Dean of Students/Dean of Culture (2021-22) - Middle or High School

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School
Newark, NJ, US
Closing date
Dec 29, 2021

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Job Category
Administrator, Principal
Grade Level
Middle School
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The Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative charter public school in Newark NJ, serving students from Pre-K to 12th grade on campuses across the city of Newark. Our mission is to prepare Newark's students for success in college and beyond. Currently, the historical college matriculation rate for GOLCS is 79% - nearly twice the national average for economically underrepresented students.

Our model is based on the following guiding principles that guide our work daily -
  1. Creating a COMMUNITY that is built upon genuine and meaningful relationships.Being surgical in our approach to DIFFERENTIATION OF INSTRUCTION AND SUPPORT of ALL students and team members.Setting and exceeding HIGH EXPECTATIONS for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation for success in college and beyond.

We accomplish our mission by:
  • Cultivating an environment where all students and staff are known and valued and are provided the support and compassion they need to be successful.Delivering individualized academic support to our students daily, through tutoring provided by AmeriCorps Education Fellowship program.Pairing rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support and high academic expectations for students. Our students, for example, are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate high school. Our alumni receive intensive support from our college counseling team, while in college.


Great Oaks Legacy is seeking an experienced, like-minded urban educator to join our leadership team. The Dean is responsible for shaping and sustaining a school culture of discipline and warmth while ensuring that the students internalize the school's values and goals for academic excellence.

The Dean is responsible for:

School Culture. The Dean works to define and build a transformative school culture consistent with the Great Oaks Legacy core values and mission. With the School Director, the Dean designs and implements programs that recognize and reward students; devises school-wide rituals that promote the culture and sustain the school's values.

Student Management. The Dean implements behavior management tools, including overseeing staff training in behavior management policies, techniques, and strategies, and ensuring the consistent deployment of such tools school-wide; meets with students referred by teachers for behavioral problems, communicates and meets with the students' parents/guardians, and ensures that consequences for infractions are fairly and consistently implemented throughout the school; creates and implements a detention system for homework completion and behavior; looks for patterns of misbehavior and coordinates appropriate measures as needed with the school leader and other leadership staff; responds to acute behavioral issues; coordinates in-school and out-of-school suspensions, ensuring regulatory compliance; and oversees school safety.

Staff Resource. The Dean serves as a resource to teachers and fellows on issues of school culture, classroom management, discipline, and relationships with students; and coaches teachers, tutors and staff in holding all students to high and consistent behavioral expectations.

Student Motivation. The Dean communicates with students - meeting with, listening to, seeking to understand, and convincing them as appropriate - and builds a support network for students. In addition to meeting with students, the Dean will develop school wide programs to incentivize positive behaviors and create a school-wide identity among the students. The Dean will work closely with cross-campus teams to cultivate students' cultural competency, growth, and development.

Documenting Incidents. The Dean implements and ensures the school-wide use of information technology tools for reporting and documenting infractions, and ensures that proper records are kept of communications with parents regarding discipline. The Dean drafts weekly and monthly reports for parents, students and leadership team. The Dean works with staff to ensure school compliance with HIB policies.

Qualifications and Skills

The Dean must:
  • Be relentlessly committed to preparing every student for collegePossess strong leadership and team skillsBe a self-aware leader who knows how to treat all members of the school's community with respect, appraises accurately his or her strengths and weaknesses, and is perceptive about how he or she is regardedHave superb organizational and self-management skills and be able to handle multiple responsibilities effectively; have strong planning and execution skills; be a goal-oriented and effective problem-solverBe dependableBe driven to improve the minds and lives of studentsBeing dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help all the school's students achieve academic successBe passionate about academic learning and insistent on academic excellence and rigor at all times

Candidates must have:
  • A clear record of elevating student achievement in an urban classroom, with a strong understanding of pedagogy that drives resultsA relentless work ethicExcellent communication skills (written and oral)Strong analytical and problem-solving skillsExcellent skills of organization and follow-throughA strong academic record, including a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, strongly preferred.Alumni of Teach For America, Education Pioneers, The New Teacher Project, and New Leaders for New Schools are strongly encouraged to apply.

Staff and Reporting Relationships

The Dean reports to the Campus Director in close collaboration with the admin team, and participates as a member of the school-wide/cross-campus leadership team.


Our students rise to conquer challenges with the help of individualized, whole-person support from the Great Oaks Legacy Charter School community including educators, tutors, peers, families and staff. Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college.

The Great Oaks Legacy Charter School ensures its students are ready to take on the world, therefore:

  • We give our students the academic skills and socio-emotional support they need to build upon their own strengths and abilities in order to be ready and able to achieve their dreams.Our employees agree to take responsibility for their part in reversing negative outcomes for students, to work relentlessly to support our efforts to engage each and every student, and to uphold our mission to prepare every student to succeed in college to the extent possible.It is a given that all staff work very hard. Our employees acknowledge that they will do more than just work hard. Employees agree to seek - through feedback, professional development, and coaching - to continue to develop and improve their job performance while employed by the School. At Great Oaks Legacy, an ongoing quest for improvement is considered essential for all staff members.

As Great Oaks Legacy continues its journey towards anti-racism, we can be certain that our school community is ready for the work. As an organization, we are striving to be more intentional and connected to a larger, clearer mission for an educational experience that empowers scholars to be the change they want to see in the world.


GOLCS is committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. Our staff and student population is diverse and culturally rich. We believe that racial justice and equity is critical to our mission of preparing students for success in college and beyond. We strive to be an organization that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and elevates our student voices in preparing them for life and college.

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package, including rich health insurance plans, professional development and coaching, and retirement benefits as part of the state pension plan.

Great Oaks Legacy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
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