Maya Angelou Public Charter High School: Dean of Students (2014-2015)

The Organization

Since it began operating in 1997, the See Forever Foundation’s mission has been to create learning communities in lower income urban areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in traditional schools, can succeed academically and socially. The Foundation operates the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools in DC, as well as the Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings’ secure facility for committed youth in Laurel, MD. Our students develop the academic, social, and employment skills they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change.

If you are interested in learning more about See Forever, please visit our website at www.seeforever.org.

Position Overview

Maya Angelou Public Charter High School is seeking a Dean of Students for the 2014-2015 school year. Maya Angelou Schools and See Forever Foundation operate three campuses serving students in 9th through 12th grades (high school diploma and/or GED) and are accepting applications for our high school campus.

Responsibilities:

The Maya Angelou Public Charter School is looking for a dedicated, experienced leader to assume the role of Dean of Students. The Dean of Students will have multiple responsibilities, including to:

  • Work collaboratively with staff and students to ensure that school rules and behavioral expectations are appropriate given the social, emotional, and cultural experiences of our students, with particular consideration given to their experiences as (predominantly) African American youth.
  • Work with teachers and counselors to develop consistent behavior management practices that reflect MAPCS values, draw from a strengths-based approach, and aptly meet with our students’ socio-emotional and academic developmental needs
  • Instill in students a sense of responsibility by using youth/adult partnerships to develop and share clear rules and provide daily opportunities for success
  • Collaborate with SEL Department and youth development counselors to create and maintain research-based behavioral interventions and train faculty and staff in those interventions (peer mediation, restorative justice, etc.).
  • Serve as a resource to staff on student management issues.
  • Develop our student leadership team and student government so that they become a more active, fluid voice for students
  • Support the growth of student activities and student civic engagement to support student awareness, learning, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Collaborate with our SEL department, school principal, and teachers to identify students with emotional and behavioral norms that will require tailored behavioral plans; assume responsibility for developing these plans with the appropriate staff, student, and caregiver, and then ensure timely and accurate follow-through on the agreements.
  • Confer with students and administer appropriate consequences for disciplinary infractions.
  • Manage documentation for all caregivers and students (as well as court- or other agency-related) correspondence regarding suspensions, expulsions, and specialized behavioral guidelines.
  • Assume responsibility for accurate and timely reporting of data necessary for our performance and student accountability system so that data can be used to facilitate real-time intervention when students are not reaching their potential
  • Compile, analyze, and share student discipline data regularly and use that data to make decisions
  • Participate as a voting member of the school discipline team, and assume responsibility for all team correspondence with the student body and staff
  • Develop crisis management protocols (responding to student fights, student threats, student illnesses, as well as fire or similar school emergencies) and school safety plans.
  • Serve as primary school liaison with neighbors, the nearby community, and the police.
  • Supervise, assist, and encourage the work of the Youth Development Counselors to form a cohesive student success team
  • Oversee the work of the ISS Center and ensure that the Center operates fully and successfully.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; a valid teaching, school counseling or school administrative license preferred.
  • Teaching and/or leadership experience in an urban school setting or youth-based program demonstrating use and successful implementation of behavior management strategies
  • Experience working directly with urban teens in a school-based (or similar) setting, as a teacher or counselor
  • Experience or training in social work or counseling, with a focus on urban youth
  • A exceptional commitment to helping lower-income, minority teens reach their academic, social, and emotional potential
  • Worked with a diverse constituency, including parents and community leaders
  • Excellent organizational skills, including strong writing skills and familiarity with basic computer software including MS Word and MS Excel

Competencies:

  • Honesty & Integrity: Does not cut corners ethically. Earns trust and maintains confidence. Does what is right, not just what is politically expedient. Speaks plainly and truthfully.
  • Persistence: Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  • Analytical skills: able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it; exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights
  • Strategic thinking/visioning: Able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way; determines opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends
  • Flexibility/adaptability: Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions; copes effectively with complexity and change
  • Enthusiasm: Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Has can do attitude.

Salary and Benefits

Our teaching salaries for the 2014-2015 school year will match those of District of Columbia Public Schools and other leaders in teacher compensation in the DC area. We also offer relocation funds in some cases. In addition, See Forever offers a robust benefits plan, including health care coverage, a 403(b) retirement savings plan, and the opportunity to positively impact students with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for a teaching position, please submit your resume and contact information for three references here: Dean of Students at Maya Angelou Public Charter School. Resumes and references should be in MS Word or PDF.

See Forever is an equal opportunity employer. We believe a diverse staff is a better, more effective staff. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Washington, District of Columbia
2014-08-11
See Forever Foundation
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5600 East Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC, 20019, US


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