March 20, 2019
Full-Time Dean of Students – Saint Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights
To provide leadership to the Saint Thomas Academy community in the areas of student discipline, attendance, safety and security and promotion of positive student behavior.
• Support Saint Thomas Academy and the St. Paul/Minneapolis Archdiocese’s mission and goals and actively articulate them to the Academy’s constituents and the wider community.
• In support of the mission and goals of Saint Thomas Academy, employees will follow all school policies and procedures.
• Actively participate in administrative functions of the Academy.
• Provide leadership consistent with Catholic teaching; the position of Dean of Students at Saint Thomas Academy is expected to be a practicing Catholic in good-standing with the church.
• Proactively and reactively attend to behavior issues in and out of the classroom.
• Carry out consequences in accordance with the Saint Thomas Academy Student Handbook for behavior and attendance rules violations.
• Coordinate and lead Board of Discipline meetings at the request of the Upper School Director.
• Conduct parent meetings when a student has violated the school chemical health policy and communicate results to Upper School Director, School Counselor and Athletics & Activities Director.
• Enforce a schoolwide program of progressive discipline including informal student redirection, daily and Saturday detention, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, Chemical Infraction Meetings, and Board of Discipline Hearings.
• Attend daily Formation and assist Leadership Department with student conduct.
• Act as a school liaison to Social Services, Police, Probation, and Truancy and Courts.
• Represent Saint Thomas Academy in disciplinary matters on and off campus.
• Provide supervision at school-sponsored activities.
• Monitor daily attendance, take necessary actions to improve individual student attendance and reduce tardiness among those students demonstrating chronic behaviors.
• Follow a progressive disciplinary model to address chronic attendance issues.
• Work with the Attendance Clerk throughout the school day to correctly identify students deemed unexcused absent or tardy; follow-up with students, parents and teachers as needed.
• Hold daily detention for students in violation of attendance policies.
• Communicate in written form with students and families issues of chronic absenteeism/tardiness; conduct family meetings to address these issues as needed.
• Arrange parent permission forms for extra-curricular, classroom, and special events.
School Safety and Security
• Schedule and conduct all campus safety drills including tornado, fire and ALICE active shooter drills.
• Lead all necessary faculty and staff training required to execute safety drills safely and effectively.
• Ensure all safety procedures are properly documented and updated including maps, directions, and points of contact.
• Annually update and communicate relevant information from the STA Crisis Manual.
• Consult with the Upper School Director and Facilities Director on matters of school security on an ongoing basis.
• Communicate with parents regarding behavior and attendance issues, coordinating parent involvement in disciplinary matters and Board of Discipline meetings.
• Communicate with faculty and staff in their daily relationship with students.
• Communicate regularly with the Upper School Director on matters of discipline, attendance, student chemical health and other issues as needed.
• Communicate with the Dean of Students and other administrators at Convent of the Visitation School as needed regarding behavior and attendance issues between the schools.
• Communicate with all stakeholders including parents, students, teachers, staff and others as needed.
• Assume responsibilities of Upper School Director in his absence
• Serve on the Administrative Team
• Serve on the Student, Teacher Assistance Team (STAt)
• Consultant on Admissions Committee requests that involve student disciplinary issues
• Serve as point of contact for external security consultation
• Attend Dean of Students affinity groups for MAIS and Archdiocesan schools
• Manage daily lunchroom supervision
• Coordination & supervision of all school dances
• Co-lead the senior speech program
• Co-lead advisory program with members of the counseling department
• Collaborate with Counseling Department on design and execution of grade level retreats
• Attend and participate in school and after school functions
Job Qualifications• Master’s Degree in Educational Administration or related field
• Minimum of 5 years of experience leading faculty and or educational programs
• MN teaching license preferred
• Experience with a schoolwide disciplinary program preferred
Institution DescriptionSaint Thomas Academy is a Catholic private school located in Mendota Heights, MN that offers college-preparatory, military/leadership for male students in grades 6-12. For more than 130 years, the Saint Thomas Academy community of students, parents, faculty, and alumni has prepared young men in an environment influenced by the message of Jesus Christ to succeed in college and life. STA’s tradition, discipline, and spirit influence the life of a young man long after graduation.
Application Instructions/CommentsQualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume and references to:
Deborah Berglund, HR Payroll and Benefits Specialist, Saint Thomas Academy, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 949 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN 55120.
Position will remain open until filled.
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