Excel Academy Charter Schools, Dean of Student Supports (2018-2019) (Boston, MA)
Date published: 6-Feb-2018
Excel Academy Charter Schools a network of tuition-free, public charter schools serving the Massachusetts communities of East Boston and Chelsea. It was founded to address the severe academic underperformance and low college matriculation rates of the student populations in these neighborhoods. Our founders envisioned a free, public school alternative where all students would be held to the highest academic and behavioral expectations, and college would become a reality. As a true public school, Excel is defined not by whom we exclude but by whom we include in our community. We are proud of the fact that we serve many students with special needs.
The network’s first school opened in fall 2003 in East Boston and now serves 224 students, grades 5 through 8. Excel Academy Chelsea, the 2nd school in our network, opened in fall 2011. Our third school, Excel Academy Orient Heights, opened in August of 2012. And our first high school, Excel Academy Charter High School, opened in fall 2015. Excel now educates 960 students in grades 5-10. At full scale in 2019, Excel will enroll a total of 1,350 students in grades 5-12.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Dean of Student Supports monitors the progress and performance of students in special populations in the school, and oversees programming to support students in special populations. The Dean manages and cultivates staff who serve special populations and leads the school’s Student Support Team. The Dean will ensure students receiving special education and/or 504 accommodations make significant academic gains in line with the school’s Big Goals. This position reports to the Head of School.
Specific responsibilities include:
Lead the School –Based Special Education Team
- Oversee the school’s inclusion program, including providing weekly plan feedback to Learning Specialists, conducting regular observations, and tracking student performance data;
- Oversee the school’s sub-separate classroom, including supporting design of curricular plans, providing weekly plan feedback to Sub-Separate Teachers, conducting regular observations, and tracking student performance data;
- Directly manage and cultivate special education staff, including training new special education team members;
- Oversee the quality and scheduling of related services (reading specialist, occupational therapist, etc.);
- Oversee special education documentation and services, ensuring all files are maintained in compliance with DESE requirements and all services are provided in compliance with IEP requirements; and
- Serve as Local Educational Agency representative (LEA).
Manage Behavior Supports for High-Need Students
- Maintain close communication with the Dean of Students, including advising on disciplinary decisions for students with special education needs;
- In coordination with the Dean of Students, create referral procedures for students with IEPs;
- Assist with investigations in selected circumstances, as requested by Dean of Students; and
- Create behavior plans for students with complex behavior needs; monitor implementation and efficacy of behavior plans.
Oversee Student Supports and Interventions
- Lead the Student Support team, including facilitating weekly SST meetings and holding team members accountable for completion of next steps;
- Maintain strong communication between special education staff, the Dean of Students, the Student Support Team, and classroom teachers to ensure streamlined support for high-need students; and
- Lead the Mandatory Academic Support Center (MASC).
Serve as a productive member of the Administrative team:
- Provide morning, after-school and Saturday coverage as specified by the team;
- Drive school improvement through participation in annual summer strategic planning cycle; and
- Meaningfully participate in weekly administrative meetings.
Serve as a productive member of the Excel Community
- Uphold Excel Staff norms;
- Provide coverage when needed;
- Meaningfully participate in Friday meetings, school PD and family conferences; and
- Do whatever it takes to make sure mission of the school is fulfilled.
- A Bachelor’s degree and certification in special education are required; a Master’s degree is strongly preferred;
- A minimum of three years’ special education teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting is strongly preferred;
- A commitment to working with underserved, urban youth;
- An unwavering commitment to and belief in the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
- The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
- The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
- An entrepreneurial spirit that reflects an openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in developing new ideas & programs.
Excel provides a competitive compensation package that includes benefits and is commensurate with experience.
Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.
Organization: Excel Academy Charter Schools
Job Title: Dean of Student Supports
Reports to: Head of School