Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities

ANTICIPATED DEAN OF STUDENTS


West Somerville Neighborhood
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3092614 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: May 2, 2019 Starting Date: August 26, 2019

Job Description
ANNOUNCEMENT OF A VACANCY FOR THE
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

ANTICIPATED
Dean of Students
WEST SOMERVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL

Job Goal: To assist the Principal and Assistant Principal in promoting high quality teaching and learning. The Dean will collaborate with the school administration, the Counselor Educator and Re-Direct teacher to implement behavior intervention systems to support a positive atmosphere of strong, consistent and supportive discipline for all students. The Dean will assist at designated school functions, support families as partners and maintain an overall environment that promotes student development. The Dean of Students does not supervise instructional staff in the school.

The position is a STA Unit A position and is paid consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Five additional work days above the teacher contractual year.

Qualifications:
• At least five years successful experience teaching or related experience in public education at the K – 8 level.
• A Master’s degree in relevant discipline from an accredited college or university
• Teaching License (Adjustment/Guidance)

Responsibilities:
Student Support and Conduct
• Work with Principal, Assistant Principal, Counselor Educator, Re-Direct teacher and Student Support Team to develop and implement disciplinary procedures and guidelines which will foster a safe learning environment.
• To participate in and/or lead meetings related to students’ emerging or special needs or other difficulties.
• Act as a liaison between parents/custodians as well as the court system and human service providers as necessary.
• Work closely with teachers to recommend and assist with behavior modifications strategies in the classroom.
• Work with students regarding discipline and attendance issues and makes appropriate referrals.
• 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 may be necessary.
• To assist the Principal and Assistant Principal in addressing student conduct issues.
• Assist in collection of discipline data including but not limited to time-outs, 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 in ensuring that:
• Tier 1 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.
• 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/recess, entry and dismissal.

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.

General
• 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 school’s student support teams and committees as requested by the principal.
• To support the Principal in fostering a shared commitment to high standards in all aspects of the 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 an ethical, fair and culturally proficient manner at all times.

Attributes:
• Ability to apply knowledge of Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) in an elementary school setting.
• Knowledge of tiered intervention practices and expertise in maintaining a positive classroom culture as an essential “Tier 1” practice.
• 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.

Position Reports to: The School Principal

NOTE: Applications are only accepted online through School Spring. Resumes that are emailed or mailed will not be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at jcabral@k12.somerville.ma.us

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1


Welcome to West Somerville Neighborhood!

The West Somerville Neighborhood School is committed to improving and supporting student achievement. Learn more about us and our efforts to create an environment for academic achievement, creative thinking, and community building. The state-of-the-art facility allows the staff to meet the needs of all students and provides a safe, supportive and enriching environment where students excel.

Our goal is to teach our children the social and academic skills to be successful citizens of the 21st Century.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    There are no application questions required for this job posting.

    Contact Information
    Kathleen Seward, Principal
    177 Powderhouse Blvd
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02144
    Phone: (617) 625-6600
    Email: kseward@k12.somerville.ma.us