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Dean of Students

  • Full Time
  • Detroit, MI
  • $60,000 USD / Year
  • Salary: $60,000
  • US Work Authorization required



JOB TITLE: Dean of Climate and Culture


FLSA STATUS: Exempt/Salaried



JOB SUMMARY:  Local alternative education school is searching for a Dean of Climate and Culture, who will be responsible for ensuring that the school establishes and maintains a positive culture of behavior and learning by supporting teachers with academic interventions, behavior management and student discipline. The Dean of Climate and Culture will work with the Principal to establish a professional rapport with students, staff, and families and will meet with parents regularly regarding student academic, discipline and behavior issues. They will maintain a safe, orderly environment that encourages students to excel academically, take responsibility for their behavior, remain engaged in daily classes and develop high moral standards.



1.       Provide counseling, consultation, coordination, and student appraisal to meet the academic needs of students related to graduation plans, college entrance, scholarships, and employment or post-secondary planning; Serve as a resource for parents on problems affecting the orderly educational development, physical development, and character development of students.

2.       Communicate daily with students, parents, and teachers regarding attendance and discipline matters; ensure that students are contacted daily by the Administrative Assistant to improve attendance and engagement outcomes.

3.       Monitor daily student attendance and administer school attendance policies; Monitor the accurate compilation of daily attendance reports and records. Research, develop and implement programs to improve student attendance and discipline.

4.       Work cooperatively with principal and staff. Provide direction for administrative assistants and tutors in fulfillment of department goals and objectives.

5.       Coordinate and plan student activities as needed. Initiate and support programs that facilitate an appropriate climate for learning and promotion of virtue.

6.       Identify, plan, and implement strategies to address barriers to learning including behavior issues and social adjustment.

7.       Maintain behavioral logs for each student, keeping comprehensive documentation of contacts, actions, and interventions.

8.       Hold monthly school assemblies either collaboratively or at each campus.

9.       Oversee MTTS system at each campus.

10.   Assist the Principal in the preparation of county, state, and federal reports related to attendance and discipline.

11.   Oversees the administration of all State and local assessments.



1.       Passion for youth and education with a strong belief in the school’s vision and mission.

2.       Exceptional instructional and classroom management expertise and ability to articulate effectively.

3.       Extraordinary interpersonal skills and desire to work as a team player with teachers and staff; Ability to support the professional growth of others.

4.       Experience using data and data systems to make instructional decisions and ability to coach others in the use of data to ensure instructional delivery meets the needs of all learners.

5.       Ability to collaborate and create relationships with parents and community members.

6.       Understanding of the need for and willingness to go above and beyond to support student achievement in traditionally under-served communities.

7.       Meticulous organizational ability to set priorities, organize workload, handle multiple responsibilities with a demonstrated ability to work under pressure to meet critical deadlines.

8.       Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with all stakeholders.

Ability to cooperate with administrators and teachers in identifying students with special abilities and in providing appropriate classroom support.
Ability to provide crisis counseling and consultation to students. Able to keep confidential the counseling relationship and information except when disclosure is required by law and when a student’s condition requires intervention.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Oversees day-to-day school operations under the direction of the Principal.



1.       Master’s Degree in Education with a Michigan Teaching Certification.

2.       5 years minimal experience in an urban learning environment working with high-risk youth.

3.       Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Bilingual language skills in English/Spanish (written/verbal) preferred.

4.       Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access) and online sourcing tools with functional knowledge of internet use for search platforms.

5.       Ability to interact with students, parents and staff in a positive and productive manner.

Strong cultural competence to effectively educate and manage students from varying backgrounds and socio-economic levels. Understanding of the nuances of urban school environments.
Experience in implementing school-wide positive behavioral interventions (such as the Response to Intervention model) and supports, in- school suspension and/or Restorative Justice Practices.
Knowledge of de-escalation techniques, trauma-informed practices and behavior management strategies is a plus.
Command respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.
10.   Valid Michigan Driver’s License.  Incumbent must also have reliable means of transportation to travel to each campus and various locations outside of the office.

11.   Must possess and provide a valid Michigan Driver’s License. Incumbent must also have reliable transportation



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, stand, sit and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift equipment weighing up to fifty pounds for various events and activities. Some filing is required which would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  – This job operates in a normal school environment with a noise level, which is at times, moderately loud with little discomfort due to noise, dirt, dust and the like. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.


Equal Opportunity Employer

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties and responsibilities that may be performed by a person so classified. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

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