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Dean of Students for Grades 9 and 10

Position Type Administrator
Start 08/16/2021
School Name Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 01/13/2021

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.

We invite you to join our team in making this mission a reality for our students as an Upper School Dean of Students for grades 9-10 for the 2021-22 school year. Our diverse faculty is exceptionally qualified, strong academically, and combine rich life experience with passion for their disciplines. Our teaching philosophy is geared toward our mission and guiding principles of Culture of Performance, College and Life, Know the Kid, and Inclusive Community. The Dean of Students for 9-10th grade will work closely with the Dean of Students Grades 11-12, Assistant Head of Upper School, the Head of Upper School, and Assistant Head of School.

Candidates for the 9-10th Grade Dean of Students position should possess strong organizational, communication, and decision-making skills including attention to detail, the ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure and in a timely manner; ability to administer policies fairly and consistently. Additional qualifications include excellent written and verbal communication and superb interpersonal skills that include a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and creatively.

Proficiency with Google systems and familiarity with Microsoft Office preferred. Ability to work flexible hours including weekend and evening work required. Candidates should demonstrate experience and willingness to grow in equity and inclusion work that promotes a diverse community environment; and possess a growth mindset, a sense of humor, and genuine interest in making a positive impact on the lives of adolescents.


  • Serve as the point person to manage and coordinate student life activities for 9-10th grade including class meetings, clubs, class retreats, ASB groups, and Upper School meetings;
  • 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;
  • Oversee and coordinate the advisory system with 9th and 10th grade advisors, including the development of advisory programming and communicating advisor expectations;
  • Coordinate with MS Division Team and Admissions to support 8th grade transition activities;
  • Liaise with attendance office to track upper school student attendance and address patterns of concern;
  • Partner closely with Counselors to help maintain the health and safety of our students;
  • Support community conversations upholding the school’s core values and help students align their actions to those values;
  • Supervise the 9th and 10th Grade Coordinator Teams;
  • Lead evening parent meetings in conjunction with the US Division team; and
  • Teach and/or coach if appropriate and necessary.


  • Compassion, patience, good judgment, sense of humor;
  • Strong organizational and communication skills;
  • Ability to work effectively with constituent groups - teachers, parents, students, and administrative teams;
  • Experience addressing student behavior; 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, 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.

This is a 12-month position with summer work expectations. Cover letters and resumes by email ONLY to: resume@seattleacademy.org with DEAN OF STUDENTS in the subject line. PDF format is preferred.

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