Job Description

About Gulliver Preparatory School

Established in 1926 by Arthur Gulliver in Coconut Grove, Gulliver was likened to the prestigious academies of the northeast and initially attracted families who wintered in Florida. In late 1953, Marian Krutulis purchased the school. A pioneer in education, Mrs. Krutulis envisioned Gulliver as grand home where both students and teachers would feel part of a caring, inspiring family of learners. Over the course of 25 years, she relocated the school to Coral Gables, built an upper school for high school students in Pinecrest and achieved ‘Blue Ribbon School of Excellence’ designation by the US Department of Education. In 2000 Gulliver became a non-profit. Today, Gulliver Preparatory School serves approximately 2,200 students in Grades PK-12 on three campuses. Despite its significant growth over the last 60 years, Gulliver still upholds Marian Krutulis’ vision to maintain the physical and social-emotional health of its students and trains them to become people of integrity in everything they say and do.

Job Summary 

Gulliver Preparatory School is currently seeking a Dean of Students for our Primary & Lower School division for the upcoming 2023-24 school year. The Dean of Students advances Gulliver’s mission by ensuring policies and structures that promote child safety, academic integrity, and personal responsibility are adhered to; and that student behavior, attendance and dress are in keeping with the standards and policies of our school. In manner, words and actions the Dean serves as a model of responsibility and personal integrity for all members of the school community.

Essential Primary Duties:

1. Establish and maintain a campus tone of good order, positive spirit, and cooperation: 

  • Maintain strong positive relationships with students, parents, and faculty members by keeping regular and open channels of communication. 
  • Work closely with faculty and P/LS counselor to communicate expectations to students around classroom management and SEL programs, including Responsive Classroom and Second Step. 
  • Collaborate with P/LS counselor to work with teachers during PLEASE process and Care Team follow up. 
  • Coordinate training for faculty on SEL programs and updates to curriculum. 
  • Facilitate assemblies and pep rallies; coordinates student leadership experiences, i.e. Safety Patrol, Buddy Teams, Lunch Crew, etc. 
  • Support teacher feedback though StandOut (i.e. Performance Pulse process).

2. Oversee Student Behavior: • Keep organized records of behavioral infractions and consequences for individual students and school.

  • Oversee process and communicate with all constituents (admin, teacher, parents) regarding student behavioral concerns and any needed follow up. Orient and support new faculty about policies (attendance, behavior, classroom management, etc.). 
  • Enforce policies, including behavior and dress code.
  • Coordinate supervision of lunch, recess, morning and afternoon faculty duties. 

3. Oversee Student Attendance:

  • Maintain, evaluate and oversee attendance records for individual students and the school.
  • Reinforce attendance policies, as needed (parent conferences, phone calls and letters).

Occasional Duties:

  • Assist as needed with logistics of school field trips.
  • Attend all school events and participate in school social activities.
  • Provides input on hiring and teacher placement.
  • Consult with Principal and Assistant Principal when considering modification of policies (including handbooks). 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership or closely related field is highly preferred!
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of successful classroom teaching, as well as a record of positive experiences collaborating with colleagues and working with groups of students in a school setting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with both students and adults. Ability to use interpersonal skills to defuse or deflect emotionally charged people and situations is crucial.
  • Able to organize, plan, execute, analyze and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.

Pre-Employment Requirements 

Criminal Background Check, Level II Fingerprint Screening(s), and Drug screen. 

Gulliver is deeply committed to the principles of equity and diversity and seeks to create an inclusive community for all faculty and staff. Gulliver is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and a Drug Free Workplace.