Crossroads School is an independent, K-12, coed school of nearly 1,200 students, located in the beach city of Santa Monica, CA. Founded in 1971, Crossroads was founded on five core commitments: to academic excellence; to the arts; to the greater community; to a student body of social, racial, and economic diversity; and to the development of each student’s physical well-being and full human potential.
Crossroads has been recognized for decades as an innovative force in education and for the public good. Its progressive philosophy, strong community and culture, emphasis on diversity and inclusion (50% of students and 38% of faculty identify as people of color), and a belief that all domains of school life (arts, athletics, service, etc.) are equally integral to a child’s development and well-being have made it a top choice for families in Los Angeles. It is a particularly exciting time for the School: Crossroads is a school on the move: c current initiatives include the fully endowed Equity & Justice Institute, an ambitious 15- point strategic plan, and a capital campaign to construct a performing arts complex on the 21st Street campus.
The Dean of Students is a position in the Upper School, serving roughly 500 students grades 9-12. Crossroads School is a high-touch, high volume organization, which requires the dean of students to maintain a visible profile on campus and a responsive, student-centered approach.
The Dean of Students is a member of the Upper School administrative team and works directly with the Head of Upper School, the Dean of College Counseling and the Dean of Teaching and Learning.
Elevate student voice and partner with student leadership in all student activities i.e., clubs, affinity groups, assemblies, Prom, Sports Extravaganza, talent shows, spirit week, dog day, Colors Wars, forum days and more.
Work with grade advisors, the dean of teaching and learning and the head of Upper School on evaluating, assessing and updating student support structures and systems.
Oversee weekly counseling team meeting (attended by learning specialists, counselors,
nurse, the dean of teaching and learning and the head of Upper School).
Partner and strategize with faculty to support the emotional well-being of students.
Oversee all student disciplinary issues.
Work with Upper School grade advisors, counselors and learning specialists to help students with social-emotional difficulties and devise strategies for advocacy and success.
Attend all deans meetings, faculty meetings and student community events.
Manage Student Orientations and grade-level retreats.
Attend parent coffees and student events as needed.
Contribute to the Upper School admission process.
Serve on divisional and K-12 committees as needed.
Opportunities and Challenges:
Assist in fulfilling the K-12 strategic plan goal of enhancing student well-being, implementing strategy to prepare students to know themselves fully and improving student wellness and agency.
Work with the head of Upper School to design and implement new support structures and systems that better connect all students to faculty.
Work with the head of Upper School to create a feedback system for students to help faculty know and grow.
Required Experience, Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
B.A. required, master’s preferred
Minimum 5+ years teaching experience and demonstrated growth and advancement in responsibilities.
Professional experience in student services, discipline and support.
Strong cultural competency skills and track record of successfully working with families from diverse backgrounds.
Exemplary skills in team building and complex project management
Experience with innovative and integrated models of support for high school students.
Proficiency in word processing, MS Office, Google Docs and Blackbaud learning management system.
A friendly, gracious, professional manner and outlook.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Impeccable ethics and a demonstrated commitment to confidentiality.
Fluency in Spanish or a language other than English is preferred.
One of Crossroads School’s founding commitments is to developing a socially, economically and racially diverse student body. We are equally committed to a supporting a vibrant and diverse workforce. Crossroads is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer; we do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age or sexual orientation. People of color, women and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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