that is both engaging and community building;
In conjunction with the Upper School Dean of Students, plan and execute Girl Matters | Girls Matter speaker series, weekly IMPACT programming, and daily Chapel program;
In partnership with the Director of the Coordinate Program and the Middle School Dean of Students at McCallie (brother school to GPS) coordinate and oversee all GPS/McCallie academic and cocurricular coordinate events;
Work collaboratively with the Middle School Counselor to support student needs;
Coordinate and monitor student club registration and attendance;
Serve as the faculty sponsor of the Middle School Class Leadership Council; and
Serve as a faculty advisor on the all-school Honor Council.
Lead the Middle School Class Deans as they continually review and refine the Middle School Advisory Program;
Work to create a yearly scope and sequence for a developmentally appropriate program to address grade-specific social, emotional, and academic student issues in a timely manner;
Along with Class Deans, oversee and coordinate the planning of Middle School grade-level orientations and overnight retreats; and
Attend weekly grade-level team meetings and support Class Deans to manage their advisory teams and respond appropriately to student academic and social-emotional issues.
Oversee day-to-day disciplinary issues and work closely with students, faculty, and staff to ensure compliance with school policies as outlined in the GPS Blue Book;
Lead all disciplinary investigations with dignity and confidentiality in a way that is grounded in the school’s mission and values and ensures that infractions are teachable moments;
Work in coordination with and seek guidance from the Middle School Counselor or Middle School Head whenever necessary during disciplinary matters; and
Keep detailed records of meetings and communications with students and parents or guardians.
Attend Middle School parent events, admission events, coordinate events, and school outreach events as requested by Senior Administration;
Teach a course(s) in his or her discipline; and
Perform other duties as assigned by the Middle School Head or the Head of School.
An understanding and commitment to the instructional and educational practices that support, guide, and inspire girls and young women to identify their strengths and hopes;
Demonstrated ability to work successfully and positively with all students and to encourage behavioral changes in a confidential and dignified manner;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills that are effective with demonstrated leadership and facilitation skills;
The ability to lead with respect, integrity, and honesty;
Master’s degree or post-graduate work in educational leadership or another related field;
A minimum of five to seven years’ teaching experience is required. Three years of leadership experience desired;
An understanding and commitment to the instructional and educational practices that support, guide, and inspire girls and young women to identify their strengths and hopes for their futures;
Demonstrated commitment to building empathy and empowering students to engage across differences; and
Excellent planning and organizational skills, which create and ensure a balance in managing the responsibilities of the role.
It is the School’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. It is the intent and resolve of the School to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law in the implementation of all facets of equal opportunity. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
All employees are responsible for complying with the School's equal employment opportunity policy.