Crossroads School is an independent, K-12, coed school of nearly 1,200 students, located in the beach city of Santa Monica, CA. Founded in 1971, Crossroads was founded on five core commitments: to academic excellence; to the arts; to the greater community; to a student body of social, racial, and economic diversity; and to the development of each student’s physical well-being and full human potential.
Crossroads has been recognized for decades as an innovative force in education and for the public good. Its progressive philosophy, strong community and culture, emphasis on diversity and inclusion (50% of students and 38% of faculty identify as people of color), and a belief that all domains of school life (arts, athletics, service, etc.) are equally integral to a child’s development and well-being have made it a top choice for families in Los Angeles. It is a particularly exciting time for the School: current initiatives include the fully endowed Equity & Justice Institute, an ambitious 15-point strategic plan and a capital campaign to construct a performing arts complex on the 21st Street campus.
Students at Crossroads own their education. Our student-centered approach allows young learners to celebrate their individuality and to build their individual curricular pathways. The Associate Dean of Experiential Learning is a position in the Upper School, serving roughly 500 students grades 9-12. Crossroads School is a high-touch, high volume organization, which requires the Associate Dean of Experiential Learning to maintain a visible profile on campus and a responsive, student-centered approach.
The Associate Dean of Experiential Learning is a senior member of the Upper School administrative team and works collaboratively with the head of Upper School and other Upper School deans.
Serving as the lead support administrator to all grade-level advisors.
Working with Upper School counselors and learning specialists to help students with curricular difficulties with regards to strategies for advocacy and success.
Overseeing all Upper School experiential learning: EOE (Environmental and Outdoor Education) community engagement, class trips, international travel, semester programs and intensive studies.
Attending off campus events and overnight trips when required.
Serving as the administrative liaison to Summer at Crossroads and managing course offerings and enrollment.
Supervising the attendance officer.
Attending parent coffees and student events as needed.
Contributing to the Upper School admissions process.
Serving on divisional and K-12 committees as needed.
Opportunities and Challenges:
Liaison between faculty and administration, helping direct student feedback in productive
Design advising curriculum and the next generation of the advising structure.
Support the dean of students to help fulfill the strategic plan goal to enhance student wellness.
Develop and implement experiential learning opportunities with the dean of teaching and learning
Required Experience, Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
B.A. required, master’s preferred
Minimum 5+ years teaching experience and demonstrated growth and advancement in responsibilities.
Professional experience in progressive models of education and curricula.
Strong cultural competency skills and track record of successfully working with families from diverse backgrounds.
Exemplary skills in team building and complex project management.
Experience with innovative on- and off-site experiential learning models.
Proficiency in word processing, MS Office, Google Docs, and Blackbaud learning management system.
A friendly, gracious, professional manner and outlook.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Impeccable ethics and a demonstrated commitment to confidentiality.
Fluency in Spanish or a language other than English is preferred.
One of Crossroads School’s founding commitments is to developing a socially, economically and racially diverse student body. We are equally committed to a supporting a vibrant and diverse workforce. Crossroads is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer; we do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age or sexual orientation. People of color, women and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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