Dean of Culture and Equity at Buffalo United Charter School

National Heritage Academies-1
Buffalo, NY, US

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Administrator, Principal
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The position of the Dean of Culture at Buffalo United is to support BUCS vision for an intentional, structured scholar culture. BUCS believes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are hallmarks of our school community. The Dean must demonstrate expertise in the field of diversity equity and inclusion to help lead the school community in the development of a DEI plan for the school, build a community of learning that embraces cultural respect and understanding of others where all students feel safe and loved, and create a common language and expectations for all stakeholders in regard to citizenship in the school. The Dean should also be able to offer professional learning on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion and school community building for all BUCS stakeholders.


Located in Buffalo, NY, Buffalo United Charter School has outperformed the local school district on the state test for more than 12 years. Opening our doors in 2004 and serving students K-8, we create endless opportunities for our students to become their best. We've even had a student publish a children's book about encouraging others. We inspire our students to excel academically and think creatively to reach their full potential. Our dedicated teachers help students apply critical-thinking skills to solve real-world problems. We build kids of character through our moral focus program. As a result, students are prepared to tackle 21st century challenges and excel in high school, college, and beyond.

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  • Assist the Administrative team with building school culture where all students feel safe and welcome:
  • Establish common classroom rituals and routines
  • Establish common school-wide rituals and routines
  • Build a culture where student learning is celebrated and valued
  • Build a system where all voices are valued and heard to include student, teacher and parents
  • Co-create and monitor the development of a DEI plan for the school
  • Lead professional learning sessions on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Collaborate with Administrators on Routines, Policies, Procedures and Systems that support a positive school culture:
  • Collaborate with administrators to plan school wide expectations regarding student and staff expectations
  • Lead the Restorative Practices model in the school and provide the appropriate professional learning sessions
  • Provide professional learning in trauma-informed practices
  • Establish clear expectations for staff and students on school routines, for example arrival and dismissal, transitions
  • Monitor implementation of all school-wide initiatives to include a weekly walkthrough with Administrators to identify areas of strength and areas of need
  • Provide feedback on observations in writing, one-on-one, through further professional development, or by revising policies, procedures, and systems.
  • Minimal travel required
  • Additional duties as assigned.
  • Lead the School's Behavior Support Process:
  • Collaborate with the Administrators to create policies for scholars who have been referred for out of class time
  • Communicate policies to all key stakeholders (staff, scholars, families)
  • Develop, implement, monitor and revise da system for investigations into bullying, threats, or other claims of inappropriate behavior
  • Monitor the system and revise when needed.

  • To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily. The list below represents the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
  • College diploma (BA or equivalent) or higher in Education or related field
  • Valid New York School Administrator certificate preferred
  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 3-5 years' experience in teaching as well as previous school leadership experience as an Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal, interim dean, content leader, new teacher mentor etc.
  • Experience in leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion system-wide initiatives
  • Experience working with at-risk student strongly preferred
  • Supervisory experience strongly preferred
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to see complex projects through from start to finish.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills.


National Heritage Academies (NHA) partners with communities to build and operate public charter schools. Founded in 1995, today NHA has over 100 schools in nine states, serving more than 60,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Our schools are designed to eliminate the achievement gap and provide school choice to families so their children are prepared for success in college, career, and life. In fact, a majority of our schools consistently outperform their local district on the state test. According to the Center for Research Outcomes at Stanford University, NHA is a leading performer among charter schools and management organizations, outperforming both conventional district schools and other charter school operators. In addition, according to our employee survey, over 90% of respondents agree that the work they do is meaningful to them. Join us. Together we impact a life.

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National Heritage Academies is an equal opportunity employer.
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