Assistant Dean of Students (K-5 — Lodestar)

Assistant Dean of Students (K-5 — Lodestar)

The Organization: Lighthouse Community Public Schools At Lighthouse Community Public Schools we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt inequities by providing our students and families exceptional educational opportunities every day. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice rooted in the EL Education Model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. Our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers. Founded in 2002, LCPS operates two high-achieving K-12 public charter schools--Lighthouse and Lodestar--serving nearly 1,400 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland.Learn more at www.lighthousecharter.orgThe Opportunity: Assistant Dean of Students - Roles and Responsibilities  The Assistant Dean of Students at Lighthouse Community Charter School is a new role that functions in the support of the Deans of Students that serve as a face and voice of student culture for specific grade level bands; K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.  The Assistant Dean of Students’ primary skill set includes the ability to manage the dynamic needs of students when they are struggling to meet Lighthouse’s norms.  The Assistant Dean of Students will use varied strategies for long term student behavior modification and will be expected to consistently communicate will all stakeholders, including the three primary Deans of Students and Directors of Instruction at each band level.  All of this is in service of Lighthouse’s mission, ensuring that every child achieve college and the career of his or her choice.Core Competencies of this role include:
  • Effective Student Behavior Modification that Reinforces Lighthouse’s Core Values
  • Independent Decision Making
  • Welcoming and Effective Communicator
  • Proven Collaborator
  • Manager of Proactive and Reactive Family Services
Effective Student Behavior Modification That Reinforces Lighthouse’s Core ValuesThe Assistant Dean of Students’ primary charge is to support students in developing healthy school behaviors to enable academic success. The Assistant Dean of Students will utilize strategies to ensure that individual student behaviors are contributing to a healthy school community.  The Assistant Dean of Students will develop a student body that:
  • Reflect on actions to repair harm between all parties involved in a hurtful incident; for the good of all parties and the school community (Restorative Justice)
  • Are upstanders for their community and interrupt harmful behaviors (Facing History And Ourselves)
  • Find solutions to their problems and realize that their actions result in logical consequences (Love and Logic)
Independent Decision MakingThe Assistant Dean of Students will need to effectively discern between available responses to student behavior referrals.  The Assistant Dean of Students exists to be the consistent contact for all stakeholders for behavior modification and will need to decide how each student referral is processed.Responsibilities include:
  • Effectively responding to student referrals with the appropriate behavior modification strategy
  • Processing and responding to student referrals to keep the Principal focused upon teacher development
  • Elevating critical behavior issues to the Director of Instruction
  • Proactively support, maintain, and encourage positive student interactions and affirming school culture
Welcoming and Effective CommunicatorThe Assistant Dean of Students must effectively communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders while also being the welcoming face of Lighthouse.  The most common responsibilities include:
  • Clear and concise communication regarding student referrals to all stakeholders (student, parent, teacher, and Director of Instruction)
  • Coaching students on developing logical consequences for their actions
  • Facilitating Restorative Justice experiences between community members
  • Leading proactive site-based learning experiences for Lighthouse families
Proven CollaboratorThe Assistant Dean of Students will participate on a variety of Lighthouse teams and will need to be able to effectively collaborate in different contexts.  These teams include and are not limited to the:
  • Deans of Students Team (K-4, 5-8, and 9-12) where collaboration will focus upon sharing best practices and developing proactive site based learning experiences for Lighthouse families
  • School Culture Committee where the Dean of Students will be expected to share data, summarize trends, and develop strategies to achieve committee goals
  • Coordination Of Services Team (COST) where the Dean of Students will be expected to share insightful behavioral updates and recommendations for individual students and develop strategies to meet student needs
  • Teaching staff where the Deans of Students will need to develop strategies to implement effective student behavioral modifications
Manager of Proactive and Reactive Family ServicesThe Assistant Dean of Students will work to support or develop proactive site based learning experiences for Lighthouse families that will both build trust between family and school, and, develop each family’s capacity to support their child in achieving the Lighthouse mission.  This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Developing and implementing a curriculum for new Lighthouse families
  • Training families on Lighthouse vernacular, systems, and technologies
  • Targeted pre-emptive support for families of students who are at risk (e.g. previously retained, acute stress, identified COST students)
Roles and Responsibilities can be adjusted as determined by supervisor, and are aligned with the core competencies.SupervisionThis role reports to: Lodestar K-5 Principal, Robbie Torney.Minimum QualificationsB.A. preferred2 years of experience preferredSpanish language proficiency preferredTime CommitmentThis position is 1.0 FTE full-time exempt and follows a 10-month work year with significant student-free days for professional learning and collaboration with colleagues and interaction with families. All instructional staff will report in early August, 2020 (exact calendar TBD).Common Building Hours:  All teachers are expected to maintain hours of  8:00 - 4:00 pm M, Tu, Th, Fri and 8:00-5:00 on Wednesdays one day a week for Professional Development.CompensationCommensurate with experienceTO APPLY:People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.Interested candidates should submit:Resume. Cover Letter--Describing why you are an optimal fit for this position and your philosophy of teaching that describes how your instruction and leadership would support students achieving the Lighthouse mission. Three references who can speak to your professional and teaching experience. Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis.  In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.Lighthouse Community Charter School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis.   In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.Lighthouse Community Public School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.