Culture Fellow [Middle School, 2018-19 School Year]

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Excel provides a competitive compensation package that includes benefits and is commensurate with experience.




East Boston
United States


Organizational Overview

Excel Academy Charter Schools is a network of tuition-free, public charter schools serving the Massachusetts communities of East Boston and Chelsea. It was founded to address the severe academic underperformance and low college matriculation rates of the student populations in these neighborhoods. Our founders envisioned a free, public school alternative where all students would be held to the highest academic and behavioral expectations, and college would become a reality. As a true public school, Excel is defined not by whom we exclude but by whom we include in our community. We are proud of the fact that we serve many students with special needs.

The network’s first school opened in fall 2003 in East Boston and now serves 224 students, grades 5 through 8. Excel Academy Chelsea, the 2nd school in our network, opened in fall 2011. Our third school, Excel Academy Orient Heights, opened in August of 2012. And our first high school, Excel Academy Charter High School, opened in fall 2015. Excel now educates 1300+ students in grades 5-12. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Student Culture Fellow builds a positive, academics-focused culture of success among the student body at Excel Academy Chelsea through leadership of student culture programs and support for the Dean of Students’ office. The Student Culture Fellow additionally serves as a substitute teacher, ensuring a high standard of instruction even when teachers are absent. This position reports to the Dean of Students. Specific responsibilities include:

Manage Student Culture Programs

The Student Culture Fellow will manage the following programs to build student culture. Responsibilities will include tracking data, purchasing prizes, organizing materials, managing a budget, and all other duties to operate these programs successfully.

  • PREP Bands (presented quarterly to all students based on PREP average)
  • PREP blocks and related competitions/prizes
  • PREP store twice a quarter
  • Daily PM homeroom announcements and trivia
  • Lead a small-group student investment intervention, such as Young Men’s or Women’s Leadership Group
  • Provide logistical support to the Dean of Students during PREP Auctions preparation

Support the Dean of Students’ Office

The Student Culture Fellow will support the Dean of Students in upholding student discipline in the school via the following duties. The Student Culture Fellow will spend between 25-50% of class periods weekly on-duty in the Dean of Students’ office to manage these responsibilities.

  • Support morning entry and uniform-check procedures
  • Manage intake of referred students and support students to complete referral reflections
  • Support students in re-entering class after referrals
  • As needed, provide 1:1 or small-group behavior and academic support to high-need students in class following re-entry from referrals
  • Provide logistical and materials-management support, including stocking paperwork in the Dean of Students’ office and creating weekly Friday Extension folders
  • Manage tracking of Dean’s Office data, including Friday Extension frequency and referrals
  • Provide logistical support to the Dean of Students in gathering data used for Grade Level Teams (merit, demerits, etc) and School Administration (attendance, grades)

Teaching and After-School Program Responsibilities:

The Student Culture Fellow will ensure a high quality of instruction in classes, during homeroom, and during after-school programming via the following duties:

  • Serve as a substitute teacher during the school day
  • Lead an Enrichment class each trimester
  • Serve as a homeroom teacher and advisor
  • Support the Dean of Students as an assistant teacher for 5th and 8thgrade Culture elective courses
  • Monitor Focus study hall daily to support students to complete quality homework
  • Monitor students in after-school programs (homework club or detention)

Serve as a productive member of the Excel Community

  • Uphold Excel Staff norms
  • Provide coverage when needed
  • Meaningfully participate in Friday meetings, school PD and family conferences

Do whatever it takes to make sure mission of the school is fulfilled


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required;
  • Some experience working in an urban public or charter school and/or with urban students preferred, but not required;
  • The ability to speak Spanish preferred but not required;
  • An unwavering commitment to and belief in the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
  • A commitment to working with underserved, urban youth;
  • The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
  • An entrepreneurial spirit that reflects an openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in developing new ideas & programs.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please visit to learn more about working at Excel, and/or visit to view a current list of career opportunities and submit an application. Applications will be reviewed as they are received; candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.