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Job Details

  • Job ID: 2876230
  • Application Deadline: December 26, 2099
  • Re-posted : December 15, 2017
  • Starting Date: December 14, 2017

Job Description

At Acero Schools, we are what we believe.


Achievement – We set goals and do what it takes to achieve them.

Community – We contribute to, respect and serve in our communities.

Excellence – We expect our best and strive to make our best even better.

Resilience – We learn and grow through adversity and challenges.

Optimism – We believe in our ability to create the future we envision.

Position Description

Dean of Culture

Competitive Salary and Benefits

Location: Chicago, IL

Reports To: Principal and/or Assistant Principal

How to Apply:

Position Overview

The Dean of Culture will collect and manage the culture ‘metrics’ of the school that include components of academics, social emotional well-being, and behavior.  The Dean of Culture will collect information to inform students and parents of the culture pieces that are being met or not met. The Dean of Culture will discuss data with instructional and advisory teams to promote, support, celebrate, and improve any and all culture components. The Dean of Culture will work collaboratively with parents and students as well as the advisors and teachers to bring resolution to situations where policies/protocols have been breached. The Dean of Culture will report to the Principal on a weekly basis to highlight gathered data, gain approval for proposed solutions/resolutions to data/issues, and evaluate the effectiveness of systems/protocols put in place.  The Dean of Culture will serve as the first point of contact for teachers, advisors, and parents who present issues/situations related to student behavior. The Dean of Culture will determine what department of the school the situation should be referred to: Assistant Principal for teacher development, or the Principal for judiciary interventions. The Dean of Culture will work with the Principal on all Judiciary Affairs of the school including severe discipline infractions, suspensions, and expulsions, as well as city, state, or federal involvement.


Core Responsibilities

Area #1: School Culture and Climate

  • Enforce the vision of school culture and climate as set by teachers and advisors.
  • Provide strategies for continuing the articulation of the schools’ culture and climate to staff and students.
  • Develop interventions for students, in tandem with parents, counselors, special education teachers, and advisors, who do not adhere to the school’s vision for culture.
  • Enforce school policies after teacher’s discipline measures have been exhausted.
  • Promote attitudes, behaviors, and skills for improved learning.
  • Encourage parental involvement in the pursuit of student achievement and a positive school culture.
  • Work collaboratively with counseling team, advisors, and Principal to plan individual school and/or system-wide programs to promote a positive and caring school culture for students and teachers.
  • Assist in the orientation of new students, parents, and faculty.
  • Evaluate school-wide events that focus on student development, school culture, parent/community involvement, etc.

Area #2: Academic Culture       

  • Implement a process for keeping track of students credits, recovery courses, and programming them for next courses to ensure 100% on track status for all students at all times.
  • Track the graduation requirements for students.
  • Develop communication systems for advisors in terms of communicating on track needs to students and parents.
  • Organize, monitor, and interpret data obtained from surveys, inventories, and other measurement tools to help counselors, Principal, teachers and school director make effective student development-related educational decisions.
  • Evaluate students’ academic performance, behavior, social and emotional development, and physical health.

Area #3: Student Discipline/Behavior Management

  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of existing behavior management strategies and programs; make recommendations for improvement, as necessary to Principal.
  • Work with Principal to provide data to Principal to train and support teachers in areas such as classroom management, behavior prevention programs, teacher-parent communication, etc.; Present to faculty as determined by Principal.
  • Serve as administrative point person in cases of severe discipline and communicate directly to Principal.
  • Act in accordance with federal, state, and local laws, statutes, and/or policies that relate to students and families, and consult with school personnel to ensure compliance in those areas.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Master’s Degree in social work, counseling, or school administration preferred


  • Minimum three years’ experience in counseling/administrative school experience preferred
  • Documented history of personal and professional success.
  • Experience working with adolescents and/or families, particularly in traditionally under-served schools and communities preferred


  • Illinois Professional Educator’s License preferred
  • Active Illinois Type 73, Type 75, or equivalent strongly preferred

Physical Demands

Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment.  Requires ability to communicate and exchange information, collect, compile and prepare work documents, set-up and maintain work files.  Physically demands require the ability to stand, bend, reach high and low, stoop, and walk around the classroom 60% of the day.  In addition, walking up and down stairs several times a day.  Must be able to lift 15 to 20 pounds for short periods of time and push and pull 15 to 20 lbs. 


Working Conditions

Majority of work performed in a general office environment.  Position requires availability for extended hours plus non-traditional hours required to perform job duties.  Also requires participation and attendance at organization-sponsored events and meetings.


NOTE: The foregoing list of essential duties and responsibilities is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.


Acero Schools is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals. Acero Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Categories : Administrator > Assistant Principal/Dean/Head
    Administrator > Assistant/Deputy Superintendent
    Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
    Administrator > Principal/Dean/Head of School
    Administrator > Superintendent
    Student Services > School/Guidance Counselor
    Student Services > Social Worker
    Administrator > Public Affairs / Relations
    Administrator > Safety/Security
    Instructional Support > Individual Aide
  • Contact Information

    • Elizabeth Hammel
    • 209 W. Jackson Blvd
    • Ste 500
    • Chicago, Illinois 60606

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