Dean of Students

Uncommon Schools, Camden NJ, US

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Duration: Full-Time

At Uncommon Schools the Dean of Students partners with the Principal and Director of Operations to create a school culture where students are actively engaged in academics and excited to come to school. Our schools are a place where students enjoy learning and engage respectfully with their peers, teachers and community. Our Deans build strong relationships and a positive school culture to ensure that all students embody the school’s values and stay focused on their journey to and through college. The Dean will also lead initiatives around school culture, our college preparatory focus, culturally responsive teaching, and student and family engagement. As Dean of Students:

  • You’ll work closely with the Principal and Director of Operations to establish a positive, achievement-oriented, and culturally responsive school culture.
  • You’ll demonstrate mastery of our instructional taxonomy to model behavior management best practices for teachers. 
  • You’ll support teachers in empowering students to meet their full academic and personal potential.
  • You'll navigate behavioral crisis-intervention and acute behavioral issues, and you'll manage the school-wide behavior plan utilizing culturally responsive techniques.
  • You’ll collaborate with teachers, students, and families to create and implement individual behavior plans.
  • You’ll manage systems that support school initiatives that lead to academic success for our students (ex. attendance systems, homework systems).
  • You'll be highly present and visible during school hours, constantly ensuring the school has an inclusive and joyful school culture.
  • You’ll model the school’s values and the standard for academic and personal excellence.

  • Passionate commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment in our vision for being an anti-racist organization.
  • Unwavering belief in high academic and behavioral expectations for all students.
  • Exceptional time and task management skills.
  • Ability to persevere despite uncertainty and unexpected obstacles.
  • Relentless drive to empower students academically and personally.
  • Self-motivation, desire to be a great teammate, and a strong sense of personal responsibility.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members.
  • Ability and desire to implement feedback from school leaders and colleagues. 
  • Requirements: 
    • Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.
    • Minimum of two years’ experience working with youth or teaching in an urban district or charter school setting.

Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. All staff members receive extensive professional development, and are equipped with a laptop computer and all necessary supplies.

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building an exceptional team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We also ensure that individuals with disabilities receive all privileges and benefits associated with employment and are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview process and to perform core job functions.

About Uncommon Schools

Uncommon Schools starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college At Uncommon Schools, our classrooms are named after colleges because that’s where our students are headed. We are a nonprofit network of public charter schools in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our 53 college-prep schools consistently rank among the highest-performing in their home states for three reasons:

We know all students have what it takes to go to college. We are fiercely committed to cultivating the intellectual curiosity and grit that will spur their success in the classroom and in their communities. We create and constantly fine-tune our systems to help teachers teach and students learn. We know that without great teachers and leaders, nothing else matters. We also know there’s no limit to learning. That’s why people development is at our core.

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