Barrie School seeks candidates for the position of Barrie Prep Dean of Student Life (grades 6-12) with employment beginning on July 1, 2019.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Established in 1932, Barrie School cultivates intrinsic motivation in students through a progressive and collaborative approach to education. The school currently serves 300 students in two divisions: Barrie Montessori (18-months to 5th grade) and Barrie Prep (6th to 12th grade). The school is also the home to the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, a nationally recognized training institute for teachers throughout the region, and Barrie Camp, a day program that serves more than 500 families each summer.
Barrie is located in Silver Spring, Maryland outside Washington, D.C. and within one mile of the Metro subway. Our verdant 45-acre campus of open fields, streams, ponds, forests, and stables provides space for learning, play, and exploration. Barrie encourages students to develop their own individual interests and talents through hands-on, experiential learning, which promotes 21st-century outcomes, including:
Analytical and Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving
Complex Written and Oral Communication
Leadership and Teamwork
Digital and Quantitative Literacy
Adaptability, Initiative, and Risk-Taking
Integrity and Ethical Decision-Making
ABOUT THE POSITION & QUALIFICATIONS
Joining Barrie during an exciting time, the Dean of Student Life should have experience as a progressive educator who believes in restorative discipline, has experience with project management, and demonstrates a commitment to a student-centered learning environment focused on project-based learning. The Dean of Student Life is also responsible for teaching one or two classes in his or her subject area. This full-time position will report to the Head of Barrie Prep.
The position has the following qualifications:
Master’s degree in education, school leadership, or a related field preferred.
At least five years teaching and some experience leading student life initiatives.
Commitment to supporting an intentionally diverse and inclusive community.
Must demonstrate cross-cultural competency and experience with multicultural education.
Attention to detail.
Excellent communication skills and ability to connect with diverse and wide-ranging constituencies, including but not limited to, students, parents, and faculty.
A sense of humor and commitment to building rapport with colleagues.
Be available for in-house professional development.
Manage advisors, coordinate and develop advisory program, and plan Community Time (co-lead Assemblies with Head of Prep; organize clubs/committees, etc.).
Manage initiatives to ensure there is a positive school spirit in the Prep division.
Oversee student life disciplinary issues for Barrie Prep grades 6-12, including the administration of Student Success Agreements (SSA) when necessary.
Support student government and student activities committees to support vibrant student leadership.
Support retention/admissions events.
Oversee calendar related to student life issues and events, including August Opening Days and end-of-year student life activities.
Coordinate retreats for middle and upper school.
Support high level of student attendance and timeliness, ensuring appropriate interventions with students and families as needed.
Coordinate with Admissions to plan student visits, conduct admissions interviews, and read applications.
Support parent education related to school student life goals (e.g. Conversations that Count).
Work closely with the Head of Prep and Dean of Prep Studies on Prep calendar and issues of retention/enrollment.
Collaborate with the Director of School and Family Services and Learning Specialist to meet Prep students' social-emotional needs, including supporting diversity initiatives.
Other duties as assigned, based on needs of the organization.
Candidates must clearly articulate their years of teaching and administrative experience on their resume and submit a cover letter expressing their interest in the position.
Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience, and will include a generous vacation package. Barrie teachers also benefit from tuition assistance for dependent children.
Barrie School fosters and supports a diverse and inclusive culture and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability status.
About Barrie School
Barrie is a learning institution comprised of three distinct yet mutually supportive divisions: Barrie Montessori (serving students age 18 months through grade 5, and aspiring Montessori educators at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies); Barrie Prep (serving students in grades 6 through 12); and Barrie Camp (a summer day-camp program serving children ages 4 through 14). Barrie's mission is to empower individuals to expand their intellectual abilities, develop creative talents, and discover their passions to make a positive impact in a rapidly changing world.
Barrie serves approximately 330 students, and since our founding in 1932, has maintained a commitment to multiculturalism and diversity. Our extraordinary environment for learning is located on 45 wooded acres just outside Washington, D.C.
At Barrie, faculty appreciate students as individuals. Learning is a hands-on experience for all our students: they are fully engaged in their own education. Each division (Montessori, Prep, and Camp) plays a distinct and valuable role as an integral part of the overall institution; all serve to complement the others and advance the mission of the whole.