THE PARK SCHOOL OF BALTIMORE
MIDDLE SCHOOL DEAN OF STUDENTS POSITION
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 the following distinctive programs:
Faculty & Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program:
This program supports summer professional work by faculty on a distinctive scale. Established in 1989, FACA issupported by a $5.6 million dollar endowment; currently, over 40% of all Park faculty participate annually. Grants cover full salary and benefits for group or individual projects selected through a formal review process. Most grants are for four weeks; some are for shorter periods. At times, administrators participate in, or serve as consultants for FACA projects. As twelve month employees, they do not receive additional compensation.
Tuition Remission: Under current policy, faculty and administrators 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 faculty children, must meet Park’s standards for admission. (During the first two years of employment, faculty can apply for support through the need-based financial assistance program.)
Application Process: Send letter of interest, statement of educational philosophy, resume, and references via email along with Park School’s Employment Application: http://s3.amazonaws.com/park-school/files/resources/employment-application-2017.pdf.. Finalist candidates will also be asked to submit transcripts.
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2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
The Park School of Baltimore does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identify and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of an employee’s duties.