Berkshire School seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative leader to serve as Dean of Academics to begin in July 2019. A member of the senior administrative team, the Dean of Academics will provide strategic leadership and vision for the curricular program. The Dean of Academics not only provides academic leadership and oversight, but also mentors teachers, supports students’ academic well-being, and serves as a resource for parents. Other responsibilities include teaching, coaching, and/or advising roles depending on the background and interest of the Dean and the needs of the School. The Dean of Academics reports to the Associate Head of School and works in close partnership with the Head of School.
Salary is competitive and includes year-round housing plus utilities, and meals when school is in session. Health and retirement benefits, including TIAA-CREF, are part of the compensation package. Funding exists to support advanced degree work, as well as participation in professional conferences, workshops, summer study, and travel.
Berkshire School strives to create a global community that reflects the world around us and the backgrounds, experiences, identities, genders, perspectives, races, religions and talents that each member brings to our school. We believe that a diverse and inclusive community supports and respects all cultures, ethnicities, languages, philosophies, political views and sexual orientations that exist within and beyond our school.
Responsibilities of the Dean of Academics:
Oversees Berkshire School’s academic curriculum
Collaborates with Department Chairs on curriculum design and oversight, hiring needs, teacher and student placement; establishes the agenda and leads weekly Department Chair meetings
Leads Department Chair performance evaluation
Collaborates with Form Deans to support individual students and their academic experience
Works closely with the Director of the Kenefick Learning Center, Director of the Library, and Director of Independent Study and Virtual High School to provide guidance, oversight, and support for these areas of the academic program.
Oversees students’ academic placement, progress and performance
Supervises the review of academic reports and maintenance of academic records
Works with the Registrar to process student academic placement, course registration, schedule changes, and communication of all student reports.
Leads communication of expectations created by Berkshire’s Honor Code
Attends and participates in the weekly Administrative Team meeting
Works closely with Associate Head of School and hiring team to support and inform hiring needs and interview and evaluate teaching candidates
Upholds and exemplifies the core values of Berkshire School: curiosity, inclusion, integrity, perseverance, resilience, and respect
A bachelor's degree is required and a master's degree or higher is preferred. A minimum of five years of classroom experience is required and administrative experience in schools is desirable. A demonstrated commitment to continued professional development, including diversity and/or cultural competency training is required. Interested candidates should email a letter of interest and resume to Jean Maher, Associate Head of School/Dean of Faculty at teaching@berkshireschool,org.
About Berkshire School
Berkshire School is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school offering a rigorous academic course of study. Pioneering programs - such as Advanced Math/Science Research, Advanced Humanities Research, Sustainability and Resource Management, and Pro Vita Winter Session - coexist with advanced sections and AP offerings in all disciplines. Berkshire provides a range of artistic and athletic offerings supported by a state-of-the-art academic building and brand new facilities in athletics and the arts. In this extraordinary setting, students are encouraged to learn, in the words of the school motto, "not just for school, but for life."