2018-19 Dean of Students, Elementary School

Location: FirstLine Network


FirstLine Schools:  DEAN OF STUDENTS

Creating and inspiring great open admissions public schools in New Orleans


About FirstLine Schools


In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans. FirstLine now operates four K-8th grade schools and a high school.   Our mission is to create and inspire great open admissions public schools in New Orleans. We do this by:


  • Ensuring college and career readiness for all students, as demonstrated by achievement, aspiration, love of learning, and confidence

  • Providing a rich variety of education experiences to nurture our students’ character, health, and active citizenship

  • Developing the skillfulness of our team members

  • Building a sustainable organization that facilitates our long-term success


Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers.  Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.


Position Summary:


The Dean of Students is responsible for leading efforts to develop and sustain a school culture and learning environment in which all students are on track to possess college readiness skills by the time they graduate from high school.  Specifically, the Dean of Students will drive the development and/or management of school culture. They will:


  • Ensure the safety of all students and adults in the school;

  • Create and maintain a calm, orderly, and aspirational classroom and building environment that preserves the sanctity of teaching and learning;

  • Develop and implement behavior management and positive incentive systems and practices which support students and allows staff to maximize their teaching and learning.


Position Responsibilities:


School Safety

  • Works with the school director, assistant principal, and operations manager to ensure building and grounds are free of potential hazards

  • Ensures students are properly supervised at all times

  • Monitors cafeteria and playground for a safe, calm positive culture

  • Investigates student incidents and determines next steps for student safety and consequences

  • Supports the school crisis intervention head and serves as team member; assists in the development of the school’s crisis plan

Behavior Management Systems


  • Following the directives of the school director, principal, and assistant principal, develops and manages behavior management systems, plans, and practices to support student learning

  • Facilitates on-going revisions of the discipline system using data

  • Handles daily low-level discipline issues with the aim of freeing up school leaders

  • Leads on behavior management implementation—on-going coordination, tracking, follow through, ensuring consequences are served

  • Communicates with parents about discipline issues; works with parents as partners on behavior issues

  • Oversees and ensures focused, orderly detention and ISI/ISS

  • Supervises other culture team staff members (detention monitors, ISI/ISS coordinator, Assistant Deans); works closely with behavior interventionist

  • Manages student discipline report and records, including transportation discipline and reports

  • Enters, tracks and analyzes behavior data on a regular basis; generates reports for weekly behavior meetings and for school leadership teams

  • Investigates serious disciple incidents; recommends consequences (need principal or school director for final sign off; completes necessary paperwork; communicates with parents; enters and tracks data; follow-up communication with parents and teachers;

  • Under the direction of the school director, manages suspension process and reporting in collaboration with the Special Education, RTI, and 504 coordinators

  • Collaborates with the RTI coordinator to ensure proper interventions are developed, implemented with fidelity, and tracked

  • Leads/co-leads weekly behavior meetings with RTI Coordinator, SpEd Coordinator and Social Worker to review behavior data, track progress of students,  determine need for interventions, support RTI Coordinator with oversight and monitoring of behavior plans


School Culture and Environment

  • Supports the school director, principal, and assistant principals in the development and management of the School Cultural Blueprint

  • Supports the school director, principal, and assistant principals in training students and teachers on school’s behavior management system and positive incentive systems

  • Observes and provides feedback to teachers around culture and behavior; provides continuous support to teachers on developing positive, effective relationships with students and to developing  classroom management skills

  • Provides continuous counseling and coaching to students ; facilitates relationship development between students and teachers

  • Builds positive parent relationships; works with parents on how to best support their child; conducts home visits when necessary

  • Conducts regular classroom walk throughs  and uses the walk through data to coach teachers on improving classroom culture

  • Conducts monthly/quarterly school culture walk throughs  for the entire school and building

  • Facilitates the process of micro-scripting routines and procedures: arrival, dismissal, cafeteria, transition, etc.

  • Establishes and manages calm, orderly transitions at the beginning of the school year; by mid-year, reinforce calm, orderly transitions

  • Leads on transportation protocols: manages student behavior, provides bus driver training; communicates with parents re: bus discipline incidents; supports general practices and routines around bus culture

  • Ensures the physical environment and branding is of high quality; bulletin boards, walls, displays, etc.


Aspirational Culture

  • Coordinates positive incentive system (may lead on design); ensures consistent tracking system; supports teachers to develop classroom-based positive rewards; provides quality assurance with teachers to ensure quality and consistency

  • Develops, leads and/or supports school culture activities (school dependent) such as: assemblies, Friday Experiences, Grade Level Experiences, Advisory, Special events such as dances, honor roll assemblies, etc.

Additional Responsibilities May Include:

  • Supporting or facilitating the design of new student and mid-year student induction

  • Supporting or leading on new school year orientation; facilitating the design and quality assurance

  • In some cases, as directed by school leaders:

  • Recommends and provides behavior interventions for students

Other duties as assigned

Education & Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree (preferred)

  • Experience teaching in an urban, open admissions school (preferred)

  • 1-2 years leadership in an urban, open admissions school

  • Experience working with and a commitment to high needs students and families

  • Demonstrated record of setting high expectations for student behavior and school culture

  • Demonstrated record of disciplining students in a positive, productive manner

  • Demonstrated record of developing and managing systems effectively

  • Demonstrated record of supporting and managing adults

  • Strong organizational and record keeping skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Proficient in student information system such as SchoolRunner preferred


Desired Qualities & Characteristics:


  • Believe in every student’s ability to achieve in a rigorous college or career prep curriculum

  • Achieve results based on agreed-upon expectations

  • Take personal responsibility

  • Highly detail-oriented

  • Collaborate effectively with a range of stakeholders

  • Share a commitment to creating great schools in New Orleans

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Model the FirstLine values of Service, Learning, Collaboration and Results


Physical Requirements:


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit, walk, stand, talk, and hear.

  • Light lifting of equipment may be required (up to 20 lbs.)


DEAN OF STUDENTS reports to: School Director/Principal


How to Apply : Please apply online via: http://www.firstlineschools.org/careers


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. FirstLine Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package with a generous 403b plan.


FirstLine Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


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