Jun 05, 2019

Dean of Culture and Behavioral Supports

  • https://www.theprimaryschool.org/
  • East Palo Alto, CA, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description


The Dean of Behavior and Culture will lead the development and maintenance of a strong and safe culture across the school, and consistent and supportive of practice across tiers of support.  The Dean will work closely with the school leadership team, classroom teachers, and student support staff to build a safe and inclusive school environment.

The Primary School embraces the Conscious Discipline approach which fosters safety and community and takes a proactive approach to developing strong socio-emotional skills.

The Dean will have the opportunity to leverage the unique model of The Primary School to build strong ties with and across the healthcare system and parent program in order to best support the socio-emotional and behavioral needs of children.


School culture and climate

  • Provide training and coaching across classrooms to ensure daily practice is supportive and fosters learning
  • Collaborate with school leaders to strengthen our school climate through structural (e.g., discipline policies) and cultural (e.g., community building events) initiatives

System of behavioral supports

  • Provide direct supervision and support to all behavioral staff
  • Conduct observations of staff and provide coaching to teachers as needed
  • Design and ensure implementation of behavioral support plans
  • Manage intervention cycles and ensure that all providers are monitoring student progress
  • Lead data reviews to determine which students will continue in Tier 2 intervention, which students will exit, and which students may require Tier 3 supports

Direct intervention

  • Provide some direct service to Tier 2 and 3 students (e.g., social skills groups, individual check-ins).

Behavioral response team

  • Oversee system to respond to emergency behavioral needs
  • Respond to and coordinate responses of other staff to unsafe student behaviors
  • Oversee the system to collect and analyze behavioral data
  • Lead the crisis team in analyzing behavioral data and designing/updating interventions to respond to emerging trends
  • Facilitate regular meeting with the crisis team to norm on their approach and review de-escalation and physical management techniques

Cross-team and family coordination

  • Collaborate with internal and external specialists to support children in school (e.g.. occupational therapy, speech therapy, and behavioral supports)
  • Build trusting and aligned relationships with families
  • Coordinate with parent coaches to build supportive behavior practices across school and home


  • Experience working with early elementary school students.
  • Experience developing and managing behavioral support plans inside and/or outside the classroom.
  • Ability to motivate and support adults to build consistent and supportive practices across classrooms.
  • A strong commitment to supporting the highest need students in succeeding at school.
  • A mindset and practice that is understanding of and responsive to trauma and asset based.
  • Experience  building deep and trusting relationships with families.
  • Management experience, and experience leading training and professional development.
  • A bonus if you are bilingual (Spanish speaking) and have worked with a diverse population of kids and families.
  • A flexible mindset and desire to jump in across programming wherever support is needed.


Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.

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