Staff

Academic Dean, Grades 11-12 - Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School

The Academic Dean, Grades 11-12, has the primary responsibility for those parts of the school mission that address educational and curricular leadership in Grades 11-12.  The Dean is also responsible for all academic affairs, including implementation and representation of academic practices and policies for these students.  Public presentation is an important function of this office. The Dean works together with the Academic Dean, Grades 9-10, to insure consistency and coordination of academic programs. Ongoing coordination with the College Counseling Office is also important. The Academic Dean, Grades 11-12, reports to the Head of the Upper School.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Demonstrate leadership in the areas of teaching, learning, and curricular change; supervise the academic program for grades 11-12 and work in coordination with the other deans to implement policy, set tone, and respond to student needs.
  • Exercise responsibility for programs and daily operation of the academic office, grades 11-12, including:
    • attend to student, faculty, and parent questions about academic policies
    • organize and present major academic programs for students and parents
    • respond to concerns regarding academic calendar and schedule
  • Support faculty in meeting school mission and setting high standards of respect, communication, and community in classrooms and the academic offices; support individual teachers in areas of pedagogy, learning differences, and classroom management.
  • Serve as member of the administrative team and take leadership role in articulating school policies. 
  • Work with department heads to communicate academic expectations for faculty and students in consonance with school mission and policies.
  • Work closely with the registrar throughout the school year to meet deadlines for registration and scheduling calendar and to make changes in student schedules; support the college counselors in assessing student needs, help supervise administrative assistant in meeting office needs.
  • Work with all counselors, faculty, and advisers to insure that students receive individual counseling and support when appropriate; counsel students and families as needed; serve on the Student Concerns Committee.
  • Provide leadership and strategic thinking in the areas of standardized testing, construction and implementation of an IEP (individual educational plan), coordination with college counseling office in identifying and securing appropriate 504 plans.
  • Co-chair the Educational Policies Committee with the Academic Dean, Grades 9-10, providing leadership role in areas of learning, teaching, and curricular change.
  • Organize and lead meetings that bring together student, parents, and faculty member in matters of academic concern.
  • Maintain currency of Faculty Handbook, in coordination with Dean of Faculty.
  • Support other administrators with special events and activities including opening of school, student orientation, Parents Visiting Days, Homecoming.

Job Requirements

  • A Master’s Degree in a related field required; five or more years of experience teaching and working in a secondary school setting required with counseling and administrative experience preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing and problem solving skills are required to interact/communicate effectively with parents, faculty, students and administrators to support a successful academic environment and resolve academic performance issues.
  • The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. 
  • The position requires frequent and ongoing contact with students, parents, faculty and administrators where sensitive and confidential matters may be discussed.  This contact requires resourcefulness, tact, negotiating/problem solving ability and a working knowledge of policies, practices and procedures with a firm knowledge of academic requirements and school policies and procedures. 
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality is essential.

Please submit a personal curriculum vitae that includes a completed Faculty Application, résumé, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, copies of teacher certifications, statement of educational philosophy in relation to this position, and two or three letters of recommendation with contact information to: Cranbrook HR, P.O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48303, or fax (248) 645-3014, or email humanresources@cranbrook.edu.


Associate Dean of Upper School Admissions

This position will assist in the recruitment, evaluation, and enrollment of students for the upper school. Will also be the primary person responsible for recruiting international students. Responsibilities include: Recruitment of boarding students, including off campus recruitment activities (planning and hosting receptions, visiting educational consultants, etc.) as assigned by the Dean of Upper School Admission. Conduct campus recruitment activities (open house, SSAT, visit programs, feeder school visits, Gold Key) as assigned by the Dean of Upper School Admission. Interview admission candidates in geographic area of responsibility, including weekends and evenings.  Effectively follow up with admission prospects in geographic area of responsibility. Serve on upper school admission committee. Use information system to actively monitor progress of candidates, produce reports of work, etc. Assist in production of marketing materials. Requirements: Bachelors degree required. Two years of related experience required. Two years of private school or college admission or marketing experience strongly preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with strong technological skills. Willingness to work some evenings and weekends. Willingness to travel internationally for five or more weeks at a time.


