Yellowstone Education Foundation

Title:                     Dean of Students

 

Reports to:         Principal

 

Qualifications:   

Bachelor’s Degree required; master’s degree preferred

Minimum 5 years of experience in education with progressive leadership roles

Previous experience as an Assistant Principal or Dean of Students in middle and high school is required.

 

Overview/Primary Responsibilities

Yellowstone College Prep (YCP) is an open-enrollment public charter school, serving students in 6th through 8th grade. We are a community school preparing community leaders. At Yellowstone, we Inspire, Empower, and Invest in our students to achieve their highest potential and fulfill their intended purpose. Our model includes smaller class sizes and a culturally relevant experience that includes rigorous academics, strong character education, and a focus on parent and community engagement. YCP will grow by a grade level each year, eventually serving students in 6th-12th grade.

 

Yellowstone College Prep operates on a beautiful Third Ward campus built in 1926 that is less than half a mile from downtown Houston. As part of its unique program, YCP is co-located with Yellowstone Academy, a private Christian school that serves students in preK3 through 5th grade. This innovative public/private model is the first of its kind in the state of Texas. The Yellowstone Schools are governed by two separate Board of Trustees. They operate through a shared services agreement to leverage the Academy’s nearly 20 years of success and expand to serve close to 800 students in pre-K through 12th grade within the next five years.

 

Driving Positive School Culture

  • Help establish Yellowstone College Prep’s core values and set of operating principles that reflect the school mission and goals;
  • Build and establish a school culture that reflects these values and promotes student achievement;
  • Lead the development of a mindfulness and character building program that can proactively address student socio-emotional needs on campus; and
  • Develop a plan to incentivize strong attendance, good behavior, and other behaviors consistent with parent and student success.

 

Discipline and Student Behavior Management

  • With the support of school leadership and teachers, develop a comprehensive student discipline system that is age and grade-level appropriate and promotes student success at Yellowstone College Prep;
  • Manage the student handbook process and ensure proper communication with parents, and implementation across the campus;
  • Assist teachers when all classroom level discipline interventions have been exhausted to ensure that learning can continue to happen in the classroom;
  • Collect, maintain and analyze relevant student data to evaluate and modify all systems of accountability;
  • Coordinate communication with parents after a discipline incident has occurred; and
  • Serve as a resource to teachers and other staff when they encounter difficulties with students and families.

 

Managing Parent Engagement and Communication

  • Work closely with the social work office and admissions department to promote positive parent engagement on campus and create new ways for parents to take part in the Yellowstone experience;
  • Manage the system for weekly parent communication at the school-wide level;
  • Oversee events and programs throughout the year that bring the entire Yellowstone family together; and
  • Other than the classroom teacher, serve as the primary liaison between the family/parent community and the school.

 

Teacher Support

  • Serve as a support to the teaching staff on campus through observations, conferences, professional development sessions, and other intentional interactions.
  • Work with the Principal to coordinate the resources and trainings that teachers need to be successful.

 

Teacher Coaching/Development

  • With the Principal, work closely with hired consultants to support Yellowstone teachers and instructional aides with their instruction, curriculum development, and assessments;
  • Participate in classroom observations and feedback sessions, and facilitate professional development sessions for in-service days and PLCs

 

Leadership Team Responsibilities

  • Participate in a weekly leadership team meeting and other related executive decision making;
  • Be ultimately responsible for the well-being of the student body by serving as one of the points of contact for after-school student pick-up and transportation;
  • Work with the leadership team to develop all-staff days and other school-wide culture building activities and meetings;
  • Participate in meetings, conferences, and other opportunities to stay well-informed about current best practices in education and continue their own personal and professional development; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Other Administrative Responsibilities

  • Work with the senior leadership team to develop the daily schedule, the annual school calendar, and other related programming/events;
  • Work with the leadership team to develop all-staff days and other school-wide culture building activities and meetings; and
  • Participate in meetings, conferences, and other opportunities to stay well-informed about current best practices in education and continue their own personal and professional development; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, the Dean of Students must be:

 

  • Passionate: enthusiastically committed to both the Yellowstone mission and to achieving extraordinary results for our staff, students, and families

 

  • Collaborative: a true team player who relishes the opportunity to problem-solve with others, lead productive and effective meetings, readily engage in meaningful conversations, and genuinely celebrate and share other people’s successes

 

  • An Excellent Coach: a “people person” with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral) who has a record of helping others achieve their personal and professional goals

 

  • An Excellent Project Manager: a hard worker with a strong attention to detail who understands how to set ambitious milestones, use data to guide decision making, can effectively delegate responsibilities, and can navigate a complex task/project from inception through to completion

 

This position will include early morning, evening and weekend commitments as required and assigned.

 

 

Yellowstone Values

Every employee at Yellowstone College Prep is committed to our PRIDE values:

 

Positive: At Yellowstone, we smile first. We are a positive presence on campus and extend a good-natured grace and enthusiasm in all personal interactions.

 

Responsible: We follow through on our promises and commitments. We own our actions and will never settle for less than our best effort.

 

Integrity: We demonstrate integrity in all circumstances and always put the best interests of the broader Yellowstone community first. We “walk the talk” and lead by example.  

 

Determined: We anticipate and overcome challenges. We are resilient in the face of obstacles and are committed to the success of every member of the Yellowstone community.

 

Excellence: We hold everyone (families, students, colleagues) to the highest standard of excellence and constantly look for ways to enhance the Yellowstone experience.

 

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

Application Process

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to HR Manager, Jasmen Denton at [email protected] Qualifying applicants will then be asked to complete an application and continue through the rest of the interview process.

 

YELLOWSTONE COLLEGE PREP IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. IT IS OUR POLICY THAT ALL APPLICANTS BE CONSIDERED SOLELY ON THE BASIS OF QUALIFICATIONS AND ABILITY, WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, RELIGION, COLOR, SEX, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY, GENETIC INFORMATION OR VETERAN STATUS.