Dean of Culture 19/20 SY

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Deans hold leadership positions within the schools and must share their colleagues’ commitment to achieving the mission of the school.  As a significant member of the leadership team and in close collaboration with the Principal, provide staff leadership on developing a strong, cohesive school culture: setting, communicating and enforcing a clear set of behavioral expectations; developing core formal and informal experiences which reinforce that intentional school culture. Manage the student database and related communication with school staff and families. They must possess an unrelenting drive to change lives, make a difference, transfer knowledge, and create opportunity. 


  • Medical coverage

  • 401(k) - up to 6% matching

  • Eight sick and four personal days

  • Year round staff earn 10 vacation days

  • Core Value bonuses

  • Career development

Desired Competencies:

•  Integrity and a demonstrated commitment to U Prep Schools’ Core Values, Mission, and Purpose;

•  Highly-developed organizational and time management skills;

•  Outstanding written and oral communication skills;

•  Aptitude to work effectively as a member of a team and independently;

•  Ability to set and monitor goals and readily learn new information;

•  Constant drive for improvement and;

•  Creative and independent problem solver.


•  Bachelor’s degree; Masters degree preferred

•  Experience in Community Engagement

•  Substantial experience in urban education

•  Experience in effective authentic instruction

•  Significant experience with working with families and students as partners in learning, and integration.

•  A minimum of two years of experience teaching K-12


The primary duties and areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following: 

• Creates and supports adherence to comprehensive school-wide culture standards including  responsive classroom and PBIS;  

• Participates as an active member of the leadership team;  

• Develops essential structures for tier 1, 2, and 3 interventions and ensures they are being  implemented with fidelity;  

• Collaborates with principal to coordinate weekly Community Circle gatherings to build community  and celebrate and provide a space to showcase student achievements;  

• Collects and monitors relevant data on student behavior and makes recommendations on  improvements to student code of conduct based on these data;  

• Supports crew leaders and teachers in promoting outstanding daily attendance and timely arrival  for all students;  

• Schedules and maintains records of all parent conferences and meetings, meets with parents and  teachers around student behavioral issues, and makes recommendations for interventions and  behavior modifications;  

• Observes staff and provides useful feedback for the purpose of elevating school culture; 

• Supports teachers in developing plans of action to support students and assists with  communicating theses plans with families;  

• Facilitates parent meetings throughout the year to engage them in the grade-level and  school-wide process of building cohesive school culture;  

• Participates as an active member of the Student Assessment Team and ensures that teachers  provide input to SAT to drive intelligent, data-based decisions;  

• Is visible and greets parents and students during arrival and dismissal; monitors orderly arrival,  dismissal, and transition times; and works with staff to implement specific strategies to ensure  orderly transitions;  

• Maintains a robust personal organization system that ensure all tasks are captured, prioritized,  and accomplished;  

• Uses data to determine priorities and plans each day and week to ensure that all steps are  satisfactorily completed; and,  

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Location: School Administration in Detroit, MI
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