[2021-2022] Elementary School Assistant Dean of Culture

New York, NY, US
Feb 05, 2021
Grade Level
Elementary School
Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools-growing our organization's impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.

Reporting to the Dean of Culture, the Elementary School Assistant Dean of Culture sets a positive school and student culture with a focus on student achievement and social-emotional development, aligned with DREAM's approach to whole-child support. The Assistant Dean of Culture also provides direct supervision, data input, and intervention services to students.


    • Respond to students in crisis, support students through crisis, and provide de-escalation intervention;
    • Provide input and insight regarding effective strategies for positive school culture and supporting specific scholars;
    • Monitor class transitions, lunch, recess, and students otherwise out of class;
    • Facilitate community building in the school;
    • Support the implementation of restorative circles;
    • Input school culture data into information systems;
    • Monitor and track school-wide systems such as positively based incentive systems and individual support plans;
    • Partner with families around student support plans;
    • Implement school-wide expectations, behavior systems, routines, and procedures through daily, weekly, and monthly review of individual student, class, grade and school culture practices;
    • Uphold all school-wide expectations and behavior management systems, ensuring all students' social emotional development.


    • Bachelor's degree required;
    • Experience working directly with elementary students, preferably in a school-based environment, required;
    • Special education degree or training, preferred;
    • Experience using responsive classroom or restorative practices, strongly preferred;
    • A deep sense of urgency to increase student achievement;
    • Ability to foster open communication with the school community and effectively convey high expectations for student learning and behavior;
    • Success in working collaboratively with staff on culture and instruction;
    • Strong work ethic and solutions-oriented mindset, with a desire and ability to solve problems;
    • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail;
    • Bilingual (English/Spanish), preferred.


At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.

From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters-it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream-along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.

Come dream with us.


All Kids Can. This Kid Can.

DREAM is Family.

Fun is a Serious Value.

Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.

Fail. Persist. Exceed.


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