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Dexter Southfield School offers boys and girls from Pre-Kindergarten through Class 12 a classical education. Our 36-acre campus is located in South Brookline on the Boston-Brookline line, with easy access to Boston. Dexter Southfield offers a collaborative, community atmosphere and excellent benefits.

Dexter Southfield seeks to attract faculty and staff who will uphold the work and values of the School in order to strengthen the community of students, parents, faculty, and staff. Successful candidates will have a commitment to being in and supporting a community which focuses on the education and well-being of students in a variety of settings both in and outside the classroom.

The School considers applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status, or any other characteristics protected from discrimination under state of federal laws.

Interested candidates should download the printable PDF employment application and submit this completed application, along with a cover letter, a resume and salary requirements, to:
 
Human Resources
Dexter Southfield
20 Newton Street
Brookline, MA 02445-7498
Email: hr@dextersouthfield.org
 
No phone calls please.​​

 

Job Openings:

Upper School English Academic Support Faculty (Immediate Opening)

Dexter Southfield
Dexter Southfield is an independent school where boys and girls in Pre-K through Class 12 develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Through a classical education and innovative programming, students learn to lead with confidence and serve with compassion. Our 36-acre campus is located on the Brookline-Boston line, just miles from the city’s best museums, libraries, hospitals, colleges, and universities—all of which serve as an extension of our classrooms. At Dexter Southfield, we approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment, living by our School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”
 
About Our Team
Our Upper School English Department is made up of highly talented and professional team members who demonstrate exceptional commitment to helping students become self-directed, independent learners. Using creative and varied teaching styles, they foster critical thinking skills, sound study habits, effective reading strategies, and essential writing skills through work in the areas of literature, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. If you are seeking a rewarding career where you can interact with and make a difference in the lives of students, then being part of our Upper School English/Academic Support team may be the perfect career move for you.
 
About You
You are a highly productive self-starter who has demonstrated success working with students with a range of learning needs and styles. Your understanding of the academic, social, and behavioral characteristics of upper school students equip you to provide a motivating and engaging learning environment. As a member our Upper School English team, you will plan, organize, develop, and conduct comprehensive lesson plans and instruction and have proven yourself as someone who can tackle even the most challenging assignments with determination, humor, and the best possible outcome for students.
 
To be successful in this role, you must be able to:
• Provide students with instruction in the basic elements of grammar, formal usage, punctuation, vocabulary development, critical reading, and writing skills.
• Collaborate with School colleagues and external resources to identify the specific learning needs and social-emotional developments of each student.
• Help students gain self-awareness of their learning style and needs, introducing strategies to assist students in independently improving their academic performance.
• Ensure academic progress that emphasizes scaffolding for effective learning and inquiry
• Introduce concepts of characterization and character movement, setting, conflict, and theme that require students to analyze figurative details such as metaphor, simile, and symbolism
• Instruct students in composition development that progresses from a single paragraph into five-paragraph essays and culminates in three- to five-page essay that includes topic sentences, thesis statements, and varied sentence structure
• Instill executive functioning skills in the areas of time management, organization, study and notetaking skills, test-taking skills, goal setting, and the preview/review of work
• Provide academic coaching for students with documented needs and drop-ins
• Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Head of School or his/her designee
 
Qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree in English or special education required; advanced degree preferred
• Proficiency in subject matter and subject-specific training and instruction
• Demonstrated knowledge in teaching principles, theories, methods, behavior management techniques, and conflict resolution strategies
• History of continued education or professional development in general education or assigned subject area(s) through in-service training programs or independent studies
 
At Dexter Southfield, we promote a culture of excellence that extends beyond academics, athletics, and the arts. We offer a culture in which employees feel valued and respected and are rewarded with a generous employee benefit package.
 
This is an immediate long-term assignment (through the current academic year) that has the potential to become a full-time assignment for the 2018-2019 year.
 
Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, and completed employment application to Carmen Urbonas, Director of Human Resources, at curbonas@dextersouthfield.org.

Major Gift Officer

The Opportunity

Dexter Southfield School seeks a Major Gift Officer to fundraise in support of the School’s strategic plan and its first major capital campaign.

The Major Gift Officer will play a critical role in parent and alumni engagement, annual and capital fundraising efforts, and stewardship. The ideal candidate will possess an appreciation for independent schools and should have a demonstrated track record of success in annual and major gift fundraising, identifying and stewarding top prospects, and working collaboratively with others. Willingness to participate with enthusiasm in the full life of an independent school community is essential.

The Candidate

The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to customer service, professionalism, leadership, and excellence and have strong knowledge of industry best practices and procedures. She/he will exhibit a mix of intelligence, sophistication, and humility so that she/he may confidently collaborate with the Advancement team, the Head of School, the Board of Trustees, parents, alumni, volunteers, students, and faculty. Additionally, the Major Gift Officer must be a positive teammate and leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong sense of initiative. The School seeks someone with integrity, a sense of humor, and sound judgement. Finally, the Major Gift Officer will be someone who approaches her/his work with cheerful persistence and lives by the School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage and cultivate an individual portfolio of 100+ prospects (current and past parents, alumni) rated as having capacity of $50,000 and above, as well as solicit annual fund gifts as needed / appropriate with prospects
  • Meet and exceed revenue and outreach goals by directly soliciting gifts and overseeing all facets of the fundraising process including prospect identification, cultivation, closing and stewarding of prospects
  • Solicit planned gifts on behalf of the School; identifying key planned giving prospects and demonstrating the knowledge and strategic skills to successfully close planned gifts
  • Work closely with the Director of Major Gifts, Director of Advancement, School administrators, volunteers and faculty to identify and articulate gift opportunities and properly support them with accurate research and briefings when needed
  • Identify and oversee prospect engagement activities/events and follow-up with prospects from events in a timely and targeted manner
  • Write personalized, timely, and thoughtful communications to prospects after properly researching and tailoring messages based on donor type, capacity, background, etc.  These include letters, emails, invitations, and proposals.
  • Bring a strong understanding of current Advancement trends and a desire to develop professionally in the field of Advancement to the Dexter Southfield team

