Overview of Position: Unity High’s Dean of Students plays an essential in our success as a school. She/he spearheads our unique approach to school culture - one that effectively balances high expectations with high levels of support and encourages students to take pride in being their best selves. She/he leads in implementing clear and consistent expectations for student conduct that result in a positive, productive, and supportive learning community.
Overview of Unity - Our Model and Approach: Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is a tuition-free, open-enrollment, independent charter school that offers a progressive education in the liberal arts & sciences to over 600 students in grades 6-12. As a community-based school, we proudly serve the communities of central Brooklyn in New York City. Our middle school and high school campuses are located in the neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant and Williamsburg, respectively.
Unity’s mission is to empower students as scholars and citizens so they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. We accomplish our mission through the integration of seven key elements that serve as the backbone of our school’s design. Collectively, these elements reflect our beliefs on what makes for an exceptional secondary education in today’s world:
1. A Grades 6-12 College Preparatory Curriculum: a college-preparatory liberal arts and sciences program of study in mathematics, English language arts (ELA), science, and history that fosters in students the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently so that they are fully prepared to succeed in their postsecondary studies
2. Excellent Teaching: an enthusiastic faculty of expert educators who are demonstrably successful in promoting student learning, couple high expectations with high support, go above and beyond the call of duty for students as scholars and as citizens, and serve as role models for students as life-long learners and as individuals who take the utmost pride in perfecting their craft
3. More Time for Learning: an extended day, week, and year that provide approximately 20% more time than the local district average for academic enrichment and extracurricular activities that deepen learning and engagement, accelerate academic growth, and expose students to new pursuits
4. Intensive and Differentiated Academic Support: customized settings and support provided by caring specialists for remediation and acceleration, including small class sizes, integrated co-teaching, literacy interventions, after-school and weekend tutoring, as well as advanced-level course offerings at our middle school and high school
5. Ample Enrichment Courses and Extra-Curricular Activities: enrichment courses in the performing arts, visual arts, computer science, and foreign languages, as well as elective clubs, athletic teams, internships, and other “beyond-the-classroom” activities that serve to reinforce what students learn in their core courses, accommodate individual student interests, and develop important professional and citizenship skills through real-world, meaningful application
6. A Positive and Supportive School Culture: a culture built on a framework of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) in which compassionate adults explicitly guide students in the following:
o modeling the behaviors that contribute to a positive and productive learning environment
o developing socio-emotional skills needed to be successful, including how to manage emotions, reduce stress, make healthy decisions, and learn from one’s mistakes
7. Active Family and Community Involvement: ample opportunities for family engagement and community service that promotes open communication, meaningful collaboration, and active involvement and service within Unity’s community and beyond
Our Recent Accomplishments: Regardless of where students are academically or otherwise as they enter our school, our focus is on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success. This focus has reaped impressive results for our students and families in recent years. Among our accomplishments:
● Our 8th grade students have consistently outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
● Our students who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, have consistently outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
● 78% of our founding 11th graders are presently enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement (AP) course. This compares favorably with the 33% of NYC graduates who enroll in AP courses during their high school tenure.
● In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
o 90% of our students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
o 80% of our students participated in a formal community service initiative.
o 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
o 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.
