Associate Dean of Faculty for Community and Equity
St. Mark’s School, Southborough, MA
Position Title: Associate Dean of Faculty for Community & Equity
First commitment: July 1, 2024
Contract type: 10-month; stipend for summer project work
School Type: Boarding
Reports To: Assistant Head of School / Dean of Faculty
St. Mark’s School seeks an Associate Dean of Faculty for Community & Equity to advance the school’s priorities in recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and retaining a diverse and talented faculty. The Associate Dean partners with the Head of School, Assistant Head of School / Dean of Faculty, and the Director of Community & Equity Affairs to promote equity and inclusion at all levels of school operations, identifying standards of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for the St. Mark’s community.
Supervision and Partnerships
The Associate Dean of Faculty for Community & Equity reports to the Assistant Head of School/Dean of Faculty and is an active partner with the Director of Community and Equity Affairs, the Recruitment Operations Coordinator, the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Head of School/Dean of Faculty and the Director of The Farmer UPenn Fellowship.
I. Recruiting and Hiring a Diverse and Talented Faculty
- Manages the recruitment process in partnership with Department Heads and the Recruitment Operations Coordinator, including job postings, candidate communication, initial interviews, and visit day planning for prospective faculty. Some summer work and coordination may be required.
- Establishes hiring and interview processes and practices that diversify the candidate pool and minimize bias in our selection criteria and interview processes. Partners with faculty to ensure effective implementation of these policies and practices.
- Leads recruitment for the Farmer UPenn teaching fellowship, in partnership with the Assistant Head of School/Dean of Faculty, the Director of the Farmer UPenn Fellowship, and the Recruitment Operations Coordinator to recruit two recent college graduates to serve as Farmer UPenn Fellows and select Mentors from a pool of internal candidates.
II. Faculty Professional Growth
- Partners with the Assistant Head/Dean of Faculty, the Burgess Center Director, and the Community & Equity Affairs Director in the continued evolution of the School’s approach to faculty professional growth. In alignment with initiatives identified in the School’s Community & Equity Strategic Plan, the Associate Dean of Faculty’s work will center on social identity development and cultural competence.
- Meets regularly with Community & Equity team members to review institutional research and data and plan programming that meets the evolving needs of the adult community.
III. Onboarding and Mentorship for the St. Mark’s Faculty
- Engages in conversation with faculty members to understand how the School is experienced to support the Assistant Head of School/Dean of Faculty in developing and maintaining the most positive faculty culture possible.
- Undertakes projects at the direction of the Assistant Head of School/Dean of Faculty and Director of Community and Equity that will advance faculty retention efforts.
- Plans and leads orientation and onboarding activities for new faculty members with support from the Assistant Head/Dean of Faculty and the Director of Community & Equity. This project requires summer work on programming logistics and a focus on periodic extended orientation activities during the school year.
- Partners with the Assistant Head of School/ Dean of Faculty, Chief Finance and Operations Officer, Director of Human Resources, and Recruitment Operations Coordinator to ensure effective onboarding practices for adult faculty.
- Serves on the Housing Committee to place on-campus faculty in appropriate housing.
Required Skills and Abilities
- Advanced degree in a relevant field
- Enthusiasm for working with adolescent students in multiple contexts
- Outstanding task and time management skills with high attention to detail
- Strong leadership, collaboration, interpersonal, and communication skills
- Proficiency with computer applications such as Google Suite including Docs, Slides, and Sheets
- High level of diplomacy and discretion in managing interpersonal interactions and confidential information
- Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
- Two or more years of teaching experience, preferably in a residential setting
- Experience with hiring and recruitment
- Success working with culturally diverse populations and a commitment to inclusive pedagogy
- Commitment to continuous self-reflection and professional growth
- Positive, constructive approach, embracing resilience and flexibility in the face of uncertainty
Specific Faculty Duties:
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the Associate Dean of Faculty for Community & Equity contributes to the holistic educational program of St. Mark’s in the following ways:
- Teach two yearlong courses or the equivalent in semester courses.
- Participate as a residential house team member by supervising evening hours once weekly and five Saturdays per year and participation in regular house team meetings.
- Participate in St. Mark’s Experiential Learning Programming.
- Participate in community life through Social Duty (four weekends per year).
- Give up to six admission tours per year.
Things You’ll Appreciate:
On-campus housing; health, dental, and vision coverage; tuition remission (100%); retirement contribution – after one year of service, the school contributes 10% of your annual salary to a 403 (b) retirement plan (100% immediate vesting); three meals a day are available at the dining hall during the school year for you and your family; use of facilities for you and your immediate family: weight rooms, outdoor pool, ice rink, basketball courts, nature trails, etc.; annual financial planning services available; parental leave: 8 weeks at full pay, and 4 weeks at a quarter pay; Health Assistance Program; Employee Assistance Program; Child Day Care financial assistance program; William A. Coolidge Fund – annual financial assistance for each employee’s child attending tuition-charging schools, etc.
Pay is commensurate with experience. For reference, please find the base salary bands for faculty members whose primary responsibilities are in the classroom below:
Years of experience between 31 and 42 years: $84,240 – $94,340
Years of experience between 21 and 30 years: $65,000 – $83,752
Years of experience between 11 and 20 years: $52,000 – $63,200
Years of experience between 0 and 10 years: $27,000 – $50,700
About St. Mark’s School:
St. Mark’s School is a coed, private boarding high school of approximately 375 students with a strong, college preparatory curriculum located 22 miles west of Boston and 12 miles east of Worcester. St. Mark’s School educates young people for lives of leadership and service. Founded in 1865 as an intentionally small residential community, the school challenges its students to develop their particular analytical and creative capabilities by inspiring their academic and spiritual curiosity and kindling their passion for discovery. We value cooperation over self-interest and encourage all community members to explore their place in the larger world beyond our campus.
St. Mark’s School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, classics, national origin, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability or genetics, and any other characteristic or status protected by law.