Dean of Students
Begins: July 1, 2017
Scope of Position
The Dean of Students is the senior administrator charged with supervising the social development of students at the Academy, whether they live in the residence halls or off campus with their parents. The Dean of Students oversees student conduct, school discipline, residential life, student programming, and student counseling services. The Dean of Students reports directly to the Head of School.
The Dean of Students lives on campus and assumes residential responsibilities as part of a house team, in addition to the duties listed below.
- Provide a safe and healthy environment in which our students will develop character, values, and life skills steeped in Judaism.
- Develop a set of campus rules and guidelines with the school’s Honor Council (Va’ad HaKavod), which minimizes student discipline issues.
- Communicates with parents on students’ progress and adjustment to residential life, and provide feedback as necessary.
- Supervise the residential staff, the Director of Student Programming, and the Student Life Operations Manager.
- Oversee the hiring, training, and evaluation of residential House Parents, Associate House Parents, Academy Fellows, and Madrichim (senior prefects).
- Develop and facilitate the teaching of the residential life curriculum to all residential life faculty, staff, and students.
- Oversee, with the Director of Student Programming, the Academy’s extracurricular student clubs, social activities, and major campus events (e.g. Family Weekend).
- Facilitate a full program of intramural house and student activities.
- Oversee with the Dean of Jewish Life, the Academy’s Social Action (Tikkun ‘Olam activities), Israel related activities and coordination of all Student Life programs with Jewish Life programs.
- Serve on the Academy’s Executive Committee
- Deep knowledge of teenage behavior and psychological development
- Solid understanding of Jewish values and practices and their application in a pluralistic Jewish environment
- Deep understanding of the learning process model in hopes of achieving continuous improvement and innovation throughout the campus community
- Integrity, creativity and a keen sense of humor
- Experience in managing people in complex interpersonal environments
- Familiarity with coordinating multifaceted work schedules
- Proficiency in balancing multiple duties and responsibilities with excellence
- Acute organizational skills and attention to detail
- Adept at communicating with teenagers, teachers, and parents on a wide variety of topics
- Aptitude for leading in complex and stressful situations
- Creativity in problem solving and in programming
- Propensity for making decisions that are perceived as fair and consistent
Education and Experience
Candidate must have a Masters Degree or equivalent graduate education or a four-year college degree in appropriate field of study, plus a minimum of two years of leadership experience in a teen setting.
In addition, four to six years of experience in a boarding school, day school, summer camp, or equivalent setting is required for this senior-level position. A strong desire to work in a residential environment and any combination of attributes may be substituted for experiences specifically stated.
Position within the Organization
This is a twelve month position reporting to the Head of School. Office space is provided for the Dean of Students in the Student Union building in close proximity to the residence halls.
Dean of Students Living Arrangements
The Dean of Students lives on campus and may be called upon to serve on a house team in conjunction with other administrative duties.
Room and board are provided for the Dean and his/her family. Each residential house has an attached 2,400 square foot apartment. This apartment has two floors. On one floor is a master bedroom with private bath, and three additional bedrooms and a second bath. On the other floor is a spacious living room, dining room, kitchen space, a foyer, a bathroom, and a large personal study. The personal study connects to the living space in the residence hall, and provides privacy for the Dean’s family. All House Parent apartments have a private entrance at ground level.
A two car garage is provided near the entrance to the campus. An electric golf cart is provided for convenient transportation on the Academy’s pedestrian campus.
Salary and Benefits
The Academy offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with the candidates’ qualifications, credentials, and level of experience.
The Academy provides a health insurance plan, life insurance plan, dental insurance plan, TIAA-CREF retirement plan, vacation, and holidays. Additional optional insurance plans for extended coverages are also available at additional costs.
Statement of Employment Policy
Discrimination based on an individual’s sex (including gender or pregnancy), race, color, national origin, veteran status, age, disability, sexual orientation or other legally protected status is strictly prohibited at the American Hebrew Academy.
The above position statement is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
To apply please contact:
Current Employment Opportunities
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- Student Life Operations Manager
- Director of Student Health Services
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American Hebrew Academy
4334 Hobbs Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Fax: (336) 217-7011
The American Hebrew Academy offers a competitive salary and benefits.
The American Hebrew Academy is an equal opportunity employer.