Director of Network School Culture

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Prospect Schools
Brooklyn, NY
Published 13 days ago

Director of Network School Culture Job Description

Location: Central Office

About the Position:

The School Culture Team is charged with ensuring a safe, positive and inclusive school climate that reinforces the principles laid out by the school's mission and core values. The Director of Network School Culture will serve as lead in implementing the school culture model through evidence-based strategies for restorative justice, anti-bias education, multi-tiered systems of support, social/emotional learning, collaborative problem solving, and trauma-sensitive schools. Working closely with school leaders, they offer expert consultation in meeting the unique needs of each community while ensuring alignment across the network. Key collaborators include the Director of Teaching & Learning, the Director of Student Support Services, the Director of DEI, Principals, school-based Directors of School Culture and their teams of counselors, social workers and deans.

About Us:

Prospect Schools is a K-12 college preparatory community where excellent teachers prepare a diverse student body to have a positive impact on society and a lifelong passion for learning. Find more about who we are and what we believe by checking out our Prospector Principles.

Our Core Values are:

  • Curiosity: Develop sound judgment and intellect by asking questions confidently and thinking critically
  • Care: Support others by grounding every action in empathy while championing equity and inclusion in our work
  • Persistence: Grow and learn by solving problems with determination, creativity and tenacity
  • Passion: Succeed by approaching challenges with excitement, enthusiasm and self assurance

Job Responsibilities:

Program Development and Implementation 

  • Collaboratively design and execute a multi-year network strategy to strengthen and expand restorative justice practices that center equity, counter discipline disproportionality and and successfully intervene in challenging student behaviors. Collaborate with the Director of DEI to support and expand K-12 anti-bias education through staff development, classroom learning activities, community celebrations and other initiatives that ensure a sense of belonging and safety for all students
  • Partner with school-based teams to develop effective student interventions within a multi-tiered system of support that provides a holistic and skill-building approach to challenging behaviors, with attention to our highest needs students. Ensure all school culture practices are trauma-informed and provide equitable opportunities for social and emotional learning
  • Partner with the Teaching and Learning team to support K-12 social/emotional learning curricula and ensure strong universal supports in the classroom that integrate SEL and promote a positive culture of learning
  • Coordinate the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program including individual, group and embedded approaches that promotes the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students

Policies and Practices

  • Serve as the Title IX Officer for the network, setting and monitoring procedures for responding to reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence and gender bias while ensuring fair resolutions that repair harm and ensure equal access to learning. Provide direct leadership to schools for high level situations
  • Serve as the DASA Coordinator for the network, setting and monitoring procedures to uphold the Dignity for All Students Act that are enacted by school-based Respect for All Liasons. Ensure all reports of bullying, bias and harassment are responded to effectively so that diverse identities are welcomed and protected within our schools. Provide direct leadership to schools for high level situations
  • Provide training and support to school-based McKinney-Vento Liasons to ensure compliance with law and above and beyond services to students and families in temporary housing
  • Work with network leaders to annually review all policies, ensure compliance with federal and state laws, and facilitate alignment across schools through a Student Code of Conduct. Provide expertise in disciplinary policy and practices
  • Receive, review and lead disciplinary appeals and hearings for expulsion and suspension where a network process is required
  • Establish and lead protocols for responding to individual and community crises

Professional development

  • Design and lead high quality summer professional development for new faculty that establishes the foundation for school-based professional development
  • Create a professional development training strategy for all school culture teams and Principals 
  • Design resources and trainings to support the yearly launch of mission-aligned school culture and priority projects across all schools
  • Cultivate and share innovations and best practices that value the expertise of team members and ensure access to the highest quality, most relevant materials to support their work
  • Provide ongoing coaching on various management issues and provide advice and guidance on pertinent Board policies and procedures
  • Facilitate professional learning and peer support cohorts among various team members, including Respect for All Liasons and Directors of School Culture
  • Collaborate with the Director of DEI to develop and deliver ongoing training and other adult supports that center equity, advance anti-racism and nurture staff well-being and care

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Monitor school-based data in order to drive continuous improvement, support tiered support interventions and lift up alternatives to suspension and expulsion
  • Ensure strong attendance practices and procedures are executed at the school level, with strong systems to regularly review attendance data and plan targeted student interventions accordingly (e.g., developing attendance teams)
  • Conduct on-site school visits to assess climate and culture in order to provide recommendations and further support to school-based leaders and teams
  • Review student achievement and counseling data for program evaluation purposes, and to ensure that the school counseling program is meeting the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students
  • Ensure schools are 100% Title IX, DASA and McKinney-Vento compliant

About You:


  • Master’s degree or higher in a related field, preferably teaching, school counseling, school social work or educational leadership
  • Expertise in DEI and commitment to working with diverse populations, resulting in a proven track record of success in establishing a strong, affirming and equitable school culture
  • Expertise in restorative justice philosophy and practices with proven commitment to successful K-12 implementation of alternatives to punitive discipline
  • Commitment to serving the whole-child with an assets-based approach that honors their family, culture, resiliencies and capacity to build academic and social/emotional skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with trauma-informed care and best practices of trauma-sensitive schools

Preferred/Good to have

  • Familiarity with the SEL competencies, Response to Intervention, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and/or Responsive Classroom 
  •  At least 3 years in a leadership position in an urban school or other education/youth and family organization.
  • Ability to coordinate and collaborate with diverse groups of professionals across multiple departments and organizations to achieve unified, consistent practices
  • Experience coordinating and delivering professional development for a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Skilled multi-tasker and excellent time manager; ability to effectively achieve multiple goals and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strategic and critical thinker
  • Strong project-planning experience
  • Exceptional written, oral, and visual communications skills

The critical features of this role are described above but not all encompassing.

Director of Network School Culture Job Description

Location: Central Office

About the Position:

The School Culture Team is charged with ensuring a safe, positive and inclusive school climate that reinforces the principles laid out by the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level


355 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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