Dec 10, 2019

Director of School Culture (Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy)

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  • Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy, Hayes Street Northeast, Washington, DC, USA
Full-time Data Evaluation and Analysis Strategy and Planning Education School Leadership School Support

Job Description

Chavez Parkside is a public policy, college preparatory charter high school in Ward 7. An anchor in the Parkside/Kenilworth community, our school has 500 students in grades 8-12. Chavez Parkside students achieved over 5 million dollars in scholarship and a 100% college acceptance rate. Parkside has a first-rate athletics program with champion basketball, volleyball, track and cheer-leading teams. And we have over 50 community partners hosting students in the fellowship program. Chavez Parkside serves a high needs population of students and is committed to giving them the resources and support they need to be successful in college and in life. 

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The Director of School Culture is responsible for establishing and maintaining a learning environment consistent with the college preparatory and public policy mission of Chavez Schools.  As the school leader responsible for scholars’ behavioral, social and emotional growth, this position manages a culture team to support an optimal learning environment for scholars and staff. A key member of the school leadership team, the Director of School Culture is responsible for building a strong school culture that fosters respect and collaboration between teachers, students and families. The Director of School Culture collaborates with senior leaders, teachers and staff to maximize student achievement and meet all performance goals.


School Culture

  • Establishes and maintains a structured, positive and inspiring school culture focused on academic achievement and the development of advocacy skills.
  • Leads events for scholars and families which promote positive school culture.
  • Partners with parents and families to build authentic school-wide community. 
  • Works closely and effectively with scholars and their families; partner with school counselors and teachers to execute individualized behavior interventions when needed. 
  • Manages all aspects of school culture including school-wide routines such as safe passage, lunch, breakfast, entry, as well as overall school-wide culture, incentives, and behavior management system. 
  • Obsessively monitors scholar growth and culture data and holds effective leadership team meetings to review data, make plans for follow-up, and track implementation of plans.
  • Consistently observes teacher practice; provides substantive, action-oriented feedback, encourages reflection and models excellent instruction and relationship building.
  • Promotes a strong school culture and effectively manages school team towards the implementation of a consistent culture that focused on scholar learning.

Management and Leadership Development

  • Establishes clear goals for school growth and holds themselves and their team accountable for achieving those goals.
  • Models leadership practices to direct reports to develop them as leaders through observation, feedback, modeling, and professional development.
  • Holds regular meetings with direct reports to drive accountability.
  • Evaluates staff in alignment with school expectations and in the interest of growth.
  • Models the school values required to develop and support scholars; flexible, self-reflective and growth-oriented.
  • Effectively manages time to prioritize work in service of scholar achievement.
  • Manages change, understanding the implications and adjusting leadership voice and behavior accordingly.
  • Values and effectively manages a diverse team.
  • Serves as a key member of the campus hiring team, ensuring a highly qualified, mission-aligned staff.
  • Direct management of school culture team, and other staff and activities as assigned.
  • Creates a shared understanding of the Chavez Values, Mission and Vision and how those beliefs manifest themselves in every school day.  

Supporting Scholars and Families

  • Regularly communicates and engages with families.
  • Ensures communication systems engage parents in understanding scholar performance, goals, and growth.
  • Coaches all direct reports to ensure positive relationships with families that communicate care and high expectations for every scholar.
  • Works to ensure strong parent engagement function.
  • Represents the school at community events.
  • Ensures strong data collection and follow-up for all student interventions.
  • Participates in student support team or similar, leading behavioral response and intervention.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Creative and inspiring educator with adult leadership experience, high energy, excellent organizational skills and a talent for creating a warm and supportive environment for all scholars.
  • Minimum of 2 years of teacher leadership in an urban community.
  • Minimum of 4 years’ demonstrated success as an effective classroom teacher as evidenced by teacher and scholar growth and achievement data as well as personal performance data.
  • Solid understanding of the developmental and social nuances of children in grades 6-12.
  • Demonstrated success using data to drive programming.
  • Believes that all scholars can achieve at the highest levels with no excuses.
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making.
  • Is a strategic thinker and proactive problem-solver.
  • Exemplifies the highest ethical standards.
  • Works independently with little direct supervision and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work productively with diverse populations, teachers, parents, board members, and community members, including demonstrated expertise in building and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Citizenship, residency of work VISA in United States required.


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ADA SPECIFICATIONS: This position will be based at the Chavez Parkside campus.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move about the building.  In addition, travel to other sites could be required, frequency to depend on the needs of the school and position.  The employee is regularly required to speak audibly, see, listen actively, and use hands to handle objects while performing the duties of this job.  This position requires the ability to use standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and filing cabinets. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
AAP/EEO Statement: Chavez Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Chavez Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 
Disclaimer: This job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice. 

Chavez Schools expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Chavez Schools’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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