Upper School Grade Dean

    • Job Tracking ID: 512201-723426
    • Job Location: Minneapolis, MN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: February 18, 2020
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: July 1, 2020
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Job Description:

The Blake School seeks a Grade Dean to provide leadership, guidance and support for all students and families in their assigned grade. Deans typically begin with a new class of tenth grade students and remain with them through their graduation. The Dean serves as the grade’s primary resource and advocate, overseeing the coherence and successful integration of all components of the student experience at Blake. For the 2020-2021 school year, this position will be for our senior class; the Dean will then cycle through to a new group of tenth graders the following year.

Blake is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, lived experience and thinking that makes a community strong and empowers students to engage across differences. Blake offers highly competitive salary and benefits packages, as well as significant support for local and national professional development opportunities.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Blake will typically cover the travel and lodging costs for finalist candidates visiting from out of town.

Experience and Skills:

Essential Responsibilities

  • Serving as the main administrative point person for all grade concerns
  • Providing support to students in the grade in academic and cocurricular activities
  • Coordinating and communicating disciplinary action
  • Facilitating communication between parents and faculty
  • Leading a committee of grade-level advisors and overseeing the implementation of our advisory curriculum
  • Managing the transition of students new to the Upper School
  • Organizing grade retreats and other grade-level events
  • Helping students plan their academic schedule, ensuring that each individual’s program is appropriate and meets school requirements for graduation
  • Working with the Registrar to handle requests for schedule changes and other scheduling related concerns
  • Collecting and reviewing faculty reports on students and coordinating support services
  • Serving as a member of the Upper School administrative team, which entails supervising budgets, reviewing upholding policies and procedures, fostering a positive climate in division and at school events, and assuming other responsibilities as assigned by the Director
  • Sitting on the Upper School Admissions Committee
  • Teaching one or two classes per semester, or handling equivalent co-curricular duties

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least three years of teaching experience in a high school setting
  • Ability and sensitivity to address and relate to the unique developmental and social-emotional needs of adolescents
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with supervisors, colleagues and parents
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated intercultural competence: the ability to understand and bridge diverse perspectives, identities, and lived experiences

The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12, co-educational, nonsectarian, independent day school enrolling 1,367 bright, talented students from nearly 56 Twin Cities-area communities. Founded in 1900, The Blake School has the advantage of three campuses (Minneapolis, Hopkins and Wayzata) each with its own facilities designed for specific ages, schedules and activities. The mission of the school is to provide students with an excellent, academically challenging education in a diverse and supportive community committed to a common set of values.

The Blake School believes that a diverse society enriches all individuals and communities. Diversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and marital, parental or economic status forms the fabric of our society. As a result of these beliefs, The Blake School actively seeks students, families and employees who value and contribute to the fullness of a diverse community within the context of its mission. In doing so, we recognize our responsibility to help make each person's experience a success. EOE