The Dean of Faculty provides administrative leadership to the Upper School faculty under the direction of the Head of the Upper School. The Dean of Faculty, in collaboration with the faculty, academic deans and department heads, is charged with leadership responsibilities in the areas of academics, professional development, and evaluation including: the development and implementation of Upper School faculty professional development programs; recruiting, orientation and support for new faculty; and assisting the Upper School Head in the faculty performance and evaluation process consistent with the mission and guiding principles of the school. The dean works with the faculty to support a climate of shared leadership and to dedicate attention to the topic of excellence in teaching.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Work with the Head of the Upper School to direct selected day-to-day communication and calendar operations, help interpret workload priorities, and engage in special projects at the request of the Head of the Upper School.
Work with the Head of the Upper School, academic deans, campus deans, EPC, and the Administrative Team in addressing curricular and faculty issues and setting goals.
Assist the faculty, be attentive to their concerns, and share these concerns in administrative policy discussions; stay current with issues of faculty climate and workload, both academic and extra-curricular.
Manage housing requests and work with the Head of the Upper School and the Housing Committee to assign appropriate housing according to established protocol.
Manage assigned areas of contract preparation.
Serve as a member of the Upper School Leadership Team, the Educational Policies Committee and the Student Concerns Committee.
Confer with Human Resources on issues and paperwork related to faculty hiring, probation, dismissal, leaves of absence, contracts, and implementation of government required programs.
Professional Development and Faculty Recognition:
Provide equitable professional growth opportunities for faculty.
Recommend conferences and workshops to faculty that foster individual goals, support school initiatives, and/or coordinate with outcomes of teacher evaluation.
Help to organize and carry out a process of recognition for faculty, both externally and internally in the school’s awards process.
Maintain a faculty evaluation plan which is well-defined, consistent and supportive.
Direct the faculty performance and evaluation process.
Coordinate appropriate aspects of the evaluation and mentor programs with department heads, mentors, and deans.
Write the final faculty evaluations.
Modify/update the evaluation process as needed.
Orientation and Support for New Faculty:
Organize and lead the new faculty orientation program.
Direct the planning and implementation of new faculty orientation meetings throughout the first semester in consultation with the Head of the Upper School.
Visit the classes of all new faculty early in the school year; communicate frequently with new faculty; be available to new faculty.
Organize and oversee the mentor program.
Maintain the comprehensive and current standards of the Faculty Handbook.
Work with the Head of the Upper School in identifying staffing needs by department and program to meet the comprehensive job requirements of the Upper School and to assist in hiring an excellent and diverse faculty; develop strategies of recruitment and retention; guide in the process of making Cranbrook Kingswood the employer of choice.
Coordinate the recruitment process with all departments, including candidate selection; coordinate campus interviews and candidate scheduling.
Make optimal use of all candidate recruitment options including recruitment fairs, online opportunities, and recruitment agencies.
Strong administrative leadership skills.
Minimum of a Master’s degree.
Minimum of 5 years of teaching experience required; coaching or teaching leadership experience beneficial.
Strong interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with colleagues throughout the school.
Excellent organizational and decision-making skills, as well as supervisory experience (preferably including training/orientation).
Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
Commitment to supporting and promoting a growth mindset of the faculty as a group and individually.
Requires advanced written and oral presentation skills, as well as ability to negotiate frequently with faculty and administrators on policy and program matters.
Strong commitment to integration of technology into the classroom.
Please submit a personal vitae that includes a completed Faculty Application, résumé, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, copies of teacher certifications, statement of educational philosophy in relation to this position, and two or three letters of recommendation with contact information to: Cranbrook HR, P.O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303, or fax (248) 645-3014, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cranbrook Schools, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is comprised of three coordinated educational divisions with students ranging from early childhood to the twelfth grade. Together the coed lower school, single-sex middle schools and coed upper school serve more than 1,600 students. Housed on two internal campuses, Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School offers a rigorous college-preparatory pro...gram in a day/boarding environment. There are approximately 800 students in grades 9-12 in the upper school, including 260 residential students from across the country and around the world.
The Schools are a part of the 319-acre campus known as Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC). CEC also includes Cranbrook Institute of Science, Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook House and Gardens and the Cranbrook Academy of Art for graduate fine art studies.