Harvard-Westlake School seeks an experienced educator to join the team in its Upper School Deans’ Office. The school 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. Harvard-Westlake enrolls about 875 students at the Upper School, more than 40% of whom are students of color. The School is committed to being a diverse and inclusive community that is dedicated to the joyful pursuit of educational excellence while living and learning with integrity.
The successful candidate is likely to be an experienced college counselor and/or college admissions 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. He or she should understand how to work effectively and proactively engage with involved parents who have high expectations. Notable qualifications are likely to include:
Enjoys and appreciates building relationships with students and families
Excellent responsiveness to all constituencies (e.g., students, parents, faculty, colleges)
Exceptional writing, leadership and interpersonal skills
Desire to work closely with a team of colleagues who meet daily
Collaborative and inclusive decision-making style
Strong technology skills, particularly with Microsoft Office, social media, and Naviance
Knowledge of colleges, their academic programs, admission policies, and financial aid policies
Confident and self-directed
Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically the following materials by FRIDAY, MARCH 3, to Ms. Camille da Santos, Office of the Upper School Deans (email@example.com):
cover letter expressing interest in the Harvard-Westlake Upper School Dean position
sample letter of recommendation
list of 3 references with name, phone number, and email address of each
An independent college preparatory day school for grades seven through twelve, Harvard-Westlake School is the result of a merger between the Harvard School (for boys) founded in 1900 and the Westlake School for Girls established in 1904. Harvard-Westlake School draws its student body from the diverse communities of Los Angeles County and is located on two campuses: the Middle School, serving gra...des seven through nine, is located in Los Angeles; the Upper School, with grades ten through twelve, is located in Studio City. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.