Elementary Dean of Students

Reports To: Head of Lower School

FLSA Status: Exempt


Position Summary:

Glenelg Country School is a coeducational independent school located in Howard County, Maryland and has approximately eight hundred students 2-year-old through twelfth grade.  GCS offers a competitive salary including a full benefit package. 


Typical Education and Experience:

The Elementary Dean of Students at Glenelg Country School is a dynamic and dedicated leader responsible for fostering a positive, inclusive, and safe school environment. This role involves promoting student well-being, managing student behavior, and supporting the overall academic and social-emotional development of students. The Dean will collaborate closely with teachers, parents, and administrative staff to ensure each student receives the support they need to thrive.



– Master’s degree in education, school counseling, or a related field.

– Minimum of 5 years of experience in teaching or educational administration, preferably in an elementary school setting.

– Strong understanding of child development, behavior management strategies, and social-emotional learning.

– Excellent communication, interpersonal, and conflict resolution skills.

– Ability to build positive relationships with students, staff, and parents.

– Demonstrated leadership ability and a commitment to fostering a collaborative school culture.

– Experience with crisis management and intervention techniques.

– Knowledge of current educational laws and regulations.


Key Responsibilities:

1. Student Support and Advocacy:

– Serve as a primary point of contact for students regarding academic, social, and behavioral concerns.

– Advocate for students’ needs and ensure their voices are heard and valued.

– Implement and oversee programs that support students’ social and emotional growth.


2. Behavioral Management:

– Develop and enforce school-wide behavior policies and procedures.

– Address and resolve disciplinary issues promptly and fairly.

– Maintain records of disciplinary actions and provide regular reports to the principal.


3. Parent and Community Engagement:

– Communicate effectively with parents regarding student behavior, academic progress, and school policies.

– Organize and participate in parent-teacher conferences, workshops, and community events.

– Build and maintain strong relationships with families and the wider school community.


4. Staff Collaboration and Professional Development:

– Work closely with teachers to identify and support students with academic or behavioral challenges.

– Provide guidance and training to staff on classroom management and effective student support strategies.

– Participate in professional development opportunities and stay current with best practices in student support and behavior management.


5. Crisis Intervention and Conflict Resolution:

– Respond to and manage crisis situations, providing appropriate interventions and support.

– Mediate conflicts between students, staff, and parents as needed.

– Develop and implement plans for preventing and addressing bullying and other forms of student conflict.


6. Program Development and Implementation:

– Design and implement programs that promote positive behavior, character education, and student leadership.

– Monitor the effectiveness of these programs and adjust as necessary.

– Collaborate with other school leaders to align programs with the school’s mission and goals.



Overview of essential functions:

Teaching Team- Collaboration


Collaboration with colleagues to develop engaging learning experiences, using data to enhance teaching and learning, and setting individual learning goals are key responsibilities. A positive and restorative approach to student needs is expected, along with engaging parents through clear communication about curriculum and individual student progress. Additional duties may be assigned as needed.


This role requires creating a safe, collaborative learning environment aligned with the school’s focus on equity. The candidate should be adaptable, innovative, and able to solve problems effectively. A strong understanding of diversity is essential, as is experience in teaching a diverse student body with culturally and historically relevant methods. Effective communication and the ability to modify teaching styles to suit unique needs are important.


Teaching- Implementation

Understanding of child development, commitment to standards-based assessment, and familiarity with positive behavior interventions are required. The candidate should be adept at using technology in an educational setting and committed to ongoing professional development.


Typical Level of Interaction:

Requires strong interaction with all School divisions and departments.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

· Ability to participate in Professional Development and Curriculum Implementation- Recognizes the importance of learning and motivates others by own enthusiasm.

· Time Management Skills – Maintains work/life balance without compromising expectations of others. Respected for ability to “find” or “make” time to get things done.

· Organizational Skills – Creates action plans to meet divisional goals and objectives. Must be able to gather, organize and support students, administration, and faculty daily.

· Communications Skills –Must be able to reply to emails or texts in a timely manner. The Dean must have excellent student and family service skills, including excellent oral and written communication skills, high levels of empathy and patience, and a sense of humor. The Dean must have the ability to know when a phone call or in-person meeting is necessary.

· Written Communication Skills – Must be able to participate in email. Effectively communicates with faculty, students, administration, or families.



All prospective employees must be able to clear background checks, as required by the State of Maryland.


Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to listen, physically direct, and speak. The employee is required to stand, walk; use hands to finger, compute, handle, clean spills, tie shoe, zipper coats or feel and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus with screens, white boards, printed material, and ability to see children in detail. The employee must be able to lift at least thirty pounds. The employee is also regularly required to climb two flights of stairs.


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those of a school and what an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is moderate; however, variations in noise level may occur when the employee attends school functions such as assemblies, school dances, and other events.

Job Category: Lower School
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: On-site

Apply for this position

Please complete the form below.

All applicants must download and complete a GCS employment application which can be found at here.

Applicants who fail to submit this application will not be considered.

Required Documents

All applicants must download and complete a GCS employment application which can be found at here. Applicants who fail to submit this application will not be considered.

Allowed Type(s): .pdf
Allowed Type(s): .pdf, .doc, .docx