Dean of Culture 21/22 SY

Detroit, MI

Why U Prep schools? 

Families send their children to UPREP, one of Detroit's oldest and most prestigious charter school systems, because they recognize education is a tool in shaping and changing lives and value the culturally responsive curriculum and learning environments that set our scholars on a path to college and meaningful careers, fulfillment, and becoming positive change agents in their communities. The U Prep school district is home to ten K-12 schools with focused paths of College Prep, Art & Design, and STEM. We are one of the largest and longest public charter networks in Detroit – operating for over 20 years. We have alumni making a difference in the city, region, and beyond. Our mission is to prepare students for success in life. U Prep Schools is committed to making a difference in the life of scholars. We continually seek out talented individuals to join the U Prep Crew and partner with us in supporting our educators and scholars as we all deliver on our mission. Read on if you are interested in being a part of this important work! 

Summary:

Deans of Culture hold leadership positions within each school, and must share their colleagues’ commitment to achieving the mission of the school. They must possess an unrelenting drive to change lives, make a difference, transfer knowledge, and create opportunity. Deans of Culture will work in a highly visible leadership capacity in order to effectively manage school staff and demonstrate the ability to build and maintain a supportive, productive, and enriching school culture. Deans of Culture will play an instrumental role in establishing expectations that promote and reinforce positive student behavior, as well as create systems that leverage the restorative approach to discipline in order to address instances of harm within the community. The Dean will maintain consistent and constructive communication with students, staff, and families in order to ensure that school culture norms and expectations are clearly defined, effectively communicated, and proactively reinforced. Deans will serve as the school’s Master of Ritual, Systems Architect, and Director of Fun.

Desired Competencies:

  •  Integrity and a demonstrated commitment to UPrep Schools' Core Values, Mission, and Purpose;
  • Highly-developed organizationa and time managment 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; 

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher preferred
  • A minimum of two to five years of expereince teaching

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and oversee a subset of school staff and will hold specifically defined roles within the leadership structure;
  • Establish and maintain a positive school culture that promotes good character, academic mindset, and celebrates student achievement;
  • Implement and monitor school-wide routines, procedures, and discipline systems, and respond appropriately to school culture trends;
  • Support and monitor the socio-emotional behavioral progress of students;
  • Support staff’s capacity as culturally responsive educators, and monitor their use of restorative practices;
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with students, staff and families
  • Respond to common inquiries from students, staff and families, problem solve and communicate effectively;
  • Support teachers and other school staff with the planning, implementation and facilitation of Crew;
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws;
  • Assist the Principal with interviews, hiring, and training of staff;
  • Observing and evaluating, rewarding and disciplining staff


Detroit 9090 is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination of any kind. All employment decisions with Detroit 9090 are based on district needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.