Overview The Director of Student Culture & Support is a full-time position primarily charged with ensuring that Noble 1) meets legal compliance around its discipline & cultural practices, 2) is consistently implementing internal handbook policy, and 3) is continuously improving its overall culture, equity in discipline outcomes, and student retention across all campuses in the Network. The DSCS reports directly to the Chief Academic Officer.
Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,400 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are students of color, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives.
Key Roles and Responsibilities Ensure General Compliance & Quality
Work closely with the Campus Accountability Officer, conducting ~20% of the campus school audits
Regularly monitor culture-based data (student retention, demerits, suspensions, expulsions, etc), identifying areas of strengths and focusing campus and Network leadership’s attention and resources on areas of greatest concern/need, paying particular attention to issues of equity.
Troubleshoot around possible areas of concern (Network-wide or campus-specific) regarding any discipline and culture issues, including paperwork and processes around expulsion and suspensions. This includes serving as the hearing officer for the suspension appeal process and conducting a monthly suspension audit process that assesses the quality and compliance of network wide discipline practices.
Work closely with the Director of Student Services and legal to ensure all campuses are in compliance with their culture and discipline-based interactions and paperwork with students with IEPs, 504s, and ELL status.
Serve as Noble’s single point person with both internal and external parties around discipline and culture, ensuring internal consistency in messaging and practice. This involves maintaining relationships with local and state agencies that regulate Network compliance—and working closely with Noble legal to understand and determine Noble minimums—and keep relevant campus and Network personnel current of all federal, state, and local regulations concerning discipline.
Facilitate the Development and Sharing of Discipline/Culture Best Practice
Maintain an open and healthy dialogue with campus principals, Deans of Discipline/Culture, and other key personnel (including relevant NST personnel) to ensure the ongoing investigation, documentation, and sharing of best practices in terms of discipline, culture, equity, and student retention.
Facilitate Network-wide Dean of Discipline/Culture meetings (August Onboarding, Network Collaboration, etc.) to provide resources to staff about shared issues, policies, procedures, and best practices. Build a supportive and inclusive community within this group—improving the communication, sharing, and overall growth amongst its members.
Serve as an ongoing resource for campus administration (Deans of Discipline/Culture, Principals, etc.) and manage appropriate knowledge management systems (Google site, etc.)—fielding and investigating questions they have regarding their discipline & culture, providing information around best practices to help inform campus decision-making, and tracking their resolution of challenging issues.
Foster strategic initiatives, through collaboration, working groups and committees, that grow the network’s capacity for restorative practices, equitable discipline outcomes, character development, and, ultimately, student retention. This includes, but is not limited to, overseeing and/or supporting the launching of key initiatives tied to Noble’s 2019 Student Retention Steering Committee work (e.g. summer restorative programs, increased SEL supports, improved MTSS/SoC systems)
Ideal Candidate Traits
A deep-rooted passion for Noble’s mission and work in Chicago
An exemplary embodiment of Noble’s core values of results, respect, follow-through, diversity, equity & inclusion, humility and self-awareness
Alignment with Noble’s approach to high expectations and high support of students
A proactive self-starter with the ability to multitask, establish and rearrange priorities, and maintain focus
Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of constituents
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Compensation Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. A comprehensive compensation plan will include a bonus incentive and a competitive benefits package.
Application Process Please be prepared to submit a resume and at least 5 references. Please direct inquiries about this role to: [email protected]
Statement of Non Discrimination
At Noble, our mission is to be a catalyst for educational equity in the city of Chicago that empowers students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives. We know that we only fulfill this mission if we are the best place for a diverse mix of driven, reflective, and innovative educators to come, stay, and do their best work nurturing college-ready students. That is why Noble is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic or classification protected by law.