4354Job Opening: Dean, Achievement School, Memphis
- Apr 14, 2014ELEMENTARY DEAN
The Achievement School District (ASD) represents an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically expand transformational educational opportunities for students in Tennessee. By moving the bottom performing 5% of schools in the state straight to the top 25% in five years, Tennessee will prove that all students, regardless of where they grow up, can achieve at high levels. The ASD acts as both an authorizer of high-performing schools and as an independent school operator. For more information on the ASD’s mission, please visit www.achievementschooldistrict.org.
The Achievement Schools seek Elementary Deans who have a demonstrated track-record of elevating student achievement in urban schools.
The Dean is the instructional leader who works closely with the principal to manage, support, and guide teachers to strengthen instruction across the campus. The Dean assists the principal in ensuring that Achievement School teachers are highly effective and produce outstanding results. The Dean provides leadership on issues of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and staff development. He/she coaches teachers and builds relationships with all students and families to help create a positive and supportive community.
The Dean also holds primary responsibility for implementing school culture and discipline. The Dean collaborates with principals, teachers, parents, and volunteers to ensure that all students are successful in the academically rigorous setting. He/she will think critically about ways to solve disciplinary issues, including academic and non-academic issues, in order to ensure that students are getting the support they need to maintain high levels of performance.
The Dean will report directly to the Achievement School Principal.
More specifically, the Dean will:
• Provide leadership in the ongoing collection, improvement, and evaluation of curriculum, lesson, and unit plans.
• Work collaboratively with the Principal and Teacher Leaders to develop targeted growth plans for teachers.
• Intervene early and often to provide teachers with high quality instructional feedback and support.
• Prepare reports to disseminate to staff about student performance and work with teachers to set clear, measurable goals for students.
• Contribute toward a safe environment for learning, including ensuring that students conduct is maintained and discipline is enforced fairly and consistently.
• Coach and support teachers to improve their instructional practice, especially as it relates to issues of discipline, relationships with students, and school culture.
• Model high-quality instructional strategies in teachers’ classrooms and support teacher efforts to replicate those models
• Support teachers in upholding the school’s cultural norms
• Support teachers’ efforts to identify and reward positive student behaviors and provide appropriate consequences for negative student behaviors
• Model for and support grade-level chairs in the leadership of data team meetings, RTI meetings and more
• Support and hold teachers accountable for the established expectations and standards for excellent teaching in all content areas.
• Conduct pre- and post-observation conferences with oral and written feedback within one week of scheduled observation.
• Coach and aid teachers to improve their instructional practice, especially as it relates to issues of discipline, relationships with students, and school culture.
• Serve as liaison to parents and facilitate parent education and involvement, including reinforcing the need for parents to support the school’s policies and practices for student discipline, dress code, homework, and events.
• Implement and follow policies and procedures for student dress code, discipline and other policies related to maintaining a positive school culture of learning and achievement.
• Organize school events including open houses and parent conferences.
• Serve as a member of the school’s leadership team, helping to implement the strategy that drives towards school goals
• Assist Principal in designing and leading staff development.
• Work closely with the Principal and other members of the leadership team to develop a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and creative school culture.
• Be highly present and visible during school hours, relentlessly ensuring the school has a strong school culture.
• Manage student data and utilize it to improve the quality and scope of instruction.
• Supervise the consistent and fair administration of student conduct and discipline.
• Provide data-driven leadership, including managing the ongoing implementation of LiveSchool, the analysis of the data it provides, and implementing action plans based on the data.
• Facilitate data-driven faculty and staff development related to school culture and consistent enforcement of student discipline.
• Assist teachers, students, and parents in the effective creation and implementation of individual behavior plans.
Skills and Characteristics for Success
Dean candidates should demonstrate proven school leadership skills in urban classroom settings.
• BA/BS degree, graduate degree preferred.
• At least three years of exemplary teaching.
• Experience in administration and/or supervision.
• Previous instructional leadership experience.
• Knowledge of national, state, and local educational goals, objectives, and standards.
• Ability to evaluate instructional programs and teaching effectiveness.
• Knowledge of learning theory and curriculum development.
• Exhibited leadership in working with professional staff, students, and the community.
• Demonstrated success in encouraging parental and community involvement.
• Excellent communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work collaboratively with others.
• Ability to successfully lead and manage people.
• Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
• Skills in written and oral communication, planning, and organization.
• Ability to meet deadlines under pressure.
• Ability to analyze data in order to make improvement recommendations.
• A passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture.
• Demonstrate current knowledge, understanding, and skill in teaching strategies and the learning process.
• Flexible and able to multi-task within an ambiguous, fast-moving, entrepreneurial environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions.
The ASD offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience. An additional merit-based bonus can be earned due to excelling performance.
Ideal Start Date
We are currently hiring Deans for the 2014-2015 school-year.