Dean of School Culture

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,000.00
Maximum: $80,000.00
Details: Salary commensurate with experience.




312 N. Record Avenue
Los Angeles
United States


About this Role

Founding and leading a new charter school and putting it on the path to success takes tremendous dedication and the passion, strategic planning, and hard work of a high-capacity and cohesive adult team of educators and support staff. The Dean of School Culture will play a pivotal role in shaping and cultivating positive, structured and strong college-going culture throughout the school. Leveraging best practices and resources from a collective of high-performing college completion gap-closing high schools nationally, the Dean of School Culture will work to ensure that the shared rituals, routines, structures and systems that define Collegiate support the highest levels of safety, focus, academic achievement, and student character. This role is an excellent opportunity for a results-driven team player who seeks to fulfill Collegiate’s mission by providing strong vision for great culture at a college preparatory high school, by building the systems and structures to operationalize this vision, and by providing the relentless coaching and follow-up with adult team members, students, and parents to ensure that this vision is lived out consistently and sustainably at Collegiate.

Please note: This is not a school counselor role. Successful applicants for the Dean of School Culture role will have at least three years of classroom-based instructional experience and a track record of student academic achievement results. We are looking for an individual who can model what it looks like to cultivate highly structured, accountable, joyful, and intellectual classroom culture. Candidates who have prior instructional coaching experience and candidates who have previous experience working in a school that successfully employs a school-wide behavior management system (e.g. merit system) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Roles & Responsibilities

Champion and Strategize toward Student Achievement

  • Create a positive, achievement-oriented, and structured learning environment that excites and invests students
  • Motivate students to realize high academic and behavioral standards
  • Build school community by investing families in students’ academic success and development of strong character and leadership traits
  • Hold all students accountable through implementing school’s code of conduct and behavior management systems during class, transitions, meals, trips, and school events
  • Exemplify Collegiate’s core values in all interactions with students, families, and adult team members
  • Implement with fidelity all shared systems at Collegiate (homework policy, behavior management system, uniform policy, etc.)
  • Analyze data with other teachers and deans regularly to maximize student performance
  • Ensure that every student shows dramatic achievement gains and that the school meets the ambitious performance goals set by Collegiate

Design & Support Implementation of School Culture Systems

  • Develop and ensure implementation of a year-long calendar of rituals and routines for recognizing student achievement and positive behavioral choices in order to constantly positively reinforce positive and structured college-going culture at Collegiate
  • Lead execution and refinement of school-wide positive behavior intervention and discipline system: clearly articulated student code of conduct, ladder of consequences, behavior management system, and protocols for student, teacher, and parent follow-up
  • Design and support adult team’s consistent implementation of systems for: attendance, entry, meals, laptop usage, homework accountability, uniform, bathroom usage, and transitions
  • Plan and lead summer professional development and ongoing professional develop to support teachers’ implementation of school-wide discipline system
  • Train teachers to develop clear and consistent classroom expectations and routines
  • Observe lessons and provide targeted and actionable feedback to teachers
  • Own and oversee all whole-school parts of the school day (entry, lunch, detention, dismissal)
  • Plan and lead weekly academic achievement celebrations

Data & Communication

  • Establish a system for tracking and analyzing student behavior patterns
  • Lead weekly school culture data meeting ritual and plan opportunities for staff reflection and action on trends in school culture data
  • Collaborate with Executive Director to co-lead school culture portion of quarterly Data Days and set quarterly school culture focus

Serve as Active Member of School Leadership Team

  • Participate in regular leadership team meetings
  • Plan and lead staff trainings at start and end of school year and on professional development days
  • Work closely with other deans to support high-achievement academic culture
  • Assist teacher leaders (e.g., content team leaders, grade team leaders) in developing leadership skills
  • Model the Collegiate professional and core values at all times; be a visible and highly engaged leader in the school community
  • Model strong whole-group management and reinforce and uphold the school’s behavioral expectations during transitions, meals, and whole-group activities

Experience, Mind Sets, Skills, and Qualifications

  • Belief in Collegiate Charter High School’s mission and educational model
  • Extremely high standards for student achievement
  • At least three years of teaching experience preferred with a proven record of high student achievement as evidenced by measurable growth on assessments or other valid measures of academic achievement
  • Exceptionally strong classroom management skills
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
  • Team player: maturity, humility, strong work ethic, follow-through, sense of humor, relentless optimism, and a “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude
  • Excellent communication skills, especially with students and parents
  • Adaptability and the resilience and tenacity to successfully navigate school start-up work
  • Bachelor’s degree from a competitive 4-year college or university


Collegiate Charter High School offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision plans; participation and matching in a 403b retirement fund; and generous vacation and paid leave.

Level of Language Proficiency

Very strong written and oral English and Spanish skills required.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To be considered for this role, please email your resume and cover letter to Executive Director Vanessa Jackson at, and complete the online candidate application: