Dean of the Class of 2027

Hill Campus /
Middle and Upper Schools – Administration /
Full Time
/ On-site
Riverdale Country School is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent school in New York City committed to empowering lifelong learners by developing minds, building character, and creating community in order to change our world for the good. Riverdale seeks to reflect the diversity of the New York metropolitan area in its students, faculty, and staff. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) is the foundational core of community-building that supports the school’s mission and empowers all community members to be their whole selves and thrive-- especially those who historically have been and continue to be marginalized because of their cultural, ethnic, racial, linguistic, national, gender, sexual, spiritual, or socioeconomic identities and their physical, mental, or emotional well-being. Riverdale enrolls about 1,200 students who collectively reside in 117 different zip codes. Approximately 44% of our student body identify as students of color. 

We seek to employ people who engage in all aspects of work with a student-centered approach, an open mind, passion, and a willingness to support the greater community. At Riverdale we recognize that the work of DEIB is iterative and requires a consistent commitment. Ideal candidates display that commitment in their work and/or in their approach to teaching and learning. 

Dean of the Class of 2027

Riverdale’s class deans are responsible for overseeing the academic and personal growth of an entire class of students (approximately 130 individuals) beginning in 9th grade. The dean moves with the class, shepherding them through their four years in Riverdale’s Upper School, and guiding them as they grow into young adults. The most important qualities of a dean are:

  - Classroom teaching excellence;
- A desire to work closely with adolescents;
- The ability both to advocate for students and hold them accountable to high standards;
- A collaborative stance towards fellow administrators, department chairs, faculty, and parents;
- A passion for actively creating inclusive and equitable learning environments;
- The capacity to work effectively in a fast-paced and sometimes unpredictable environment;
- Strong written and oral communication skills with attention to detail;
- A curiosity about aspects of the school and community with which they are not familiar;
- Patience, empathy, kindness, resilience, and a sense of humor.  

Duties of the dean include:

- Teaching two classes;
- Creating the program of study for each student for the four years of high school;
- Helping students discover and cultivate both academic and co-curricular interests taking into account a student’s strengths, opportunities at the school and college planning;
- Setting the culture of the class through grade-level meetings, by working with teachers and advisors of the class, and through individual interactions;
- Partnering with families formally and informally to encourage student growth;
- Communicating thoughtfully and clearly with students, teachers, and parents, seeking to understand the perspectives of each;  
- Working closely with colleagues at the school including Administrative Assistants, Athletic Department, Community Engagement Team, College Counselors, Counselors, Department Chairs, Learning Resource Team, and Service Learning;
- Collaborating with the other grade-level deans, the Head of the Upper School, and the assistant division heads in the day-to-day operations and programming of the Upper School;
- Collaboratively determining and executing disciplinary responses when students violate school rules.

Ideal Candidate

Leaders at Riverdale Country School are expected to show competence in all domains outlined in the R+ Leadership Capacities.  The optimal candidate for this position will be successful at developing a positive school culture, especially during periods of change.  Our ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment in which they manage multiple priorities. All candidates for Riverdale teaching positions should demonstrate an interest in engaging students in an environment that is both supportive and rigorous.  Interested candidates should apply for the position here no later than Monday, January 9, 2023.
Salary Range:
The estimated salary range for this position is $95,000 - $120,000, commensurate with experience.

To apply for this position, please click on the red “Apply for this Job” button. Please submit a resume and cover letter.  If there are pronouns we should use in potential future communications, we invite you to share that information with us.  For information about this position and all open positions, please visit the Careers page of Riverdale’s website.

Benefits of Full Time Work at Riverdale Country School

Working at Riverdale Country School is a purposeful and meaningful career choice that comes with many benefits including:  

Transportation: Shuttle service is available to/from the 242nd St / Broadway subway station. Limited stops are also available near transit hubs in Manhattan including the Metro North Harlem Station and subway lines – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, A, B, C, and D. If there is need in the community, we can also run a shuttle from the Henry Hudson Parkway / 246th St bus stop which connects to the #7, #10, and Express Buses to/from Manhattan.

Professional Development: A generous professional-development budget provides for conferences, skills training, and onsite training in areas such as mindfulness, coaching, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Grants and Stipends: All employees are eligible for Frankel Fellow grants, known as “passion grants,” which pay for enrichment activities. More than 120 grants have been made to faculty and staff since the program started in 2014. Stipends are available for coaching, affinity group facilitation, advising clubs with significant out-of-school time, and chaperoning trips (including global trips!).

Sabbatical:  Full time teaching faculty are eligible for a sabbatical after 10 years of employment.  

Health Benefits: Riverdale offers and subsidizes health, dental, and vision insurance.  In addition, the school offers a flexible spending account through which employees can use pre-tax dollars to pay for health-related expenses.  

Retirement:  Employees are eligible to join our Defined Contribution retirement plan through TIAA.  The school contributes 7% of an employee's annual salary to their retirement account.  

Vacation:  Riverdale Country School has a generous time-off policy for staff in addition to vacations afforded by the school calendar.