The Dean of Students for the Webb School of California is responsible for WSC students’ daily school life including all aspects of residential life, the advisory program, and the administration of discipline.
The Dean of Students reports to the Assistant Head of Schools, works in collaboration with the Vivian Webb School Dean of Students, the Dean of Campus Life, the Athletic Director, the Director of Studies and other administrators whose work directly impacts student life. The Dean of Students supervises the Dorm Heads, the Lead Class Advisors and the faculty in their residential and advising roles. The Deans of Students co-supervise the Attendance Coordinator and the Deans’ Executive Assistant.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Dean of Students is the leader and caretaker of the WSC students’ overall school experience working through and with others within school policies and procedures. The Dean of Students facilitates problem solving for students and parents both personally and through referral to colleagues. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Prepare an annual operating plan focused on creating an optimal boarding school community for boys.
Maintain a high profile in the WSC boarding community.
Prepare weekday dorm duty schedules and weekend supervision schedules.
Develop, amend and distribute the residential duty manual.
Prepare and implement arrival for new students; including room assignments and advisor assignments.
Select, train and advise dorm councilors with the Head of Dormitories.
Lead, meet regularly with, evaluate and support the dorm heads and lead class advisors, and the student dorm prefects and/or councilors.
Represent the interests of the boys’ school on school committees
Administer and communicate student discipline, including contact with advisors, parents, and in conjunction with the Assistant Head in cases of major infractions.
Support the work of the student leadership and class advisors to develop further the leadership curriculum, to plan leadership retreats, and to plan student orientation.
Review the student handbook annually and revise as needed.
Regularly review the advisory program and protocols and revise as needed.
Teach, coach and/or advise, in some combination.
Oversee all permission requests and forms.
Represent The Webb School of California internally at Open Houses and at various school events and ceremonies and externally in the Boys’ School Community.
Other duties as needed and assigned.
PROFESSIONAL QUALITIES OF WEBB FACULTY & STAFF
Contributes to the delivery of the mission, vision, and values of the school community.
Follows community policies and procedures and models positive behavior.
Works effectively as a team member and develops professional and productive relationships with colleagues.
Understands boundaries and embraces responsibility for the care of students in loco parentis.
Promotes a trust-based community by keeping appropriate confidences.
Manages time effectively and meets deadlines and commitments.
Communicates and responds to all school communications in a timely manner.
Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability to change as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) from an accredited college or university is required and at least five years teaching, and/or administrative experience is required. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
A valid California driver license with a satisfactory motor vehicle record. A criminal background check must be successfully completed before employment can begin.
Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Given the responsibilities of leadership, specific duties, and authority vested in this position, the Dean of Students must be able to communicate well, verbally and in writing, and possess strong mathematical and analytical skills to manage the budget, compile statistical information, and make informed decisions. Effective interpersonal skills are required to manage personnel, solve problems, and represent The Webb Schools in the external community.
The physical requirements of this position are those needed to successfully fulfill the job duties and responsibilities articulated above. As prescribed by law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.