An Invitation To Apply for the Position of
Dean of Students at
Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School
Brooklyn, New York
About Coney Island Prep
Coney Island Prep is a college preparatory public charter school in Brooklyn, New York. Merging growth, performance and commitment, the Coney Island Prep community takes its responsibility to prepare students for the college and career of their choice very seriously. Professionals balance their sense of ownership and responsibility with humility and levity and are supported every step of the way.
Coney Island Prep currently serves over 1,000 scholars across its three schools. Over the next several years, Coney Island Prep will grow to serve approximately 1,700 scholars across four campuses. Coney Island Prep Lower Elementary School will serve 360 scholars in kindergarten - second grade; Coney Island Prep Upper Elementary School will serve 360 scholars in third - fifth grade; Coney Island Prep Middle School will serve 360 scholars in sixth - eighth grade; and Coney Island Prep High School will serve 600-700 scholars in ninth - twelfth grade. It’s truly an exciting time to join!
The mission of Coney Island Prep is to prepare every student to succeed in the college and career of their choice. We achieve success through a rigorous academic program in a supportive and structured school community. This means we set extraordinarily high expectations for our scholars and staff. Beginning in middle school, there are yearly college trips, and our high school scholars are able to study abroad, attend pre-college programs across the country, and get connected to the latest summer learning opportunities in NYC.
There is no more urgent task than to educate students from low-income backgrounds. So we hire professionals who are committed to the core. It’s high-energy, fast-paced, tiring and sometimes all-consuming. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. And neither would you. You own your work and when you reach your goals, you reach higher. Our leaders work incredibly hard, and are inspired by the urgency of what we do. We need leaders who aren’t afraid to ask for help, feedback, and support. They’re driven by personal responsibility, data, and results, and they’re not above doing whatever’s asked. They make friends at work, smile through hectic days, and add a little levity along the way.
What We Have to Offer
There are plenty of ways you can make an impact. And our team is all in. You have the opportunity to work with students, and there’s always someone who’s got your back from coaching you through a tough day to helping you grow professionally. And while the environment can be hectic and ever-changing, you’ll have all of the technology and caffeine you need to get the job done.
Mindsets and Experience
- Passion for education and a dedication to Coney Island Prep’s mission
- Steadfast belief that all students can achieve at the highest academic levels and deserve an opportunity to succeed in the college and career of their choice
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Cultural competencies to work in low-income communities and a willingness to examine own biases across lines of sameness and difference
- Maintains professionalism through excellent organizational skills, timeliness, regular communication, and meeting deadlines
- Self reflective and open to feedback, with the ambition and desire to grow one’s professional practice
- An entrepreneurial spirit, embracing the opportunity for creativity and hard work
- A positive, solutions-oriented attitude and drive for excellence
- Eagerness to work collaboratively as part of a team
- A strong track record of building positive relationships across various stakeholder groups demonstrating a value towards diversity and inclusivity
Whole School Responsibilities
- Proactively plan and execute systems to drive positive student behavior and create a culture of achievement that is focused on academic success, joyfulness, a safe and supportive school culture, and creating positive and age-appropriate relationships.
- Lead Community Meeting celebrations, and other whole-school events or meetings.
- Work with the Principal, Culture Team, and Operations Team to plan and implement both staff and student orientation. This includes planning and facilitating adult professional development as well as planning and facilitating student-facing sessions.
- Work with the Operations team to organize and coordinate field trips, college visits, and end-of-year field trips.
- Check uniforms and ensure all scholars meet dress code expectations each day.
- Lead meal times (typically, two lunch periods per day), managing adult monitoring and student behavior in tandem
- Work with the Attendance Team (including social workers, counselors, and school administrators) to ensure scholars are on time and present at school each day.
- Help students internalize and practice the school’s core PRIDE values.
- Monitor student behavior both inside and outside of the classroom.
- Support teachers by taking initiative to address behavioral problems as they arise, ensuring that instructional time is maximized and that students miss as little time in the classroom as possible.
- Collaborate with social workers to proactively plan for student behavior interventions, utilizing a trauma-informed approach
- Engage with parents and families to act as partners in creating successful behavior plans for scholars who may need extra assistance.
- Manage the entire dean referral process, from classroom push-in support (to avoid dean referrals), to processing students referred to dean’s office, to managing after-school consequences and restorative tasks.
- Utilize collaborative problem solving techniques and a positive mindset, bearing in mind that all students want to be successful, but may need skills and supports to be able to do so
- Manage any suspensions, in-school or out-of-school, including investigations, student’s due process, family communication, and community re-entry.
- Maintain records of disciplinary actions in SchoolRunner systems.
- Coordinate students’ Riptide Reward status and privileges according to tiers
- Ensure students understand their Riptide status, and confirm key details for students using privileges (i.e. parent/guardian permission for off-campus lunch)
- In consultation with the Director of Special Projects, assist in the facilitation and observation/feedback process for Advisory groups.
- Provide classroom management support and coaching to teachers as needed.
- Manage grade teams and grade level leaders to ensure teachers are collaborating effectively to meet the needs of all scholars.
Benefits and Compensation
- Employees at Coney Island Prep are provided with a generous salary.
- As a regular full time employee of Coney Island Prep, you will be eligible for benefits that include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as a 403(b) retirement benefit package with match and Paid Family Leave.
- Staff are provided with a MacBook Air and access to all the necessary technology and resources needed to succeed in their role.
Interested applicants should go to http://coneyislandprep.org/careers/career-opportunities to apply for available jobs. Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, national origin, citizenship or disability. We want Coney Island Prep to be a place where students and staff of all backgrounds, experiences, and identities feel as though they feel valued and can excel.