Coordinator of Freshwater Education

The Coordinator of Freshwater Education position is responsible for coordinating, marketing and delivering watershed and Great Lakes education programs to a variety of different constituencies throughout Michigan. Responsibilities include: Development of a tailored curriculum and associated resources for K-12 learners related to watershed and Great Lakes environmental issues, including leave-behind materials for teachers; Acquisition and upkeep of all program-related materials. Assist development department in regular sponsorship updates and reporting requirements; Upkeep of a detailed budget and travel log; Training of other education staff members and volunteers for program delivery and content knowledge; Requirements: Documented completion of an undergraduate degree in environmental education or a related life science field; An academic and/or service record reflective of significant scholarly achievement or advocacy for watershed and Great Lakes issues including education, policy and economic sectors; A minimum of three years’ experience presenting science content and integrated research results to diverse public audiences in a museum setting or institution of higher learning (five years preferred); Documented understanding and success relating to and interfacing with citizen advocacy groups, particularly those of a grass roots nature; An understanding of and interest in existing statewide initiatives related to water ecology, watershed studies or Great Lakes advocacy; A detailed understanding of the State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations for k-12 student curriculums, for ecology/life science benchmarks particularly as relates to outcomes for the State of Michigan’s annual MEAP testing in school districts and public school academies; Strong organizational skills; Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with ability to create effective, engaging presentation and materials; Must be goal oriented and demonstrate ability to work independently. A valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record is required. This is an 18 month grant funded position. Continuation of the position is contingent upon further grant funding.


Dean of Boys - Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School

The Dean of Boys is a strong community presence and has the primary responsibility for implementing those parts of the school mission that address student life and the educational and extracurricular needs of young men.  The Dean is also responsible for the use of the Cranbrook campus as an education facility.  The Dean works together with the Dean of Girls to design and build timely and relevant programming and insure consistent and coordinated school programs.  The Dean of Boys reports to the head of the upper school and resides on campus.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Supervise the boys’ residential program and work in coordination with the Head House Adviser to implement programming and policy, oversee staffing, set tone and create a sense of community.

  • Commits to making a positive impact on the lives of adolescents and a demonstrates enthusiasm for the challenges of the boarding school environment
  • Meets regularly with Head House Advisor to set agenda for weekly meetings and to discuss issues that surface during the week
  • Supervises dormitory senior administrative assistant and communicates regularly  regarding sit-down dinners, student health issues, and dormitory needs
  • Monitors overall dorm and dean budgets
  • Evaluates Head House Advisor and works in conjunction with her/him to evaluate other house advisors
  • Helps to design activities that are age appropriate, healthy, fun and beneficial for boarders
  • Acts as part of the residential staff with shifts every other week and three to four weekend duties a year
  • Communicates with parents of boarders at the beginning of the year, over the course of the year and whenever they drop in for impromptu chats
  • Coordinates activities with Dean of Girls and Head House Advisor for Kingswood campus 
  • Coordinates with Head House Advisor assignments of duty teams and RA/RHC selection
  • Oversees final boarder room selection with Head House Advisor.

Responsible for the direct supervision of the Head House Advisor, Senior Administrative Assistant and Administrative Assistant.  In coordination with the Head House Adviser, oversees the House Advisers and Assistant House Advisers.

Works with counselors, faculty, advisers, and families to insure that students receive individual counseling and support when appropriate.  Counsels students individually as needed.

Works with campus nurse and weekend nurse to assure appropriate services for all students on the campus.

Responsible for disciplinary process in coordination with the Dean of Girls concerning both major and minor infractions of school rules; co-chairs the Conduct Review Board, communicates major discipline decisions to all students, parents and faculty involved in the matter.

In conjunction with the Academic Deans, Dean of Girls, and the Lead Counselor is responsible for the adviser/advisee program, including the assigning of advisees to all advisee groups and programming for meetings throughout the year.

In conjunction with the Dean of Girls, works with student leadership for student organizations and activities, including overseeing dances and activities proposed by student groups and organizations.

In conjunction with the Dean of Girl, revises and edits the Student Handbook annually.

Responsible for daily operation of the Cranbrook campus, including:

  • Attendance system
  • Assembly programs and calendar
  • Daily schedule
  • Driving and parking rules in coordination with Public Safety
  • Working with Chartwells on special meal planning
  • Planning and helping to execute all emergency drills for the Cranbrook campus
  • Working with the maintenance supervisor to assure needed cleaning and repairs on the Cranbrook campus
  • Working with the Operations Director, the Director of Administrative Services and the Head of the Upper School to assess facilities’ needs and renovation
  • Working with the Director of Administrative services in monitoring the use of the campus by outside groups

Responsible in coordination with the Cranbrook faculty, for maintaining a tone of courtesy, respect and community on the Cranbrook campus.

Member of the Upper School Leadership Team, the Admissions Committee, the Students Concerns Committee; co-chairs the Transgender Committee

Speaks at board and parent meetings as needed, including, but not limited to New Parent Orientation meetings, Mother’s Council meetings, grade level meetings, and Education and Residential Life Committee meetings.

