A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area

Current Openings

Upper School Dean for Students

Start on or about July 1, 2019

The Opportunity:

Carolina Friends School (CFS) is seeking an Upper School Dean for Students to join our staff. This position is responsible for supporting, maintaining, and improving student life and the social climate in the Upper School in keeping with its Quaker philosophy.

The Dean for Students coordinates and develops student activities, student programming, and service learning, while also supporting the connection of staff to student life at CFS. Working with staff, the Dean leads and collaborates to cultivate a strong sense of community and engagement among students.

The position is a full-time position with the possibility of teaching a limited schedule. This is a 12-month appointment with vacation in July. In order to focus on the development and support of the advisory program, the Dean will not have an advisory group. The Dean position may be combined with teaching or other work in the upper school. The Dean for Students reports to the Upper School Head.



  • Collaborate with Head Teacher, Learning Specialist, and Director of Enrollment in the enrollment process

  • Support new students in their orientation to the Upper School in collaboration with the Registrar, Administrative Assistant, and CFS Life Teacher

  • Oversee the Upper School advisory program

  • Oversee Upper School clubs and assist clubs in setting and meeting goals

  • Collaborate with the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in supporting student affinity groups and ensuring an inclusive and supportive school climate

  • Partner with the Head Teacher in disciplinary matters while supporting an approach to discipline aligned with the Quaker values

  • Manage the logistics of the End of Year Experience program (EOYE) in partnership with Upper School Head and Administrative Assistant

  • Advise CFS’s student government and assist student members in agenda setting, communication, goal setting, and evaluation of results

  • Support the process for nominations for external leadership and scholarship opportunities

  • Plan and coordinate community events such as retreats, assemblies, and symposia

  • Collaborate with Advancement staff for alumni events

  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned by the Upper School Head


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to high school education

  • Experience designing and implementing programs for students and fostering community and collaboration across the student body and among staff

  • Skill in collaborating on curriculum development and other programming for students

  • Solid understanding of adolescent intellectual, social, and emotional development and needs

  • Expertise in mentoring and supporting teenagers

  • Understanding of and strong affinity for Quaker philosophy and the School’s mission

  • Willingness to understand and explore how power and inequality influenced by factors such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and learning and physical disabilities impact our students, families and colleagues

  • Commitment to continuous professional growth and an enthusiasm for learning in community


Who We Are:

The Upper School at CFS strives to be a learning community rooted in Quaker philosophy and values where teenagers can find and can help create a safe place for the exploration of themselves and the world. Students and teachers address one another without titles as an expression of the equality we see in one another.  We believe that a child’s secondary education experience should challenge them to develop the critical thinking, reading, and problem-solving skills that not only prepare students for life beyond graduation, but also for participation in the world as active agents right now. We require students to have a wide variety of curricular experiences, from traditional academic requirements to extensive work in the arts and community service. Upper School students are asked to see themselves as stewards of the whole community.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit, when possible in one complete PDF file, the following:

• Cover Letter

• Resume

• Statement of Educational Philosophy

• Three letters of recommendation, including their names and contact information

Please complete all these documents into one complete packet and submit to jobopenings@cfsnc.org.  Please indicate Upper School Dean for Students in the email subject line.

Under separate cover, please ask each recommender to send a letter of reference directly to jobopenings@cfsnc.org and indicate Upper School Dean for Students in the subject line of the email.  All letters of reference must be received in order for application to be complete.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until  Friday, March 29, 2019. CFS reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as all materials can be compiled.


APPLICANTS: Please review the Who We Are, Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity, and Important Information for All Applicants sections on the CFS Employment opportunities page.


Carolina Friends School actively strives to be a community of staff, students, and families of diverse backgrounds. CFS does not discriminate based on age, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, socio-economic background, family structure, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, or military service in the administration of its policies and program.

CFS is an equal opportunity employer in both policy and practice.