Somerville Public Schools
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Somerville High
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3243094 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: April 3, 2020 Starting Date: August 30, 2020

Job Description
2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
Pending Budget Approval

Anticipated Dean of Students

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 House 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.

a) At least five years of successful experience teaching, school counseling, or related experience in public education at the high school level.
b) A Master’s degree in relevant discipline from an accredited college or university.
c) Massachusetts Educator Licensure required (Adjustment/Guidance).

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


Student Support and Conduct
a) 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.
b) 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.
c) To participate in and/or lead meetings related to students’ emerging or special needs or other difficulties.
d) Act as a liaison between parents/guardians as well as the court system and human service providers as necessary.
e) Work closely with teachers to recommend and assist with behavior modification strategies in the classroom.
f) Work with students regarding discipline and attendance issues and make appropriate referrals.
g) Facilitating mediations with teachers and students using restorative practices.
h) To collaborate with families to support student learning at school and at home.
i) To contribute to the management of student behavior, in collaboration with such specialist personnel as necessary.
j) To assist the Principal and Assistant Principal in addressing student conduct issues.
k) Collect and assess all discipline data including, detentions, suspensions and present this data at the weekly Student Support Team Meetings.
l) To assess discipline data with the administrative team and develop strategies to reduce recidivism.
m) 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:
a) Instructional practices support students’ academic, social and emotional development.
b) 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.
c) Instructional time is maximized and used effectively.

School Environment
a) To foster positive, collaborative relationships with staff, students, and families and outside agencies involved in the work of the school in serving its students.
b) To support the development and maintenance of a positive, personalized school environment.
c) 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.
d) To support the implementation of school-wide behavior expectations.
e) 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.
f) To assist with monitoring the building and school grounds before, during, and after school.
g) Oversee and supervise House after school detentions/interventions.

Professional Development
a) 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.

a) To undertake such duties as may be assigned from time to time that lie within scope of the purpose of the position.
b) To be a participating member of the House Team.
c) 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.
d) To contribute to the development of a professional learning community which is characterized by shared purpose, data analysis, collaborative activity and collective responsibility.
e) 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. Five additional work days above the teacher’s contractual school year.

By the Principal/Assistant Principal in accordance with the provisions of the School Committee’s policy on the evaluation of district specialized support teachers

Position Reports to: School Principal and Assistant 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 at 617-625-6600 ext. 6015.

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: 4

Welcome to Somerville High!

The primary goal of Somerville High School is to prepare students to lead satisfying and successful lives by helping them to become:

?Effective readers
?Effective writers
?Effective users of technology
?Effective critical and creative thinkers.

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
    Sebastian LaGambina, Principal
    81 Highland Avenue
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
    Phone: 617 - 625 - 6600 Ext . 6111