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High School Dean of Culture and Community (2020-21)

Gateway Public Schools Gateway High School

Gateway High School, an innovative public charter school in San Francisco, is seeking a Dean of Culture and Community. Gateway High School is committed to helping each student – regardless of learning style or previous academic achievement – learn the skills, habits and knowledge necessary for success in college and beyond.

Key Characteristics of Gateway High School:

  • A small school where all students are known well and supported to achieve at high levels 
  • A diverse student body that is supported to be active partners in their education 
  • A strong commitment to and respect for diversity and difference 
  • An innovative and challenging curriculum that engages students and excites them about learning 
  • A supportive adult community characterized by continuous learning, reflection and collaboration 
  • A faculty who believes that all students learn differently and who vary their approaches to meet individuals’ needs 

Position Overview

The Dean of Culture and Community will work closely with other school leaders and staff to create a safe, supportive, and structured school community. Focusing largely on student culture and expectations, the Dean of Culture and Community is charged with overseeing and developing policies, rituals, and programs that support students’ academic success and college access opportunity.  This is an 11-month position.

Major Duties and Responsibilities of the Dean of Culture and Community:

Climate and Culture

  • Contribute to a school campus that is welcoming, inclusive, and supportive of all students
  • Clearly articulate the school’s mission and vision, as well as expectations of students
  • Manage efforts to develop and reinforce desired Gateway culture, including developing and overseeing orientation programs for students and faculty focused on community-building and common expectations
  • Develop and implement the rituals, routines, and celebrations that ensure a culture of belonging
  • Support faculty in building positive relationships and community in classrooms, especially as it relates to issues of discipline, classroom management, and belonging
  • Ensure that teachers set high and consistent expectations, and support teachers to hold all students to these
  • Be highly present and visible during school hours, ensuring that the school has an appropriately supportive and structured school culture, which includes proactively circulating throughout the school campus
  • Develop and implement incentive and reward programs for exemplary behavior, attendance, community membership
  • Support crisis management efforts in collaboration with school leaders
  • Develop and manage supervision schedule, including student arrival, transitions, lunch, dismissal, and school events
  • Lead efforts to ensure that all students have excellent attendance and arrive to school on-time

Restorative Practices

  • Develop a vision for restorative practices and establish systems to support a tiered approach to a restorative community
  • Support conflict resolution through restorative conferences in partnership with students, faculty, and families
  • Train staff in restorative practices to establish, improve, and repair relationships between students and/or staff members
  • Hold restorative reentry meetings in response to student discipline

Student Discipline

  • Serve as the point person for responding to student behavioral issues
  • Strengthen existing systems and develop appropriate new systems for following up on and responding to behavioral issues, including meeting with families and students and developing and implementing individual behavior plans
  • Keep accurate student discipline records, documenting all conferences, suspensions, and phone calls for behavior
  • Communicate regularly with faculty regarding student discipline and follow-up
  • Help to reinforce the effective use of a schoolwide behavior plan through the use of PBIS
  • Support students in developing self-regulation and positive, effective coping skills
  • Meet with families to discuss student progress and behavior growth plans
  • Apply appropriate consequences for behavior including detention, in-school suspension, and out-of-school suspension
  • Drive implementation of school-wide behavior management and reward system
  • Ensure due process and legal compliance regarding all student disciplinary actions

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to Gateway’s unique educational mission and to equitable outcomes for all students, and ability to translate this mission into practice
  • Commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse learning profiles
  • Ability to develop strong relationships and work collaboratively, creatively, and flexibly with students, staff, and families
  • Strong leadership, organizational, and communication skills 
  • Deep understanding of and/or willingness to be trained in Restorative Practices
  • At least 3 years experience working with high school students in an urban school 
  • Prior leadership experience in a relevant role preferred
  • Bilingual candidates and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply
  • BA or BS degree; advanced degree in education preferred

To Apply:  Please e-mail the following to jobs@gatewayhigh.org:

  1. Your resume and a cover letter addressing your understanding of and commitment to Gateway’s unique mission.  
  2. Three letters of recommendation

Gateway’s Mission:

Gateway High School is a model, college preparatory charter school committed to academic excellence through personalized, student-centered learning. Gateway combines a rigorous academic program with an approach where the individual talents and strengths of its students are identified and supported. Working with teachers committed to our mission, Gateway students will acquire the skills, habits, and knowledge necessary for academic and personal success in college and in adult life.