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Middle School Dean of Students

Harpeth Hall is a community of engaged, curious, and confident girls. The middle school dean of students helps to create an environment where 5th through 8th grade girls can grow and thrive.    

For this role, Harpeth Hall seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and positive leader as its next dean of students. The dean reports to the director of the middle school. By working closely with each individual student and finding ways to engage and support all students, the dean plays an integral role in promoting and maintaining a positive middle school experience. The dean is expected to maintain visibility and involvement throughout the middle school community and generate discussion, analysis, and guidance involving emerging student issues.  
The dean should easily connect with and successfully work with all members of the school community – students, teachers, administrators, and parents, to ensure that all voices are heard and valued. This position is a full-time, 12-month administrative position. 

Qualities and Qualifications: 

●    Deep knowledge of middle school education and girls
●    An eagerness to learn and grow in the position
●    Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
●    Creative problem-solving skills
●    High emotional intelligence
●    Commitment to research-based, data-informed practices
●    Positive and optimistic attitude
●    Ability to remain flexible and nimble as circumstances shift 

The duties of the middle school dean include the following:

●    Support the work of the director of the middle school as a trusted collaborator and positive member of the middle school administrative team
●    Embody a leadership style that builds a positive school culture
●    Cultivate an inclusive middle school environment so that all students feel they are seen and valued and feel a sense of belonging
●    Work closely with the upper school dean of students coordinating activities and building community between divisions 
●    Oversee an engaging co-curricular program in the middle school
●    Participate fully in the life of the middle school  
●    Promote a robust advisory program and continue to seek ways to keep it fresh  
●    Collaborate fully with the director, the counselors, learning specialists, academic dean, and director of equity and inclusion
●    Create alternate daily schedules for special programs or events
●    Implement and consistently evaluate the school’s discipline system with a focus on maintaining student dignity; ensure appropriate communication with advisors and parents
●    Oversee and support the middle school’s student leadership program, and stay abreast of new trends and innovative practices in this area
●    Organize and oversee middle school assemblies, keeping them student-centered and providing leadership opportunities
●    Oversee, plan, and implement class trips and special schedules for field trips; attend overnight trips whenever possible
●    Communicate clearly with students and faculty through the Daily Announcements newsletter and provide timely content for @HarpethHall, the school’s weekly newsletter for parents
●    Partner with the Middle School Parent Council in planning student events and socials
●    All other duties and projects as assigned by the director of the middle school and head of school. 

Candidates should complete an online application and submit a cover letter, resume, and a statement of educational philosophy.

Joining Our Community

The mission of The Harpeth Hall School is to educate young women to think critically, lead confidently, and live honorably. To fully realize that mission, Harpeth Hall is committed to creating an environment in which every member of the community is seen, heard, and valued. We encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups for all open positions.

Interested candidates should complete the online employment application and upload a cover letter and resume. All materials should be addressed to: Office of Human Resources, 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville, Tennessee, 37215.

Once a conditional offer of employment is made, background screening will be required. Employees must also provide appropriate documentation establishing their identity and authorization for employment in the United States.

We offer highly competitive compensation and benefits as well as opportunities for professional development. Questions can be directed to the Office of Human Resources at or 615-297-9543.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Harpeth Hall School is an equal opportunity employer. Faculty and staff are recruited, hired, and promoted without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable local, state, or federal laws.