Dean of Instruction and Culture

The Dean of Instruction and Culture works to develop faculty in implementing Summit Learning in their classroom teaching, supports with BTSA induction and intervenes, maintains, and executes student discipline on campus.  The Dean will also implement programs and initiatives on campus to positively impact school culture through relationship building and effective restorative practices. The Dean should possess strong relationship skills, have the ability to develop efficient progress monitoring systems, and display strong organization and management skills. Candidates must be strong instructional leaders and be able to quickly internalize the expectations of the Summit classroom and coach developing teachers to meet those expectations. Candidates must deeply value collaboration and be willing to both offer and receive honest, actionable, and timely feedback. 

We're seeking Deans of Instruction & Culture for Redwood City and the South Bay; the latter is specifically for Summit's Expeditions program. Learn more about the Dean of Instruction & Culture - Expeditions role at Summit here.

Who We Are:

What if all students graduated high school with not only content knowledge, but the habits and skills to successfully navigate college and career, with a sense of purpose to anchor them? This is the question at the core of Summit Public Schools. Summit is a public school system serving heterogeneous communities in the Bay Area and Washington State and operate 11 schools serving over 3,600 students.

We share our personalized approach to teaching and learning for free through Summit Learning, with more than 330 partner schools across the country. Summit Learning forms the foundation on which Summit’s successful schools were built, with our schools consistently ranking among the best in the nation.

Are you looking for the opportunity to lead change? Do you want to help reimagine what schools should be? We put students in the driver’s seat and empower them with the skills and habits they need to be successful in college and life. We need diverse, driven, and dynamic talent to join our growing team to help realize our educational vision.

What You’ll Do:

Summit’s Dean will have the following responsibilities:

  • Coach beginning teachers through Summit’s BTSA/Induction program.
    • Hold weekly coaching sessions and regular observations of coachees.
    • Support coachees with clear feedback and actionable next steps.
    • Coordinate with Summit’s central BTSA support team.
    • Design, build and facilitate professional development experiences for the School faculty.
    • Communicate faculty progress with the school leadership.
    • Assume various campus support and leadership roles as needed.
  • Oversee school discipline. This particular responsibility includes:
    • Responding to classroom referrals in a timely way.
    • Holding student intervention sessions.
    • Holding family intervention meetings.
    • Communicating discipline cases and outcomes with stakeholders.
    • Holding students accountable to disciplinary consequences and next steps.
    • Collecting and tracking discipline data to identify students of concern.
    • Collaborating with the school leaders in cases of escalated disciplinary infractions.
  • Leading several projects/programs that impact school culture.  This particular responsibility could include:
    • Initiating, tracking, and completing restorative processes.
    • Defining clear metrics of success for student culture.
    • Collaborating with a team to prioritize needs and develop action plans for students who need proactive behavior support.
    • Monitoring these metrics and adapting support, implementation, and program based on identified needs.
    • Creating systematic, proactive supports for those implementing projects/programs, including formal professional development materials and experiences when appropriate.
    • Following through with action plans.

What you need:

  • Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life
  • Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree in Education and/or participation in the Leadership Fellows program is preferred but not required)
  • An ability to interpret data is required.
  • Prior experience with leading groups or teams.
  • Teaching experience within a Summit school or extensive teaching experience elsewhere required.
  • A Clear California teaching credential or the ability and commitment to obtaining one before the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
  • An ability to BTSA coach is preferred
  • Clear health and background check

Who you are:

  • You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
  • You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and feel motivated by the challenge and impact of teaching in a heterogenous community and working to close the achievement gap
  • You believe in every student, and can maintain and reinforce Summit's graduated discipline process, recognizing that student growth in all areas—academic, behavioral and community—are an investment and part of the work
  • You possess strong people management skills, with the ability to motivate, inspire, develop, and collaborate with a diverse group of teachers, leaders, staff members, and community members
  • You have a track record of academic success and a commitment to education reform
  • You have an ability to apply honest, actionable, and timely feedback that results in improved performance.
  • You are empathetic and culturally competent. You design and implement social and emotional learning experiences in all courses, and you’re open to having hard conversations
  • You thrive in innovative environments, and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace
  • You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset
  • You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with colleagues to maintain academic integrity of planned lessons and learning experiences for students. You find positivity in share successes

We strive to recruit a diverse team. Summit Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Summit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.

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