The Dean of Faculty is responsible for (1) representing the faculty’s perspective within The Hill School’s administration and decision-making structure, and (2) maintaining a culture of excellence, collegiality, professionalism, and institutional enthusiasm among the faculty. The Dean of Faculty works closely with other senior team leaders to ensure that faculty are respected, supported, accountable, and productive at The Hill.
Utilize best industry practices to establish and lead clear, fair, and thorough processes for onboarding, training, retaining, evaluating, and coaching faculty;
As a member of the Hiring Committee, collaborate with Headmaster, Associate Headmaster, Academic Dean, Department Chairs, Director of Residential Life, Director of Human Resources, and the Athletic Director to source, recommend, screen, evaluate, and conduct reference calls for faculty candidates;
In collaboration with the appropriate administrators, oversee and manage overall faculty workload, assignments, and duties including academic, co-curricular, residential (weeknight and weekend), advising, and other community responsibilities, and assume responsibility for ensuring all faculty fulfill these assignments in accordance with school expectations and policies;
Set the agenda for and lead opening and closing faculty meetings, in-service days, and ongoing faculty meetings.
Advocate for the interests of the faculty in major administrative discussions and decisions;
Hear the thoughts, recommendations, and concerns of the faculty and address those issues or direct faculty to an appropriate resource;
Develop and oversee process for new faculty on-boarding, summer move in, orientation, and mentoring;
Work with the Co-Directors of Inclusion and Diversity to promote and assess cultural competencies for faculty in teaching, residential life, and co-curricular duties
Maintain a list of professional development opportunities related to all areas of professional life;
Help faculty with short and long-term career planning;
Help faculty balance and prioritize their various assignments with personal lives;
Design and maintain Faculty Handbook and related policies in conjunction with Human Resource Director;
In consultation with the Headmaster’s Office, plan and execute faculty ceremonies and events, e.g., Convocation, Commencement, promotion announcements, retirements, faculty parties, special family or personal milestones, etc.;
Reporting Structure and Committee/Team Assignments
Reports to the Associate Headmaster;
Member of Program Team;
Member of Hiring Committee;
Chair of Faculty Council;
Chair of Faculty Housing Committee; work closely with Director of Residential Life on faculty dormitory assignments;
Liaison to the Board of Trustees Education Committee;
Member of Promotion and Recommitment Review Committees.
While remaining an active member of the faculty, the Dean of Faculty’s workload and/or compensation may be adjusted so that she or he will be able to (1) fulfill the aforementioned administrative responsibilities; (2) be available to meet with faculty; and (3) attend key meetings. Ideally, the Dean of Faculty will:
Teach at least two sections;
Serve as a Dorm Parent/Head, Dean on Duty, and/or Weekend Duty Crew Chief;
Lead or assist with a co-curricular activity for at least one season;
Serve as an adviser;
Fulfill the same other community responsibilities as all faculty members, i.e., seated meals, required events, etc.;
Maintain an office in the Academic Center;
Follow Program Team calendar with four weeks of vacation in the summer plus school holidays/vacations as appropriate.
To best help the faculty lead a successful and fulfilling Hill experience, the Dean of Faculty already should have “walked a mile in their shoes" so as to better appreciate their individual and collective goals, needs, and concerns.
Be intimately familiar with boarding school life and understand or learn about The Hill School, its culture, and its mission;
Have served as dormitory parent or possess extensive appreciation of residential roles;
Have led or possess extensive appreciation of faculty roles in interscholastic sports or comparable co-curricular activities;
Have an advanced degree or extensive professional development experience, and be recognized as a “teacher of teachers;"
Be tactful, approachable, organized, honest, able to maintain confidentiality, savvy at dealing with many different personalities, and a good listener.