441 East 148th Street
An Invitation to Apply for the Position of
Director of Student and Family Affairs (Available 2018-2019)
Girls Prep Bronx Middle School
Overview: About Public Prep
Public Prep is the nation’s oldest and only non-profit network that exclusively develops exceptional, tuition-free PreK and single-sex elementary and middle public schools. Our model is designed to empower each student to build strong character, demonstrate critical thinking, possess a core body of knowledge and be on a predictive path to earn a degree from a four-year university. Please see our results: http://publicprep.org/results.
Our network is currently comprised of three tuition-free single-sex public charter schools across five campuses and one tuition-free single-sex Pre-K. Our campuses are: Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary, Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School, Girls Prep Bronx Elementary School, Girls Prep Bronx Middle School, and Boys Prep Elementary School. The Pre-K program, PrePrep: the Joan Ganz Cooney Early Learning Center, is housed inside of Girls Prep Bronx Elementary School.
Public Preparatory Network/Public Preparatory Academies is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Primary Function & Position Overview
At Public Prep we believe that joy, warmth, and high levels of student engagement are the foundation of a school culture where students achieve academically and develop character strengths. In the words of one community member, “Every student, every family and every Girls Prep staff member plays an important part of our amazing school, a school filled with energy, personality, hardworking people and a great deal of commitment.” To ensure that our schools are safe, predictable, and responsive for students, our model includes a role called the Director of Student and Family Affairs (DSFA). The DSFA is a key member of the school’s leadership team who actively coaches students, families, and staff members on how to build and maintain a positive school culture in support of rigorous academic and artistic inquiry. The Director of Student and Family Affairs will help craft and manage systems to reinforce explicit and high behavioral expectations for students, families, and staff by ensuring fidelity to the Public Prep Student Handbook, Family Handbook, and Staff Handbook through clear and frequent communication.
The Director of Student and Family Affairs will lead the SFA team including, but not limited to, the Assistant Director of Student and Family Affairs, Family Coordinator, and School Social Worker, to ensure students and families are provided with appropriate support, guidance and assistance.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Create a school culture of high behavioral expectations that enables a consistent focus on academic results
- Teach and practice conflict resolution with students
- Communicate and reinforce explicit and high behavioral expectations based on our core values of scholarship, merit, sisterhood, and responsibility
- Uphold explicit and high behavioral expectations through logical consequences that emphasize reflection and character development
- Establish and reinforce clearly-defined school-wide systems and procedures that enable a structured school environment, including procedures for arrival and dismissal, recess and lunch, and hallway transitions between classes, and to the main office and restroom facilities
- Greet students each morning and maintain visibility throughout the school and supervise breakfast, lunch, recess, and dismissal to gain insight about student behavior, fidelity to procedures, and to reinforce expectations
- Counsel students individually and in small groups around individualized behavior goals to manage crisis intervention and develop social skills and character
- Report incidents of abuse to ACS and train staff to recognize and report abuse to ACS
- Supervise the implementation of the Second Step Curriculum
Community Relationship Building
- Use every interaction with families to communicate expectations that support their daughters’ learning and ensure they are on a predictive path to college completion
- Coach families individually and in small groups to reinforce Public Prep’s core values outside of school
- Educate families about adolescent development and positive psychology
- Participate and support structures that establish families as partners including the Parent Teacher Association/Community Council, student and family conferences, home visits, and classroom and school-wide family events during and after school
- Research and work with families to coordinate enrollment in after-school programs
- Organize workshops and seminars for families
- Articulate and educate families on approaches to healthy living
- Develop community partnerships
- Devise strategies and coordinate community outreach efforts in the Bronx
- Provide information and support regarding family services
- Connect families with internal resources such as the counselor and external resources in the community
Adult Learning and Coaching
- Participate as an active member of the Instructional Leadership team (ILT)
- Work collaboratively with teachers to build positive relationships with families and students
- Coach staff around behavior management, classroom culture, and family engagement through modeling lessons, observation, and facilitating peer coaching and mentoring
- Co-create individualized goals with staff members that are linked to best practices and linked to school-level annual goals and theories of action related to student learning and achievement
- Participate in Child Study Team Meetings
- Assist teachers in the effective creation and implementation of individual student behavior plans
- Supervise the Student and Family Affairs Team which includes Social Workers, Family Coordinators and Student and Family Aides
- Plan and execute staff-wide professional development as directed by the Principal, including training staff for annual home visits during the summer staff training institute
School Culture and Community
- Participate in the review and revision of the Student, Family, and Staff Handbooks to customize them to the climate and culture of the school and network.
- Maintain and monitor records of student attendance, student discipline, conflict and mediation, staff and family communication, and formal and informal observation and feedback about school climate, including the Annual Family Survey and the DOE Survey
- Conduct formal investigations based on student, parent and adult inquiries related to school culture, discipline, and incidents. Complete a written summary of the investigation with recommended action steps in a timely manner that is shared with the principal for strategic planning.
- Collaborate with the Director of Operations to ensure the physical environment of the school is conducive to a safe and supportive learning environment
- Act as a good steward in collaboration with the leadership team by gathering, identifying and leveraging all resources to create a learning-focused environment
The ideal candidate will have:
- Demonstrated success working with adolescent students
- A minimum of three years of teaching or counseling experience preferred, ideally in a high-performing, urban school setting
- Exceptional ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders to achieve ambitious goals
- Exceptional leadership, organizational, and strategic planning skills
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- Deep expertise and familiarity with the literature on social-emotional learning, adaptive mindsets, positive behavioral interventions, character development, and adolescent psychological development (possible examples include, but are not limited to: relevant presentations or publications, documented experience giving professional development, a M.A./Ed.M. with relevant specialization, MSW/MASW, or equivalent professional experience ).
- School Building Leader/School District Leader NYS Certification, preferred
- A minimum of three years of demonstrated success in teaching, preferably in a high-performing, urban school setting
- Evidence of excellence through continuous learning and data analysis
- Superior communication skills
- A high degree of personal integrity, professionalism, and persistence
- A commitment to single-sex education
- Fluency in Spanish preferred
Please be sure to attach a resume and a cover letter detailing how your experience makes you a suitable candidate for this opportunity.
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