Middle School Academic Dean (2018-2019)

Job Type

Full Time




1991 2nd Avenue
New York
New York
United States


DREAM Charter School, a rigorous, Pre-K-10 public charter school in East Harlem, is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as our Academic Dean. Reporting to the Middle School Principal, the Academic Dean will be responsible for providing coaching and professional development support to all teachers in the core content areas. This individual is also responsible for ensuring curriculum alignment to national standards and that student achievement data is analyzed and used on a daily basis to inform instruction. The ideal candidate is highly knowledgeable in core literacy and math content with a proven ability to create highly effective instructional curriculum, to coach and motivate peers and to inspire outstanding performance in students.

Like all DREAM employees, the Academic Dean should demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and values of DREAM Charter School and should have substantial expertise in all areas of responsibility.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary instructional coach for teachers and specialists;
  • Collaborate with Principal, School Culture staff, and specialists to provide teachers with high quality professional development and curriculum implementation guidance to meet the needs of all learners;
  • Contribute to the development of a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum including a vertical scope and sequence aligned to national standards, through creation of assessments, unit plans, and lesson plans as needed;
  • Facilitate the implementation of the adopted curriculum by:
  • Providing on-going professional development based on the needs of the school through data analysis and teacher’s identified areas of need;
  • Observing and collaborating with teachers to plan lessons using scientifically based researched instructional strategies;
  • Modeling best teaching methods and strategies based on the latest research and data in all disciplines;
  • Work closely with classroom teachers and school leadership to plan instruction, analyze student work, and ensure continuity between classroom and intervention work for students with special needs;
  • Regularly review lesson plans, observe teachers in classroom and provide teachers with timely, reflective and actionable feedback;
  • Lead in the utilization of student performance data to customize and improve instruction;
  • Model and share the belief in the unlimited potential of all children and the sense of urgency to increase student achievement;
  • Assist in the coordination of internal and state assessments;
  • With the Principal, establish performance goals for/with instructional staff and manage teacher performance evaluations;
  • Create a culture of sharing of effective practices amongst instructional staff by facilitating cross-class observations and co-planning sessions;
  • Collaborate with the Principal to develop a plan of action for the year, including, but not limited to: long-term goal setting, identification of major growth areas and steps for improvement, establishing methods for effective communication, long-term plan for supporting and developing teachers.


  • Master’s Degree in Education or School Administration preferred;
  • Minimum of three (3) years of middle or high school teaching experience with a record of high student achievement;
  • Extensive knowledge of best practices in classroom management and instructional strategies with emphasis in literacy and mathematics;
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills and an understanding of adult learning strategies to provide mentoring and coaching;
  • Successful experience in providing staff development in a large group, small group and one-on-one settings;
  • Ability to use a variety of data sources to drive instruction;
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.


DREAM salary is highly competitive and is based on experience and qualifications. All DREAM staff members receive a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, a 403(b) retirement account, life insurance and access to social services through our Employee Assistance Program.




Who We ArE

In September 2008, Harlem RBI opened the DREAM Charter School. DREAM Charter School is East Harlem's premier community-based, public charter school, where every child can and will achieve. DREAM Charter School's mission is to prepare students for high-performing high schools, colleges and beyond through a rigorous academic program that develops critical thinkers who demonstrate a love of learning, strong character, and a commitment to wellness and active citizenship.

DREAM is part of the Harlem RBI family. Harlem RBI serves over 1,700 East Harlem youth by providing free, high-quality summer and after-school programs to youth ages 5-22 years in an intensive multi-year commitment that connects youth and families to age-appropriate programs and passionate professional staff over time. Harlem RBI was recently recognized as one of the Best 50 Non-Profits to Work For in the country by The Nonprofit Times.

Our Promise to DREAM Students

  • High expectations for all students
  • Individualized attention - two teachers in every classroom
  • 12-month school year, including six-week summer program
  • Extended school day
  • Focus on physical education, nutrition and health
  • Arts, music and dance for all students

Our Promise to DREAM Teachers

  • High-quality professional development and support
  • Individualized coaching, weekly trainings and regular feedback
  • Weekly grade team meetings to analyze data, plan instruction, and share best practices
  • Collaborative environment with caring, dedicated and driven colleagues
  • Colleagues who are continuously working together to improve their practice
  • Supportive, accessible leadership team
  • Data driven organization
  • Systems, practices and beliefs that drive student achievement
  • Reflective, growing organization

Join a team that is making a difference in East Harlem: committed to the mission of helping students recognize their potential and realize their dreams.

For more information, visit DREAM Charter School on the web athttp://www.dreamschoolnyc.org.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement