10-month .5 Administrative position (+ .5 teaching)
Reports to Head of Upper School
To increase the number of adults in the Upper School community who deeply know our students as whole children and their experiences in the school, and to facilitate programming to address their needs, we have created a new position, The Dean of Student Life, to be responsible for building community among students by developing rich programming to meet student needs and stretch their capacities as citizens in advisory, student leadership, clubs, and retreats. The Dean of Student Life has oversight of all student life matters for approximately 280 students in grades 9-12. The Dean of Student Life will meet regularly with the Head of Upper School, the Assistant Head of Upper School, the School Counselor and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion to strategize around student needs and programming and will be integral to guidance team work and student concern meetings. The Dean of Student Life will perform other duties as assigned by the Head of Upper School, in addition to teaching two courses. Qualified applicants should have three to five years of experience in the classroom (or the equivalent in another educational setting), as well as with student activities.
promoting student leadership development (meet monthly with all student leaders; design and deliver leadership orientation workshop)
organizing and scheduling clubs, committees, assemblies and elections
convening and advising the US Student Agenda Committee
posting weekly the school and athletic schedules on email
encouraging a sense of joy and community in the division
coordinating and running all orientation programs: new students, 9th grade, student leaders, student buddy program and the 9th grade Powell House Retreat
working with the School Counselor and the Head of the Upper School on identifying grade issues or concerns and strategizing on how to address them
working with the Head of Middle School and the Director of Admissions on building a transition program for students entering the Upper School Advisor Program
providing training, guidance and support to Upper School advisors, assigning advisory groups, developing advisory curriculum and programming
leading case conferences regarding student concerns
securing thoughtful programming for all assemblies
attending all student retreats and events, including grade socials and evenings for parents, a sampling of sports events, performing arts and visual arts events
recruiting faculty advisors for student activities
serving on the Guidance Team and Admissions Committee
great joy and fondness for students and working with those who love and support them
strong organizational and communication skills with students and faculty
excellent capacity for attending to details
strong follow-through and documentation abilities
sense of humor
thoughtful and competent in inclusion and diversity work
patient, even-tempered disposition
Bachelors Degree, Masters strongly preferred
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About Friends Seminary
Friends Seminary educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, under the care of the New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Through instruction and example, students follow their curiosity and exercise their imaginations as they develop as scholars, artists and athletes. In a community that cultivates the intellect through keen observation, critical thinking and coherent expression, we strive to respond to one another, valuing the single voice as well as the effort to reach consensus. The disciplines of silence, study and service provide the matrix for growth: silence opens us to change; study helps us to know the world; service challenges us to put our values into practice. At Friends Seminary, education occurs within the context of the Quaker belief in the Inner Light – that of God in every person. "Guided by the ideals of integrity, peace, equality and simplicity, and by our commitment to diversity, we do more than prepare students for the world that is: we help them bring about the world that ought to be."*
* This last sentence is adapted from Faith and Practice: The Book of Discipline of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (1974).
Adopted January 2006