 

Qualifications and Personal Attributes:

  • Highly-productive, self-starter with strong strategic, analytical, management, relationship building, communications, and diplomacy skills
  • 8-10 years of development experience
  • Successful record of soliciting and closing gifts
  • Strong writing and editing skills with a sharp attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills and well-developed business acumen
  • Natural relationship management instincts; savvy for gaining buy-in from various stakeholders
  • Commitment to excellence; willingness to go above and beyond
  • High energy and positive outlook; eagerness to take on an ambitious pace

 

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Casey Hassenstein, Director of Major Gifts and Development Communications, at chassenstein@dextersouthfield.org

Head of Upper School

About Dexter Southfield
Dexter Southfield is an independent school where boys and girls in Pre-K through Class 12 develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Through a classical education and innovative programming, students learn to lead with confidence and serve with compassion. Our 36-acre campus is located on the Brookline-Boston line, just miles from the city’s best museums, libraries, hospitals, colleges, and universities—all of which serve as an extension of our classrooms. At Dexter Southfield, we approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment, living by our School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”

About Our Upper School
Dexter Southfield’s core academic and co-curricular programs are enhanced by signature features including leadership and public speaking, a research-grade astronomical observatory, and connections with the Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard University, and Angell Memorial Hospital, which represent the School’s commitment to using the “city as a campus.” Approaching everything with enthusiasm and commitment, our 280 Upper School students take advantage of opportunities both on campus and around the metropolitan area to build experiences that prepare them well for the most selective colleges and universities.
 
About You
As our Head of Upper School, you will be responsible for the daily operations of the Upper School, including all academic, co-curricular, and student life programs and activities. You must provide a visible presence, resolve conflicts and challenges, and serve as a primary liaison for the division to the Head of School, the Assistant Head of School, and other departments in the School. Effective interaction with students, families, faculty, staff, administrators, prospective families, and visitors is vital to your success in this position.
 
To be successful in this role, you must be able to:
• Articulate Upper School programs, expectations, guidelines, and other information to all constituencies (e.g., students, faculty, administration, parents, etc.) in a manner that supports the educational, physical, social, and psychological growth of students and faculty
• Guide activities of department chairs, deans, academic support, and faculty
• Supervise the teaching process and oversee the performance evaluations of faculty
• Observe, supervise, and evaluate faculty in curriculum development and implementation
• Oversee the grading standards and reporting methods used to assess student achievement
• Evaluate and adapt academic initiatives, programs, teaching practices, and policies
• Serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, communication, and general school procedures
• Lead faculty meetings to address pertinent issues and promote the exchange of ideas
• Oversee the preparation of the division’s master schedule reflecting faculty assignments and student classes 
• Assist in planning and presenting school assemblies and programs
• Oversee by appropriate delegation the management of student discipline
• Coordinate the division’s student life and extra-curricular activities
• Maintain calendar of events for the division; coordinate communication of events
• Represent the School in communication, marketing, staffing, and outreach efforts
• Facilitate and oversee the division’s advisory program
• Teach one academic course and serve as a student advisor
• Analyze issues, generate creative solutions for resolution, and assess outcomes
• Update the Student and Parent Handbook and Advisor’s Guide
• Assist Admissions team with the testing, interviewing, and evaluation of applicants
• Support all aspects of the School experience, including academics, athletics and arts 
• Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Head of School or his/her designee
 
Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in education, school administration, or a related field required; Master’s degree and supplemental leadership training preferred
• At least ten years of teaching experience in an upper school
• A commitment to academic excellence, innovation, and student success
• The ability to lead faculty to work toward student academic success
• The ability to lead a team effectively in the context of a larger organization
• Proven aptitude managing competing priorities with discretion, sound judgment, and respect
• Demonstrated ability to differentiate and modify instruction in all areas of curriculum
• Effective interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
• Familiarity with and appreciation for independent school culture preferred
 
At Dexter Southfield, we promote a culture of excellence that extends beyond academics, athletics, and the arts. We offer a culture in which employees feel valued and respected and are rewarded with a generous employee benefit package.
 
For Consideration
Interested individuals should submit a current resume and a letter of interest to:
Jane Armstrong or Bill Lyons, Managing Partners 
Independent Thinking
it@independent-thinking.com
 617-332-3131
 
Dexter Southfield considers applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status, or any other characteristics protected from discrimination under state or federal laws.

Contact Us

Phone: 617-522-5544 • Absence Reporting Line: 617-751-3400 • Admissions: 617-751-3600

Email: info@dextersouthfield.org

20 Newton Street Brookline, Massachusetts 02445 Directions