Dean of Student Support and Equity

José M. Torres, PhD, President of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) invites you to apply for this leadership opportunity to foster a uniquely challenging, highly personalized program of advanced study for our talented students who understand and share our passion for our mission.  The Dean of Student Support and Equity supports all students by scaffolding and accelerating instruction based on student needs. The successful candidate will begin July 1, 2020.

Position Summary

The Dean oversees student support for academics within the residential academy. Oversight encompasses all aspects related to the students’ academic experience from initial placement and scheduling to ongoing academic support throughout the students’ three years at the Academy. The Dean also guides the Academy’s efforts to make certain every student is known, challenged and supported academically in equitable ways. Inherent in this role is the willingness and ability to collaborate with, gather and consider input from students, parents and staff, including faculty. The Dean also facilitates restorative work between/among student to student and student to faculty. In addition, the Dean will collaborate with the Principal, the Dean of Faculty and Equity, and the Dean of Academics and Equity to support the Academy’s mission.



  1. Manage Student Information System (Powerschool) through an equity lens
    • Develop Master Schedule for course offerings
    • Schedule students
    • Manage and store grades
    • Monitor instructor input of comments and grades
    • Provide training and support of system
    • Coordinate placement testing and placement of incoming students
  2. Supervise
    • College and Academic Counselors (one coordinator, three counselors, and Registrar)
    • Informational Resource Center (one supervisor, two full-time and three part-time)
    • Learning Strategies Coordinator (one coordinator and one assistant)
    • Building Operational Coordinator (one stipended faculty member)
    • Writing Center Director (one half-time director, who is also one-half time faculty within English department)
    • Administrative Assistant shared with others in the Principal’s Office
  3. Academic Support through an equity lens
    • Observe patterns in academic achievement
    • Review and approve continued enrollment of students at end of each semester
    • Review and approve extended absences
    • Review and approve grade appeals
    • Manage student/faculty grade issues
    • Oversee budget
  4. Coordinate Intersession
    • Solicit intersession offerings
    • Review and approve courses offered
    • Develop and implement logistics
  5. Primary contact for escalated (post-faculty contact) parental concerns
    • Investigate and address issues
    • Coordinate with Dean of Faculty and Dean of Academics with related concerns
  6. Facilitate the implementation of Equity and Excellence for student support
    • Review existing policies and their impact on students within the classroom through an equity lens
    • Implement policies and accountability plans related to the scope of this position through an equity lens


Critical Competencies

  • Honesty/Integrity.  Earns trust and maintains confidences.  Acts ethically and keeps commitments.
  • Organization and Planning.  Plans, organizes, prioritizes, schedules and budgets in an efficient, productive and timely manner.  Focuses on key priorities.
  • Advocacy.  Champions the growth and needs of faculty within a collaborative environment that takes into account the needs and goals of the entire organization. 
  • Thoughtfulness.  Is proactive, deliberate, solicits and is open to critical feedback and new ideas and is decisive. 
  • Emotional Intelligence.  Demonstrates the ability to effectively recognize, understand and manage one’s own emotions, as well as effectively recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others.  Uses such knowledge to guide thinking, behavior and problem solving.
  • Gifted and Talented Experience.  Demonstrates knowledge of STEM education and/or field(s) and the unique needs and qualities of gifted and talented students from diverse populations. 
  • Analytical Thinking.  Structures and processes qualitative or quantitative data and draws insightful conclusions from it. 
  • Effective Leadership.  Demonstrates empowering, purposeful, inclusive, relationship-building abilities that motivate and influence faculty and academic staff to achieve common goals.  Envisions, leads and manages innovative initiatives. Adapts quickly to changing priorities and conditions. Manages and mentors faculty to improve pedagogy and practice and faculty and staff to improve performance.  Demonstrates persistence, tenacity and willingness to “go the distance” to get something done. 
  • Cultural Competence. Demonstrating value for, and relating to, one’s own and others’ cultural identity (e.g., language, heritage, and experiences); effectively communicating and collaborating with diverse individuals and groups; applying positive strategies to address social injustices; and instruction and interaction that allow Culturally, Linguistically, and Economically Diverse (CLED) and Marginalized groups to maintain the integrity of their cultural identity, while succeeding academically, socially-emotionally and/or professionally.


Formal Preparation and Experience:

The Dean of Student Support for Academics and Equity position requires: 

  • Advanced degree; STEM field preferred;
  • Minimum of five years teaching high-school or college level students;
  • Significant leadership experience in secondary or higher education;
  • Bilingual in Spanish desired.

Salary and Benefits:

The position of Dean of Student Support and Equity is an exempt, full-time, twelve-month position.  Salary will be no less than $105,000 and commensurate with the training and experience expected at this level of employment.  An excellent comprehensive benefits package is provided, including health and life insurance in addition to retirement benefits.  The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois retirement systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Illinois (TRS).

Application Process:

Applicants must include a letter of interest, resume, and a statement of personal philosophy on the meaning and practical application of  “equity in education”. Applications will be accepted and reviewed as received until the position is filled; however, priority will be given to those received on or before April 12, 2020.


The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, or national origin.  This policy also includes all disabled applicants, including disabled Vietnam era veterans.  IMSA utilizes only job-related criteria in making decisions concerning applicants and employees.