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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3996111
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : August 5, 2022
  • Starting Date: August 29, 2022

Job Description

Announcement of a Vacancy for the 2022-2023 School Year

Interim Dean of Students - Broadway Community

Somerville High School


Job Goal:  To assist the Principal and Assistant Principal in promoting a positive school environment while also addressing issues that affect student learning and success. The Dean will collaborate with the Community Assistant Principals and School Counselors to implement behavior intervention and attendance systems to support a positive atmosphere for student learning. The Dean will assist with building monitoring, attend designated school functions, support families as partners, and maintain an overall environment that promotes student development.



  • Bilingual/bicultural preferred languages.
  • At least five years of successful experience teaching, school counseling, or related experience in public education at the high school level.
  • A Master’s degree in relevant discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • Massachusetts Educator Licensure required.


  • Ability to apply knowledge of Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) in a High School setting.
  • Knowledge of MTSS tiered intervention practices, including restorative justice and expertise in maintaining a positive classroom culture.
  • Leadership and management skills.
  • High level communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to collaborative practice within a professional learning community.
  • A strong focus on best practice in teaching, learning, and assessment.
  • Detail oriented and good follow-through.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to collaborate and build strong connections with families and community members.
  • Demonstrate strong cultural competencies and awareness practices to overcome barriers to student success.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize effectively.
  • Commitment to equity and providing high quality educational experiences for all students.


  • Student Support and Conduct
  • Work with Principal, Assistant Principal, and School Counselors to develop and implement disciplinary and attendance procedures and guidelines which will foster a safe learning environment; monitor and enforce the school attendance policy.
  • Notify parent/guardian of student absences through phone calls, emails, and parent meeting with a goal of developing positive relationships and offering support to both students and families.
  • To participate in and/or lead meetings related to students’ emerging or special needs or other difficulties. Act as a liaison between parents/guardians as well as the court system and human service providers as necessary.
  • Work closely with teachers to recommend and assist with behavior modification strategies in the classroom with an emphasis on culturally and linguistically sustaining practices.
  • Work with students regarding discipline and attendance issues and make appropriate referrals.
  • Facilitating mediations with teachers and students using restorative practices.
  • To collaborate with families to support student learning at school and at home.
  • To contribute to the management of student behavior, in collaboration with such specialist personnel as necessary.
  • To assist the Principal and Assistant Principal in addressing student conduct issues.
  • Collect and assess all discipline data including, detentions, suspensions and present this data at the weekly Student Support Team Meetings.
  • To assess discipline data with the administrative team and develop strategies to reduce recidivism.
  • To support the implementation of social curricula to provide students with instruction that results in students’ positive social, emotional, and behavioral development.

Teaching and Learning

To support the Principal/Assistant Principal in ensuring that:

  • Instructional practices support students’ academic, social and emotional development.
  • Instructional practices reflect high expectations regarding content and quality of effort and work, engage all students and are personalized to accommodate diverse learning styles, needs, interests and levels of readiness.
  • Instructional time is maximized and used effectively.

School Environment

  • To foster positive, collaborative relationships with staff, students, and families and outside agencies involved in the work of the school in serving its students.
  • To support the development and maintenance of a positive, personalized school environment.
  • Provide guidance to staff regarding culturally and linguistically sustaining practices.
  • To support the development and implementation of effective plans, procedures, routines and operational systems to address the full range of safety, health, and emotional and social needs of students.
  • To support the implementation of school-wide behavior expectations.
  • To respond to student issues that arise during the course of the school day and to help provide supervision of students where needed during transitions such as lunch, entry and dismissal.
  • To assist with monitoring the building and school grounds before, during, and after school.
  • Oversee and supervise House after school detentions/interventions.

Professional Development

  • To support and model a culture in which all staff are reflective about their practice and use data, current research, best practices and theory to continuously adapt instruction and practice to achieve improved results.


  • To undertake such duties as may be assigned from time to time that lie within scope of the purpose of the position.
  • To be a participating member of the House Team.
  • To support the Principal in fostering a shared commitment to high standards in all aspects of life and work of the school and the students.
  • To contribute to the development of a professional learning community which is characterized by shared purpose, data analysis, collaborative activity and collective responsibility.
  • To behave in an ethical, fair and culturally proficient manner at all times.

Terms of Employment:                  

The position is a STA Unit A position and is paid consistent with the collective bargaining agreement.



Position Reports to:  School Principal and/or designee


  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Administrator > Assistant Principal/Dean/Head
    Administrator > Principal/Dean/Head of School
  • Employer Description

    Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

    Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University. Learn more about us...

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    Job Requirements

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    Contact Information

    • Central HR
    • 8 Bonair St.
    • Somerville, Massachusetts 02145

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