The Dean, a full-time senior academic administrative position, reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the Senior Administrative Team, and will collaborate with and report regularly to the Board of Trustees. The Dean serves as the institutional leader who will set strategic vision and corresponding systems and structures for KUA to meet its mission “to create a deep sense of belonging for every member of our community. Through intentionally designed experiences and challenges, our students develop the knowledge, voice, and character to live with purpose and integrity.”
ABOUT THE POSITION
Strategic Planning and External Relations
Develop and execute a DEI-specific strategic plan in alignment with the school-wide strategic plan.
Facilitate professional Board development, offer strategic expertise to the Head of School and the Board, oversee all DEI initiatives, and assess and address the general culture and climate of the school with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Integrate DEI into all external facing offices, with the goal of building stronger relationships with all external constituencies through outreach and telling our DEI story with authenticity.
Develop strategies for recruiting and retaining a more diverse student body, and assist in building and maintaining processes and support programs for applicants and enrolled students of historically underrepresented groups and their families.
Professional Development and Recruitment
Develop the social and cultural competencies of the adult community, including expertise in the evaluation and review process, developing antiracist training for all faculty and staff, and partnering with the Dean of Faculty in supporting ongoing DEI professional development.
Partner with others to diversify the faculty and staff and to recruit, hire, and retain employees with DEI skills and expertise.
Play an active role in the hiring process, as well as support adult members of the community with marginalized identities.
Student Life and Curriculum
Amplify a culture of belonging, empathy, and kindness, including support to students with marginalized identities; overseeing student organizations related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and leading affinity group leadership and cultural calendar programming.
Partner with the teaching faculty to integrate DEI practices and thinking into teaching and learning at KUA, including the promotion and support of curriculum development with regard to identity, multiculturalism, and systems of power.
Provide leadership on inclusive teaching practices and cultural competency, and considering issues of bias, equity, and representation related to course placement and advancement.
Attend Internal Health Committee meetings and serve as a case manager for specific students, particularly those from marginalized identities.
Serve on the Academy’s Disciplinary Committee, as needed.
Managing and liaising with students and families for the Full Experience Scholarship Program.
Serve on the Senior Administrative Team
Serve on the Program Committee.
Serve as a member of AARC, in support of a group of Advisors and their advisees.
Support strategic initiatives.
Interview and help select new faculty.
Assist with the Opening of School: New Faculty Orientation, Leadership Orientation, New Student Orientation and All-School Orientation.
When on weekend team and when needed, support the Administrator on Call and Student Life Office with programming and unexpected emergencies relating to the health and welfare of students.
Collaborate on annual revision of the Community Handbook based on policy and program changes.
Provide reports to the Board of Trustees three times per year.
Teach 1 or 2 sections in the academic program.
Coach one season of athletics or one activity.
Serve as a member of the residential staff on rotation.
Other duties as assigned.
An ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:
A BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to education, student services, psychology, sociology, and/or multicultural studies.
Seven to ten years of increased leadership experience in human relations and student life, preferably in an independent school or other non-profit organization.
Outstanding communication skills.
Considerable experience developing student and faculty programming.
Demonstrated success in supervision of and collaboration with staff.
Demonstrated success in managing multiple projects with shifting priorities and competing deadlines.
The desire to fulfill the mission of Kimball Union, placing students at the forefront of everything we do.
A good listener--comfortable receiving input, and able to analyze and utilize information to form a sound, well-organized plan. This includes the ability to accept and incorporate individual feedback, as appropriate.
Determined yet respectful of others’ concerns; someone with the flexibility and creativity needed to find alternative ways to reach objectives when barriers arise; a skilled negotiator who does not drive him/herself or others into a corner.
A team builder – confident and competent, with strong skills in leadership; one who understands the subtleties of motivating and directing a diverse group of personalities, and willingly collaborates with others.
A hard worker with a high energy level; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of activities.
The inclination and ability to treat all constituencies with compassion and respect, and one who embodies and promotes the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Kimball Union Academy, founded in 1813, is one of the oldest private boarding and day schools in New Hampshire and the country. We are building a culture where differences are valued and we celebrate multiple approaches and points of view. Our employees engage with diverse and talented students across the curriculum to become analytical thinkers, creative problem solvers, effective communicators and contributors. KUA blends the best of the New England boarding tradition with an innovative, modern educational program for a diverse group of day and boarding students from across the country and around the world. Located in the village of Meriden, New Hampshire in the heart of the Upper Valley, Kimball Union is minutes from Dartmouth College and has direct access to Boston and New York.
•250 Boarding & 90 Day Students
•From 28 countries
•Grades 9-12 & PG
•47 Teaching Faculty
•6:1 Student/Faculty Ratio
•12 Student average class size
•Average years of faculty experience: 19
•Faculty tenure > 10 years: 2/3
•70% of faculty hold advanced degrees