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Upper School Dean of Students


Position Type Administrator
Start 08/17/2020
School Name Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 02/14/2020

SEATTLE ACADEMY is a dynamic community that challenges students to question, imagine, and create in order to contribute boldly to a changing world. This mission comes alive in our urban school setting where we serve grades 6 – 12 in a vibrant, independent school environment. Our teaching philosophy is geared toward our mission and guiding principles of Culture of Performance, College and Life, Know the Kid, and Inclusive Community.

We invite you to join us at SAAS as part of a five-person administrative team, working closely with the Dean of Students Grades 11-12, Assistant Head of School, the Head of Upper School, and Assistant Head. Successful candidates should possess 5 - 7 years of previous teaching and/or administration experience in an upper school setting including experience addressing student behavior. This position at SAAS, which entails leadership, planning, and guidance in your respective area, is considered a year round, 12 months per year position.

As an Upper School Dean of Students, you will:

  • Oversee student life and act as the point person to manage and coordinate student life activities including Upper School meetings, class meetings, and class retreats;
  • Work with faculty and staff to help facilitate student-related conflicts and disciplinary issues, as well as long-term planning for academic and behavioral issues;
  • Facilitate consistent communication with parents, specifically around student issues, plans, and progress;
  • Liaise with attendance office and front desk personnel to track upper school student attendance and address patterns of concern;
  • Support the community in conversations about upholding the school’s core values and help students align their actions to those values;
  • Lead evening parent meetings in conjunction with the US Division team;
  • Oversee the student leadership (ASB) and all associated student life activities;
  • Supervise the Upper School Coordinator Team and manage Student Life Clubs and Club Fairs; and
  • Teach and/or coach as necessary.

Key characteristics for the person in this position include:

  • A growth mindset with a passion for an engaging learning environment;
  • Desire, interest, and enthusiasm for working with upper school-aged students;
  • Compassion, patience, sense of humor, good judgment;
  • Strong organizational and communication abilities;
  • Ability to work effectively with all constituent groups - teachers, parents, students, and administrative teams; and
  • Creative and imaginative problem-solver.

Seattle Academy provides Equal Employment Opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with the applicable federal, state, and local laws. SAAS offers a competitive salary and excellent benefit package.

To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume via email only with the subject line US School Dean of Students to resume@seattleacademy.org.

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