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Holyoke Public Schools

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3157668
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : September 9, 2019

Job Description


Holyoke Public Schools (HPS) serves 5,400 students in 12 schools and employs nearly 1,500 people.  The District was placed into receivership by the State of Massachusetts in Spring 2015, due to struggling performance well below the state average. Dr. Stephen Zrike Jr., a seasoned Massachusetts educator, was selected as Receiver to lead this exciting turnaround effort, which includes significant autonomy and flexibility from the traditional school system. Since being in receivership, the District has experienced many promising successes, including an 8-point increase in graduation rates and 29-point decrease in the number of students who drop-out. HPS has also extended the school day for students in preschool to 8th grade, expanded choice programs such as dual language and personalized learning, and offering new opportunities to students, such as computer science and many other enrichment programs. For more information about the HPS Turnaround Plan, please visit:


This is an ideal position for an innovative, yet focused leader with a passion for improving student achievement and outcomes, problem-solving and change management. The Dean of Students will help the Principal build and manage a fast-paced and dedicated team that works together to provide students and families with the highest possible level of education and service pursuant to the district’s turnaround plan.



The district believes that schools are the units of change and that school leaders are vital to school success. The Dean of Students will support the Principal to effectively lead, manage, and oversee all functions of the school. Under the direction of the Principal, s/he will have the responsibility to:

  • Build and cultivate a high-performing, positive and collaborative school culture in support of students:
    • Maintain high expectations for the achievement of all students, particularly the traditionally underserved student populations (i.e., students with disabilities, limited language proficiency, and low socio-economic status), in collaboration with the school leadership team
    • Support teachers to hold all students to high and consistent behavioral expectations.
    • Serve as a resource to teachers for discipline, relationships with students, classroom management, and school culture
    • Serve as the point person for discipline/culture issues
    • Supervise breakfast, lunch, in-between class transitions, activity period/office hours, and dismissal, making sure that students are always where they are supposed to be and ensuring a professional school culture at these times.
    • Manage before and/or after school detention  
  • Foster positive student culture and climate and build positive relationships with individual students
    • Develop relationships and behavior plans with those students who need help by coaching, supporting, and compelling these students towards increasingly positive behavior
    • Organize student activities such as community service projects and coordinate student leadership opportunities (e.g. student council) and organize student activities and incentives
    • Lead school implementation of a positive behavior intervention system model, in collaboration with the guidance team
    • Serve as the primary formation and discipline authority for students, support teachers with students who are being disruptive in class, remove students (as necessary) and assign appropriate consequences 
  • Manage and operate a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment:
    • Lead the development and implementation of a multi-tiered system of social-emotional and instructional supports for all students
    • Develop and execute systems and procedures (e.g., student behavior management systems, schedules, interventions, PD, transportation) that promote teaching and learning
    • Monitor students’ attendance rates and employ strategies and incentives to increase attendance, in collaboration with Family and Community Engagement staff member
    • Track behavior statistics, discipline interventions, and outcomes on an individual student level and on a school-wide level 
    • Analyze school-wide trends regarding behavior during class instruction and class transitions and develop and lead initiatives to address challenges
    • Work collaboratively with the school counselor, community service provider, family and community engagement staff, and other individuals to ensure that students and families receive appropriate level of support services
  • Partner with families and community members:
    • Build relationships and engage frequently with parents and community members as critical partners in school improvement
    • Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural and language differences and the resulting needs of students.
    • Participate in formal and informal meetings and conferences with the principal, parents, students, and members of the community
    • Facilitate outreach to community leaders and organizations for the purpose of developing resources, community service projects, and building partnerships with community members
    • Oversee work with community partners who are serving our students
  • Specifics:
    • Report to the principal
    • Have a high degree of trust and autonomy, with accountability to outcomes
    • Serve as a member of the Student Support Team
    • Maintain up-to-date digital data and be able to communicate information both orally and in written format 


Experience, skills, traits, and beliefs:

  • Bachelor’s degree, and Master’s degree in Education or related field
  • Certified (or in the process of obtaining certification) in Massachusetts as a teacher, counselor, director, or principal (PK-8
  • Excellent managerial skills, with proven success managing and coaching a team of professionals to ambitious goals
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to guide and inspire teachers, school staff, school leaders and central office staff toward a common goal
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with a track record of motivating and supporting students while working collaboratively with staff, families, and partners to build consensus and deliver exceptional results
  • Outstanding problem solving skills
  • Commitment to high expectations for all students, particularly the traditionally underserved student populations (i.e., students with disabilities, limited language proficiency, and low socio-economic status) and unwavering belief that all students can excel
  • Ability to be a bold, innovative, and engaging change agent and culture-creator; a leader with a track record of inspiring and motivating those around them
  • Experience as an educator and teacher leader in an urban setting
  • Experience leading, supervising, and/or directing other professionals
  • Preferred: bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Preferred: strong cultural competence in working with students and families of Puerto Rican descent


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Dean of Students can work up to a total of 200 days


  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category : Administrator > Principal/Dean/Head of School
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Holyoke Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of a person's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national Origin, ancestry, age, sex, genetic information, military or veteran status, gender identity 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.

    Contact Information

    • Kelly Curran , Administrative Secretary
    • 57 Suffolk Street
    • Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040

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