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Upper Grades Dean

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This position reports to the Head of School and is a full-time senior administrative position. The Dean oversees all teaching and learning in grades 3-6, ensuring a joyful, rigorous, highly structured and nuanced environment for students. The Dean is responsible for teacher evaluation and development, the curriculum and all standardized testing from grades 3-6. The Dean meets regularly with families to assess student engagement and success in grades 3-6; she/he also partners with the Assistant Head of School on matriculation. The Dean serves on the senior administrative team and ensures highly successful transition for students from the preschool-grade 2 program. She/he is co-chair of the Curriculum Committee and of the Child Study Team.

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 3 year’s experience as an elementary or middle school administrator
  • At least 5 year’s experience as a lead elementary or middle school teacher
  • Proven success in evaluating faculty
  • Proven success in refining and strengthening culture to yield mission aligned faculty
  • Proven excellence in building highly successful DEIJB learning spaces
  • Proven success in coaching faculty to design rigorous and equity-framed instruction with differentiated student assessment and learning
  • Proven success in partnering with families to ensure student success
  • Successfully applies growth-mindedness, honesty, high standards and empathy to one’s own professional growth
  • Masters or undergraduate degree in administration or curricular development preferred.

Duties include

  • Overseeing the 3rd-6th grade academic and affective experience
  • Supervises all 3rd-6th grade teaching and playground staff
  • Organizes 3rd-6th grade faculty meetings
  • Oversees 3rd-6th grade faculty professional development
  • Ensures a quality and responsive experience for 3rd-6th grade families
  • With the Assistant Head, oversees the matriculation process to middle school
  • Serves on the school’s equity team
  • Serves on the Senior Administrative Team
  • Co-chairs the school’s Child Study Team
  • Supports the school’s strategic initiatives related to admission (class visits, notes to families, open houses, fairs, etc.) and advancement of mission (collaborating with the Communications Office with upper grade life & academics communications)
  • Coordinates pick-up and drop-off
  • Meets with 3rd-6th families to assess student success and challenges
  • Works closely with the other divisional leadership to coordinate narratives, progress reports
  • Works closely with other divisional leadership to curate parent-facing events related to curriculum, teaching and learning.


The salary range is $85,000 to $110,000 based on years of experience.


About St. James’ Episcopal School

Founded in 1968, St. James’ Episcopal School inspires in our students a lifelong love of learning, joy in service and deep compassion and empathy for our complicated but beautiful world. We believe that true excellence only come through joyous, rigorous and student centered instruction. We see God’s spirit and joy in every person and service to community, particularly the unhoused and the hungry.

Spanning from preschool through grade 6, our graduates matriculate at the strongest middle schools in Los Angeles and throughout the United States. Our faculty and staff, referred to as “staffulty” enjoy robust benefits including tuition remission (90% discounted tuition), graduate school support, pension and healthcare. An Episcopal School, St. James’ celebrates all faith traditions and does not discriminate based on religion or creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or ethnicity.

To apply for this job email your details to preinke@sjsla.org

Upper Grades Dean
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