Intermediate & Middle School Dean of Student Life (Begins July 1, 2018)
Francis W. Parker School
February 13, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
Francis W. Parker School is a renowned JK-12th grade independent day school. Founded in 1901 on the tenets of progressive education, the School currently enrolls 940 students and employs 200 dedicated faculty and staff members who, in addition to assistant teachers, substitute teachers and coaches, work together to ensure that the School lives up to its Mission to “educate students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a democratic society and global community.”
We are currently seeking a dynamic educational leader to be our next Intermediate and Middle School Dean of Student Life. The Dean of Student Life is charged with planning, organizing and maintaining a high-quality of student life outside of the classroom setting for all students in grades 4-8. This position oversees all non-athletic student activities, including: clubs, trips, special events, and student life during key transition periods (from drop-off in the morning until the first class begins, during lunch/recess, and after school before pick-up). Key responsibilities include managing the staffing of clubs/activities; coordination of schedules to avoid unnecessary conflicts and pressure on students; ensuring the breadth of the activities offered so as to maximize student involvement (appeal to a wide variety of interests); integrating student life outside the classroom with curricula where possible; promoting student engagement in clubs and activities; and communicating effectively with teachers, students and parents about the opportunities available to all. The primary aim of the position is to ensure that student life outside the formal classroom setting is rich, rewarding, fun, and consistent with the School’s overall values and mission. This position does not include managing serious discipline issues that arise with students (a responsibility that rests with the Division Head), but the Dean of Student Life does lend counsel on disciplinary matters as circumstances allow. The Dean of Student Life is also a key member of the divisional equity and inclusion team, and a close advisor to the Division Head.
Develop and manage community service opportunities for IS students through collaboration with 4 & 5 Grade Heads.
Organize, staff and manage age-appropriate before or after school IS clubs and activities.
Attend 4th and 5th grade team meetings periodically, whenever agenda involves Student Life beyond the classroom setting.
Plan, lead and implement the Middle School Summer Bridge Program for new students and rising 6th graders from Parker.
Organize, staff and manage age-appropriate MS clubs and affinity groups to maximize participation and inclusion in school activities, and ensure that student interests and the School’s priorities and mission are reflected in all programming.
Work with colleagues in Grades 5-8 to ensure that class retreats are purposeful, intentional and meaningful for all students, while also tracking the student experience at retreats across grade levels in the Intermediate and Middle School (and keeping each grade-level team informed of the student experiences before and after their grade). Also, coordinate with third party sites/locations, secure lodging, maintain budget, and organize chaperones and transportation employing the IS & MS Coordinator for support.
Work with the Division Head, Team Leaders, Counseling Department and other colleagues to plan, teach and evaluate wellness curricula to middle schoolers, as assigned.
Serve as a Middle School Co-Advisor or Advisor, as needed.
Serve as liaison to Athletic Department when it comes to scheduling Middle School activities and athletics and resolving potential conflicts before students are caught in the middle.
Help manage attrition between grades 8 and 9 and facilitate a smooth transition to Upper School.
Help keep the Division Head informed of the status and progress of all programming beyond the classroom, and of school climate, student morale, and current issues and dynamics within the Intermediate and Middle Schools.
Help ensure a smooth opening to school (i.e. IS Open House, MS Bridge Program, New Parents orientation, and sharing news about enrichment opportunities for students at all IS & MS Curricular Nights).
Serve as a member of the divisional equity team, charged with working to ensure that life beyond the classroom is inclusive and equitable for all students, and encouraging the continued development of cultural competency with students, faculty and staff.
Develop and oversee the budget; monitor expenditures; exercise budget authority for all student organizations and clubs.
Collect annual data on participation in student organizations to help evaluate the effectiveness of existing clubs/activities and introduce new programs.
Communicate within FWP (generating excitement among students and communicating details) and externally (to parents, admissions, marketing).
Attend 6th, 7th and 8th Team meetings periodically, whenever the agenda involves Student Life beyond the classroom setting.
Other duties as assigned.
To Apply: Please submit cover letter with resume, references and salary requirements by email or fax to (no telephone inquiries please):
Laureen Sweers, Director of Human Resources Francis W. Parker School 330 W. Webster Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 firstname.lastname@example.org
The faculty, staff and administration of Francis W. Parker School are integral parts of the School's community. Through their passion, dedication and commitment to the School's mission, they create and support an environment where exceptional child-centered learning can occur.
Francis W. Parker School is committed to cultivating a community of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, administrators and alumni, who acknowledge, respect, and esteem diversity in our school; and who reflect, through their presence, the diversity of Chicago communities and the wider world.
Francis W. Parker School is an equal opportunity employer.
Bachelor’s degree in education or other human development field required
Experience in managing student life required
Experience working with early adolescents required
Enjoy working with middle school students in both classroom and non-classroom settings
Experience as a team-builder and collaborator; ability to build effective relationships
Effective organizational, managerial, and planning skills with keen attention to detail and follow through
Ability to articulate the role of student life programs to students, faculty, staff, parents, and outside constituencies
Strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills
The cultural competence and fluency in identity development needed to empower students to work for an inclusive and equitable community
Database management skills and comfort with technology
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with background and experience; comprehensive benefits package.