St. Paul Academy and Summit School seeks candidates for the position of Upper School Dean of Students.
About St. Paul Academy and Summit School:
St. Paul Academy and Summit School (SPA) is a coeducational, non-sectarian, college preparatory day school serving more than 920 students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our two campuses are located approximately a mile apart in St. Paul, Minnesota, serving Grades K-5 on our Goodrich Campus and Grades 6-12 on our Randolph Campus. The school draws students from St. Paul, Minneapolis, and throughout the eastern and western suburbs.
Our mission—shaping the minds and the hearts of the people who will change the world—is a promise to our students and our families, and it pushes us to be thoughtful about everything we do. It inspires us to be our best and reminds us that we have the responsibility to respect the unique potential in every child. Our mission gives us purpose and represents our greatest aspirations and values. But most of all, it reflects our deep belief in the talents and capabilities of our students.
For additional information about the school’s curriculum, community, and culture, please visit our website at www.spa.edu.
About the Upper School:
The Upper School is home to students in Grades 9-12 and is characterized by advanced inquiry, lively discussion, deep engagement with topics, a strong sense of community, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Students develop the habits and relationships that will carry them through high school and into the world of college and beyond. The Upper School's rigorous academic curriculum and seminar-based learning model is complemented by a network of support that includes teachers, advisors, college counselors, and resources for both academic and social/emotional well-being.
A robust and stimulating academic program is central to the mission of SPA and the reason that families choose this school. The academic program is embedded within a rich student community with varied opportunities for engagement and citizenship, and students are supported along their academic journey as they develop social and emotional skills and strategies. As leader of the Upper School, the Principal delegates to and is supported by key leaders--Counselors, Dean of Students, Academic Dean, and a Learning Specialist--who provide an integrated approach to Upper School student development and program, taking into consideration community citizenship, academic progress, and social/emotional health. Typically, they work in close collaboration to integrate these crucial facets of student development; each one serves as point person with respect to one aspect of the Upper School program, with the other two serving as partners and consultants.
The Upper School Dean of Students is responsible for supporting social and emotional student and community development. Areas of responsibility include articulating the vision and developing a comprehensive advisory program; coordinating professional development for faculty as advisors; developing, implementing, and overseeing extracurricular and community activities; articulating and implementing values, policies and practices that support positive student community behavior; coordinating student health needs; coordinating and implementing Upper School security and emergency plans and practices; and participating in conversations about admission, diversity and inclusion, calendar, and others as needed.
Position Begins: July 1, 2022 Status: 11 Month, Full-time, Exempt Department: Instructional Support, Upper School (grades 9-12)
Successful candidates should bring demonstrated experience and excellence working directly with students in grades 9-12 as individuals and as groups, both within and beyond the classroom. Their professional experience in schools should demonstrate increasing administrative responsibilities, such that serving as Dean of Students is the logical next step in their career. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills with students, teachers, parents, and administrators. As importantly, we seek candidates committed to developing and practicing cultural competence and restorative practices in their work. BA degree in relevant field is required and counseling credentials and experience are strongly preferred.
Candidates are expected to carry out the mission of SPA, "Shaping the minds and hearts of the people who will change the world," to support the vision of the Upper School and to contribute to the life of the school outside of the classroom.
How to Apply:
The position includes a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, statement of education philosophy, and a list of references. To apply, please visit our website at www.spa.edu/careers.
SPA is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse faculty and staff, and maintaining a workplace culture in which all are treated equitably.