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Assistant Dean of Students (K-4)

Lighthouse K-4 Band (Elementary) | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

THE ORGANIZATION:

Social justice movements come in all shapes and sizes.  Here at Lighthouse Community Public Schools, we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt educational 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 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 a high-achieving K-12 public charter school, and our K-8 sister site, Lodestar, that opened in Fall 2016; serving nearly 1,000 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland.  95% of our graduates, almost all of whom are first-generation college students, are accepted into four-year colleges. We were named the Hart Vision Charter School of the Year in 2013, and the #1 high school for closing achievement for low-income Latino students in 2016. If the work we do here at LCPS appeals to your values regarding quality education for all then please join our movement!  Learn more at www.lighthousecharter.org

 

THE OPPORTUNITY:

The Assistant Dean of Students at Lighthouse K-4- A Lighthouse Community Charter School- enthusiastically serves as a champion of student and school culture for our elementary school community.  The Assistant Dean of Students is charged with creatively bringing our values of community, integrity, love, social justice, and agency to life resulting in a community where students are prepared for success in college and career of their choice. The Assistant Dean of Students primary responsibility lies in developing and supporting restorative practices and systems to ensure that all students are developing as upstanders within their community who are able to repair harm and find solutions to problems. The Assistant Dean of Students is central to creating and upholding a positive college going culture where all students belong and develop as lifelong learners and community changemakers.

 

Primary Responsibilities

The Assistant Dean of Students’ primary charge is to co-foster the school-wide conditions for our students to successfully build positive relationships and be accountable for their own behavior.  To this end, the Assistant Dean of Students will:

Collaboratively Build and Celebrate Positive College Going School Culture

  • Support the K-4 Dean of Students in implementing key whole-school activities to build and celebrate school culture, such as weekly community meetings, annual community-building trips, etc.

  • Support bridging and orientation activities for new students and families and Lighthouse teachers during the summer before the start of the school year.

  • Support development of opportunities for students to use their agency and voice to build culture and community in K-4.

  • Collaboratively identify ways to visually celebrate student achievement of character targets and living our values.

Collaboratively Implement a Responsive and Restorative Behavior Management System

  • Using principles of Restorative Justice, collaborate with the Dean of Students, Principal and RTI Director to implement a responsive behavior system that clearly articulates the school-wide systems and supports students will use to build positive relationships and manage their own behavior.  

  • Facilitate Restorative Justice experiences between community members.

Restoratively Manage Behavior Support Systems including Student Referrals & Interventions

  • Support the implementation of school wide consistent practices to support students’ positive inclusion in all learning spaces.

  • In collaboration with the K-4 Dean of Students, respond to student referrals with a restorative and responsive lens as well as appropriate behavior modification strategies.

  • Collect, input, and monitor effectiveness of individual student behavior referrals using our student data system.

Family Communication & Support

  • Support and facilitate learning experiences for Lighthouse families, including facilitating evening family meetings as needed..

  • Provide targeted pre-emptive support for families of students with needs based on assigned case-load (e.g. previously retained, acute stress or trauma, identified COST students).

  • Clearly and consistently communicate with all stakeholders, especially families, about student referrals and progress of interventions.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor

 

                                                                           Core Competencies

                         We are looking for educators who exhibit competencies in our 5 tenets:

High Expectations for All

  • Asset-Based & Equity-Focused Urban Educator: Believes and demonstrates that every student can learn and commits to holding high expectations and an assets-based mindset even when students make mistakes.

  • Models Growth Mindset: Holds a growth-mindset for self, colleagues, and students demonstrated by self-reflection and the belief that everyone is a lifelong learner.

Deep Learning

  • Restorative Learning: Supports students to have agency to find solutions to mistakes and fix harm. Harm and mistakes done to the community are seen as learning opportunities to repair relationships for the good of all involved and the community.  

  • Data Analyst: Transparently uses and analyzes student data to support students and identify school-wide patterns.

Serving the Whole Person & Engaging Families

  • Community Builder: Ensures a safe learning community that promotes a sense of belonging by building deep relationships, using restorative and responsive practices, addressing the whole person, embracing diversity and communicating effectively with students, families, colleagues, and community.

Professional Learning Community

  • Skilled Collaborator: Collaborates with empathy by listening to divergent perspectives and demonstrating mission-alignment, knowledge of child development and socio-emotional learning, and high levels of professionalism at all times.

  • Strategic Teammate: Works in a strategic manner autonomously and collaboratively despite complexity.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • AA or equivalent required, B.A. preferred

  • 2+ years of experience working in schools or youth development programs, required

  • Spanish language proficiency preferred

 

Supervision

This position reports to the K-4 Dean of Students.

 

TIME COMMITMENT

This position is an 11-month non-exempt salaried position. The K-4 Assistant Dean of Students is expected to maintain hours of  8:00am - 4:00 pm M/T/Th/F and 8:00-5:00pm on W, including a ½ hour, duty-free lunch break, as well as attend occasional evening and weekend events outside of regular working hours.

 

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.

 

TO APPLY

People of color and bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  

 

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter describing your interest in this exciting position and why you are an optimal fit, including how your educational philosophy, approach to student learning and behavior, and  expertise would contribute to the Lighthouse team

  • 3 references with Name, Email, Phone Number and Title/nature of working relationship

Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis until filled.  In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.

 

Lighthouse Community Charter Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.