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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3012950
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : December 10, 2018
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Dean of Student Support

Grade Level: 6 -8

Start Date: Immediate

Locations: UP Academy Dorchester

 About UP Education Network

UP Education Network manages and operates six schools in Boston, Lawrence, and Springfield, MA. We serve over 3,000 elementary and middle school students. UP is invited by local school districts to restart chronically underperforming district schools as UP Academies. Each UP Academy shares the same mission: to ensure that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and to achieve their full potential. 

The Dean of Student Support reports to UP Academy’s Principal and serves on UP Academy’s Leadership Team.  The dean is responsible for the management and development of teachers in special education and English Language Learner (ELL) classrooms.  S/he plans professional development, oversees staff orientation, and takes responsibility for the academic program in place at UP Academy.

Specific Responsibilities
Manage and evaluate all special education and ELL teachers, special education paraprofessionals, and Related Service Providers 
Ensure compliance of special education and ELL programs with applicable laws and regulations
Ensure compliance with all IEPs
Provide formal and informal feedback on observations, lesson plan review, and more
Facilitate weekly meetings to analyze student work, review information regarding classroom assessments, and plan for instruction
Ensure student mastery of state, city, and school academic and behavioral standards
Use assessment data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices
Develop, design, implement, and participate in an annual four-week staff orientation and training.

A strong belief in UP Education Network’s core values: Students, Community,
Humility, Resilience, and Humor
Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree is preferred
A valid Massachusetts Teaching License as a Special Education Administrator, all levels
Current authorization to work in the United States – A candidate must have such authorization by his or her first day of employment
At least three years experience as a Special Education teacher required, 2+ years experience in school leadership preferred

Compensation and Benefits
Your salary is commensurate with experience; UP Academy follows the salary scales of each UP Academy’s host school district.  As an employee of UP Academy and your respective school district, you will receive the same access to personal and sick days, health insurance, and dental insurance as others within your union. 

Working at UP Education Network
We know that great staff members directly lead to the success of our students.  At UP, your career is shaped by:

Opportunities for immediate impact: UP offers a chance to bring best practices found in high-performing schools to students previously enrolled in struggling schools, and to rapidly unlock the potential of these students
Talented, mission-driven colleagues: Our staff is enthusiastic, dedicated, and willing to do “whatever it takes” to put every student on the path to college
Collaboration and teamwork: Staff members collaborate and work closely together on grade-level or content area teams, using data to track student performance as well as guide instructional practice
Consistent professional growth and development: Members of our staff typically have bi-weekly check-in meetings with their managers where they receive targeted coaching and support and the entire staff participates in weekly professional development sessions during the school year, kick-started by extensive training in August.  

To Apply:

We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply for any open position in which they feel qualified. We believe that we have a responsibility to recruit, retain, develop, and reward a diverse and talented staff. Our students must be exposed on a daily basis to a diverse group of powerful role models - in their teachers, their school leaders, and their supporters in the network office. With this in mind, we are committed to recruiting the most talented individuals from the widest possible range of backgrounds to join our creative, mission-driven team. 



  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Assistant Principal/Dean/Head
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    UP Academy Dorchester is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • UP Education Network Recruitment Team
    • 90 Canal Street Suite 610
    • Boston, Massachusetts 02114

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