The Dean of Studies is a member of the senior administrative team and is responsible for the development of the curriculum, mentoring of the faculty and instructional staff, and the progress of all academic matters of the School. The dean provides leadership in curriculum development and review, in hiring and support of faculty, and in refinement of a strong faculty professional development program. The dean’s basic responsibilities are in maintaining a sound overall academic program and a faculty and instructional staff conducive to the attainment of the educational objectives of the School. The dean is to initiate and coordinate curricular change, encourage communication among departments on issues of teaching and learning, and promote and maintain interdisciplinary courses.I’m all over it. This can be a real change-agent role in an independent school. And, it’s a place to have an impact not only on students, but on faculty and colleagues, too. The dean can drive performance excellence in a variety of venues.
Here are two nearly unedited requirements for recent dean of studies jobs: First,
Significant teaching and administrative experience, including evaluation of colleagues; expertise in the area of curriculum development and assessment; proven track record in advancing school programs; excellent leadership and oral and written communication skills; advanced degree preferred.And then,
Minimum of ten years of teaching experience. Masters degree level or higher. Highly developed ability to multi-task. An interest in, and real commitment to, detail and follow through. Comfortable managing conflicts and resolving differences. Approachable and an active listener. Experience working as part of an administrative team. Confident enough to stridently advocate; mature enough to understand when to compromise. Able to work with and manage strong willed leadership. Willing to make a long term commitment.Interesting, I thought. The second set of requirements is much broader, and yet is much more specific. It’s as if they are looking for characteristics and transferable skills more than just standard job-related abilities and background.
And, I think it speaks about what is important for the leadership of the school.
Does it say something about how the leadership leads? I think it does.
I’ll take the second one. Please.