The Academic Dean reports directly to the Academy Principal and serves as a critical thought partner and trusted advisor to the Academy Principal. The Academic Dean provides leadership in the primary areas of individualized academic support for students. They serve as backup to the Principal, as delegated by the Principal, or in the case of emergency. Primary duties will include, but are not limited to:
Managing student transitions into the Academy
Collaborate with Grade 8 deans to manage student transitions from grade 8 to grade 9– including programming.
Collaborate with Admissions, the Academic Coordinator, and grade level deans scheduling New to Punahou Students.
Collaborate with grade-level deans, the associate Principal for student life, and the Academy principal in readmitting students and re-entry of students after medical absences.
Coordinate orientation experiences.
Serve as summer school dean for all four grade levels.
Coordinate Academy admissions events.
Assist in planning Back to School Night and grade-level events.
Collaborates with the Principal, Asst. Principal, Scheduling Team, and Communications Office to ensure student-centered decision-making in developing the school calendar, daily schedule, Course Listing, Code of Conduct, and Student Handbook.
Coordinate all other requests from the Senior Leadership Group addressed to Academy faculty and administrators.
Manages Deans’ Office Coordinators and Attendance Office administrative assistants.
Liaise with Business Office to develop and monitor the Deans' office budget.
Liaise with the IT office regarding student records.
Supports deans in student events as needed.
Step in to support grade-level deans whenever they are absent.
Coordinates certain Academy-wide student support services, including oversight of the Director of College Counseling, Registrar, Test Coordinator, Academy Support Services office, and Student Government.
Oversees the process of managing teacher letters of recommendation (including quality control and time for writing) and managing the counselor recommendation process (including recruitment and training of writers, deadline management, and editing).
Coordinates Academy health/wellness program.
Coordinates the Academy Advisory program.
Serve as an ex-officio member of the Principals’ Committee, Curriculum Committee, and ACLT.
Master’s Degree in education or related field.
Four (4) years of recent experience teaching at a competitive Independent School
Experience in managing Middle School to High School or transitions from High school to college preferred.
Supervisory and/or leadership experience in an education setting preferred.
Demonstrated ability to manage change
Successful experience in facilitation and planning while demonstrating the ability to develop and maintain flexibility, energy and commitment by all stakeholders
Experience working with colleagues from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
Demonstrated ability to promote ambitious goals, generate enthusiasm, and foster the conditions for teachers to achieve those goals in a safe environment
Experience leading curricular projects and assembling and managing teams towards successful project outcomes.
Punahou School nurtures the individuality of each child within a vibrant K – 12 school community that celebrates diversity, inspires excellence and connects students for life.
Located in Honolulu, Hawai`i, Punahou is the largest coeducational, independent K – 12 school on a single campus in the United States. Students at Punahou have unparalleled opportunities to cultivate their unique interests and talents under the guidance of attentive and caring teachers. Rigorous academics, robust programs in athletics and the arts, and an array of co-curricular opportunities offer an integrated, 21st-century education for the whole child.
Students exemplify the diversity and strength of Hawai`i and reflect the School’s commitment to providing robust, need-based financial aid. When students graduate from Punahou, they join a network of 30,000 alumni spanning the globe. Beyond excellent scholars, the School seeks to develop engaged global citizens who can strengthen their communities.