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The Bay School of SF

Dean of Students

Start July 2018

Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, The Bay School is an independent, college preparatory high school committed to providing its students with a challenging, innovative curriculum and a collaborative, supportive community. Our flexible, open-minded faculty and staff members foster and model curiosity, critical thinking, intentionality, good humor, and respect for diversity. As co-builders of an innovative high school, they contribute to a positive community. Our campus also serves as headquarters for the CATDC (California Teachers Development Collaborative).

The Bay School does not discriminate on the basis of sogie (sexual orientation/gender identity expression), race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to having a faculty, staff, and student body that reflect the diversity of the Bay Area. We strongly encourage those with a demonstrated dedication to social justice, collaboration, innovation, and student-centered education to apply.

Job Overview:

  • The Dean of Students is a senior school leader who has primary responsibility for attending to student support, growth and well-being;
  • The Dean of Students should be seen as an expert on adolescent development who provides guidance to students, parents, and staff/faculty, both formally and informally. Using that expertise and understanding of schools;
  • The Dean of Students works with the class deans to develop and articulate a vision for student life at Bay and work with the staffulty to execute that vision;
  • The Dean of Students works at both the 30,000-ft level as well as on the ground: whether overseeing the co-curriculum–including the advisory program, classes in social-emotional development, and student support–or working one-on-one with students;
  • The Dean of Students seeks to cultivate Bay’s uniquely mindful, caring, and inclusive community. Through the acculturation of new students, partnership with parents, management of the discipline process, and providing a consistent presence within the school, the Dean helps to uphold the school’s mission, precepts, and philosophy, especially the school’s commitment to student voice and to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  1. Community and Culture
  2. Advising and Co-Curriculum
  3. Student Support
  4. Supervising Class Deans

The Ideal Candidate

  • Finds resonance with The Bay School mission, philosophy, and precepts.
  • Enjoys working with and inspiring high school learners in all areas of school life.
  • Has passion for and expertise in curricular and program design that creates meaningful student experiences and develop the whole child.
  • Thinks strategically and creatively connects authentically, and acts compassionately.
  • Possesses highly effective communication skills (written and spoken) and strong cultural competencies.
  • Seeks out collaboration, and values feedback and self-reflection as a means to improve both the institution and self.
  • Understands the value a mindfulness practice can have on personal development.
  • Dedicates self to anti-bias and equity work, and understands culturally responsive pedagogy and the social justice dimensions of education.
  • Understands the internal and external challenges faced by independent schools in being truly equitable and inclusive of all students/families and has worked to remedy that.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the key research in adolescent social-emotional development and uses it to inform all aspects their work, but especially with regard to honor codes, discipline, and restorative justice.
  • Brings significant experience in working with a range of students in a variety of classroom and educational environments and situations
  • Brings significant experience in working in partnership with parents and staff to achieve the best outcomes for each student.
  • Possesses significant experience in mentorship and leadership at both small group and institutional level.
  • Possesses a related (e.g. in psychology, teaching, and learning, or educational leadership) advanced or professional degree.
  • Wholeheartedly enjoys working with teens.

Please go to our website ( to read the full job description and to learn more about our school. If you are interested in applying, please send the following to, subject: DOS

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/C.V.
  • Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • List of References with contact information (Include at least one recent supervisor, peer, and supervisee)

Please submit all of these materials no later than February 5, 2018.


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