The School: Founded in 1911, Columbus Academy is a coeducational college preparatory day school of over 1,100 students age 3 through grade 12 located on a 231-acre campus in Gahanna, Ohio. Student programs are organized into three divisions: Lower School (Age 3-Grade 5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and Upper School (Grades 9-12). The school offers a vigorous academic program as part of its mission to educate the whole child – mind, body and character. Columbus Academy faculty and staff members are expected to be continuous learners in their fields, to engage in caring and cooperative partnerships with colleagues and parents, to have a demonstrated commitment to the values of equity and inclusion, and to help each student reach his or her full potential.
The Position: Columbus Academy seeks a full-time Upper School Dean of Students to support students in grades 9-12 beginning in July 2021. The Upper School Dean of Students is a highly visible position and plays a critical role in leading a positive school culture. As a member of the upper school administrative team, the Dean is expected to have a pulse on the school community by collaborating with students and faculty in the different aspects of school life. Candidates for the position will have strong interpersonal skills and be able to set clear expectations for conduct by upholding and communicating Columbus Academy's values of respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, fairness, moral courage and integrity. The Dean supports the daily operations of the Upper School – especially those pertaining to attendance, discipline and student activities – and leads programming for the advisory program. Moreover, a successful candidate will show interest in understanding adolescent development and promoting the well-being of all students while leading with an energy, sense of humor and warmth that cultivates a sense of belonging within the upper school community.
Position Expectations (the individual selected to this position will be expected to carry out the following responsibilities):
Engage in setting positive tone and expectations of upper school student life and culture
Oversee students’ behavioral, academic and social development
Support ongoing initiatives in diversity, equity and inclusion
Administer and enforce school policies and disciplinary procedures while maintaining organized records
Serve as member of Discipline & Honor Committee (DHC)
Work closely with school counselor and Assistant Head of Upper School on student issues of concern
Serve on Child Support Team (CST) to strategize assistance for students and monitor changing needs
Lead the upper school advisory program and advisory assignments
Teach one class and oversee an advisory group
Monitor and track student attendance
Communicate with parents on matters of social, discipline and extracurricular events
Oversee after-school detention assignments
Act as resource to faculty and staff in regards to issues of student misconduct, classroom management and school culture
Chaperone and support dances and other extracurricular events including overnight trips and gatherings
Direct new-student orientation and freshman unity day activities
Assist in planning and organizing opening-of-school schedules and events related to Commencement
Collaborate with lower school admissions on senior-kindergarten buddy assignments
Coordinate student representation at conferences and award events in Central Ohio
Advise Student Council and assist with elections for class officers and DHC members
Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional growth
Assume a share of supervisory responsibilities expected of all upper school faculty members
Assist/support Head of Upper School and faculty as needed
Physical Conditions (candidates must be able to manage the following conditions):
Mobility around school buildings and on different floors (handicap accessible)
Repetitive motion (use of a computer keyboard)
Periodic need to move light furniture, hang visuals, carry objects (no more than 40 pounds), etc.
A non-smoking campus
Legal Requirements: All Columbus Academy employees must pass required criminal records checks. Where appropriate, individuals will also be required to provide proof of academic credentials.
To Apply: Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume and supporting materials to Head of School, Columbus Academy, 4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, OH 43230, or email@example.com.
Columbus Academy believes strongly in the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek to identify and hire a greater number of faculty of color to serve as role models for all students. We strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or socio-economic background.
Qualifications (preferred candidates will possess the following qualifications):