Dean of Student Culture - Lower School

Neighborhood House Charter School

Seeking a dynamic, caring person to serve as a member of the Lower School in creating a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for our students.

Job Title:  Dean of Student Culture - Lower School
Department: Lower School
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Lower School Principal
Date: 8/14/2019

JOB OVERVIEW
 
The Dean of Student Culture serves as a key team member in the creation, implementation and maintenance of a positive, safe, inclusive and supportive school culture, including behavior and student activities. By implementing a continuum of positive behavior support for all lower school students in classroom and non-classroom settings (hallways, lunchroom, bathrooms, etc.), the Dean of Student Culture will help enhance the capacity of the school community by improving the connection between positive practices and teaching and learning.   

ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE CHARTER SCHOOL

Neighborhood House Charter School was founded over 20 years ago with a mandate to both provide a better education for Boston’s low-income families and to incubate the best in teaching and learning practices. Serving nearly 500 children from Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods, we have become one of the most sought-after public schools in the City. The 70 percent low-income, 80 percent minority families we serve truly reflect the diversity of Boston. In keeping with our commitment to provide a better education option for Boston schoolchildren, we will open a Neighborhood House Charter School high school in the fall of 2017. We are uniquely positioned to understand the challenges facing Boston students as they move into high school, and we are both honored and excited to be able to offer a high school that will address these challenges and give families a new, distinctive option.
 
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 
Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Help to build and maintain a positive school culture 
  • Support students in the development of social emotional skills that increase intra-personal understanding and self-regulation
  • Assist and support teachers with problem solving as it relates to disruptive behaviors, process with students, staff and parents and keep accurate records
  • Motivate students in a positive direction which will help students to increase individual decision making responsibilities
  • Administer disciplinary procedures in accordance with district policies
  • Maintain accurate data regarding behavior occurrences, responses to infractions, and all communications surrounding behavioral incidences
  • Monitor students during transitions and lunch.
  • Plan and supervise school and community events such as dances, town meetings, or other celebrations
  • Perform other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
  •  Bachelor’s degree
  • Three to five years working with similar school student population as a Dean, teacher, or in another role preferred.  

In addition, we require the following from all of our staff:
  • Unshakable belief that every child can be successful, no matter his or her background;
  • Belief in two messages, simultaneously, in balance: “We love you” and “We have the highest expectations of you – and you can and will meet them;”
  • Ability to articulate a clear vision, set appropriate goals, and develop a strong framework for implementation and accountability;
  • Strong team leader, capable of inspiring and motivating teachers and other school professionals;
  • Belief that teachers and other professionals must learn and influence social/emotional strengths of all children in and out of the classroom;
  • Desire to continually reflect and grow through professional development peer feedback and observation;
  • Belief in a school community where students, families, teachers and school leaders demonstrate accountability, flexibility, humor, effort, responsibility, respect and hope.
  • A passionate commitment to urban education and the belief that education and hard work are the keys to life success;
  • Belief that problems are hurdles, not roadblocks, and that there is a solution if a student is willing to work harder, smarter, and more creatively;

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • Stand and sit for sustained periods of time
  • See and read a computer screen and printed materials with our without vision aids
  • Move about the school, including ascending and descending stairs, to bring students from one place to another
  • Hear and understand speech at normal classroom levels, outdoors and on the telephone
  • Focus on one source of sound and not another
  • Speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in normal classroom settings, outdoors and on the telephone
  • Frequent repetitive motion with hands, wrists, arms and shoulders. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; stoop; sit on floor; bend; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Duties are normally performed in a school/classroom environment. Duties may be occasionally performed on field trips away from school. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
 
TO APPLY
We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse staff. Please submit a resume and a compelling letter of interest using the provided link. Thank you for your interest in our school.
 
Neighborhood House Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.  It is our policy to provide equal opportunity for all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, age, disability, marital status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.  Further, any form of discrimination or harassment related to these factors is expressly prohibited.