Overview: The Associate Dean of Students for Upper School works under the guidance of the Dean of Students and School Culture to address student disciplinary issues and culture and climate as it relates to students in grades 9-12, and is in constant and close communication with major constituencies in the school, including students, parents, and educators. When necessary, the Associate Dean of Students will assist the Assistant Dean of Students for Middle School in student conversations. In addition to facilitating restorative conversations and disciplinary action, the Associate Dean partners with the Dean of Students, the Upper School Division Director, and other key administrative educators to ensure an Upper School program that is in line with the school’s mission, vision, and values. In particular, the Associate Dean of Students will work closely with the Division Director, the Director of Academic Advising and College Guidance, the Dean of Faculty, and the Academic Dean to ensure the 11th and 12th grade experience for students aligns with school policies and school goals so that students graduate Geffen Academy in good standing. They will attend important upper school events and co-create and curate events with the Dean of Students and School Culture and other departments. They will also advise a group of upper school students in the advisory program, and may also be an advisor to other select high school programs or clubs.
Responsibilities and Duties: • Serve as primary point person for educators, advisors, students, and parents when addressing student behavioral/disciplinary issues in grades 9-12 o Attend student support team meetings and contribute as a co-lead to student support plans o Follow up with parents and set up meetings with parents and educators as and when necessary/as meetings relate to behavioral incidents o Ensure that Risk Management, Legal, and Geffen Academy’s business and administration teams are consulted with and that policies and procedures are executed in accordance with direction provided o Assess and report incidents to appropriate school officials and or government agencies as and when necessary and mandated by law • In the absence of the Dean of Students and School Culture, step in to fill responsibilities • Support the Dean of Students and School Culture, Division Director, and other key educators in creating and implementing relevant programming for Upper School Students (including, but not limited to, grade level retreats, 9th grade transitional experience, 12th grade graduation, community time assemblies, guest speakers, field trips, student council, student clubs, service learning, internships, excursions, and other programming as influenced by current events) o Design, plan, and implement select programming for Upper School Students as and when necessary o Ensure that activities and programs under the Student Life Department align with the University of California’s policies and procedures when applicable o Create programming and co-curricula to strengthen Upper School student culture and school climate in line with the school’s mission, vision, and values o Continuously utilize feedback loops to respond to student behavioral, academic, and social-emotional trends to address situations on individual and group/cohort levels • As advisor to students, facilitate discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion, help build social emotional learning skills, and provide academic/behavioral support to advisees • Responsible for facilitating a weekly discussion and participating in school-wide student assemblies (and/or as Associate Dean, running school wide assemblies) • Responsible for preparing the weekly topic of discussion that is provided, referring students to classroom teachers, the learning specialist, or other relevant educators when an advisee needs academic or behavioral support as well as communicating with parents as needed.
Qualifications: • A Masters’ Degree or higher in education-related or career-counseling field (social sciences, psychology, education, social work, student programming), and/or demonstrated counseling experience in an academic or educational environment, or an equivalent combination of education and experience • Ability to deeply and authentically connect with youth (6th-12th graders) • A passion for leading, coaching, mentoring, or guiding youth through a variety of incidents and moments in their lives • A professional, warm, but firm demeanor with youth; an understanding of and practicing of balance and boundaries with youth in conversations and relationships • Strong conflict resolution skills/experience with restorative and developmentally holistic and appropriate conflict management with youth • A commitment to advocating for students of all needs, elevating student voices to drive school policies and decisions, and a commitment to advance a culture of equity and Geffen Academy’s School-Wide Learning Goals • Demonstrated competency in utilizing restorative practices and principles in disciplinary conversations • Demonstrated competency in facilitating conversations with diverse populations; an understanding and awareness of important tenets of cross-cultural communication, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in an educational setting • A strong understanding of academic and research language for the purposes of creating workshops and professional development opportunities for faculty/educators, and for liaising with key UCLA departments for potential future partnerships • Experience leading workshops, training, and coaching faculty/educators in culturally relevant pedagogy and restorative behavior/classroom management • The ability to think at the speed necessary for and be spontaneous and flexible with students, and be able to tailor responses immediately and carefully to different student needs • Excellent written, spoken, and non-verbal communication skills • Excellent organizational skills, the ability to maintain a variety of different projects and tasks at one time
Apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.eduapply/JPF03513 . The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.”