Feb 14, 2020

High School Dean of Students

  • KIPP Texas
  • Dallas, TX
Full-time School Leadership

Job Description

KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools

Dallas, TX
Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate

Organization: KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools
Preferred Locations:


Job Title: Dean of Students
FLSA Status: Exempt
Position Reports To: School Leader

Our Team & Family
KIPP Texas - Dallas-Fort Worth is a growing network of free, college-preparatory public charter schools that prepare students for success in college and in life. Outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains. For more than 15 years, KIPP Texas - Dallas-Fort Worth has been redefining what is possible in public education.

KIPP Texas Public Schools is a statewide network of 52 public charter schools across Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio educating over 27,700 students, covering a geographic footprint of over 400 square miles, and are among the 50 largest school districts in the state.

KIPP Texas Public Schools is part of the national KIPP network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 224 KIPP schools in 29 regions of the United States serving nearly 100,000 students

Position Overview
Through a deep rooted belief and commitment to our school vision and values, Dean of Students' are responsible for developing and implementing programs to remediate behavioral and social challenges for students, serve as a support to school personnel and parents, assist in the development and implementation of behavior intervention plans/services for eligible students. The Dean of Students is responsible for setting a powerful cultural vision for students and for motivating others to follow that vision. S/he must strategically implement the school's vision through effective leadership and management of the school's students and staff. The Dean of Students' leadership will result in a cultural program and school environment that prepares every student for success in college and in life.

Duties and Responsibilities
• The Dean of Students works closely with the School Leader to establish a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and creative school culture
• The Dean of Students supports teachers to hold all students to high and consistent behavioral expectations
• The Dean of Students serves as the point person for dealing with behavioral crisis-intervention and acute behavioral issues
• The Dean of Students acts as a resource for teachers in their instructional practice, especially as it relates to issues of discipline relationships with students, classroom management, and school culture
• The Dean of Students assists teachers, students, and parents in the effective creation and implementation of individual behavior plans
• The Dean of Students leads staff efforts to ensure all students have excellent attendance and arrive at school on time, and works aggressively with students and parents to ensure excellent attendance
• The Dean of Students helps to reinforce the effective use of a school-wide behavior plan, including managing the school's demerit and rubric systems
• The Dean of Students serves as the point person for discipline/culture issues
• The Dean of Students ensures that the physical environment of the school reinforces school culture and facilitates student achievement
• The Dean of Students is highly present and visible during school hours, relentlessly ensuring the school has an exceptional school culture
• The Dean of Students proactively circulates throughout classrooms and hallways during the day, to gain valuable context on student behavior and help support positive school culture monitoring behavioral pull-out and in-school suspensions
• The Dean of Students models the school's values and the standard for professional behavior
• The Dean of Students coordinates student apologies and school culture messages at Community Meeting
• The Dean of Students supervises breakfast, lunch, in-between class transitions, enrichment, and dismissal, making sure students are always where they are supposed to be and ensuring a professional school culture at these times
• The Dean of Students manages afterschool detention
• The Dean of Students keeps accurate student discipline records, documenting all conferences, suspensions, and phone calls for behavior
• The Dean of Students tracks behavior on the school bus, ensuring students are exemplary bus riders to and from school
• The Dean of Students ensures that behavioral expectations and school culture standards are met outside of the classroom as well as inside, including establishing and monitoring bus behavior/culture as well as cafeteria/meal time behavior and culture

  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • 3-5 years of teaching experience required
  • Demonstrated success in raising the achievement levels of traditionally under-served students preferred
  • Strong track record of results and leadership in a school setting.
  • Experience in analyzing student data and using data to inform instruction.
  • Ability to multi-task and work within an ambiguous, fast-moving, start-up environment, while driving toward clarity and solutions.
  • Extreme flexibility, with a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate high levels of responsibility and multiple priorities.
  • Unwavering commitment to the KIPP Texas mission, students, families and community
  • Desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a professional; offer and receive constructive feedback
  • Willingness to be flexible and to go above and beyond to meet the needs of students
  • Proficient in Google Docs/Sheets
  • Comfort in manipulating data in excel to generate reports
  • Strong communication skills with both students and adults
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred

Work Schedule
  • Weekday hours are from 7:00am to 5:00pm
  • Professional Development: 3 ½ weeks from mid-July through mid-August
  • This position will operate on the KIPP Texas-DFW academic calendar.

Salary for this position is competitive and dependent upon prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Physical Demands
The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Long periods of standing and sitting and have the ability to lift items up to 25lbs. is required.
  • Requires normal/corrected vision and hearing.
  • Position will require travel.
  • Periodic participation in activities to support the KIPP Team and Family is required.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Position will have periods of extended work week hours, which is required to support both the ongoing development of the region and the delivery of high quality education for all students.

General Sign-off
The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies. Duties may be changed at the discretion of KIPP Texas-DFW at any time.

Statement of Non-Discrimination
KIPP Texas: Dallas-Fort Worth is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Texas-DFW does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

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