Grades 5-12 Dean of Student Life – 2018-2019

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The Nueva School

The Position:  Dean of Student Life, Grades 5–12 

The role of the Dean of Student Life, Grades 5–12 is designed to support and coordinate activities and programs related to student life across the middle and upper divisions. The Dean of Student Life, Grades 5–12, reports directly to the Upper and Middle School Division Heads, and will work closely with the senior administrative team to ensure consistency of policy and mission across all aspects of the School. This is a full-time administrative position.

Responsibilities of the Dean of Student Life, Grades 5–12, include the following:

Program Leadership 

  • Advisory
    • Work with grade-level deans and division heads to build and refine an eight-year advisory curriculum
    • Lead the integration of SoM/SEL, advisory, and Design Thinking
  • Cross-divisional school programs and opportunities
    • Oversee grades 5–12 cross-divisional school events, building comprehensive thematic ties across campuses
    • Build cross-divisional opportunities and contacts through current and new all-school events and programs
    • Work with division heads to build a Buddy Program bridging grades 5–12
    • Work with School leadership to support, refine, and implement School policies related to student acceptable behavior and discipline
  • MS to US transition
    • Seek and build cross-divisional opportunities to support and facilitate transition of students from MS to US, including curricular and co-curricular programming as well as social events
    • Engage with the admissions team, division heads, and grade deans to build intentional bridges for the 7–9 experience
  • Student leadership
    • Design and develop opportunities and training for student leadership
    • Oversee Student Council, working to bridge the MS and US Student Councils
    • Work with the Nueva House committee to continue to find ways to support the launch of this program
  • Community service learning and engagement
    • Lead efforts to build a culture of community service learning and engagement across and within divisions
    • Find, curate, and share CSL opportunities for students, parents, and faculty
  • Trips
    • Work with division heads and grade-level deans to articulate and coordinate eight-year scope and sequence of student trips’ experience, including advisory camping trips and end-of-year trips
    • Lead training and preparation of chaperones to ensure consistency and alignment with our School’s mission and policies
    • Manage relationships with third-party organizations to ensure appropriate and efficient communication and working practices
  • Community education
    • Design and implement effective programs to share key elements of student life with school community
    • Work with division heads to partner with the NPA on events, communications, and strategic planning

General Responsibilities 

  • Participate in Expanded Leadership Team meetings
  • Lead with division head weekly Middle and Upper School deans’ meetings
  • Build and lead Student Life Council (5–12 Academic Dean, Equity and Social Justice Coordinator, PK–12 SEL coordinator, Middle and Upper School Deans, Assistant Heads, and MS and US Counselors), meeting weekly to plan, discuss, and address student life programs, activities, and concerns
  • Meet weekly with division heads and assistant heads of the MS and US to discuss division-related topics, opportunities, and concerns

Position Qualifications 

  • Ability to imagine, implement, and be a strategic thinker who embraces Nueva’s mission
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience as an effective teacher, advisor, leader, and administrator
  • Relationship-builder; able to develop and cultivate internal and external relationships and inspire trust and collaboration
  • Excellent organizational skills to help coordinate and schedule the school’s complex curricular and co-curricular programs
  • Effective communication skills with all constituents, including colleague administrators, faculty, and staff as well as students, parents, partners, and other community members
  • Experience fostering a positive school culture within and across divisions
  • Successful track record of commitment, engagement, and participation in the life of the School
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities simultaneously and adapt to frequent or unexpected changes
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and follow-through execution skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion of people and programs
  • Demonstrated ability to distinguish and function effectively in multiple, sometimes conflicting roles and situations, including as a colleague, friend, parent, administrator, supervisor, and leader
  • Ability to know and manage appropriate boundaries with all constituents
  • Middle and/or Upper School and independent school experience required; PK–12 experience preferred
  • At least five years’ relevant experience, including teaching, educational leadership, and management experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required and advanced degree preferred in a relevant field

Personal Qualities 

  • Intellectual curiosity, a quick and agile mind, and a demonstrated passion for lifelong learning
  • Vision and creativity in problem-solving
  • Flexibility, adaptability, resourcefulness, and openness to the ideas of others
  • Ability to embrace change and tolerate ambiguity, and the capacity to see uncertainty, unfamiliarity, or risk as opportunity
  • Positive, optimistic, can-do spirit; a helpful customer-service mindset
  • Kindness, compassion, and the ability to listen carefully
  • Genuine interest and excitement to work with students and a desire to support their learning, explorations and aspirations
  • Stamina and demonstrated ability, energy, and enthusiasm to work hard
  • Sensitivity, maturity, and emotional stability
  • Discretion, trustworthiness, and loyalty; demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality
  • A sense of humor

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