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Career Center
January 22, 2020

Dean of Students

Episcopal School of Los Angeles
Los Angeles CA United States
Independent Co-Ed Day School, Grades 6-12
Position Starts: June 30, 2020
Application Deadline: February 29, 2020

The Episcopal School of Los Angeles (ESLA) seeks an experienced, dynamic, and innovative educator to fill the newly-created position of Dean of Students in this rapidly growing, vibrant school. Reporting to the Head of School and working alongside the Dean of Academics (also a newly-created position), Director of Student Life and Diversity, and Chaplain in the daily management of school life, the Dean of Students will oversee all aspects of grade 6-12 non-academic activity at ESLA. As part of the school’s strategic plan, the Dean will lead the school in strengthening schoolwide programs in discipline, advisory, social/emotional learning, faculty mentoring, parent education, and other programs relating to school climate and culture.

 Who we are . . .

Founded in 2012, the Episcopal School of Los Angeles (ESLA) is an Episcopal, independent, college-preparatory day school serving grades six through twelve. Our core virtues are Generosity, Integrity, Curiosity, and Courage. Over half of our students’ tuition expense is made possible through donor-funded scholarships. This allows the school to recruit and enroll bright, dedicated students from all walks of life. We are growing a community that reflects the vibrant population of Los Angeles. Our model is founded upon the belief that the best educational tool for any young person is the collaboration and camaraderie of peers from different backgrounds—peers who have stories and perspectives to share, the stuff of life that simply cannot be gleaned from a textbook.

ESLA is in a period of exciting growth as it moves back into its renovated permanent campus in early 2020. The school recently received a seven-year term of accreditation from CAIS/WASC and is finalizing a Strategic Plan that will guide its priorities for the coming years.

 We’re looking for...

An experienced, dynamic educator with a background in non-academic/co-curricular leadership in middle and upper schools.

  • The ideal candidate will display some or all of the following characteristics: 
  • Experience designing successful co-curricular, SEL, and behavioral programs
  • Demonstrated success as a classroom teacher or counselor meeting the developmental needs of students across grades six through twelve,
  • Successful administrative, leadership, and/or teaching experience, preferably in an Episcopal school
  • Experience and a passion for working with a diverse student body with a commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Evidence of being a proactive self-starter
  • A desire to collaborate with and support colleagues, and
  • Flexibility, joy, and a thirst for leading and collaborating with an energetic faculty and staff shaping a young school


  • School Culture and Climate

    Nurture a strong and vibrant school climate based on ESLA’s Mission and Four Virtues. Take the lead in disciplinary matters

  • Faculty Development and Support

    Develop and nurture a top-notch faculty (co-curricular, advisory, pastoral, student support, student life)

  • Student Social/Emotional Development

    Oversee individual student health and wellness from entry until graduation

  • Programs

    Initiate, develop, and oversee co-curricular programs

  • Parent Relations

    Communicate proactively with parents on behavioral and social/emotional matters

  • General Administrative

    Collaborate on the school’s lead Administrative Team

    Mentor and guide faculty members in non-academic matters

    Support the work of the Admissions and Development teams, the Chaplaincy, and the Office of Student Life and Diversity

    Cultivate a highly visible presence on campus and at school events

    Teach, coach, and/or chair a club or council as time allows


  • A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Counseling or similar is strongly preferred,
  • Minimum of 2-3 years administrative or departmental leadership involving co-curricular, advisory, discipline and/or student life,
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of teaching experience in public, charter, parochial, or independent schools, preferably in both middle and upper school grades, and ideally in an Episcopal school,
  • Demonstrated knowledge of adolescent development,
  • The ability to connect productively with students, faculty, and parents,
  • Strong attention to detail combined with clear vision in order to bring projects to fruition,
  • Demonstrated work using data to enhance learning outcomes,
  • The inclination and motivation to seek out opportunities to collaborate with peers.

 Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary is competitive with other area independent schools.
  • Full medical, dental, vision, flexible spending benefits, plus 401(k) with employer match after 1 year of employment.
  • Lunch is freshly prepared and shared family-style by faculty and students each day.
  • Beyond competitive pay and benefits, faculty enjoy working in a student-centered, collaborative, and joyful learning community. 

Contact Information

Please send a cover letter and the following information to hiring@es-la.com

  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae; Write the name of the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your email.
  • A written statement that includes, at a minimum, answers to the following questions: 
    • Why do you enjoy working with grade 6-12 students and faculty?
    • What work have you done in the areas described above and what have you learned from that experience that you would bring to this position?
    • What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity and inclusion? How have you demonstrated that commitment, and how would you see yourself demonstrating it here?
    • How would your understanding of the Episcopal tradition inform your leadership of the school’s culture and climate?
    • What are you eager to learn and develop in yourself as you grow in this profession?

ESLA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy, age, marital status, military or veteran status, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by state or federal law.