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Job Title: Dean of Students
Company Name: KIPP Public Charter Schools
Location: St. Louis, MO
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 02/20/2018
Expire Date: 03/22/2018
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Job Description
Dean of Students
About KIPP St. Louis
KIPP St. Louis is a growing network of free, open-enrollment, public charter schools offering a choice to families and a college-preparatory education to children in St. Louis city . Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for education reform by establishing and supporting a world class network of public schools that develop in all of our students the knowledge, skills, character, and pursuit of excellence necessary to succeed in high quality high schools and colleges and the world beyond. 

KIPP St. Louis currently serves 1,600 students and at full growth, we will serve nearly 3,000 students and hundreds alumni. Today, our St. Louis network is comprised of two middle schools, two elementary schools, and a high school:
  • KIPP Inspire Academy, founded in 2009
  • KIPP Victory Academy, founded in 2014
  • KIPP Triumph Academy, founded in 2015
  • KIPP Wisdom Academy, founded in 2015
  • KIPP St. Louis High School, founded in 2017
Position Overview
The Dean of Students is responsible for setting a powerful cultural vision for students based on KIPP’s philosophy and Five Pillars and for motivating others to follow that vision.  S/he must strategically implement the school’s mission through effective leadership and management of the school’s students and staff.  The Dean of Students’ leadership will result in a cultural program and school environment that prepares every student for success in college and in life. The Dean of Students is a full time, exempt position operating out of a KIPP St. Louis school and reporting to the School Leader.

KIPP St. Louis teachers and school-based staff are on duty in school Monday through Friday from roughly 7:00am to 5:15 pm (hours may vary by school and role). Though they face demanding schedules, KIPP St. Louis teachers and staff are strongly supported by experienced and dedicated leadership. KIPP St. Louis students have an extended school day and school year, and occasional Saturday School. This extra time allows KIPP St. Louis to develop innovative and highly effective instruction for all of our students. At KIPP St. Louis, we value college starting from kindergarten to keep it top of mind as they continue to grow as scholars. 

Position type: Full time, exempt                                                                        

What you will do…
  • The Dean of Students leads, manages and oversees all functions of the discipline program including the following duties:
  • General Duties...
  • Set and enforce standards for school culture, including behavior, performance, and attendance
  • Foster a school climate that supports the school’s mission statement; promotes respect and appreciation for all  students, staff and parents
  • Monitor progress of self, school, and staff on dashboards and Individual Development Plans as it relates to school culture
  • Build effective relationships among teachers, parents, and the community to improve school culture
  • Serve as school’s spokesperson around culture and discipline 
  • Exhibit a high degree of professionalism in all elements of this position, while serving as a contributing member of the school team and a dedicated role model for other employees.
School Culture
  • Oversee any and all disciplinary actions
  • Based on data and programs that have proven results, develop a vision for supervising, managing, and implementing a discipline program
  • Manage, evaluate and develop team of teachers focusing on all issues related to discipline, class management, behavior, and school culture to ensure alignment of staff to discipline vision, then provide support and professional development as necessary
  • Implement supportive structures for struggling students, aligned with the discipline vision to ensure student success in meeting school expectations
  • Keep current with successful discipline methodologies and practices
  • Provide professional development opportunities for all staff around culture, including 1:1 intervention, classroom management coaching, and weekly Culture Huddles
  • Be a physical presence during transitions, lunch and times when students are not in class
  • Consistently provides feedback to teachers around performance and meets with them to discuss their progress around issues of school culture
  • Assists School Leader in creating and maintaining the Student/Parent Handbook and Teacher Handbook
  • Work with teachers, school counselor(s), and students who have behavior and disciplinary issues and coordinate teacher referrals
  • Refers students to health services, counseling or psychological services, and CPS when necessary
  • Supervise and coordinate school activities; assigns or provides coverage for out-of-school events such as, school dances, carnival, Saturday School, etc.
  • Collaborate with grade level chairs in planning field and end-of-year trips
  • Assists School Leader in recruiting, selecting, hiring, and managing all staff
  • Oversees the Character Education Report Card for all students
  • Manages the School Social Worker, Special Education Teacher, and School nurse
  • Actively participate as a member of the Administrative Team
  • Attends weekly 1:1s with School Leader
  • Meets with Grade-Level Chairs weekly or bi-monthly and is familiar with student issues, behavior, and concerns
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the School Leader
What you should have...
  • BS/BA degree (required), Master's degree in Psychology/Counseling (preferred)
  • Experience serving in a school leadership role
  • At least two years of teaching experience demonstrating excellent classroom management skills
  • Experience working with students with diverse backgrounds and needs
  • Experience and general understanding of educational administration
  • Training in behavioral management techniques
  • Experience and/or training with restorative practices
  • Experience serving as a Dean of Students or other administrative role
At KIPP St. Louis we take care of our employees. We provide competitive salaries, and a full slate of benefits including $0 deductible medical coverage, dental, vision, and, life insurance, short term disability and an optional 403b as a supplement to our retirement pension program. Perks include a laptop computer, eligibility for yearly performance-based bonuses, and a plethora of professional development opportunities. Benefits are subject to change year to year.

KIPP St. Louis is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment at our school. KIPP St. Louis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
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