Detroit Country Day School (also known as DCD, DCDS, or Country Day), a top-tier, nationally ranked PreK3-grade 12 school, seeks an Assistant Head of School to begin July 1, 2021.
The Assistant Head of School is a newly created position and will report directly to the Head of School. The focus of this position will be two-fold: student life and faculty. This person will be central in strengthening the student life and faculty experience in all three divisions. The Assistant Head will be responsible for the daily oversight and management of student life programs and personnel and working closely with the School’s Division Heads and other administrators, will provide support for faculty and lead the hiring process at DCDS.
The Assistant Head will provide vision for and leadership of the following administrative departments and programs of the entire school:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Athletics and other Afternoon Activities
Health Services and Student Health Education
Security and Safety
Student Life Curriculum
Faculty Support, Hiring, and Onboarding
The specific main responsibilities are wide ranging and subject to alteration, but they cover the following broad areas:
Oversight of student life programs and the efforts of the Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Executive Director of Athletics, the Director of Security and Safety, the Head of Student Counseling, the Head of Health Services, and the Directors of Summer Programs.
Chair meetings with the above administrators to support the effectiveness of their efforts and to communicate about issues of student life.
Be responsible for the management of program development, implementation, and evaluation.
Lead strategic, long-range, and master planning related to student life (both facilities and program).
With various individuals, design and implement a formalized, streamlined, and skills-based student life curriculum—focusing on character, leadership, diversity and social justice, health and well-being, and other life skills—for students in PreK3-grade 12.
Oversight of budgets and financial planning.
With division administrators, update and revise student life policies and maintain the student handbooks.
With division administrators, continue the development of a restorative discipline model.
With the Director of HR, update and revise employee policies and maintain the employee handbook.
With the Division Heads, provide support for faculty in all divisions.
With the Division Heads and other administrators, oversee the recruiting and hiring processes as well as the onboarding and mentoring programs for all newly hired faculty.
With the Director of Enrollment Management, determine how to better incorporate student life programs and personnel in the admission process.
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School, including participation in alumni relations and fundraising efforts as relevant to student life.
In addition to these administrative responsibilities, the Assistant Head will teach a class. Depending on the experience and skill set of the person hired for this position, as well as the further-determined needs of the school, some of the roles and responsibilities for this position may be subject to change.
The Assistant Head will be a member of the Head of School’s senior administrative team and will work together with other senior administrators to address operational and personnel matters, provide vision and leadership, and identify and establish strategic priorities and directions. This person will attend Board of Trustee meetings when appropriate.
This is a full-time 12-month administrative position. As is true of all administrative positions, the Assistant Head is expected to be available to members of the community throughout the normal administrative workday unless otherwise engaged in school business (teaching, meetings, coaching, participating in school travel, etc.).
An experienced independent school educator with a deep understanding of student life programs, policies, and operations.
A forward-thinking, inspiring, and calm leader with the capacity to work collaboratively with multiple teams to accomplish shared goals.
High levels of emotional intelligence and the ability to navigate the complexities and ambiguities of managing change.
A superb communicator, in writing, in relationships with colleagues, and as a team leader.
Previous experience as a leader in a division, department, and/or student life program.
History of developing and implementing in a team setting a creative and strategic vision for school programming.
Able to multi-task and fulfill many responsibilities with diligence and resilience.
Comfortable thinking strategically.
Detail-oriented with the ability to manage time-sensitive projects.
Superior interpersonal, organizational and managerial skills.
A high level of energy, flexibility, warmth, and sense of humor.
A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is strongly preferred.
A strong commitment to PreK-grade 12 education and a minimum of ten years of professional experience as an administrator and teacher in an independent school setting.
Applying for the Position
All inquiries and nominations should be submitted by May 24, 2021 and directed in confidence to Rich Dempsey, Head of School, at email@example.com. Interested candidates should submit in an electronic file:
A one to two-page letter of intent,
A statement of educational and leadership philosophy, and
The names and contact information of five professional references.
Detroit Country Day School develops citizens and leaders of the world in a culturally diverse environment of academic rigor, competitive athletics, and artistic expression, built on a foundation of service and character.
About Detroit Country Day School
Founded in 1914, DCDS is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent school located on three campuses in Oakland County, north of Detroit. The School prides itself on recruiting and supporting administrators and teachers who are leaders and learners and who are deeply devoted to cultivating curiosity and love of learning in our students. An educator at DCDS is committed to excellent teaching in all areas of school life in service of the Mission of the School and its students. DCDS administrators and teachers create learning environments designed to fulfill the goals of the School’s program, commitment to diversity, and the Portrait of the DCDS Student. Faculty at DCDS are committed to educating the whole child, and they appropriately challenge students and support and guide them to reach their potential in the classrooms, on the playing fields, and within the overall community.
At DCDS, we value diversity and always employ, retain, promote, and otherwise treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. DCDS does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. DCDS believes diversity, equity, and inclusion are educational imperatives for the intellectual, social, and moral growth of every child. DCDS honors the dignity of every human being and value the differences that exist and are expressed throughout our vibrant school.
About Detroit Country Day School
Founded in 1914, Detroit Country Day School is a top-tier, nationally ranked co-educational independent school for students in grades PreK3-12. The School offers an exemplary education rooted in academic rigor and a commitment to the full development of each student’s potential. The School develops citizens and leaders of the world in a culturally diverse environment of academic rigor, competitive athletics, and artistic expression, built on a foundation of service and character.
In 2020, the student community of 1460 includes 300 students in the Lower School in grades PreK3-grade 3; 500 students in the Middle School in grades 4-8 and 660 students in the Upper School in grades 9-12. The School has an extremely diverse student population, of which approximately 40% identify as students of color. In all three divisions, Detroit Country Day School is known for its strong academics and the opportunities available to students in outstanding offerings in athletics, dance, instrumental and vocal music, drama, and the visual arts. Students achieve regional, state, and national recognition for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and athletics, as well as their participation in ...community service. The School has approximately 270 employees. Sixty-nine percent of faculty members have earned advanced degrees.
Detroit Country Day School’s facilities are situated in two locations approximately three miles apart and less than one half hour from the center of Detroit. The Upper School (9-12) and Middle School (4-8) share adjoining campuses in Beverly Hills, where the administrative offices, facility services, safety and security services, and the main arts and athletics facilities are located. The Lower School (PreK-3) is located nearby in neighboring Bloomfield Hills. Both Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Hills are in Oakland County, which has the highest per capita income of any county in the state of Michigan and is one of the most affluent counties in the United States.
The Detroit Country Day Upper School offers a strong and varied program that provides numerous opportunities for students to demonstrate their individual strengths and develop their potential. The rigorous college-preparatory program, which includes Honors and Advanced Placement courses in each discipline in addition to a diverse selection of electives, prepares students for college and beyond. In addition to a series of honors and Advanced Placement courses, students at Detroit Country Day Upper School may pursue an International Baccalaureate Diploma.