Dean of Students & Campus Life

Stuart Hall School
Staunton, VA United States

Stuart Hall School, an independent Episcopal day and boarding school in Staunton, VA that serves students in grades 6-12, seeks its next Dean of Students & Campus Life.

This is an opportunity for an experienced student life professional to lead all aspects of the school’s campus life programs, guiding and enhancing programs that were developed in response to the school’s new strategic vision and seek to benefit the entire school community. The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for adolescent growth and development and for working with students, faculty, staff, and parents to build and sustain a vibrant and healthy school and student culture. 

About the School

Stuart Hall School is an Episcopal boarding and day school in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia that provides a college preparatory education for area day students in grades 6-12 and boarding students from around the world in grades 8-12. Founded in 1844, the school is a member of the Episcopal Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, is fully accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Episcopal Schools. 

With over 130 students, a loyal alumni base, a commitment to mastery-based education, a vibrant community, and dedicated faculty and staff, Stuart Hall is committed to its mission to “prepare students of all faiths for success in universities worldwide and for engaged lives of intellectual curiosity, creativity, and contribution.” 

The school is located in Staunton, Virginia, a town that often ranks among the best small towns in the United States. In addition to being a great place to live, Staunton is a great place to learn. There are abundant opportunities for students to extend their learning and engage with the community through the school’s Staunton Is Our Campus initiative.

About the Position

The Dean of Students & Campus Life is a senior administrator reporting to and partnering with the Head of School to provide vision and direction to all non-academic aspects of student life. The Dean of Students & Campus Life’s responsibilities include:

  • Providing strategic direction, implementation, evaluation, and communication regarding all aspects of student life, using research and best practices to inform this work and ensuring it is consistent with the school’s mission and strategic vision.
  • Serving as the primary advocate for students regarding non-academic aspects of school.
  • Maintaining the Community Handbook, overseeing annual updates and ensuring all constituents have access to the Handbook.
  • Upholding the Conduct Code, Honor Code, and community standards and expectations, and overseeing the school’s response to violations. The Dean of Students & Campus Life takes direct responsibility for this for all Upper School students and oversees the work of the Assistant Dean who has direct responsibility for all Middle School students.
  • Overseeing consistent collection of class and co-curricular attendance records.
  • Overseeing correct and consistent use of Orah, and seeking ways to expand its use for the benefit of student life.
  • Collaborating with residential life faculty on all aspects of residential life, including student well-being, duty assignments and needs, and communication with families.
  • Leading campus safety and security, including planning and executing trainings and practice exercises.
  • Developing the school’s master calendar in collaboration with the other senior administrators and in consultation with program leaders, and ensuring internal calendars are updated and maintained on an ongoing basis.
  • Communicating about campus activities and events, special schedules, and other information to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Directing the work of advisors, including developing regular advisory activities in collaboration with the Assistant Dean and others.
  • Working with the Student Activities Coordinator, the Student Government Association, and others to plan and execute both regular and special activities that enhance the student experience, including the school’s annual Red/White competition.
  • Planning the twice-a-week Community Time in collaboration with the Assistant Dean, Chaplain, SGA, and advisors.
  • Working with the Athletic Director on all interscholastic and intramural athletic offerings.
  • Planning and leading orientation for all students and families.
  • Planning and implementing student leadership development programs, the selection of student leaders, and the ongoing support of student leaders and the faculty and staff who work with them.
  • Ensuring the continued implementation of the school’s social-emotional learning program in partnership with The Social Institute and seeking ways to expand and enhance the school’s SEL work.
  • Planning and/or participating in opportunities to engage families, both in person and remotely, on both an individual and group level.
  • Overseeing the work of the Program Support Manager.
  • Creating and managing the budget for all campus life-related activities.
  • Planning the school’s annual recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • Assessing the school’s current work and recommending steps to enhance that work in one or more of the following areas: diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging; social-emotional learning; well-being and mindfulness; restorative justice; and community engagement and service.
  • Leading or serving on the Student Support Team and the Calendar Committee.
  • Serving as one of the school’s liaisons to the Academic and Student Life Committee of the Board of Governors.
  • Teaching one class and/or offering afternoon co-curricular activities, based on the Dean’s background, experience, and other obligations, and in response to the needs of the school.
  • Assigning school-keeping responsibilities for all faculty and staff, and serving as an administrator on duty and/or in other capacities.
  • Attending all major school events, and connecting with students, faculty, and staff in small and large groups to understand school life and be able to discuss it with constituents.

About the Candidates

Stuart Hall is committed to attracting an applicant pool with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests. Being aware that some individuals will not apply for a position unless they have all of the qualifications, this qualifications list has been written to encourage people with a range of experiences and backgrounds to apply.

  • Required background and experience: you must have everything on this list:
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Minimum of seven years of experience in education in independent schools, including leadership and management responsibilities in student life.
    • Experience working in a boarding school.
    • Experience managing multiple tasks or projects under deadlines.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Additional background and experience: if you have any of the following skills or experiences, you are encouraged to highlight them in your application materials, but please know an absence of any of these will not negatively affect your candidacy
    • Demonstrated experience taking initiative and working independently but collegially
    • Demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and managing a program or initiative that involved leading others (this experience does not have to be development-related)
    • Experience leading a residential life program, serving as a dormitory head, or other leadership work in residential life
    • Experience using aspects of positive psychology, including the PERMA model and character strengths, in working with students
    • Experience leading or serving on the steering committee for a school accreditation process
    • Demonstrated involvement with a personal learning network
    • Critical listening skills
    • Experience managing others

Contact Information

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to the attention of Michael Robinson, Head of School, at humanresources@stuart-hall.org. All applications will be confidential. References will not be checked without first notifying the candidate.

Stuart Hall welcomes candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work and their lives, and who will add to the diversity of our community.

Stuart Hall does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its hiring practices.  The School is committed to providing an inclusive educational environment. We actively engage students, families, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our school community respects the differences in ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

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