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Dean of Culture

Company: Acero Charter Schools, Inc.
Location: Elmwood Park
Posted on: August 4, 2022

Job Description:

Reports to: Principal or Assistant Principal

Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits

Location: Chicago, IL


The Dean of Culture will collect and manage the culture metrics of the school that include components of academics, social-emotional well-being, and behavior. The Dean of Culture will discuss data with instructional and advisory teams to promote, support, celebrate, and improve any and all culture components, and will work collaboratively with parents, students, advisors and teachers to bring resolution to situations where policies/protocols have been breached.

The Dean of Culture will report to the Principal on a weekly basis to highlight gathered data, gain approval for proposed solutions/resolutions to data/issues, and evaluate the effectiveness of systems/protocols put in place. The Dean of Culture will serve as the first point of contact for teachers, advisors, and parents who present issues/situations related to student behavior, and will work with the Principal on all Judicial Affairs of the school including severe discipline infractions, suspensions, and expulsions, as well as city, state, or federal involvement.


  • A team of driven individuals who contribute to, respect and serve in our communities.
  • A team of professional collaborators seeking the most effective instructional methods for students growth.
  • A team who embodies the values of achievement, community, excellence, resilience and optimism.
    • Provide strategies for articulating and enforcing the school s culture and climate to staff and students, as set by teachers and advisors.
    • Develop interventions for students in tandem with parents, counselors, special education teachers, and advisors.
    • Enforce school policies after teacher s discipline measures have been exhausted.
    • Encourage parental involvement in the pursuit of student achievement and a positive school culture.
    • Work collaboratively with the School Leadership Team to plan individual school and/or network wide programs to promote a positive and caring school culture.
    • Assist in the orientation of new students, parents, and staff.
    • Implement a process for keeping track of students credits, recovery courses, graduation requirements and future courses to ensure all students are on track at all times.
    • Develop communication systems for advisors to convey student needs to students and parents.
    • Organize, monitor, and interpret data obtained from measurement tools to help the School Leadership Team make effective educational decisions, related to student development.
    • Evaluate students academic performance, behavior, social and emotional development, and physical health.
    • Monitor, evaluate the effectiveness of, and make recommendations for improvement to the existing behavior management strategies and programs.
    • Serve as administrative point person in cases of severe discipline and communicate directly to the Principal.
    • Act in accordance with federal, state, and local laws, statutes, and/or policies that relate to students and families, and ensure school-wide compliance in those areas.
      • Believe in our ability to create the future we envision.
        • Other duties, responsibilities, and special projects as assigned.
          • Education: Bachelor s Degree (required), Master s Degree in social work, counseling, or school administration (preferred)
          • Minimum three years of counseling/administrative school experience (preferred)
          • Experience working with adolescents and/or families, particularly in traditionally underserved schools and communities (preferred)
            • Possess valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) or equivalent (strongly preferred)
            • Possess valid Illinois Type 73, Type 75, or equivalent (strongly preferred)
              • Must be authorized to work in the United States (required) PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

                The nature of the work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment, collect, compile and prepare work documents, set-up and maintain work files, and an ability to communicate and exchange information. Physical demands include the ability to stand, bend, reach high and low, stoop, and walk around the classroom 60% of the day. In addition, candidates must be able to lift and/or push and pull 15 to 20 lbs. for short periods of time, and walk up and down stairs several times a day.

                Majority of work is performed in a general school environment. Position requires availability for extended hours plus non-traditional hours required to perform job duties. Also requires participation and attendance at organization-sponsored events and meetings.

                NOTE : The foregoing list of essential duties and responsibilities is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

                Acero Schools is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals. Acero Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

Keywords: Acero Charter Schools, Inc., Cicero , Dean of Culture, Other , Elmwood Park, Illinois

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