Dean of Students and Community Life at Shenzhen Vanke Meisha Academy in China
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Dean of Students and Community Life
Shenzhen Vanke Meisha Academy (China)

Sep 26, 2023
Dec 1, 2023




Vacancy:  Dean of Students and Community Life

The Dean of Students and Community Life is responsible for all elements of student life and community engagement beyond the classroom. The Dean of Students and Community Life will collaborate regularly with the Dean of Academic Affairs and the Student Wellness Center (SWC) office to develop, implement, and execute programs designed to ensure student and community well-being and success consistent with the VMA Mission to develop the following student capacities: collaboration, determination, accountability to self and community, citizenship, leadership, responsibility, and integrity.  Under the supervision of the Dean of Students and Community Life, the VMA academic, extracurricular, and residential programs will be known for preparing every student, every day for success in college and beyond.


  1. Monitoring and responding to the health of our student body by regularly visiting the dorms, attending student functions, observing classrooms, and speaking with counselors
  2. Working with the Dean of Students and Community life to augment the residential program to develop in students good habits, character, and healthy relationships with friends, teachers, and the larger community
  3. Lead the design and implementation of a Health course for students
  4. Designing, organizing, and leading the faculty training required to execute their programs
  5. Designing, organizing, and directing a system of accountability for faculty’s continued growth toward serving students’ extracurricular and emotional needs
  6. Overseeing student counseling and managing school psychologists
  7. Managing the discipline system, including convening and leading Disciplinary Committee hearings as needed, and writing/updating policies and documents
  8. Leading, managing, and supervising the Student Wellness Center office
  9. Ascertaining the SWC staff recruitment needs in terms of psychologists, student mentors, and other positions
  10. Participating in school-wide activities including but not limited to festivals, sporting events, parent conferences, student recruiting events, and summer camps


  •  Absolutely required: a love of building relationships with students. This position will entail meeting with students during and beyond work hours, attending student events, and visiting the dorms to hold informal meetings and conversations
  • Committed to the learning and growth of students and teachers
  • Sharing good practices with colleagues, leading by example and promoting high standards in the delivery of the curriculum
  • Being fully involved with the life of the school both inside and outside the classroom
  • Modeling the highest standards of professional practice and interaction with students
  • Inspiring and motivating the School community towards high educational standards
  • Understanding, applying and sharing contemporary educational research, theory and practice in pedagogy, assessment and reporting
  • Demonstrating and sharing the importance of emotional intelligence and empathy in building trust and a positive learning atmosphere across the School community
  • Defining challenges clearly and seeks positive solutions, often in collaboration with others
  • Communicating, negotiating, collaborating and building partnerships effectively while relating to the whole school community
  • Understanding the different demographic groups within the VMA community and is able to work effectively with them
  • Developing strategies to ensure educational opportunity for all students and staff


NOTE: As a representative of the school, this educational administrator may work more than 40 hours a week, including late nights and weekends. It can be said the Dean is on call for students, faculty and the institution at all times.



  1. Master’s degree in education, counseling, adolescent psychology, or a related field
  2. At least 10 years of experience leading student life programs (dorm life, discipline, student activities, etc.)
  3. Has designed, implemented, and evaluated at least two school-wide student wellness programs
  4. National Certified School Psychologist preferred
  5. Administrator credential preferred
  6. Bilingual fluency in English and Mandarin preferred


Compensation and Transition:

A salary and benefits package will be available based on circumstances and may be negotiated with the successful candidate.


Application Process

Please email the following documents for your application to  before 1 December 2023.

  • an application letter outlining how your experience and abilities fits the position
  • a current resume
  • email addresses and telephone numbers of at least three current referees

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Nick Kendell has worked in Asia, Australia, and Africa as an educator and administrator.