Dean of Students
Bradley County Schools
Dean of Students - SPED Liaison Job Description
Classification: Certified Reports To: School Principal
FLSA Status: Exempt Salary: Teacher Scale and Extra Duties Stipend
1. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited four-year college/university; Master's degree preferred.
2. Valid Tennessee teacher certification or equivalent.
3. Certification in Administration and Supervision/Educational Leadership or SPED endorsement preferred or eligibility for an administrative credential.
4. Three years of teaching experience required.
5. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Director may find appropriate and acceptable.
Purpose: To promote a safe and orderly environment for students, staff, and community. The Dean of Students works with the Principal in carrying out the school’s academic and behavior programs. As a professional educator, the Dean of Students understands and responds to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. The Dean of Students provides proactive leadership to engage all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to support the students’ academic achievement, personal and social development. The Dean of Students works cooperatively with the principal, counselor, nurse, staff, students, and parents towards a positive school climate.
Assists administration in the responsibility for protecting the health, safety, and welfare of students.
Assists administration in resolving all discipline problems in a fair and just manner, and maintains records of any disciplinary action taken.
Assists with campus supervision.
Confers with parents, teachers, counselors, support service personnel, and students on matters of discipline and welfare.
Assists administration matters of student attendance.
Assists administration in counseling individual students, and when necessary make appropriate referrals for testing, guidance, or psychological counseling.
Participates in the coordination, implementation, and supervision of co-curricular activities.
Assists administration with the extracurricular program of the school.
Assists in general supervision of student activities, athletic events, programs of student orientation, and similar activities.
Assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of intervention programs that address the needs of at-risk students.
Performs a variety of administrative duties to assist the Principal in managing the school; assumes the duties of the Principal in the absence of the Principal and as assigned.
Develops and administers disciplinary procedures in accordance with district policies and state laws; receives referrals and confers with students, parents, teachers, community agencies, and law enforcement; responds to and resolves parent, student, and staff concerns and complaints; serves on discipline or expulsion panels as assigned.
Participates in administrative meetings and training to improve administrative skills; maintains current knowledge of the district’s adopted curriculum.
Serve as LEA in IEP meetings; request support of SPED Coordinator and/or school admin when needed.
Consult/assist case managers as needed when preparing for IEP meetings. Assist case managers with caseloads when needed, such as reviewing files of transfer students and helping with the development of appropriate Bradley County IEPs.
Be familiar with the IDEA Procedural Safeguards, discipline requirements, and other compliance issues.
Review student files to be familiar with student needs as a means to assist with IEP writing and IEP meeting discussions.
Maintain a file of student schedules, transcripts, grades, graduation checklists.
Oversee usage of department mobile laptop labs; assure proper working order prior to use for testing.
Communicate regularly with SPED Instructional and/or Compliance Coordinator.
Consult with administrators regarding disciplinary actions necessary/appropriate for students with disabilities.
Meet with school counselors when new students with disabilities enroll to help with setting up course schedules that meet student needs/address their disability areas/align with their IEPs.
Communicate with school psychologists regarding admin/counselor/teacher concerns about students who are not currently receiving special education services but are showing signs of significant academic struggle.
Stay abreast of state policies affecting students with disabilities, e.g., graduation requirements, different diploma options, appropriate testing accommodations, post-secondary transition options, etc.
Function as test accommodations coordinator for ACT and EOC, working with the school testing supervisor to set up small-group testing according to students’ approved/designated IEP accommodations.
Train SPED personnel prior to testing sessions in order to assure that all are familiar with the requirements specific to small-group settings, such as state EOC accommodations policies and ACT rules outlined in the test administration manual for approved accommodations. Emphasize test security.
Assist with the small-group administrations of the ACT and EOC’s.
Collaborate with administration to provide information pertinent to course scheduling so that all student needs for inclusion support, specialized instruction, credit recovery, course retake, etc., are included in the development of a school-wide master schedule and in the development of each student’s course schedule.
Coordinate Work-Based Learning placements for students with disabilities.
In collaboration with the Coordinator and following Special Education district policy, manage IEP team meetings to discuss and develop plans for home-bound placements, when necessary.