Managerial - Dean of Students

Boston, MA, US
May 14, 2019
Job Category
Administrator, Principal
School Description
Dearborn STEM Academy is a Boston Public School and BPE Teaching Academy serving grades 6-12. Located in a state-of-the-art facility in Dudley Square, Dearborn features flexible spaces for collaboration among students and adults and a high capacity for the use of technology. Home to a full inclusion Emotional Impairment program and a Cape Verdean Creole SEI and SLIFE program all of our students participate in intentionally designed STEM exposure, exploration, and engagement experiences in grades 6-12. Our students are being prepared to graduate with the necessary skills required for college and career success.

Dearborn is a part of a PreK-12 neighborhood school pathway that includes the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School (PreK-5). Our schools serve as training sites for aspiring teachers participating in the Boston Teacher Residency. All staff work collaboratively to enact ambitious teaching and learning in service of student achievement goals.

Position Description
The school is currently seeking a Dean of Students to work with grades 6-12 . The Dean provides leadership in developing and managing a healthy school culture rooted in high expectations for academic achievement, student leadership and behavior. The Dean is a part of a team responsible for implementing a powerful cultural vision that will result in an academic program and school environment that prepares every student for success in college and in life. The Dean will both lead and help motivate others to implement that vision. Significant emphasis is placed on clear and effective communication of expectations, policies, protocols, interventions, reflection on behavior, and consequences with students, families, staff and external stakeholders. A priority for the Dean is to support students and enhance the quality of their school experience.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Promote student conduct expectations, implement behavior management practices and provide discipline with meaningful consequences that are aligned with school values including restorative justice.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and support to the ongoing development of a healthy school culture model.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of procedures and practices that provide for the efficient operation of the school campus and the safety and security of staff and students.
  • Work proactively with teachers and staff to improve classroom and student management skills within and beyond the classroom through professional development and teacher coaching.
  • Develop and promote school-wide culture, rituals and routines that value and celebrate student talents, diversity, growth, and achievement.
  • Implement programs that empower students and improve their ability to resolve conflicts peacefully, including restorative justice efforts and conflict resolution/peer mediation.
  • Promote student understanding of their rights and responsibilities as members of the school community.
  • Address student discipline issues, including facilitating parent meetings, mediating student conflicts and supporting teachers to effectively manage challenging situations and behaviors.
  • Enforce appropriate disciplinary measures to students who violate citizenship, behavioral, and attendance/tardiness standards and rules.
  • Communicate regularly and appropriately by telephone, text, email and through in-person meetings with the families of students struggling to meet school expectations for behavior and attendance.
  • Counsel students in matters of behavior, attendance, and tardiness; make every effort to gain student buy-in and adherence to school expectations.
  • Maintain highly organized student and family communication records.
  • Keep the school leaders well informed about the cultural and operational climate of the school, as well as external developments that might affect the school.
  • Support students in resolving non-academic issues that interfere with their ability to be successful in the school.
  • Be highly visible around the campus before and after school, during lunch periods and during transitions.
  • Maintain productive and meaningful relationships with community organizations, city/state agencies, and district partners engaged in the work of supporting students.
  • Maintain a professional awareness of regulations regarding child welfare by having a working knowledge of state law, BPS/MA administrative regulations.

  • 3-5 years previous work experience in an educational administrative role working with students, school staff, families and external partners related to promoting a positive school climate and developing programs
  • High School Diploma or GED (Associate's or Bachelor's Degree preferred)
  • Ability to work in a collaborative setting
  • Unyielding commitment to continuous learning and development
  • Believer in growth mindset and enthusiastic to reflect and grow as a professional
  • Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and "can-do" attitude
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or Cape Verdean Creole preferred
  • Current authorization to work in the United States - Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment

Managerial Tier B

Please refer to (under "Employee Benefits and Policies") for more information on salary and compensation. Salaries are listed by Unions and Grade/Step.

School-based Managerial employees will work 223 days each year. The 223 day work-year will include the 180 days in which school is in session, and the additional days will be determined by the employee and the principal or headmaster of the school.

School-based Managerial employees are not eligible for vacation time or compensatory time. In the event of school cancellation due to snow or inclement weather, school-based Managerial employees need not report to work.
The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals' dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.

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