Dean - Middle School (Anticipated)
Reports To: Middle School Principal
Work Year: 11 months
The Dean of Students is an administrative leader responsible for contributing to and communicating the district’s vision and strategic plan for improving student achievement and student behavior; supporting teachers in improving their instructional practice; creating a community of continuous learning for all staff and students; and fostering a culture of high expectations for all students. In addition, the Dean is charged with building strong partnerships with families and community, creating a safe, supportive school climate, and effectively managing operational, technical and staff issues to promote instructional progress.
Illinois Professional Educators License (PEL) with principal endorsement or equivalent (will consider candidates who are currently working on the endorsement) required. Master’s degree. Learning Behavior Specialist endorsement preferred. Demonstrated leadership in working with students, staff, parents and the public. Experience with an alternative learning program highly preferred.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Works in close relationship with school and district administration so there is the same interpretation of school rules regarding all discipline and attendance policies.
- Participates in the development and implementation of policies to effect positive student behavior in the school.
- Supervises attendance, accounting procedures and provides leadership in developing related practices.
- Works cooperatively with the professional staff in all concepts of educational improvement.
- Is skillful in both oral and written communication.
- Assists in the interpretation of school, and district programs, policies and procedures of the Board of Education and superintendent to students, parents, staff and superintendent.
- Participates in the development and implementation of school practices in all areas with other administrators in a management approach that is goal related.
- Participates in the coordination, implementation and supervision of co-curricular activities.
- Works with staff, community and government agencies on problems relating to drug abuse, truancy from school and other related education problems.
- Provides guidance and counseling to students, parents and teachers on problems relating to student behavior and attendance.
- Assists in developing and administering practices dealing with campus control and security.
- Assists in the supervision of all school functions.
- Recommends practices designed to maintain safe, healthy school facilities.
- Works with counselors, nurses and teachers in areas of pupil personnel services to facilitate achievement of Student Success Plans.
- Maintains accurate records of disciplinary actions.
- Participates in the implementation of state and federal programs and reports.
- In cooperation with school and district administration, assumes responsibility for the building operation when the principal and assistant principal(s) are away from the school.
- Performs duties and other responsibilities as the principal may assign.
- Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written) with parents, colleagues, administration and all other members of the educational community.
- Ability to communicate with students effectively, capably and with compassion.
- Ability to maintain emotional control under stress.
- Ability to use web-based programs, e-mail, and technology (laptop, Smartboard, etc.) effectively.
- Indoor classrooms/School, exposure to: student noise, lawn mowing, music, odors of food, mowed grass and possible communicable diseases.
- Outdoor schoolyard and grounds, field trips; exposure to; temperatures (hot warm, cool, cold), and exposure to mowed grass.
- Regular and consistent work attendance.
Other: The employee shall follow all School Board Policies.