Job Requirements

  • A Master’s Degree in a related field required with five or more years of experience in counseling and/or administration in a school setting working with adolescents preferred.
  • A clear commitment to professional development through courses and workshops, indicating a growth mindset around counseling and adolescents. 
  • A cursory knowledge of school law, Title IX and best practices for deans of students is beneficial. 
  • The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with students, parents, faculty and administrators with the ability to resolve problems, discipline and counsel students, and problem-solve with students, faculty and parents. 
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality is essential.

Please submit a personal curriculum vitae that includes a completed Faculty Application, résumé, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, copies of teacher certifications, statement of educational philosophy in relation to this position, and two or three letters of recommendation with contact information to: Cranbrook HR, P.O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48303, or fax (248) 645-3014, or email humanresources@cranbrook.edu.


    Director of Advancement Services

    Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) of the Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC), the Director of Advancement Services (DAS) provides technical and administrative leadership in the areas of fundraising systems, technical services, user support, analysis, technical project management and database management.  The DAS provides support for the development of business requirements and the analysis of data.  The DAS oversees gift administration and biographical data maintenance, policies, procedures and compliance.  The DAS also performs special projects, as assigned, requiring advanced skills and specialized knowledge. The DAS will play a leadership role in developing a technical vision to support Cranbrook’s fundraising, developing strategic technology plans for Advancement, ensuring that systems and processes run smoothly, and that fundraising staff have the tools they need to do their jobs effectively.  This responsibility includes providing managerial and technical leadership for fundraising technology projects; ensuring the integrity, security, interoperability and cost-effectiveness of Cranbrook’s Advancement infrastructure; and providing advice to senior leadership on fundraising system issues, projects, budgets, options, and the impacts of decisions. The projects that the incumbent oversees have immediate and long-term implications for Cranbrook and must be coordinated with key stakeholders across the organization. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required.  Advanced degree and/or equivalent experience in the area of technology or information management preferred. A minimum of 4 years’ management experience in an Advancement Services department. Ability to function at an executive level within a complex organization. Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising and advancement services. Demonstrated experience with personnel, technologies, and processes involved in marketing and communications, prospect research, and donor relations preferred. Knowledge of the principles and practices of gift processing and administration. Demonstrated understanding of the types of information systems used to collect, disseminate, and report data in support of the fundraising efforts of a complex organization. Experience evaluating complex issues, determining appropriate solutions, costs, and required resources, reaching agreement on a course of action, and providing leadership in implementing the chosen approach.  Experience developing and managing a departmental budget preferred. Experience selecting technology products and services and overseeing the implementation of the selected solutions. Ability to use discretion, exercise good judgment, tact, diplomacy and maintain strict confidentiality. A strong customer services ethic. Excellent interpersonal skills and political astuteness. Requires a valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record.


     

    Help Desk Technician

    This customer service oriented position provides direct tier one problem resolution support to technology users throughout Cranbrook, working both remotely in I/T and at end-user locations.  Problems areas could cover (but are not limited to): telephone, telecommunications, internet, computer hardware and software, network, audio/visual equipment, Point of Sale devices and overall diagnostic and troubleshooting.

    Responsibilities:

    • Receives calls and messages from end-users and acts on inquiries based on preliminary assessment and urgency
    • Work with us­ers at their offices, solving computer hardware and software problems, telecommunica­tions issues and issues with audio/visual equipment
    • Troubleshoot using remote management tools
    • Install and remove computers and software
    • Reference online help functions, vendor help lines and technical support, off­line experimentation and technical manuals to resolve calls
    • Maintain technology inventory and supporting documents and processes
    • Work with outside providers with repairs, procurement, and other technology equipment related activities.
    • Consult with other team members and technicians to resolve more complex calls, contributing accurate observations to the shared pool of knowledge.
    • Deal with negative and unpleasant encounters in a constructive manner.
    • Visits to the end-user location may involve any of the resolution techniques, plus physical examination of the computer/printer/telephone/audio-visual equipment as well as connectivity.  Scheduling and setup of audio/visual/conferencing equipment (with end-user training) will also involve site visits.

    Requirements

    • Requires a minimum of two years of experience with: Microsoft Windows and Office systems (e.g. Windows 8.1/10 Office Suite 2016/Office365), data net­working concepts, Microsoft Exchange/Outlook client, software and hardware installa­tion and configuration, PC and printer setups, Networking fundamentals, remote support tools, and tele­communications troubleshooting.
    • Experienced in recommending, installing, and supporting audio/visual equipment.
    • High School Diploma or GED required; some college or Bachelor Degree preferred.
    • Experienced in working with end-users in solving technical problems, the coaching of users with new material, and methodically recording and implementing problems and resolutions.  It will be necessary to expend extra effort to maintain and build technical currency.
    • Must have strong technical, team, customer service, and problem-solving skills.
    • Maintenance of processes such as inventory, equipment disposal, etc. may be assigned to this individual.
    • A valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record is required.

