Job Positions

Dean of Advising

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Academic Affairs


Culver Academies

Date Posted:

Oct 14 2021 7:04AM

Close Date:

Jan 1 2022

Position Description

A new role, the Dean of Advising reports to the Dean of Faculty and serves as a critical member of the academic leadership team. The Dean of Advising oversees a team of eight additional advisors, including an experienced and respected Director of College Advising, with primary responsibility for both academic and college advising, supporting students throughout their entire Culver experience, grades 9-12, as they come to understand themselves as learners, leaders, and citizens. The goal is to offer best in class advising for our students, offering four-year single advisor model, with the staff and programming time to live the ideal model of advising. Competitive applicants will have significant experience and background in academic advising, college counseling, or college admissions. Interested candidates are invited to reach out in confidence to or as soon as possible. More information, including full position description, is available at


The Dean of Advising will have the opportunity to lead Culver through exciting challenges that include:
• Providing clear vision, leadership, and strategy for the integration of the academic and college advising offices, driven by shared goals created in conjunction with the Dean of Faculty;
• Developing strong communication protocols with all constituents, including colleges, colleagues, students, and their families, and building upon a customer service and family-centric focus and culture;
• Managing and supporting a dedicated team of advising professionals, who are eager to grow and develop as individuals and as a team in a collaborative culture;
• Serving as a key member of the Culver Academic Leadership Team to guide the academic program and lead the academic faculty and staff;
• Developing and maintaining strong relationships with colleges and universities, fostering an understanding of Culver’s promise beyond Culver’s walls;
• Advising an appropriately reduced number of students, modeling the way for the team and school as an advisor for a student and family throughout their Culver experience; and
• Supporting students as they live the Culver mission, distinguishing themselves through their character, leadership, scholarship, sense of well-being, and communicative skills.

Application Process

This search is being run by Carney, Sandoe, and Associates. Please contact or to express your interest.

Institution Information

Culver Academies is a private boarding school educating boys and girls for leadership and responsible citizenship in society. With a powerful legacy of leadership and character, holistic wellness, rigorous academics, and global citizenship, the Culver experience culminates in arguably the best whole person education in the country. At Culver, students practice leadership, responsible citizenship, and academic excellence embedded within and across the Culver curriculum, which emphasizes critical thinking, depth, balance, and teamwork. Students, faculty, and staff foster a culture that emphasizes “we, not me,” and where the pursuit of excellence in community is a hallmark of everything the school does. Culver seeks to graduate students who are known for leadership, scholarship, cultural competence, executive skills, communication skills, and persistence.

Additional Information

Contact Information

This search is being run by Carney, Sandoe, and Associates. Please contact or to express your interest.


Required Qualifications


The ideal candidate will offer most or all of the following qualifications and qualities:
• Alignment with the school’s mission and focus on developing students’ leadership skills and character, alongside excellent academic, athletic, and artistic programs;
• College admissions and/or secondary school advising experience, preferably in a complex organization;
• Demonstrated success in managing people with a style characterized by integrity, collaboration, flexibility, and a commitment to nurturing a sense of belonging within the team;
• A dynamic, approachable presence that welcomes conversation and connection; the confidence and humility to advocate for new ideas, invite disagreement, and welcome feedback, engaging in challenging conversations with grace;
• The ability to clearly articulate and share mission-aligned vision and strategy and the tactical skills to deftly manage the systems and processes necessary to implement strategy;
• Knowledge of best practices in equity and inclusion work and the requisite skillfulness to design inclusive processes that are responsive to the needs of a diverse student body;
• Excellent communication skills and comfort sharing the school’s story in writing, through one-on-one conversation, and in public gatherings;
• Coachable, with a willingness to build off others’ strengths and partner to develop qualities not yet realized; and
• An understanding of the unique and compelling aspects of a residential community while recognizing that this role will not require significant residential or co-curricular responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications

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