Jun 07, 2019

Dean, Elementary School 19-20 (Meridian Public Charter School)

  • TenSquare
  • Meridian Public Charter School, 13th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description

Meridian is a PreK-8th grade school located in Washington, DC’s vibrant U Street Corridor. Our 650+ students are a diverse mix of African-American, Latino, Asian, African, and White students. Almost 30% of our students are English language learners, and we have one of the largest Hispanic populations in DC charter schools. Meridian is committed to serving our local community, and one-third of our students live within a half mile of the school. We are also proud of the fact that Meridian is a school of choice for parents— all eight wards of the city are represented among our student population.

Meridian’s strengths include a beautiful main campus, with nearby outdoor and recreational grounds; state of the art technology for students and teachers; updated and aligned curricula; an academic program laser-focused on student growth, achievement, and social-emotional development; extensive professional development and support for teachers and leaders; and a school culture grounded in student achievement and support.

In 2015, Meridian launched a comprehensive and intensive school improvement initiative. Since then, the school has seen steady, sustained gains in student learning and achievement including:

  • A 17.6 point gain to a 59.4 on the DC Public Charter School Board’s 100-point Performance Management Framework (PMF). This increase is the among the highest PMF score increase during this two-year period for all PS-8 charter schools. Now, Meridian is on the cusp of becoming a Tier 1 school. 
  • Two out of three students at Meridian improved their math and reading scores faster than their peers across the District of Columbia and nationally.

Join us as we continue to take Meridian from good to great! For additional information about Meridian visit mpcs-dc.org

The Elementary School Dean works alongside school leaders, classroom teachers, students, and parents to lead student culture across all grade levels. The Dean provides direct student and teacher support and serves as the primary contact for families for all issues related to student culture, rewards, and discipline. The Dean ensures students are motivated in a positive direction helping them become academically, socially, and emotionally successful at Meridian. 

Specific responsibilities for the Elementary School Dean include but are not limited to:  

  • Serve as primary lead for building staff, administrators, students and parents in working with students, creating a positive school climate, and helping students develop a positive sense of self.
  • Develop and manage positive behavior support systems and collaborate with school administration, teachers and families to implement them.
  • Develop and manage all positive incentives and recognitions (grade specific and school-wide) including honor roll, student of the month, and awards ceremonies. 
  • Develop, manage, maintain, and track individual student support plans to support students in meeting individual student culture goals including rewards, attendance, and truancy. 
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and implement disciplinary intervention steps, including PBIS, suspension, and community-wide processes.
  • Consistently communicate with families on academic and behavior related issues and document these communications.
  • Support the student referral system through Student Support Team (SST) participation and the IEP process by providing timely feedback, participating in meetings, and coordinating support documentation.
  • Lead assigned professional development for teachers pertaining to student culture.
  • Advise parents and/or legal guardians of student progress and achievement, and develop methods for improvement and/or reinforcing classroom goals in the home environment.
  • Foster student leadership, efficacy, and stewardship.

Safety and Security

  • Provide a safe and positive learning environment by actively monitoring students in a variety of educational environments, develop school safety protocols, respond to emergency situations, and resolve immediate safety concerns.
  • Devise, monitor, and manage all student supervision plans; provide student supervision for student check-in, breakfast, lunch, dismissal and school-wide events.
  • Support the school-wide emergency preparedness team meetings and implementation efforts.

Systems and Operations

  • Ensuring Meridian meets all goals and compliance requirements concerning student culture goals, family events, and attendance.
  • Collect, enter, and manage student conduct data including merits, demerits, suspensions, and expulsions.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate student records as required by the school, and submit such records for both internal and external compliance by established deadlines.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by school administration.

Ideal candidates will have the following education and experience:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college required; graduate degree in education or counseling preferred. 
  • At least five years of experience in a school setting as a teacher, instructional coach, counselor, dean, or school leader.
  • A proven track record of reaching successfully student outcomes in prior roles. 

Do you embody a love of learning? Do you believe in the importance of educating the whole child? Do you want to help Meridian continue to grow from good to great?

Apply today to the Elementary School Dean position! NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, veteran’s status, or any other factor, which would constitute a violation of the D.C. Human Rights Act or other applicable laws or court order.

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