DC Prep is a network of public charter schools serving over 1,800 preschool through 8th grade students across five campuses in Wards 5, 7, and 8. We're proud of being the highest-performing public charter network in Washington, DC - our students deserve our best! - while recognizing that how we support our students to be successful is as important as the results we achieve. That pushes us to reflect on questions such as how we can facilitate our students' academic, social and emotional development, how we can support our team members' professional growth and personal ability to do this work long-term, and how we can engage our students' families as our own. While this work is hard, it's worth it - we believe in the transformative power of education, the can-do-itness of our students and staff, and the joy that comes from engaging in meaningful work with people we care about and trust!
The Dean of Student Support is a key member of the campus leadership team charged with building effective systems to support a positive student culture, a well-disciplined school environment, and to support a positive home-school connection. The DOSS helps to ensure that systems are in place to ensure each child's success. Additionally, the DOSS is responsible for creating the internal systems necessary to monitor and reward student character development.
Additionally, you will participate in leadership development designed to hone your skills for success as the dean of student support while also developing expertise needed for future leadership opportunities. DC Prep will develop you as a leader through participation in cohort professional development, customized coaching opportunities, and practical on-the-ground experience.
Character and Discipline
* Oversee implementation of social skills, discipline and school culture initiatives * Serve as the primary point person for all student discipline issues * Keep extremely accurate student discipline records including the documentation of all parent/guardian conferences, suspensions and phone calls for behavior * Ensure that all students know and abide by the school rules and norms * Provide leadership to all staff and students in establishing a positive, structured, and achievement-oriented school culture * Establish behavior/discipline goals and incentives and develop systems by which to achieve them * Ensure that teachers set extremely high expectations and run their classes in accordance with the DC Prep commitment to excellence * Coach teachers to improve their instructional practices especially as it relates to issues of discipline and school culture * Be highly present and visible during school hours relentlessly ensuring a positive school environment * Model the school's core values and set the standard for professional behavior * Supervise daily breakfast, lunch, arrival, and dismissal to ensure a positive and orderly school culture at these times * Create and sustain programs for students that teach DC Prep's vision, mission, culture and school expectations * Manage, monitor, and sustain an effective behavior management program * Collaborate with other members of the school's leadership team to create and sustain programs for students and families that recognize and celebrate achievement and continuous progress
* Identify, plan, and implement strategies to address barriers to learning including, attendance concerns, behavior issues and social adjustment * Participate in coordination of annual summer program for all DC Prep students to include remediation and student learning extension * Assist in coordination of extended student support services, including tutoring * Develop and coordinate collaborative partnerships with outside organizations such as Beacon House
* Fully embrace DC Prep's mission, vision, and values and promote them to students, staff, other faculty, parents, and members of the outside community * Assist in the orientation of new and returning parents before the start of the school year to emphasize the responsibilities of parents, teachers, and students * Participate in recruitment, registration, and re-enrollment activities * Actively encourage parents to participate in school activities such as parent meetings, field trips, policy council and as classroom helpers * Model and support the DC Prep Way of purposeful and rigorous academic instruction combined with instilling and reinforcing behaviors that lead to academic and life success * Maintain positive, constructive and professional relationships with students, their families, and colleagues * Communicate regularly with families and develop a supportive home-school relationship
* Plan, design, and conduct follow-through strategies to implement the school attendance program * Coordinate school attendance learning support and interventions which assist students' daily attendance in order to improve their academic achievement
* Participate in working groups of staff and teachers to plan, problem solve, and support one another on an ongoing basis * Participate in and deliver professional development and training on issues related to student support services * Attend and participate in staff and other school activities and meetings as appropriate * Liaise with Home Office staff in carrying out organizational goals as necessary * Other appropriate tasks as needed
WHO YOU ARE
Few things in life give you more pleasure than helping a child realize his or her potential for growth and then actually making that growth a reality. You're passionate about the need for students from underserved communities to learn without limits, the importance of addressing the intersection of race and public education in the U.S., and the transformational power of talented, mission-aligned people working together to advance a goal. You're open to feedback, eager to grow, and bring your best to everything you do. You look for joy in your day-to-day and want to work with others who do, too!
Additionally, you are a reflective, results-driven educator with:
* Desire and willingness to do \"whatever it takes\" to support student achievement in traditionally under-served communities * Passion for connecting with students and families in support of student success * Extraordinary oral skills to effectively communicate with varied audiences * Comfort with and ability to write efficiently and effectively as part of a culture where curriculum writing, email communication, and documentation are critical * Superior analytical skills and sound judgment to make critical decisions autonomously * Capable of thriving in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance * Meticulous organizational ability in order to set priorities, organize workload, handle multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines * Emotional constancy and extraordinary interpersonal skills to ensure purposeful and professional colleague relationships * Positive attitude, maturity, and personal stability sufficient for a demanding position * Belief in DC Prep's mission, values, and commitment to diversity
* Minimum of 3-5 years teaching and leadership experience in an urban school community * Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Master's degree in educational administration preferred
We're an equal opportunity employer, and hire without consideration of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply.
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Associated topics: chief academic officer, elementary school principal, high school principal, manage, middle school principal, officer, school principal, superintendent, supervise, vice principal
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