POSITION: The Park School seeks a dedicated, experienced Middle School educator for the position of Middle School Dean of Students.
The Middle School Dean of Students’ most important responsibility will be to cultivate relationships with students, faculty, and parents, and to help create a joyful, stimulating, and rewarding middle school experience for each Park student. This person must also support and partner with the principal, assisting and handling various administrative duties and student issues.
Park’s Middle School offers a dynamic curriculum and diverse co-curricular programming that allows adolescents to experience coursework, overnight trips, activities, outdoor education, advisory groups, artistic and athletic endeavors, and most importantly—the formation of life-long relationships. While building robust academic skills, our students develop strong identities, learn about the communities in which they work and live, and learn to advocate strongly for themselves and others. The Middle School Dean of Students will work to coordinate many of these elements.
Provides coordination, planning, and follow-up among teachers, advisors, families, and resource staff to facilitate student life programming.
Supports grade-level trips, field trips, and service activities.
Works with advisors to handle student-related conflicts and disciplinary issues, as well as long-term academic or behavioral issues.
Meets with Child Life Team, Director of Civic Engagement, and Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to support students, faculty, and families.
Advocates for the social/emotional development of students, balancing our academic standards with our goals for healthy social and emotional growth.
Represents the Middle School at parent coffees, outreach and after-school events, admissions events, communications meetings, and in various committees.
Data collection and analysis on select aspects of Middle School operations and student life.
Acts in an omnibus manner for faculty and staff vis-a-vis school practices and policies.
CONTEXT: PARK’S MIDDLE SCHOOL
Park’s Middle School is committed to progressive principles of education. Respect for children, and confidence in their natural capacity to learn are key. The program at all grade levels centers on experiential learning within an integrated curriculum. Our approach emphasizes open-ended inquiry and problem solving, collaborative projects, and exposure to a wide range of learning activities and materials, anchored by a focus on essential understandings and attention to basic skills.
Administrators and faculty collaborate in developing programs to meet students’ academic and social/emotional needs. The faculty role is a fully professional one: in addition to taking full responsibility for students’ learning in core subject areas and their emotional growth, classroom teachers individually and collectively are the creators of the curriculum. With oversight by the Middle School Principal, they engage in ongoing curriculum development and review, both as grade level teams and in cross-grade level and division-wide initiatives. Faculty and administrators are also very involved in divisional and school-wide diversity initiatives.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Park salaries and benefits are highly competitive with those in other leading independent schools. For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales.
In addition to normal retirement and health benefits, the school offers Tuition Remission.
Under current policy, full-time employees who have been employed at Park full-time for two years are eligible to receive full tuition remission for their children who attend Park. All applicants, including employee children, must meet Park’s standards for admission. (During the first two years of employment, employees may apply for aid through the need-based tuition assistance program.)
Application Process: Send letter of interest, personal statement, resume, and references via email. Finalist candidates will also be asked to submit transcripts.
The school does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of an employee’s duties.
Passionate about Park’s progressive mission, and an advocate for diversity work and the promotion of health and wellness.
Must have the ability to form relationships based on a high degree of trust with all types of people and help those in the most challenging of situations: the students, the faculty, the parents, and administration.
Must be highly organized, an excellent communicator, and able to respond promptly to student issues and faculty needs.
Must be able to manage low-level disciplinary/disruptive situations with the support of the counselors, advisors, and the middle school principal.
Should be able to support, coordinate, and oversee various events and meetings (grade level teams, assemblies, activities, advisory, special events, etc.).
Should have experience working with middle school age students.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply.
Founded in 1912, Park School is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school with 830 students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. The school’s core values, rooted in progressive educational philosophy, sustain an unshakable belief in children’s capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers. A fundamental commitment to inclusiveness and equity guides all programs and activities.