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


The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research is accepting applications for a part-time Administrative Assistant position. This is a unique opportunity to help support the work of Cranbrook’s newest programmatic division, which publicly launched in 2012.

The Administrative Assistant provides diverse support to the Center for Collections and Research and the Center’s Director. Responsibilities include telephone, email, and in-person interface with Center constituents, coordinating programs and tours, event and meeting support, and project support. General clerical and administrative support includes accounting and purchasing, preparation of reports, correspondence, development-related mailings, data entry, and filing. The Administrative Assistant also manages some components of the Center website. The person in this position must thrive in a fast-paced environment, and interact effectively with other Cranbrook staff, faculty, and students, as well as Cranbrook’s Trustees and Governors and other volunteers.

This is a part-time, full-year position, working 32 hours each week (ideally Tuesday through Friday).  Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required to assist with Center programs and events. The position is eligible for paid time off, retirement, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Simply Blue plan.

The Center’s Administrative Assistant should have an interest in the history of Cranbrook and a desire to share Cranbrook’s story with constituents near and far. She/he will be attentive to both details and the larger picture, helping to shape how information about the Center is received and perceived by stakeholders.


The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, which includes Cranbrook Archives, centralizes Cranbrook’s 114-year story and offers intellectual engagement with its collections and legacy.  The Center is charged with overseeing Cranbrook’s three historic house-museums, including Saarinen House, Cranbrook House, and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Smith House, its campus-wide collection of Cultural Properties, and the Cranbrook Archives, and providing programming and access to these buildings and collections for scholars and visitors from around the world.  The Center’s administrative offices are housed on the third floor of Cranbrook House, while the Archives and the Center’s registrar are located on the lower level of Cranbrook Art Museum where they take full advantage of the Art Museum’s new Collections Wing.  For more information on the Center, visit the Center’s new website at


  • Minimum of two years administrative experience required.
  • High School diploma or GED required; completion of a two-year Associates degree or four-year degree strongly preferred.
  • Strong Microsoft Office suite skills (including Word, Excel, Internet Browsers, email); experience working with and maintaining a database preferred.
  • Ability to accurately type 60 words per minute.
  • Web-site management skills, including the ability to update information.
  • Ability to assist in the oversight of the Center’s social media sites.
  • Proven proficiency at effective prioritization and multitasking.
  • Proven effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record.


The Center for Collections and Research is a part of Cranbrook Educational Community, which also includes its Schools, the Academy of Art and Art Museum, an Institute of Science, and Cranbrook House & Gardens. Located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, twenty miles north of downtown Detroit, Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus is a National Historic Landmark that welcomes tens of thousands of public visitors each year to the Institute of Science, Art Museum, and three historic houses. Cranbrook also is home to more than 1,600 students in grades pre-K through 12 attending Cranbrook Schools and almost 150 graduate Academy students.


For consideration, please submit a cover letter, résumé, work sample, and a completed Cranbrook Employee Application (which can be downloaded from the Employment page of our website at to: Cranbrook, Human Resources, P. O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48303-0801, or email While the Center is eager to fill the position early in April, Cranbrook will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Cranbrook is an equal opportunity employer and strives to provide a work environment that welcomes diversity.

    Development Coordinator

    This position provides administrative support for the Advancement operation of Cranbrook Institute of Science including assisting the Director of Development, current and prospective donors, members and volunteers.  Primary responsibility is for the overall operations of the gift acknowledgement process for donors, including membership fulfillment.  This includes ensuring that workflow is handled efficiently and that the donor is acknowledged in a timely manner.  Additional responsibilities include generating gift reports, membership reports and member lists, as well as maintaining donor data, assisting with design and printing of membership literature and signs and responding to membership and volunteer inquiries. Requirements: High School Diploma or GED required; an associate degree or technical school training in computer science or secretarial science preferred. Minimum of five years of strong administration background which demonstrates increasing levels of responsibility.  Development experience is preferred. Computer proficiency in Word, Excel and database management required in order to create mail merges, create complex spreadsheets, and maintain and run development reports required.  Knowledge of donor software programs preferred. Ability to accurately calculate figures and percentages and apply basic accounting concepts, with working knowledge of accounting principles required. Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks with deadlines (activity progress reports, gift acknowledgements, events management), with proven proficiency at effective prioritization and multitasking required. Efficient in maintaining hard copy file maintenance and documentation on all gifts received. Requires a valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record.

    Director of Advancement Services

    This position 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\Analyst

    Cranbrook Educational Community seeks a Help Desk Technician to provide direct problem resolution support to technology users throughout Cranbrook, working with end users over the phone and at end-user locations.  This position is unique in that it not only focuses on Tier 1 support, but also offers the opportunity to problem-solve at the Tier 2 level in a team environment focused on providing a high level of customer service. 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

    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.

    Senior Administrative Assistant

    Provide administrative/secretarial support to the Brookside Faculty and Staff in order to facilitate his/her ability to meet department and overall strategic goals, as well as support the day-to-day activities of the office and school.  Effective interaction with Administration, faculty, students and parents is essential in order to ensure the smooth operation of Brookside School. Responsibilities include: Answer and screen incoming telephone calls, providing appropriate background information in order to facilitate effective responses to faculty, students and parents. Monitor and track substitute teachers using the AESOP system administered via PESG. Process any timecards that come from substitutes including the nurses, instrumental teachers and assistants who pick up extra hours. Work with Special and Summer Programs to facilitate rosters and space usage within the building. Prepare and generate general correspondence, mailings. And more. Requirements: High School Diploma or GED required; Associate or Bachelor Degree preferred. A minimum of five years experience providing administrative support at a senior level required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office products required (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, internet browsers, email); working knowledge of databases and other Cranbrook-specific computer software preferred. Ability to prioritize and organize multiple tasks with frequent interruptions, and excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Requires a valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record. This is a full-time school session position with a schedule that runs from mid-August to June each year.

    Senior Administrative Assistant

    Working with the Director of School Business Operations, this individual is responsible for day-to-day operations in the Schools’ Office of Business Operations and will assist the Director in providing support to administrators and staff throughout the Schools. To accomplish this task, there is significant interaction with departments throughout the Cranbrook Educational Community, to include: Accounting, Business Services, Facilities, and Human Resources. Knowledge and understanding of accounting concepts and the ability to apply them properly is required in order to carry out the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. Responsibilities include: Manage student Accounts Receivable files. Manage Student Tuition and Medical Insurance programs. Manage daily operations, to include: Purchase Requisitions, Journal Entries, Payment Reimbursements, Student-Charge Requests, and Cash Deposits. Provide financial and administrative support for: Food Service, Bookstore, Transportation, Ice Arena, Natatorium, Special and Summer Programs, Student Accounts, and Parent/Student Clubs. Maintain Fund files and provide Fund Analysis reports, as requested. Requirements: High School Diploma or GED required; a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or related field preferred. Minimum of five years of strong administration background which demonstrates increasing levels of responsibility required, preferably in an accounting or finance department. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office and the ability to interact with multiple databases. Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks with deadlines. Strong computer skills, with proficiency in Word, Excel, Internet Browsers, and computerized databases and reporting required. Knowledge and understanding of accounting concepts (particularly fund accounting for non-profits), and ability to apply them properly is required.  Fund accounting experience preferred. This is a full-time school session position with a schedule that runs from mid-August to June each year.

    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.