The Director of School Culture is responsible building and maintaining systems that ensure a joyous
and achievement-oriented school culture. S/he implements the school's mission
through effective support of the school's students and staff in maintaining a health
school climate. Working closely with the Principal, the Director of School
Culture will oversee and support integration of the Sanctuary Model into the
school’s programs and culture. The Director of School Culture reports to the
- Possess clear vision of what great school culture looks like and regularly articulate this vision to students and staff.
- Write, update and maintain systems and policies for attendance, entry, breakfast, class transitions, cafeteria usage, lunch, bathroom usage, dismissal, homework and other areas of student life.
- Help to implement the Sanctuary Model in the school. The Director of School Culture will be a member of the school’s Sanctuary Core Team.
- Plan and implement a behavior management system consistent with the school’s educational philosophy and Discipline Code.
- Analyze school-wide trends around attendance, behavior, homework and class transitions and develop and lead initiatives to address challenges.
- Invest students and parents in the school’s goals and core values; ensure that all students care deeply about their school community, about their own academic performance, about their
- futures; ensure students find joy in learning and have fun; emphasize school’s mission and values in one-on-one, class, grade level and school-wide venues.
- Conduct regular school culture walkthroughs to maintain a high bar of excellence.
- Train staff in classroom management, student engagement and parent involvement.
- Work with the school’s social workers and special education teachers as necessary and partner with teachers to provide extra interventions.
- Establish protocols and best practices to ensure that teachers communicate regularly with parents.
- Partner with Director of School Operations to ensure smooth entry, dismissal and transit to and from school.
Standards and Qualifications
- Master’s Degree and NYS Teaching Certification strongly preferred
- Minimum 3 years of teaching or related experience in the Grade K-5 span
- Minimum 2 years of experience in a student dean role or similar role in an elementary
- school setting
- Understanding of and capacity to engage in and develop and implement professional development
- regarding the Sanctuary Model
- Excellent oral and written skills
- Familiarity or experience in the Sanctuary Model
- Bilingual/Spanish a plus
- Successful experience working in an urban educational setting
- Successful experience in communicating with parents and students