Dean of Students/Dean of Culture (2022-23)

Employer
Great Oaks Legacy Charter School
Location
Newark, NJ, US
Salary
Competitive

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Job Category
Administrator, Principal
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Great Oaks Legacy is seeking an experienced, like-minded urban educator to join our leadership team as a Dean of Student and Culture . 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.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP

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.

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 college
  • Possess strong leadership and team skills
  • Be 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 regarded
  • Have 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-solver
  • Be dependable
  • Be driven to improve the minds and lives of students
  • Being dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help all the school's students achieve academic success
  • Be 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 results
  • A relentless work ethic
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent skills of organization and follow-through
  • A 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.


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package, including:
  • Robust medical, dental, and vision insurance plans w/ comprehensive network coverage.
  • Up to $5,250 per year in tax exempt student loan and tuition reimbursement.
  • Reimbursements for external professional development aligned to your role.
  • Wellness reimbursements including gym memberships, spa services, and more.
  • Online counseling services - for staff and their dependents - via top-rated therapy app.
  • Pre-tax state pension plan benefit w/ addl. options available via voluntary retirement plans.
  • Pre-tax dependent care, health, and transit flexible spending plans available.
  • Convenient health screening and telemedicine support via VitalCheck Wellness platform.


ABOUT GREAT OAKS LEGACY CHARTER SCHOOL

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.

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. GOLCS staff rate our commitment to students as the #1 reason they teach/work at our schools.
  2. Being surgical in our approach to differentiation of instruction and support for all students and team members. Our students receive daily tutoring embedded into their school schedule - facilitated by our AmeriCorps team members. Staff members receive individualized coaching and support in their roles.
  3. Setting and exceeding high expectations for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation 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.


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, & ACCESSIBILITY

GOLCS is committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. Furthermore, 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.

GOLCS VACCINATION POLICY & COMMITMENT TO SAFETY

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is committed to ensuring healthy and safe working and learning environments, and maintaining our educational commitment to GOLCS students and families - with minimal disruption to instruction. With this in mind, as of October 2021, Great Oaks Legacy requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Candidates who would like to apply for a reasonable accommodation from this policy based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief should reach out to HR@greatoakslegacy.org for more information.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT

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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