    Ice Arena Manager

    Provides leadership and general management expertise to the operations of the Ice Arena to meet needs of Cranbrook Schools and use entrepreneurial methods to generate revenue to offset facility operational costs. Responsibilities include: Develop, supervise, and evaluate all facets of Ice Arena usage including safety, security, and visitor behavior. Work with divisional department heads to develop events and programs that support and enrich the Schools’ core academic and specialist curriculum while meeting annual Ice Arena strategic objectives. Develop, market and administer all arena programing including but not limited to: outside rentals, hockey schools and clinics, senior leagues and special programs etc. Develop yearly operational budget and business plan with the Director of School Business Operations. And more. Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree with a Business or Educational emphasis required, or a comparable combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully accomplish goals and objectives and perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. Must have a minimum of three years of Sports Facility Management experience including experience in marketing, budget planning and control, and curriculum/program development. Excellent organizational and communication skills required. Knowledge of and ability to apply effective supervision and evaluation techniques. Requires a valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record. Certification and specialized training in CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator Training required. Ability to operate a Zamboni required.


    Planned and Major Gifts Officer

    Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) of the Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC), the Planned and Major Gifts Officer (PMGO) provides leadership, planning, and management for CEC’s Estate and Planned Giving program, including facilitation, implementation and evaluation of strategic direction and overall management of daily operations.  The PMGO also manages and markets Cranbrook’s Legacy Society to all CEC constituents.  The PMGO serves as an internal advisor on estate and planned giving vehicles for all development officers across CEC.  The PMGO will join development officers in meetings with PG prospects and donors and will also maintain a personal portfolio of estate, planned giving and major/leadership gift prospects.  The PMGO will serve as primary staff for the volunteer committee of the CEC charged with Estate and Planned Giving responsibilities. The PMGO must stay current in changes in state and federal income and estate tax and real estate laws and regulations and provide on-going training for development officers across CEC.  This position has a critical role in the successful fundraising success of CEC and its ability to meet its financial and program goals. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required.  Advanced degree (JD) and/or development certification preferred (CFRE). Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising or estate and planned giving.  Significant experience in a related field will be considered. Excellent interpersonal skills and high level organizational skills. Ability to work successfully with principal and major donors, high level volunteers, senior administrators, and CEC development colleagues. Excellent computer skills required, including proficiency in PG Calc or similar software. Ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies and high level volunteers and donors, including corporate and foundation officers and public office holders and government officials at all levels. Knowledge of administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, strategic engagement, implementation, and evaluation; ethics related to philanthropy, appropriate relationships with donors and the donor bill of rights; standard office practices and procedures; expert knowledge of planned giving vehicles and real estate law. Demonstrated ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information. Ability and willingness to travel regularly in fulfillment of responsibilities of this position. Requires a valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record.


    Sr. Director of Development

    Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC) is seeking highly-motivated candidates for the position of Senior Director of Development for Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum (CAA - CAM).  Cranbrook Academy of Art is an independent, graduate degree-granting institution offering an intense studio-based experience where artists-in-residence mentor students in architecture, art, and design to creatively influence contemporary culture.  CAA is ranked in the top 10 nationally among graduate fine arts programs.  Cranbrook Art Museum invites viewers to discover relevant and transformative moments in modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design. Through its exhibitions, collections, programming, and publications, CAM brings together people from the region and around the world to provoke new ideas about art, creativity, and the built environment. CAA and CAM are located within CEC, a National Historic Landmark campus, where the pursuit of knowledge and innovation is paramount.

    The Senior Director of Development is responsible for successfully developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program for CAA - CAM, including annual giving; membership; corporate, foundation, and government support; major and planned giving; and special events.  The Senior Director also manages a team responsible for all restricted and unrestricted individual and institutional support for CAA - CAM.  The Senior Director reports to the Chief Advancement Officer of CEC and works in close partnership with the Director of CAA-CAM.  This position has a critical role in the successful operation of CAA - CAM and in their ability to meet their financial and program goals and objectives and those of CEC.

    Successful candidates should have the following qualifications: the minimum of a bachelor’s degree; advanced degree and/or development certification preferred (CFRE); at least 10 years of progressively responsible development experience, preferably with a museum, cultural or educational institution; excellent interpersonal skills and high level organizational skills; demonstrated capability of working with principal and major donors, high level volunteers and senior administrators; computer proficiency; and proven ability to work with diverse constituencies and high level volunteers and donors, including corporate and foundation officers at all levels.

    Cranbrook is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and nondiscrimination in all aspects of employment.  As an EEO employer, Cranbrook’s policy is that employment-related decisions shall be made without regard to an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, height, weight, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law.