RePublic Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools based in Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS with a mission to reimagine public education in the South and prepare all of our scholars to graduate from college. In addition to providing a world-class traditional academic curriculum, we empower our students to be change-makers by teaching them to code – starting in the 5th grade.
Despite the fact that our scholars come from traditionally underserved communities (approximately 85% identify as low-income, and nearly 95% as students of color), we have seen them defy the odds to achieve outstanding results. RePublic’s schools have scored in the top 5% of all open-enrollment public schools across the state of Tennessee for both student growth and absolute achievement – making ours the first (and only) charter schools in state history to achieve this dual distinction.
At RePublic, we cultivate a cohesive community of families, staff, and scholars committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure our scholars succeed. We are looking for a dynamic, determined Dean of Students (DOS) to lock arms with our school teams in Jackson, MS for the 2017-2018 school year. The Dean of Students is the cultural leader of the school, serves on the school leadership team. The DOS is charged with creating a structured, joyful, and nerdy school culture, building strong habits and character in scholars, and ensuring a consistent student experience. In so doing, he/she creates an environment where scholars, families, and staff understand they have a voice, and feel committed to and supported by the school.
Who You Are
- A steadfast believer that all students can achieve academic excellence
- A growth-minded tinkerer who is constantly learning, improving, and hungry for feedback
- A gritty problem-solver who approaches challenges with smart solutions in mind
- A relationship-cultivator who seeks to understand the motivations and barriers of students, staff, and families, and leverages this emotional intelligence to inspire others to action
- A no-nonsense nurturer who holds self, students, families, and staff accountable
- An eternal optimist who supports and motivates your teammates by having their back
- A proactive communicator who reaches out to students, families, and teammates
- A detail maven who plans backwards to meet timelines and manage complex projects
What You’ll Do
- Bring it. Have stamina and the ability to set and achieve ambitious goals, and handle the intensity required to bring your best self to an extended school day in a very high-performing school environment.
- Sweat the small stuff. Develop, uphold, and implement RePublic’s values, policies, and systems to ensure students meet sky-high academic and behavioral expectations.
- Never stop growing. Offer and receive constructive feedback from colleagues in order to create a professional working atmosphere that aspires to excellence and is conducive to constant improvement; dive humbly into school-wide and individual professional development, including pre-service training over the summer and weekly sessions during the academic year.
- Spread the love. Build deep relationships with students, families, and staff to foster a culture of joy and community. Go above and beyond to support and collaborate closely with teammates in the united pursuit of RePublic’s mission.
- Cultivate a culture of joyful rigor. Own the school’s character development program and ensure it builds and reinforces positive self-identity and necessary character strengths; coordinate and implement a school-wide behavior management system with meaningful incentives and consequences; lead recognition assemblies, parent workshops, family and community service events and other school-wide culture-building activities.
- Empower students and families. Partner with parents and families to build authentic school-wide community; work closely and effectively with children who have behavior challenges and their families and partner with teachers to execute individualized behavior interventions when needed.
- Empower staff. Facilitate staff trainings on student-teacher relationships, classroom management, parent partnership and school culture; conduct regular school culture walkthroughs to help staff maintain a high bar of excellence; support teachers in building meaningful relationships with students and families.
- Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred.
- Prior Experience. 3-7 years prior work experience preferred. Experience teaching or leading in a similar organization with traditionally underserved students with evidence of exceptional student achievement results and classroom management skills highly preferred.
- Demonstrated communication skills with diverse constituents; clear writer, facilitator and public speaker; exceptional personal organization and planning skills.
- Salary is competitive and commensurate based on experience. Compensation at RePublic includes a comprehensive benefits package.