Core Responsibilities: Key responsibilities of Unity’s Dean of Students include but are not limited to the following:
I. Management of Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS)
● Models the school’s values and standards for professional conduct; consistently demonstrates best practices for communicating with students, staff, and families
● Ensures that the school’s policies and procedures for holding all students to high behavioral expectations as stated in the Code of Conduct are understood and promoted/enforced with consistency across all staff
● Teaches and rehearses schoolwide expectations and norms for students who fail to adhere to expectations or are new to the school environment
● Devises positive behavioral incentives, morale builders, and events and special rewards to promote school spirit
● Serves as a point person for dealing with behavioral crisis-intervention and acute behavioral issues
● Manages staff-wide implementation of the school’s PBIS tier one interventions according to the Code of Conduct - this includes but is not limited to expectations for dress code, electronics, punctuality to class, hallways/transitions, arrival/dismissal, and food/drink
● Manages PBIS tier two interventions for students who consistently violate the school’s Code of Conduct
● Manages PBIS tier three interventions for students who engage in serious problem behaviors
● Participates in Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) and ensures that students’ Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) are followed as specified
● Maintains accurate and up-to-date student conduct data and records regarding interventions, including shout-outs, infractions, consequences, restorative actions, and communication with families
II. Teacher Support/Classroom Support
● Ensures that teachers understand Unity’s Code of Conduct, enforce it consistently and fairly, and follow established protocols
● Regularly attends instructional leadership team meetings to ensure alignment and coherence across all parties who directly support classrooms
● Conducts classroom and building walkthroughs regularly to collect data on positive school/classroom culture and use the data to create action plans to address areas for improvement and growth
● Supports teachers to hold students accountable for high and consistent behavioral expectations through collaborative efforts with instructional coaches and administration in the areas of classroom management, relationship building, restorative actions, and positive school/classroom culture
● Proactively communicates with teachers and visits classrooms to model Love & Logic techniques and strategies in order to strengthen student-teacher relationships and promote positive behaviors
● Provides prompt classroom support to teachers when requested; follows established protocols for addressing students who demonstrate problem behaviors
● Facilitates professional development offerings that promote sound behavioral management practices in the classroom and ensure universal understanding of PBIS, Love & Logic, and Unity’s primary restorative actions
● Manages students in Day Long Reflection, including obtaining work, planning out alternative schedules for students as needed, and reviewing restorative solutions with students
III. Oversight of Common Spaces
● Ensures that common spaces, including the hallways and bathrooms, are clean, safe, orderly, and reflect a pro-learning culture; promotes the student ownership of these spaces through various initiatives
● Proactively circulates and is highly present and visible in the school’s common spaces during school hours (including student arrival and departure) to maintain safe, orderly, pro-learning school environment
● Works with school administration to support staff’s implementation of best practices and procedures in actively promoting a safe, orderly, pro-learning environment in common spaces
● Provides regular updates on culture and disciplinary priorities during staff meetings and grade level meetings
● Communicates with students’ families as necessary to keep families abreast of any observed changes in an individual student’s conduct
● Meets regularly with the PBIS Team to analyze PBIS data as well as to discuss individual students and their behavior patterns and how to best support students through specific interventions
● Collaborates with colleagues during interdisciplinary team meetings to address student needs, including the creation of student improvement plans to address academic and behavioral needs
● Meets with grade-level teams to discuss PBIS data and devise prioritized interventions based on data
● Serves as a liaison to parents and communicates with parents around disciplinary matters, including parent conferences and family mediations
● Oversees school-wide practices for arrival and dismissal to ensure student safety
● Assists with attendance procedures and interventions to ensure strong daily attendance and punctuality among students
● Assists with security duties, including escorting students throughout the building where needed (i.e. to/from security, to nurse’s office)
● May serve as an Advisor to 12-15 students throughout their time at Unity
● Participates in regular professional development to develop skills and expertise
● Performs other operations-related tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position
Core Qualifications: An ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:
● At least two years of formal experience as a Dean of Students in working with adolescents in an educational setting
● At least two years of formal teaching experience in New York
● A proven effectiveness in leading teams of adults in a formal setting
● A demonstrated openness to provide and receive constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
● Familiarity with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Teaching with Love & Logic, and Restorative Practices
● Approaches behavior problems as “teachable moments” wherein students investigate the root cause of their behavior and take initiative to improve it; understands that through this process, students see themselves as young people whose opinions and agency are respected
● Believes every child is “at-promise” and does not simply label a child as a “behavior problem” when she/he misbehaves
● A strong work ethic that features organization, multi-tasking, flexibility, an orientation toward solutions, and a pride in meeting deadlines
● Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families and in differentiating support to address the needs of diverse learners; familiarity with Unity’s student population and the community to be served
● Strong oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings
● Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor
● A Master’s Degree and teacher certification
As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.
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