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Menlo School - Upper School Dean of Student Life and Culture

  • 30 Apr 2024 2:49 PM
    Message # 13350325

    Menlo School seeks a dynamic Upper School Dean of Student Life and Culture to begin July 2024 (12-month position) who will envision, develop, and implement student programming that is joyful and fosters community building and student well-being. The Upper School Dean of Student Life and Culture reports to the Upper School Assistant Director, co-leads the Student Support Team, and supports individual students and the Upper School student body as a whole. 

    Responsibilities Include:

    • Developing and implementing Student Life programs that promote a positive school culture and support students’ development and well-being.

    • Co-leading the advocacy program, in coordination with the Assistant Upper School Director and Class Deans, plan activities, organize orientations and retreats, manage logistics, and support school traditions.

    • Partnering with the Upper School counselors, EDIB Team, and faculty on the implementation of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL), belonging initiatives, and leadership curriculum. 

    • Developing and managing the Student Life calendar.

    • Facilitating Student Council and managing student clubs

    • Coordinating and overseeing assemblies and Student Life department events and activities such as commencement, dances, Global Expo, spirit week, etc.

    • Partnering with academic leadership to ensure comprehensive and coordinated support of students by taking on the role of case manager for individual students.  

    • Collaborating with counseling staff in planning and facilitating parent/guardian education for all grade levels. 

    • Working with Middle School leadership to create consistent and coordinated Student Life events, activities, co-curricular programs, and approaches grades 6-12.

    • Implementing a student-centered approach to upholding the Upper School Honor Code that is grounded in the School’s mission and values.

    • Serving as a grade-level advocate.

    • Supporting the Upper School Assistant Director with the tracking of student attendance and low level discipline.      

    • Working with the Communications Team on communication outreach to various school stakeholders including student weekly email newsletters, special event announcements and promotion, parent emails, and other program logistics. 

    • Possibility of teaching a class.


    • Bachelor's Degree; Master’s degree preferred in education or counseling

    • Leadership experience or project leadership in an upper/high school setting

    • Experience teaching at the upper school level and/or familiarity with independent schools 

    • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

    • Ability to navigate difficult conversations with students, parents, and colleagues

    • Exceptional organizational skills, extremely detail-oriented with the ability to juggle multiple tasks and manage event logistics effectively

    • Superior executive skills and the ability to work with a high level of consistency and integrity

    • Demonstrated commitment to partnering and working collaboratively with other departments, colleagues, students, parents, and external vendors

    • Proficiency with Google Workspace and other software applications as needed

    • A sense of humor, optimism, and commitment to believing in each student’s ability to learn and grow

    We offer:

    • An exceptional work environment and caring community

    • Excellent professional development opportunities

    • Highly competitive salary

    • For full-time employees: a comprehensive benefits package, including generous contributions to a retirement plan  for eligible employees and their families. Learn more by going to

    To be considered for this position please submit your resume and cover letter using the link below:

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    About us:

    Menlo School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in grades six through twelve. Located in Atherton, California, and established in 1915, the School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National and California Associations of Independent Schools.

    Menlo is dedicated to providing a challenging academic curriculum complemented by outstanding creative arts and athletic programs. The School helps students develop positive values and nurtures character development in a supportive environment that upholds the highest moral and ethical standards. Our program encourages students to reach their fullest potential and to develop the skills necessary to respond intelligently and humanely to the complexities of a diverse and increasingly interconnected world.

    At Menlo School, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging are at the core of our organizational identity. Through our daily efforts, the School demonstrates a shared commitment to the development of all stakeholders by supporting a campus ethos where equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging reflect the major cornerstones of our community.

    Our equal opportunity employment policy:

    Menlo School is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants. We administer all personnel practices without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or domestic partnership status, disability, protected veteran status or military status, genetic information, or any other category protected under applicable law.

    Pay range:

    In the spirit of pay transparency we share the base salary range for this position for the 2024-2025 academic year. Our Faculty have a wide range of experience. We have teachers who are relatively new to the profession and those who have expertly taught for over 30 years. The full pay range, which encompasses all experience levels is $90,000 - $120,000. Within this broad range, we pay each Faculty member in accordance with what could be reasonably expected based on an individual's experience level. Base salary is exclusive of fringe benefits, retirement plan employer contributions or potential stipends (for eligible employees). Pay ranges at Menlo are reasonable estimates of what the School anticipates paying for a role but are not guaranteed. If hired at Menlo School, your final base salary will be determined by factors such as skills, education, experience, job level, part-time status and number of months of work per academic year. In addition to those factors, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider internal equity with our current employees as a part of any final offer. Please keep in mind that the generous range mentioned above is the full base salary range for the role. Hiring at the maximum of the range is not typical for Menlo School in order to allow for future and continued salary growth.

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