Dean of Students

Job Description

A Dean, otherwise known as Dean of Students, is a title given to those employed in universities, colleges and private schools (middle schools and high schools) who have authority over the direction of a specific academic unit or area of study or a specific cohort.  A Dean can specialise in an area of study by working in a specific department or area of study and can be known as a Dean of English (for example). 

A Dean supports and promotes the highest quality educational programs, conducts research and analyses data, ensures the delivery of quality teaching programs,  introduces and supervises new educational programs and systems, encourages student participation and oversees the physical, mental, educational and emotional wellbeing of students.  In religious based institutions a Dean may also be responsible for guiding students in their beliefs and faith.   

A Dean is an advocate for his or her employer, working with the institution, students, parents, and caregivers to ensure the ongoing development and implementation of the strategic vision of the college or university.  In Australia, a Dean has an educational background, having worked as a Teacher, and is bound by the relevant states and territory laws, rules, and regulations.  A Dean is often a high performer being involved and leading a range of extracurricular activities and programs.  

Qualifications

To work as a Dean, the minimum requirement is a Bachelor’s Degree such as a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) or Bachelor of Education (Primary), which takes four years to complete, along with a set number of years’ experience working on the job. A Dean is often a high performer being involved and leading a range of extracurricular activities and programs.  

You will require a teaching registration, maintain regular professional currency through attendance at in-services and courses, while maintaining other licenses and accreditations.  Teachers and Deans are also required to obtain a current Working with Children Check.  

Attributes

  • Acumen
  • Ambitious
  • Approachable
  • Autonomous
  • Calm
  • Charismatic
  • Cheerful
  • Clever
  • Communicator
  • Confident
  • Courteous
  • Creative
  • Determined
  • Devoted
  • Diligent
  • Discerning
  • Educated
  • Energetic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Focused
  • Imaginative
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal
  • Organised
  • Patient
  • Perceptive
  • Positive
  • Present
  • Procedural
  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Welcoming

Key Skills

  • Working with Children
  • Assessments
  • Early Childhood
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Collaboration
  • Written Communicator

Future Prospects

There are many different pathways in teaching and education, dependent on which field of teaching you choose. Some of these include;