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High School Dean of Students (2023-2024)

Gateway High School

Gateway High School is committed to helping each student—regardless of learning style or previous academic achievement—gain the skills, habits and knowledge necessary for post-secondary success. Foundational to our approach is a commitment to anti-racist practices that address white supremacy in our society and in our institutions.

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-- particularly around anti-racist and culturally responsive practices.A staff who believe that all students learn differently and who vary their approaches to meet individuals’ needs

Position Overview

The Dean of Students will work closely with other school leaders, staff, and student leaders to create a safe, supportive, and structured school community.  The Dean of Students is charged with overseeing and developing student discipline, supervision, community and culture building, and restorative practices. This is an 11-month position.

Major Duties and Responsibilities of the Dean of Students

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, out-of-school suspension, and alternatives to suspension
  • Drive implementation of school-wide behavior management and reward system
  • Ensure due process and legal compliance regarding all student disciplinary actions

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
  • Engaging student leaders to plan events that build a community and culture of joy

Leadership and Supervision

  • Contribute to a school campus that is welcoming, inclusive, and supportive of all students
  • Support staff in building positive relationships and community in classrooms, especially as it relates to issues of discipline, classroom management, and belonging
  • 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
  • Support crisis management efforts in collaboration with school leaders
  • Develop and manage supervision schedule, including student arrival, transitions, lunch, dismissal, and school events
  • Support efforts to ensure that all students have excellent attendance and arrive to school on-time
  • Oversee support of the Athletics Department in collaboration with the Athletic Director


  • 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 a comparable school context
  • 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 email the following to [email protected]:

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

For more information about Gateway High School, please visit our website at


The salary range for this position is $90,000-$105,000 plus benefits. GPS offers an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance (employee premiums covered by Gateway and additional stipends for dependents), life insurance, six weeks paid vacation, ten sick days, and 15 paid holidays, professional development opportunities, a retirement savings plan with employer match, onsite parking, and, if qualified, student loan repayment support.