Junior Dean: Role Profile

Junior Deans are responsible for the day-to-day management of the teams of Counsellors and overseeing the well-being and activity programme of the students. Junior Deans must be able to plan and run events with precision and attention to detail, responding to challenges as they arise and ensuring that difficulties are ironed out smoothly and contained before they impact on other staff and, most importantly, students.

They must be confident and experienced in front-line work with children or young people – able to set the tone for the staff team on how to walk a careful line between being fun and approachable, whilst maintaining professionalism and a focus on student safety at all times.

Junior Deans should have a good working knowledge of child protection and safeguarding procedures, dynamic risk assessment and a demonstrable track record in successfully negotiating difficult conversations with both young people and adults.They must feel confident in dealing with more serious discipline issues both independently and as part of a staff team. They must be able to inspire, energise and enthuse their team of staff by keeping the programme feeling fresh and focused and ensuring staff morale is high, despite the considerable workload and long hours.

Why become a Junior Dean?

Junior Deans will receive a very rare opportunity to hold significant responsibility for a complex and varied programme, and oversee the wellbeing of a large group of young people and staff, building a valuable and sought after toolkit of skills and experiences. A Junior Dean will receive training and experience in, but not limited to management, leadership, public speaking and safeguarding.

What skills do you need?

  • A passion for education and youth work
  • Leadership and management ability
  • A superb organisational mindset
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Prepared for a full on summer.

Staff Testimonials

Josh Rice

Junior Dean

I’ve spent the last three summers working for Oxford Royale Academy, twice as a Counsellor and once as a Junior Dean. A summer at ORA is a rare opportunity to be part of a great team of young people whilst working with diverse and interesting students from all over the world. I’ve met amazing people,seen a variety of West End Musicals, played in some intense games of football and got paid to do so. I can’t think of a better way to spend 6 weeks of my summer.

3 Years with ORA

Jake Morgan-Stead

Junior Dean

I’ve worked at ORA for the last two years and it’s been an unforgettable experience. Everyone you meet as part of ORA, from colleagues through to students made the summer a genuinely brilliant experience. You get to enjoy the great activities alongside the students which is wonderful. The work is challenging and rewarding, you’ll develop skills that will last you for life, in any type of work.

2 Years with ORA