JOB TITLE: Dean of Culture and Community
LOCATION: Yazoo City High School
SALARY: Assistant Principal Salary Schedule
WORKDAYS: 205 Days – 10 Month Employee
REPORT TO: Principal
FLSA STATUS: EXEMPT
The students of the Mississippi Achievement School District (mASD) need your talent, expertise, passion, and leadership.
We are seeking highly motivated and innovative practitioners to join our team at the mASD. We seek individuals who are radically relentless about re-envisioning the landscape of public education in Mississippi and making a significant difference in the lives of students, parents, school leaders, teachers, and central office employees.
Currently the mASD serves approximately 4100 students in Yazoo City and Humphreys County in the Mississippi Delta. As part of the state’s comprehensive transformation effort, the mASD seeks to become the model for sustainable school and district improvement in areas of the state that have experienced chronic and entrenched underperformance. Over time, the mASD intends to develop the highest performing, competitively compensated, and most revered educator workforce in the state known for providing instructional excellence and producing significant outcomes for ALL students.
The district seeks proven instructional leaders with outstanding interpersonal skills who have a passion for working with schools, principals, and communities and who are committed to ensuring all students achieve. Serving a population as diverse as ours requires creativity, commitment, and vision.
The Dean of Culture and Community will work closely with other school leaders and staff to create a safe, supportive, and structured school community. Focusing largely on student culture and expectations, the Dean of Culture and Community is charged with overseeing and developing policies, rituals, and programs that support students’ academic success and college/career access opportunity.
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
Climate and Culture
- Collaboratively contribute to a school campus that is welcoming, inclusive, and supportive of all students
- Clearly articulate the school’s mission and vision, as well as expectations of students
- Manage efforts to develop and reinforce desired culture, including developing and overseeing orientation programs for students and faculty focused on community-building and common expectations.
- Develop and implement the rituals, routines, and celebrations that ensure a culture of belonging.
- Support faculty in building positive relationships and community in classrooms, especially as it relates to issues of discipline, classroom management, and belonging.
- Ensure that teachers set high and consistent expectations, and support teachers to hold all students to these.
- Be highly present and visible during school hours, ensuring that the school has an appropriately supportive and structured school culture, which includes proactively circulating throughout the school campus.
- Develop and implement incentive and reward programs for exemplary behavior, attendance, community membership.
- Support crisis management efforts in collaboration with school leaders
- Develop and manage supervision schedule, including student arrival, transitions, lunch, dismissal, and school events.
- Lead efforts to ensure that all students have excellent attendance and arrive to school on-time.
- Develop a vision for restorative practices and establish systems to support a tiered approach to a restorative community.
- Support conflict resolution through restorative conferences in partnership with students, faculty, and families
- Train staff in restorative practices to establish, improve, and repair relationships between students and/or staff members.
- Hold restorative reentry meetings in response to student discipline.
- Serve as the point person for responding to student behavioral issues.
- Strengthen existing systems and develop appropriate new systems for following up on and responding to behavioral issues, including meeting with families and students, and developing and implementing individual behavior plans.
- Keep accurate student discipline records, documenting all conferences, suspensions, and phone calls for behavior.
- Communicate regularly with faculty regarding student discipline and follow-up.
- Help to reinforce the effective use of a schoolwide behavior plan through the use of PBIS.
- Support students in developing self-regulation and positive, effective coping skills.
- Meet with families to discuss student progress and behavior growth plans.
- Apply appropriate consequences for behavior including detention, in-school suspension, and out-of-school suspension.
- Drive implementation of school-wide behavior management and reward system
- Ensure due process and legal compliance regarding all student disciplinary actions.
- Serves as the district liaison to and POC (point-of-contact) for the selected district partner charged with assisting the district in providing common beliefs, language, practices , and strategies related to culture, climate, and community in all district schools.
- Serves as a lead collaborative partner with district Student Support Services colleagues
- Commitment to mASD’s unique educational mission and to equitable outcomes for all students, and ability to translate this mission into practice.
- Commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse learning profiles.
- Ability to develop strong relationships and work collaboratively, creatively, and flexibly with students, staff, and families.
- Strong leadership, organizational, and communication skills
- Deep understanding of and/or willingness to be trained in Restorative Practices.
- At least 3 years’ experience working with high school students.
- Prior leadership experience in a relevant role preferred.
- BA or BS degree; advanced degree in education preferred.
Interested individuals who meet minimum requirements should apply online at www.masd.k12.ms.us.
Questions concerning this vacancy announcement should be directed to:
Dr. Sametra Brown, Director of Human Capital and Talent Management
Mississippi Achievement School District
We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by phone.*