Harvard-Westlake School is seeking qualified applicants for the position of full-time Upper School Dean commencing July 1, 2020.
Harvard-Westlake employs a holistic approach to serving the needs of its Upper School students as well as the mutually supportive skills of an entire team of deans. The office includes nine deans and two office coordinators; each dean is responsible for the academic, college, and personal counseling needs of approximately 35 sophomores, 35 juniors, and 35 seniors. Upper School Deans guide students and their parents, advising them on issues of course selection, study skills, appropriate community behavior, discipline, and ultimately, all of the elements of the college search and selection process. Deans are also responsible for maintaining effective relationships with parents, faculty and staff, and college admission professionals. Upper School Deans write letters of recommendation, speak publicly in both small and large venues, and participate in the school community and culture. They also continually look for ways to develop professionally.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced college counselor and/or college admission professional whose knowledge of colleges is broad (preferably a minimum four years of experience). The candidate should have a style in working with families that is transparent, communicative, and candid yet tactful regarding expectations. They should understand how to work effectively and engage proactively with involved parents who have high expectations. The candidate should demonstrate an interest in and eagerness for collaboration with various teams (e.g., fellow Deans, the counseling staff, Dean of Students, and other staff and administrators). They should also be prepared to integrate themselves in the life of the school.
Minimum preferred of four years of college counseling and/or college admission experience
Clear communication skills
High emotional intelligence (e.g., empathy)
Collaborative and inclusive decision-making style
Knowledge of colleges, their academic programs, admission policies, and financial aid policies
Enjoys and appreciates building relationships with students and families
Excellent and timely responsiveness to all constituencies (e.g., students, parents/guardians, faculty, colleges)
Exceptional writing, leadership, and interpersonal skills
Desire to work closely with a team of colleagues who meet daily
Strong technology skills, particularly with Microsoft Office and Naviance
Confidence and self-direction
Enthusiasm to become part of our vibrant school community, broadly engaging with students, families, and colleagues, and attending events outside their particular field of responsibility
Interested and qualified candidates must apply through our website: https://www.hw.com/about/Career-Opportunities. No e-mail or mail in submissions will be considered. Candidates must be prepared to submit the following when applying for the position:
Cover letter expressing interest in the Harvard-Westlake Upper School Dean position
Sample letter of recommendation
List of 3 references with name, phone number, email address, and nature of relationship (i.e., direct supervisor, Head of School, mentor, etc.)
Applications will be accepted through December 18, 2019. Interviews will begin after we return from Winter Break on January 6, 2020.
About Harvard-Westlake School
Harvard-Westlake, a coed, independent school in Los Angeles, serves nearly 1600 students in grades 7-12, with more than 40% being students of color. Harvard-Westlake actively strives to be a diverse and inclusive community in its educational, admission, and employment practices. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic. We seek candidates who demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members; have an ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds; and have a capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.
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