Dean of Students

New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
Nov 20, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

REPORTS TO: Principal

STATUS/HOURS: Full-time, twelve-month position. Schedule may vary according to departmental and Academy needs. On-call 24-hour duty rotation with the other deans.

FLSA: Exempt

Position Purpose

Phillips Exeter Academy is an all-gender, independent residential school with more than 1,000 high school students from diverse backgrounds. At Exeter, the benefits of working with engaged students are enhanced by an institutional commitment to excellence and inclusivity, and the resources to support that commitment. The Harkness method of instruction, with 12 students and one instructor working together around one seminar table, originated here and defines our culture.

When you teach at Exeter you join a community of committed educators who work with students beyond the classroom (in dorms, on athletic teams, in affinity groups and clubs) and serve in administrative roles. We enjoy a generous compensation package, innovative health and wellness programming, state-of-the-art athletic and arts facilities, and the largest secondary school library in the world.

As a member of the administrative leadership team and chief advisor for Academy students, the Dean of Students oversees all aspects of boarding and day student life on campus – residential, community conduct, academic support, equity and inclusion. The Dean of Students also oversees student housing and advising assignments, and works closely with faculty advisers to students and the dorm heads. This position leads a team of deans, associate deans, and directors to establish and maintain a broad network of support for students and their experiences. And is in frequent contact with faculty and parents/guardians to help students make the most of their Exeter experience.

Key Accountabilities
  • As chief adviser for students, is readily available to students and parents/guardians and is responsible for maintaining an understanding of student and parent/guardian interests.
  • Is responsible for implementing faculty and student goals related to teaching and learning for boarding and day students, as expressed in the mission statement for student life.
  • Fills a public leadership role in teaching students about faculty standards and expectations in matters of conduct, ethics and the skills essential for living in a residential community.
  • Is responsible for the well-being of faculty and students in the dormitories, beginning with student housing and advising assignments and extending, with the dean of faculty, to hiring, orientation, evaluation, maintaining accountability and professional development for faculty in their role as teachers in the residential setting.
  • Monitors program planning in the student support areas of health services and student activities.
  • Oversees and seeks to strengthen the adviser system.
  • Coordinates efforts of all offices and personnel in the dean of students organization to support students.
  • Serves on the administrative leadership team.
  • Works with the dorm heads individually and as a group to oversee student life, including proctor orientation and training.
  • Coordinates all-school programs such as new student orientation and Family Weekend.
  • Handles parent/guardian concerns and inquiries regarding individual students and student life in general.
  • Works closely with the medical director and director of counseling and psychological services to monitor and support student emotional and physical health.
  • Responds to emergency situations or incidents involving students and serves on the Academy’s Incident Response Team.
  • In consultation with general counsel and director of student well-being, makes all mandated reports to the Exeter Police Department and the NH Department of Children, Youth and Families and oversees subsequent student support.
  • Convenes and chairs the misconduct review board for student sexual misconduct cases or other matters that fall outside the normal community conduct process.
  • Demonstrates respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.
  • Works directly with students each term as a classroom teacher, coach, dorm faculty, adviser for a student club or activity, or other similar role as part of overall workload.
Degree of Independent Action Performed

Incumbent is expected to work with a high level of independence and autonomy, and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgment in decisions impacting staff and department operations.

Expected to solve problems or address issues that require immediate attention.

Direct/Indirect Reports

Direct :

Dean of Academic Affairs

Dean of Multi-Cultural Affairs

Dean of Residential Life

Dean of Student Health and Wellness

Ninth Grade Program Coordinator

Director of Service Learning

Director of Student Activities

Day Student Coordinator

Learning Specialist

Director of Student Information and Registrar

Dean of Student’s Office Administrative Manager


Associate Dean of Advising (reports directly to Dean of Residential Life)

Associate Dean of Student Life (reports directly to Dean of Residential Life)

Internal & External Contacts

Frequent contact with students, Dean of Students office, PEA administrative and academic offices, faculty, coaches, and staff. External contacts may include parents/guardians, outside organizations, visitors and local community neighbors.

Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree


  • Experience in an institutional or campus setting
  • Experience working with adolescents in an educational setting.
  • Administrative experience in a residential setting preferred.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students by building trust and credibility.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills as well as a strong customer focus.
  • A strict adherence to confidential policies is required.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Proficient in MS Office.
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • High degree of organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and multi-task with accuracy.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions, maintain a professional demeanor and restraint at all times, including stressful situations.
Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  1. Ability to sit in a seated position for extended periods of time.
  2. Flexibility to respond promptly to student needs.
  3. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
  4. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example using a keyboard.
  5. Communication skills using the spoken and written word.
  6. Ability to see within normal parameters.
  7. Ability to use a visual display terminal with continuous wrist movement on a keyboard.
  8. Ability to hear within normal range.
  9. Ability to lift and transport up to 10lbs without assistance.
Additional Requirements
  1. Successfully complete a criminal background check (reviewed every 5 years).
  2. Clean Driving record (reviewed annually).

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